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Social Work (BSW)
of Social Science and Human Services
of the Major
(Director of Fieldwork)
About the Major
The Social Work major prepares students for a profession dedicated
to assisting individuals, groups, families, and communities
in their quest for well-being. Social workers are committed
to the development of a society that values human diversity
and promotes equality, justice, and adequate sustenance for
all its members. The social work profession is steeped in the
belief that every person should be treated with dignity and
respect and that the social workers goal is to help maximize
each individuals potential for human fulfillment.
The Social Work major is offered by the School of Social Science
and Human Services and leads to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
degree. The Social Work programs principal educational
goal is to prepare students for beginning generalist social
work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations,
and communities. The program also provides preparation for graduate
social work education. The Social Work curriculum, taken in
conjunction with the School of Social Science and Human Services
core program is designed to provide students with an understanding
of social issues, social theory, research methods, individual
and community needs, social services, social policy, social
work values and ethics, and the attainment of social work skills
needed for generalist practice in a culturally diverse society.
Supervised field work is a major component of the Social Work
curriculum. Over a two year period, students work in field placements
that are designed to teach generalist social work practice skills
and to integrate Social Work theory with professional practice.
The Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council on
Social Work Education (CSWE).
Students may also co-major or minor in a second field such as
psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and minor
in the areas of gerontology, womens studies, African-American
Studies, ethic studies, and substance abuse.
Students who wish to enter the Social Work program must file
an application with the Program Director during the second semester
of their sophomore year. Students should satisfactorily complete
MSWK 222 History and Philosophy of Social Welfare and MSWK 225
Social Field Work with a "B" average, and the programs
other prerequisites by the end of the academic year in which
they apply for admission into the program. Additionally, a minimum
2.5 GPA and completion of 60 credits, including the program
prerequisites, are required for admittance into the program.
An interview with a social work faculty member may be required.
A faculty committee will review admission applications and,
based on the above criteria and the students suitability
for the social work profession, will grant qualified students
acceptance into the major. Once admitted into the program, students
must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the Social Work major to
remain in the program.
Prior life experience credit (PLEX) is not granted for any course
in the professional foundation curriculum. Transfer credit will
not be granted for any course in the professional foundation
curriculum unless it was earned in another B.S.W. program accredited
by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
A minor is not available.
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