BSW Courses

  • Required Pre-Social Work Courses


            301. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK (3 hrs) Introduction to Social Work as a profession and to its practice methodologies, with an emphasis on the Generalist       Method 


            300. SOCIAL SERVICE SYSTEMS (3 hrs) Study of the major social service systems in which social workers practice.  Historical perspectives, value issues and current     administrative policies are examined


            315. HUMAN DIVERSITY IN A CHANGING WORLD  (3 hrs) Cultural, social and psychological implications of diverse lifestyles for social work practice.                              Differences/similarities among various cultures and implications for social work practice are explored


  • Required Courses in Social Work (*Majors Only)


            329*. INTERVIEWING AND RECORDING (3 hrs) Corequisites: SWK 330 and SWK 340. Fundamentals of good oral and written communication skills for social workers presented in a laboratory setting


            330*. SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I (3 hrs) Corequisites: SWK 329 & SWK 340.  Development of generalist practice skills with a focus on direct services to individuals and families


            331*. SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (3 hrs) Prerequisite: SWK 330.  Corequisites: SWK 341 and SWK 420.  Models of social work practice carried out in groups, organizations and communities with an emphasis on macro practice


             340*. HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I: TRANSITIONS IN EARLY LIFE (3 hrs) Prerequisites: PSY 275, and CHS 430, or BSC 250/Lab or BSC 251/Lab. Co-requisites: SWK 329 and SWK 330. Study of the interrelations of the biological, social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and psychological factors in human behavior, life transitions and their relevance and application in early life and social work practice


             341*. HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II: TRANSITONS IN ADULTHOOD (3 hrs) Corequisites: SWK 331 and SWK 420.  Study of the interrelations of the biological, social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and psychological factors in human behavior, life transitions and their relevance and application in adulthood and social work practice


            400*. SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND ANALYSIS (3hrs) Prerequisites: SWK 331, SWK 341 AND SWK 420. Co-requisites: SWK 415 & 493.  Examination of the construction, analysis, and implementation of social welfare policy at local, state, and federal levels

            415* HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. (3hrs). Prerequisites: SWK 331, SWK 341 and SWK 420. Corequisites: SWK 400 and SWK 493. Theories and practices of human rights and social justice related to oppressed and marginalized people


            420*. METHODS OF SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH (3 hrs) Corequisites: SWK 331 and 341.  Methods of data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting in preparation for the evaluation of social work practice and research


           493*. CRISIS INTERVENTION (3 hrs) Prerequisites: SWK 331, SWK 341 and SWK 420. Corequisites: SWK 400 and SWK 415. Theory and interventions for the helping professional to assist the client in coping with various crises


            430*. FIELD EDUCATION (9 hrs) Prerequisites: Must have completed the required university general education curriculum, the social work core, and the professional foundation.  The student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.  Corequisite: SWK 431.  This internship in a social service agency provides experience in direct service to client systems and enhances and develops generalist practice skills.  This course is the only one in the social work curriculum where students earn a Pass/Fail grade.


            431* FIELD SEMINAR (3 hrs) Corequisite: SWK 430.  The seminar enables students to further develop generalist practice skills and integrate professional knowledge, values, skills and theory with practice



Social Work Electives (6 hours are required)


            492. SPECIAL PROBLEMS (3hrs) (May be repeated up to 6 credit hrs.) Allows a student or a group of students to study issues of special significance for social work practice that are not normally addressed by regular courses


           405.  SOCIAL WORK with HIGH RISK POPULATIONS. (3hrs) Introduces students to case management services to selected high-risk populations; focuses on models, practices, roles, assessments, interventions and emerging trends


           411. SPIRITUALITY IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE. (3hrs). This course addresses issues of spirituality and religion in the practice of generalist social work


          421. SOCIAL WORK: GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT. (3hrs). This course will provide a framework for critical analysis of the dynamics of healthy grief and bereavement


            435. GRANT WRITING FOFR SOCIAL WORKERS. (3hrs). Introduce students to the principles of grant proposal development and design; course culminates in students producing a fundable grant proposal in the human service field


            488* SOCIAL WORK AND FIRST NATIONS/INDIGENOUS PEOPLE. (3hrs). Prerequisite: SWK 330. Examines issues of special significance to social work practice in working with First Nations/Indigenous People


           494. SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (3hrs) Prerequisite: SWK 330. Overview of child welfare systems providing services to children and their families along with practice strategies



Prerequisite:  Pre-social work or social work major and permission of the instructor.  This study abroad course provides a cross cultural experience where students learn about Jamaican culture, social development, social welfare, and social justice.


            496. SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS (3hrs) Prerequisite: SWK 330. Examines the challenges and opportunities of social work practice in education and the roles and functions of social workers within a complex ecological system of home/school/community; addresses the impact of issues such as violence, AIDS, physical and sexual abuse, drugs, and racism


           497. SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE (3hrs) Prerequisite: SWK 330.  Examines family violence and suggests strategies for social work intervention with violent families, including those involving child abuse and neglect, spouse abuse and elder abuse.  The problem is viewed from the dual perspectives of societal concerns and social work interventions, including policies and programs, and work with individual families