BSW Courses


  • Required Introductory Level 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 BSW Courses               

            329*. INTERVIEWING AND RECORDING (3 hrs) Corequisites: SWK 330, 340, and SWK 410. 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, and SWK 410.  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 DPH 430. Co-requisites: SWK 329, SWK 330, and SWK 410. 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

            410*. SOCIAL WORK THEORY AND BEST PRACTICE (3hrs.) Corequisites: SWK 329, SWK 330, and SWK 340. Overview of practice theories providing the foundation to social work practice with children, adults and families.

            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)

           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

            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

             495. Human Rights & Social Development in the Caribbean (3hrs) The study of social development & social welfare efforts of Caribbean countries to address social problems as well as, agency visits & service learning opportunities

            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

499. Forensic Social Work (3hrs) This course provides an overview of the interplay between social work professionals and the court systems. It builds on this history of forensic social work practice and its theoretical base. 

490. Child Maltreatment and Advocacy: CAST (3hrs) Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in ENG 101, ENG 102, PSY 110, SOC 101 and SI course. This course focuses on the history of child maltreatment, compares professional perspectives, discusses the development and maintenance of legal frameworks, and reviews agency responses.


  • Other Courses:

202. Professional Social Work Communications -1 (3hrs) Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102; permission of BSW Coordinator. This course emphasizes written and oral communications that are essential for professional social workers.

231. Disaster Readiness, Survival and Recovery (3hrs) This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for and survive a natural and/or man-made disaster.

310. Licensure Seminar (1hr). Prerequisites: BSW student. SWK 331, 341, and 420. This course is a seminar that focuses on critical thinking skills and licensure preparation.