School of Social Work

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Social Work (SOWK) and Gerontology (GERO)

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Director:
Turney, Howard M., Professor

Professors:
Krain, Mark
Jones, Kim (MSW Program Coordinator)

Associate Professors:
Bell-Tolliver, LaVerne
Collier-Tenison, Shannon (BSW Program Coordinator)
Lloyd, E. Christopher
Miller, John
Otters, Rosalie

Assistant Professors:
Crisp, Catherine
DeJohn, Tara
Thomas, Johanna
Turturro, Carolyn L. (Gerontology Program Coordinator)
Wichinsky, Lillian

Instructors:
Angel, Amy (MSW Field Coordinator)
Faust, Judith K.
Smith, Greg (MSW Admissions Coordinator)
Williams, Jay (BSW Field Coordinator)

The mission of the UALR School of Social Work is to prepare ethical graduates who accept and appreciate diversity, who empower people and communities to meet the challenges of poverty and social and economic injustice, and who serve oppressed and vulnerable populations at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Consistent with the mission of the social work profession, our students are prepared to apply the values of social justice and self-determination to their work with individuals, groups, and communities. Empowering students to recognize the implications of race, gender, and economic hardship prepares them to more effectively deal with the complexity of the human condition. Through the application of these concepts, students develop the analytical and technical skills necessary for professional social work.

General Information

Social work is a growing, dynamic profession that offers many challenges and many rewards. The School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is committed to the development of students seeking exciting careers as professional social workers. Our aim is to deliver social work education in a style that challenges students to think differently about problems faced by our most vulnerable populations. Across this country, social work professionals serve public and private agencies as invaluable resources for the less fortunate.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. We admitted our first class of students in 1997 and graduated our first class in 1999. If you’d like more information about the BSW Program, please visit our webpage. If, after reading the information about our program, you still have questions, email us at bsw@ualr.edu. In your email, please let us know if you are a current student at UALR, a transfer student, already have a bachelor’s degree in a different discipline, or are a high school student currently considering attending UALR and majoring in social work. If you are currently attending UALR, please include your T# in your correspondence with us.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is a 120-hour degree program that provides a foundation for a professional career in social work. The program’s principal educational objective is to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice within a liberal arts perspective to address the human service needs of diverse client populations. The program focuses on developing and advancing the knowledge base, practice skills, and value system of students so they are able to further the well-being and functioning of people, especially those who live in poverty or have been otherwise marginalized in society, and to promote social and economic justice. A student can declare a social work major as early as his or her freshman year. No minor is required. Application for full admission into the program may be made when the student is nearing completion of 53 credit hours, forty of which are in the core curriculum. Other requirements for admission include an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the following prerequisite courses: SOWK 1301, SOCI 2300, and PSYC 2300. In addition, the application process requires a personal statement from the student, three letters of reference, and copies of all transcripts. Upon admission to the program, the student begins her or his professional social work training, which includes two semesters of experience in the field. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain in the BSW program.

Minor in Social Work

The social work minor is intended only for students who have previously been admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program but did not complete their degree requirements and want to minor in social work. This minor consists of 18 credits and includes the following courses: SOWK 1301 and 15 credits from the following courses: SOWK 3302, SOWK 3303, SOWK 3304, SOWK 3313, SOWK 3314, SOWK 3322, SOWK 3331, and SOWK 3381. In order to minor in social work, students must have been admitted to the BSW Program, have successfully completed any course they wish to count towards the minor with a grade of C or above, and have a 2.5 GPA in all social work courses. It should be noted that the Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting body for social work education, does not recognize a minor in social work. Consequently, no professional privileges or practice rights will stem from the minor in social work and the students who minor in it will not graduate with the BSW degree.

Minor in Gerontology

A minor in gerontology requires 18 credit hours of gerontology, including GERO 2300, 4315, 4336, and 4346. GERO 4385 Topics Seminar may be taken twice with different topics, or GERO 4390 Directed Study may serve as one of the requirements. A pre-approved course with aging content in another discipline can be substituted for one of the topics seminars. For more information, consult the Gerontology Coordinator in the School of Social Work.


Bachelor of Social Work

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 65 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

6 hours of Social Sciences in the Core must be satisfied by PSYC 2300 and SOCI 2300, which are prerequisites for the major.
See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (6 hours)

Elementary levels I and II of a second language sequence. See page 26 for details.

Major (68 hours)

Program Prerequisite (3 hours)
    SOWK 1301 Introduction to Social Work
Social Work Foundation Courses (33 hours)
    SOWK 3302 Cultural Diversity
    SOWK 3303 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
    SOWK 3313 Social Welfare Policy I
    SOWK 3304 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
    SOWK 3314 Social Welfare Policy II
    SOWK 3331 Practice I
    SOWK 3381 Social Work Statistics
    SOWK 3322 Methods of Social Work Research
    SOWK 4332 Practice II
    SOWK 3315 Policy Practice
    SOWK 4333 Practice III
Social Work Field Courses (14 hours)
    SOWK 4212 Field Seminar I
    SOWK 4541 Field Experience I
    SOWK 4213 Field Seminar II
    SOWK 4542 Field Experience II
Other Required Courses (6 hours)
    PSYC 3360 Abnormal Psychology
Upper Level Rhetoric Course
    RHET 3301 Editing for Usage and Style
    or RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing
    or RHET 3326 Tech Writing
Upper Level Related Field Electives (12 hours)

These courses include, but are not limited to, 3000 or 4000 level courses in Gerontology, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Human Services Administration, Health Sciences, & Public Administration.

Minor (None required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.