Minor in Social Work

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The social work minor is intended only for students who have previously been admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program but do not complete their degree requirements and want to minor in social work. This minor consists of 18 credit hours.

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


COURSES IN SOCIAL WORK

The BSW curriculum empowers students to engage their skills and expertise by helping others to create positive relationships, promote balanced mental health, and end periods of trauma and abuse.

Required Courses (3 hours)

  • SOWK 1301 Introduction to Social Work

Additional Courses (15 hours)

  • SOWK 3302 Cultural Diversity
  • SOWK 3303 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SOWK 3304 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SOWK 3313 Social Welfare Policy I
  • SOWK 3314 Social Welfare Policy II
  • SOWK 3322 Methods of Social Work Research
  • SOWK 3331 Practice I
  • SOWK 3381 Social Work Statistics

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SOWK 1301 Introduction to Social Work
This course focuses on the major concepts and principles of professional social work, including: the development of social welfare; the history of social work; the knowledge, skills, and value base of social work; models of social work methods; and current social work practice applications. The course also looks at the basis of knowledge from which the theories of social justice and diversity spring and lays a foundation for social workers’ professional entry into both public and private arenas. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3302 Social Work and Diversity
Prerequisites: formal admission to the social work program and completion of SOWK 1301 with a grade of “C” or above. This course focuses on the strengths and challenges faced by different groups including but not limited to gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals; people of color; people with disabilities; religious minorities; and the elderly. Students will learn about the characteristics of culturally competent social work practice with diverse populations and the knowledge, attitudes, and skills for working with different population groups. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3303 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
Prerequisites: formal admission to social work and SOWK 1301 with a grade of “C” or above. Part one of a two-course sequence, this course provides students with the content necessary to understand the complexities of human development and behavior. Students learn to evaluate various social environmental influences that affect human behavior and functioning as well as the ways in which the social environment can impede or promote well-being. Particular attention is paid to life span development of infancy, early childhood and adolescence as well as highlighting issues of oppression, privilege and discrimination. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3304 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
Prerequisites: formal admission to social work and SOWK 1301 and 3303 with a grade of “C” or above. Part two of a two-course sequence, this course continues to analyze theories of the development and behavior of individuals, families, communities, groups, and organizations, as well as the interactions of these systems with and among one another in larger socio-cultural environments. Particular attention is paid to life span development of young adulthood, middle adulthood and older adulthood. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3313 Social Welfare Policy
Prerequisites: Formal admission to the social work program or human services minor and SOWK 1301 with a grade of “C” or above. Part one of a two-course sequence, this course examines policy-making in the governmental context. The process at the local, state, regional and national levels will be reviewed and service and benefits entitlements provided under these policies will be summarized. The history, organization, guiding principles and resulting programs that govern major social welfare institutions will be explored. Theories of social justice will be studied to understand the phrasing of policy claims and their assessment. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3314 Social Welfare Policy II
Prerequisite: formal admission to social work and SOWK 1301 and 3313 with a grade of “C” or above. Part two of a two-course sequence, this course explores topics such as (1) history and current structures of social welfare services, (2) the role of policy in service delivery and in social work practice, (3) attainment of individual and social well being, and (4) comparative and international social welfare. The course also emphasizes understanding of current developments in social welfare, factors affecting the structure and dynamics of social welfare policies/services as well as understanding the role of the social work profession within that framework. Additionally, models for analyzing social welfare policy are introduced, and students apply these models to past policy decisions and current issues. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3322 Methods of Social Work Research
Prerequisites: MATH 1302 or MATH 1315, and formal admission to the social work program. An overview of the approaches to and uses of research in generalist social work practice. Emphasis placed on the practice-research link with a focus on conducting practice and program evaluation within a social work agency setting. Ethical and human diversity issues are considered throughout the course.

SOWK 3331 Social Work Practice I
Prerequisites: SOWK 3303, and formal admission to the social work program. This is the first course in a three-course practice sequence, introduces the student to therapeutic relationship building, interviewing, and client-system assessment. The primary objective of the sequence is to prepare students to engage in culturally-competent, family-centered practice which incorporates a strengths perspective needed for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3381 Statistics for Social Workers
Prerequisite: SOWK 1301, formal admission to the social work program. This course is an introduction to statistics and their use in analyzing and interpreting data. The course is designed to teach students statistics applicable to social work practice and decision-making. In particular, it is an introduction to probability, descriptive statistics, and beginning inferential statistics. The course covers basic descriptive statistics and introduces the student to hypothesis testing and bivariate statistics. Students will use the knowledge of statistics learned in this course to interpret and critique statistical analyses published in journal articles. Students will also analyze real data, interpret the findings and write reports. Three credit hours.


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