SW-Social Work Courses
SW 100. Introduction to Social Work. 3 Hours.
The overall goal of this course is to introduce students to the value-based profession of social work. More specifically, the students will have the opportunity to learn about social work's history, mission, professional values and theoretical frameworks (e.g. the systems/ecological perspective). Furthermore, students will explore areas in generalist practice and the varied roles and responsibilities of the social work profession. Students will be afforded the opportunity to examine their own personal values and how those values influence their views on social welfare problems and issues. SW 100 is required for students majoring or minoring in social work, and is open to others as an elective. Students generally take SW 100 while completing other core requirements.
SW 200. Professional Communication in Social Work. 3 Hours.
An introduction to the techniques of professional writing for social work practitioners. The course is designed to enhance professional and academic writing skills. Students will study how to craft narratives for funding applications, case records, and advocacy materials. Additionally, students will complete a technology module focusing on information technology skills such as word processing, using presentation software, and communication skills with digital and social media.
SW 201. Evidence-Based Social Work Practice. 3 Hours.
An introduction to the concepts and the process involved in evidence-based and empirically based social work practice. It will cover the skills, values, and ethics necessary in this process and field, concentrating on the identification,analysis, and implementation of evidence, as well as empirically based social work practice, which promotes the effectiveness of practice in intervention at the individual, family/group, organization and community levels.
SW 203. Social Welfare History. 3 Hours.
A history of U.S. social welfare and its relationship and impact on current social work practice. Additionally, the course explores, within a social justice context, the historical impact of social welfare policies on the well-being of individuals and communities.
SW 207. Racism, Sexism and Other Isms. 3 Hours.
Ethical dilemmas in relating to disadvantaged groups such as minorities, aged, women, gays and lesbians, and disabled persons.
SW 208. Disaster Preparedness. 3 Hours.
A multi-disciplinary perspective on aspects of disaster preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters. Provides review of current recommendations on disaster preparedness, local, state and federal response networks and organizations, and psychosocial aspects of response including sheltering, crisis intervention and psychological first aid.
SW 222. Social Work Values Lab. 4 Hours.
An introduction to the helping professions with on-site service learning opportunities in local social service agencies. A didactic classroom and service learning lab that integrates field observation with self-awareness. At the successful conclusion of this course, students may apply for social work major status.(SL).
SW 302. Social Welfare Policy Analysis. 3 Hours.
Introduces analytical frameworks with which to evaluate contemporary U.S. social welfare policy; it is designed for students with basic knowledge of the history of social welfare. The course also examines the relationship between current policy and the practice of social work today. Additionally explored is the real-world impact of current policy on the well-being of individuals and communities, within a social justice context.
Prerequisites: SW 203 [Min Grade: C]
SW 305. Social Work in Perinatal Settings. 3 Hours.
Covers issues facing families in perinatal settings, providing an overview of the social work role from a generalist practice model. This course covers practice issues related to services to families during pregnancy, delivery and childbirth, and the neonatal period. Topics will be covered from a multidisciplinary perspective, highlighting the impact of culture and diversity during specified times of life transition, including medical and psychosocial issues. Social Work interventions will be discussed using an evidence-based framework.
SW 313. Human Behavior and The Social Environment I. 3 Hours.
The first of two required courses in Human Behavior and the Social Environment, this course is designed to prepare students to understand human development across the different levels of social systems. The course explores theories, concepts, and knowledge from conception through early adolescence. Content also includes discussion of how factors such as social class, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability, age, race, ethnicity, and culture influence human development and behavior.
SW 314. Human Behavior in the Social Environment II. 3 Hours.
The second of two required courses in Human Behavior and the Social Environment, is designed to prepare students to understand human behavior across the life cycle. The course explores theories, concepts, and knowledge from early adolescence through death. Students acquire knowledge and understanding of human beings as individuals, as members of families, and other social groupings, and as members of organizations, communities, and larger societal and cultural collectives. Content includes discussion of how factors such as social class, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability, age, race, ethnicity and culture influence human development and behavior.
Prerequisites: SW 313 [Min Grade: C]
SW 320. Introduction to Research Methods. 3 Hours.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to research theory, methods and tools; and to expand their appreciation of the quintessential role of research in guiding practice. Qualitative and Quantitative research methodologies, sampling, data collection, and data analysis, as well as skills in critiquing research studies will be taught in the context of ethical standards governing evaluation and research as set forth in the NASW Code of Ethics. This course is a part of the core curriculum of the social work program. Quantitative literacy is a significant component of this course. Honors students will have additional research related assignments.
SW 321. Statistics for Social Work Research. 3 Hours.
This course provides the context for understanding the analysis and interpretation of quantitative data. Descriptive and inferential statistics will be covered, along with hypothesis testing and statistical significance. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course.
Prerequisites: SW 320 [Min Grade: C]
SW 322. Social Work Practice I. 4 Hours.
Generalist model application of social work with concentration on the micro-level that provides the student with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, understanding and competence needed for interventions at the beginning professional level. This course includes a service learning lab that allows students to practice a solution-focused relationship with emphasis on self-awareness, cultural-awareness, active listening, interviewing, and recording skills at all systems levels.(SL).
Prerequisites: SW 222 [Min Grade: C]
SW 339. Child Welfare in Social Work. 3 Hours.
Examines current trends in service delivery and relevant policy issues concerning the health and well being of children.
SW 422. Social Work Practice II. 4 Hours.
Generalist model application of social work practice at the mezzo and macro levels. Students will look at resource/case management, alliance creation, community change, and social activism and advocacy. This course includes a service learning lab that allows students to practice working with groups, communities and organizations, using ethical standards based on NASW Code of Ethics.(SL).
Prerequisites: SW 322 [Min Grade: C]
SW 428. Medical and Mental Health Social Work. 3 Hours.
An introduction to and overview of working with people called "patients" in medical and mental health. These settings include medical hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, non-profit organizations, and mental health inpatient and outpatient facilities.
SW 454. Working with Substance Abusers. 3 Hours.
Examines the impact of substance abuse on individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions and communities. This course is recommended for students who want to expand their knowledge and sensitivity for understanding the special problems that substance abuse brings to society. Course content includes identification of the various drugs of abuse, major theories of addiction, and examination of the psychological and physiological consequences of substance abuse.
SW 478. Special Topics in Social Work. 3 Hours.
Study of current issues in social work.
SW 490. Practicum in Social Work/SL. 9 Hours.
Integration of social work knowledge and values with application of professional helping skills. Students participate in a full-time placement in approved social service agencies under supervision of master's-level social workers.
Prerequisites: SW 494 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)
SW 494. Practicum Seminar. 3 Hours.
This capstone course in Social Work is an integrative seminar that must be taken concurrently with SW 490 (Practicum in Social Work). The seminar reviews basic social work tools that will enhance the students' work with client systems by providing opportunities to increase their knowledge of the social work profession, practice collegiate collaboration for the benefit of clients, and engage in strategies for problem-solving. The seminar also provides a forum to review students' practicum experiences, discuss social work practice issues, and reflect on the relationship of these experiences to their overall social work education program. Honors Students will be required to complete an additional 100 hours involved in community based research.
Prerequisites: SW 490 [Min Grade: P](Can be taken Concurrently)
SW 496. Social Work Honors Seminar. 3 Hours.
This seminar is designed to enhance students’ problem solving skills, critical and independent thinking, and application of research/evidence-based practice. Faculty mentors will assist students in exploring social work practice interest areas and will provide preparation for graduate study and/or professional careers in Social Work. This course is required for all Social Work Honors students.
SW 498. Independent Study I. 1 Hour.
This seminar is designed to enhance students’ problem solving skills, critical and independent thinking, and application of research/evidence-based practice. Faculty mentors will assist students in exploring social work practice interest areas and will provide preparation for graduate study and/or professional careers in Social Work. This independent study is required for Social Work Honors students.
SW 499. Independent Study II. 1-3 Hour.
Research under direction of faculty member.