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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
SOC WORK-202

Introduction to Human Services

Overview of career opportunities in the human services; explores such fields of practice as aging, corrections, alcohol and substance abuse, child welfare, mental health and the developmentally disabled.

    Credits3
    Lecture
    SOC WORK-250

    You and Your Future: Living and Working in an Aging Society

    This interactive service learning course explores contemporary topics in aging including anti-aging technology, multi-generational workplace issues, public policy issues, family and intergenerational caregiving, and programs and services for older adults. Second Life virtual reality technology is used in the course.

    • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    SOC WORK-257

    Introduction to Counseling Skills and Techniques

    Developing and increasing skills and awareness required for competent behavior as a helping person.

    Prerequisites
    P: res hall asst or Soc Work major.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Fall
      SOC WORK-275

      American Social Welfare

      Overview of the institution of American social welfare; how the U.S. has developed social policies and services to meet social problems and institutional arrangements that provide people with resources and services to meet their needs.

      Prerequisites
      P: Eng Comp 105 or conc enr.
      • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
      Credits1-4
      Field EXP
      SOC WORK-299

      Travel Course

      • Pre-Requisites
      • General Education
      • Travel Course
      • Repeatable

      Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

      Prerequisites
      P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
      • Gen Ed: World Culture
      • Travel Course
      • Course is repeatable for credit.
      Credits1
      Field EXP
      Spring
      SOC WORK-300

      Field Experience in a Human Service Agency

      Introductory exposure to working in a social services agency; professionally supervised program of observation and assistance in the agency.

      Prerequisites
      P: conc enr in Soc Work 370.
      • Course is repeatable to 3 credits.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Fall
      SOC WORK-305

      The Social Work Profession

      Orientation to the knowledge, skills and values of professional social work practice. Definition of professional competencies expected of a Bachelor of Social Work graduate and their relationship to field training experience.

      Prerequisites
      P: major in Soc Work; Eng Comp 105; Soc Work 275 or conc enr.; conc enr. in Soc Work 313.
        Credits1
        Lecture
        Fall
        SOC WORK-313

        Social Work Skills Lab I

        Instruction and practice in basic interviewing skills for the beginning social work professional.

        Prerequisites
        P: conc enr in Soc Work 305.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          SOC WORK-320

          Exploration of Fields of Practice

          Overview of social work practice and services offered in a variety of agency settings. Presentations by practitioner experts from each service setting.

          Prerequisites
          P: major in Soc Work and jr st.
            Credits1
            Lecture
            Spring
            SOC WORK-323

            Social Work Skills Lab II

            Instruction and practice in interpersonal skills required for working with other professionals, including use of supervision, teamwork, mediation, negotiation, referral and conflict management.

            Prerequisites
            P: conc enr in Soc Work 370.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              SOC WORK-330

              Understanding Diversity, Challenging Oppression: A Service Learning Course for Helping Professionals

              Service learning course on working with diverse groups and communities for persons considering a career in the helping professions.

              Prerequisites
              P: Sophomore status
              • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              SOC WORK-351

              Overview of the Child Welfare System

              Analysis of the place of child welfare policies and services among society's general provisions for family welfare and support. Overview of child welfare programs and services and the broad principles underlying delivery of services.

              Prerequisites
              P: Soc Work 305
                Credits3
                Lecture
                SOC WORK-360

                Social Service Delivery Systems and Cultural Differences

                Social service programs of culturally and technologically different societies; nature of the differences between the care-giving institutions are related to the cultures from which they have emerged.

                Prerequisites
                P: prior written cons of inst.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  SOC WORK-370

                  Social Work Methods I

                  Application of social work methods to planned changes with organizations and communities; explores how agency and community contexts shape social work practice.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: Soc Work 305.
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Spring
                    SOC WORK-371

                    Human Behavior and the Social Environment

                    Examines the biological, psychological, social-structural and cultural sources of the behavior of individuals and organizations from the perspective of systems analysis, human diversity and goal-directed behavior; applications to social work practice.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: Soc Work 305 and Hum Biol 102.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      SOC WORK-380

                      Cross Cultural Diversity and the Helping Professions

                      Students who will work with diverse individuals and groups seeking professional services will learn to do so in a culturally relevant manner. Course content specifically focuses on the application of culturally relevant work in the helping professions.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: so st.
                      • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
                      Credits1-3
                      Lecture
                      SOC WORK-395

                      Special Topics in Social Work

                      In-depth coverage of topics not covered by regular courses, such as substance use, mental health problems, interpersonal violence, PTSD, aging, homelessness, LGBTQ issues, religion, spirituality, globalization, and others. Offerings of different topics can be repeated for credit.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: so st.; REC: Eng Comp 105.
                      • Course is repeatable for credit.
                      Credits5
                      Field EXP
                      Fall
                      SOC WORK-402

                      Field Practicum I

                      Actual social service work through placement in a social service agency.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: conc enr in Soc Work 411.
                        Credits5
                        Field EXP
                        Spring
                        SOC WORK-403

                        Field Practicum II

                        Actual social service work through placement in a social service agency.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: Soc Work 402 and conc enr in 420.
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Fall
                          SOC WORK-411

                          Social Work Methods II

                          Application of social work methods with individuals, families and groups; focus on assessment, planning and intervention strategies with an introduction to evaluation and termination processes.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Soc Work 370.
                            Credits1
                            Lecture
                            Fall
                            SOC WORK-413

                            Social Work Skills Lab III

                            Instruction and practice in advanced interviewing skills needed by the beginning social work professional.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: conc enr in Soc Work 411.
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Spring
                              SOC WORK-420

                              Social Work Methods III

                              Theory and methods of planned change interventions with specific populations at risk; integration of micro and macro level practice, with an emphasis on community organizing; evaluation of practice; and termination.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: Soc Work 411.
                                Credits1
                                Lecture
                                Spring
                                SOC WORK-423

                                Social Work Skills Lab IV

                                Instruction and practice in professional interactional skills focusing on small and large groups, and specialized intervention skills.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: conc enr in Soc Work 420.
                                  Credits2
                                  Lecture
                                  Fall
                                  SOC WORK-431

                                  Social Policy Analysis I

                                  Instruction and practice in analyzing social problems and related policies; observation with local government policy making; application of skills to specific policy and its implementation in the community.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: Soc Work 370 and conc enr in 461.
                                    Credits2
                                    Lecture
                                    Spring
                                    SOC WORK-433

                                    Social Policy Analysis II

                                    Theory and methods for planned social policy change; development and implementation of a planned change project as a follow up to the social problem and policy analyzed in Social Policy Analysis I.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: Soc Work 431 and conc enr in 463.
                                      Credits3
                                      Lecture
                                      Fall
                                      SOC WORK-451

                                      Child Welfare Practice

                                      Overview of social work practice in child welfare. Examinations of nature and causes of child maltreatment and the role of child welfare. Exploration of the ways practice principles in child welfare are applied in the assessment and intervention phases of helping in the delivery of services.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: Soc Work 351 and 370.
                                        Credits2
                                        Lecture
                                        Fall
                                        SOC WORK-461

                                        Program Evaluation I

                                        Introduction to the principles of program evaluation and community research. Design and implement an evaluation research project.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: Comm Sci 301; Soc Work 370; conc enr in Soc Work 431.
                                          Credits2
                                          Lecture
                                          Spring
                                          SOC WORK-463

                                          Program Evaluation II

                                          Introduction to program evaluation designs; analyze and interpret data from community research project; make recommendations for new or changed programs or policies.

                                          Prerequisites
                                          P: Soc Work 461; conc enr in Soc Work 433.
                                            Credits5
                                            Field EXP
                                            SOC WORK-490

                                            International Social Work in Guatemala

                                            During this five-week course, students will participate in a three-week language immersion course at PFLM language school in Antiguq, Guat. followed by a two-week service-learning opportunity working with an established Project in the region which serves the "poorest of the poor".

                                              Credits1-12
                                              Field EXP
                                              Spring
                                              Fall
                                              SOC WORK-497

                                              Internship

                                              Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: jr st.
                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                              Credits1-4
                                              IND Study
                                              Spring
                                              Fall
                                              SOC WORK-498

                                              Independent Study

                                              Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                              Credits1-6
                                              Field EXP
                                              SOC WORK-499

                                              Travel Course

                                              • Pre-Requisites
                                              • General Education
                                              • Travel Course
                                              • Repeatable

                                              Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                              • Gen Ed: World Culture
                                              • Travel Course
                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                              Credits1-6
                                              Field EXP
                                              SOC WORK-699

                                              Travel Course

                                              Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                              • Travel Course
                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                              Credits3
                                              Lecture
                                              Spring
                                              SOC WORK-701

                                              Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work

                                              This foundation course is designed to introduce MSW students to wide-ranging ethical issues that practitioners in various settings.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: Admission to the MSW Program
                                                Credits3
                                                Lecture
                                                Fall
                                                SOC WORK-702

                                                Generalist Practice I

                                                This course promotes masters' level development of skills necessary to practice social work with diverse individuals and family groups.

                                                Prerequisites
                                                P: Admission to MSW Program
                                                  Credits1
                                                  LAB
                                                  Fall
                                                  SOC WORK-703

                                                  Skills Lab with Individuals, Families and Small Groups

                                                  This skills lab introduces students to a range of skills required for effective practice with individuals, families and small groups.

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: Admission to the MSW Program
                                                    Credits3
                                                    Lecture
                                                    Spring
                                                    SOC WORK-704

                                                    Generalist Social Work Practice II

                                                    This course promotes masters' level development of skills necessary to practice social work with diverse groups within organizations and communities.

                                                    Prerequisites
                                                    P: Admission to the MSW Program
                                                      Credits1
                                                      LAB
                                                      Spring
                                                      SOC WORK-705

                                                      Skills Lab with Large Groups and Communities

                                                      This skills lab introduces students to a range of skills required for effective practice with various professional and community groups, with organizations, and with communities.

                                                      Prerequisites
                                                      P: Admission to the MSW Program
                                                        Credits3
                                                        Lecture
                                                        Fall
                                                        SOC WORK-706

                                                        Social Welfare Institutions

                                                        This course examines the origins of and changes in American social welfare arrangements to meet human needs. It traces the evolution of the social work profession and social welfare efforts in relation to major economic, social, and political forces over time.

                                                        Prerequisites
                                                        P: Admission to the MSW Program
                                                          Credits3
                                                          Lecture
                                                          Fall
                                                          SOC WORK-707

                                                          Human Behavior in the Social Environment

                                                          Integration of theories and models examining the complexity of person/environment functioning with respect to individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities.

                                                          Prerequisites
                                                          P: Admission to the MSW Program
                                                            Credits3
                                                            Lecture
                                                            Spring
                                                            SOC WORK-708

                                                            Social Welfare Policy: Contemporary Approaches

                                                            In this course, students evaluate contemporary social policies affecting poor and disenfranchised groups in the U.S. Students are introduced to the processes of policy development and policy change.

                                                            Prerequisites
                                                            P: Admission to the MSW Program
                                                              Credits4
                                                              Field EXP
                                                              Fall
                                                              SOC WORK-709

                                                              Field I: Foundations Social Work Field Practicum

                                                              Supervised social work practicum experience in a human services agency setting.

                                                              Prerequisites
                                                              P: Admission to the MSW Program
                                                                Credits4
                                                                Field EXP
                                                                Spring
                                                                SOC WORK-710

                                                                Field II: Foundation Social Work Field Practicum

                                                                Supervised social work practicum experience in a human service agency setting.

                                                                Prerequisites
                                                                P: Admission to the MSW Program
                                                                  Credits3
                                                                  Lecture
                                                                  Spring
                                                                  SOC WORK-720

                                                                  Practice Competence In a Diverse Community

                                                                  Social work advanced practice course on working with diverse groups and communities.

                                                                  Prerequisites
                                                                  P: completion of foundation req or advanced st.
                                                                    Credits3
                                                                    Lecture
                                                                    Spring
                                                                    SOC WORK-721

                                                                    Multi-Level Family Intervention

                                                                    Advanced social work practice techniques for direct practice students working with families of many types and in varied settings.

                                                                    Prerequisites
                                                                    P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                      Credits3
                                                                      Lecture
                                                                      Spring
                                                                      SOC WORK-722

                                                                      Social Work Management & Supervision in the Social Services

                                                                      Advanced social work practice of management and supervision methods for students working in management positions at any level in social service agencies.

                                                                      Prerequisites
                                                                      P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                        Credits3
                                                                        Lecture
                                                                        Spring
                                                                        SOC WORK-727

                                                                        Psychopathology & Strength-Based Assessment

                                                                        This course examines mental health and mental illness from a strengths-based social work perspective. Cultural and community factors in defining these issues are addressed.

                                                                        Prerequisites
                                                                        P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                          Credits3
                                                                          Lecture
                                                                          Fall
                                                                          SOC WORK-728

                                                                          Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis

                                                                          This course uses an analytical framework for analyzing social welfare policy to examine particular practice concerns. Particular attention is paid to rural/urban differences and to diversity issues.

                                                                          Prerequisites
                                                                          P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                            Credits4
                                                                            Lecture
                                                                            Spring
                                                                            SOC WORK-729

                                                                            Field III: Advanced Social Work Field Practicum & Integrative Seminar

                                                                            Supervised social work practicum experience in a human service agency setting.

                                                                            Prerequisites
                                                                            P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                              Credits3
                                                                              Lecture
                                                                              Fall
                                                                              SOC WORK-731

                                                                              Advanced Research Applications in Social Work Practice

                                                                              Advanced research course that prepares students to evaluate their own practice and to carry out independent research projects. P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing. (F)

                                                                              Prerequisites
                                                                              P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                                Credits1
                                                                                Field EXP
                                                                                SOC WORK-732

                                                                                Field Research Project

                                                                                Students learn how to conduct evaluation research by carrying out a project in their field unit, Field IV.

                                                                                Prerequisites
                                                                                P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                                • Course is repeatable to 3 credits.
                                                                                Credits4
                                                                                Lecture
                                                                                SOC WORK-733

                                                                                Field IV: Advanced Social Work Practicum/Integrative Seminar

                                                                                Supervised social work practicum experience in a human service agency setting.

                                                                                Prerequisites
                                                                                P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                                  Credits2
                                                                                  Field EXP
                                                                                  Spring
                                                                                  SOC WORK-734

                                                                                  Field Research Consultation

                                                                                  Students work independently with the instructor to complete the required tasks associated with the Field Research Proj. The instructor provides technical assistance, advice, and problem-solving regarding IRB proposals, participant recruitment, data collection and management, data analysis and report development.

                                                                                  Prerequisites
                                                                                  P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                                    Credits3
                                                                                    Lecture
                                                                                    SOC WORK-735

                                                                                    Emerging Issues in Child Welfare

                                                                                    Advanced standing elective course considering major new issues in child welfare practice, administration, funding and research.

                                                                                    Prerequisites
                                                                                    P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                                      Credits3
                                                                                      Lecture
                                                                                      SOC WORK-737

                                                                                      Social Work and Crisis Intervention with Vulnerable Populations

                                                                                      This course contributes to development of practice competency with vulnerable and oppressed groups and is for advanced level MSW students. The course teaches crisis intervention and emergency treatment approaches and then applies them to vulnerable populations of males and females in the United States.

                                                                                        Credits3
                                                                                        Lecture
                                                                                        SOC WORK-747

                                                                                        Mental Health Theories

                                                                                        This course examines the current mental health theories influencing social work direct practice.

                                                                                        Prerequisites
                                                                                        P: MSW student
                                                                                          Credits3
                                                                                          Lecture
                                                                                          SOC WORK-757

                                                                                          Treatment and Mistreatment of Offenders

                                                                                          Prepares social workers for an understanding of correctional models and their inherent values, bio-psycho-social theories of crime causation, and assessment and intervention skills within a generalist framework.

                                                                                          Prerequisites
                                                                                          P: MSW student
                                                                                            Credits3
                                                                                            Lecture
                                                                                            SOC WORK-795

                                                                                            Special Topics

                                                                                            This course provides students an opporunity to strengthen practice while working with clients or agencies are mental health concerns, addictions, or violence issues.

                                                                                            Prerequisites
                                                                                            P: completion of foundation curriculum or advanced standing.
                                                                                              Credits1-3
                                                                                              IND Study
                                                                                              Spring
                                                                                              Fall
                                                                                              SOC WORK-798

                                                                                              Independent Study

                                                                                              P: May be repeatable for credit. gr st. /(F,S)

                                                                                              Prerequisites
                                                                                              P: gr st.
                                                                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.