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Social Work - Requirements for the Major

Social Work Program | Course Descriptions

Supporting Courses, 33-37 credits

  • COMM SCI 301    Foundations for Social Research, 3 credits
  • ENG COMP 105   Expository Writing, 3 credits
  • HUM BIOL 102     Introduction to Human Biology, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 210      Introduction to Human Development, 3 credits
  • SOC WORK 275   American Social Welfare, 3 credits

Choose one course:

  • ANTHRO 304        Family, Kin and Community, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 353      Family Development, 3 credits
  • SOCIOL 308          Sociology of the Family, 3 credits

Choose one course (students are strongly encouraged to take COMM SCI 205):

  • BUS ADM 215      Introduction to Business Statistics, 3 credits
  • COMM SCI 205    Social Science Statistics, 4 credits
  • MATH 260             Introductory Statistics, 4 credits

Human Behavior course, choose one:

  • *HUM BIOL 206   Fertility, Reproduction, and Family Planning, 3 credits
  • *HUM BIOL 324   The Biology of Women, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 331      Infancy and Early Childhood, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 332      Middle Childhood and Adolescence, 3 credits
  • *HUM DEV 336    Gender Development Across the Lifespan, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 342      Cross Cultural Human Development, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 343      Adulthood and Aging, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 346      Culture, Development and Health, 3 credits
  • *PSYCH 401         Psychology of Women, 3 credits
  • PSYCH 417            Psychology of Cognitive Processes, 3 credits
  • PSYCH  435          Abnormal Psychology, 3 credits

Government course, choose one:

  • POL SCI 101          American Government and Politics, 3 credits
  • POL SCI 202          Introduction to Public Policy, 3 credits

Social Environmental Challenges course, choose one:

  • PSYCH 390           Environmental Psychology, 3 credits
  • SOC C D 251         Sustainable Development, 3 credits
  • *SOC C D 345       Women, Race and Culture, 3 credits 
  • *SOC C D 348       Gender and the Law, 3 credits
  • SOC WORK 490   International Social Work in Guatemala, 5 credits
  • SOCIOL 310          Urban Sociology, 3 credits
  • UR RE ST 205       Urban Social Problems, 3 credits
  • UR RE ST 305/POL SCI 305 Urban Politics and Policy, 3 credits
  • UR RE ST 312       Community Politics, 3 credits
  • UR RE ST 341       The City and its Regional Context, 3 credits

Social Theory course, choose one:

  • PSYCH 330            Social Psychology, 3 credits
  • SOC C D 204         Freedom and Social Control, 3 credits
  • *SOC C D 241       Introduction to Women’s Studies, 3 credits
  • SOC C D 325         Law and Society, 3 credits
  • *SOC C D 340       Women, Work and Family, 3 credits
  • SOC C D 360         Models and Social Change, 3 credits
  • SOC C D 362         Power and Change in America, 3 credits
  • *SOC C D 437       Feminist Theory, 3 credits
  • SOCIOL 202          Introduction to Sociology, 3 credits

Women’s Studies, one course required, 3 credits

  • May include * courses used to meet requirements above.

Upper-Level Courses, 38 credits

  • SOC WORK 300   Field Experience in a Human Service Agency, 1 credit
  • SOC WORK 305   The Social Work Profession, 3 credits
  • SOC WORK 313   Social Work Skills Lab I, 1 credit
  • SOC WORK 323   Social Work Skills Lab II, 1 credit
  • SOC WORK 370   Social Work Methods I, 3 credits
  • SOC WORK 371   Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 3 credits
  • SOC WORK 402   Field Practicum I, 5 credits
  • SOC WORK 403   Field Practicum II, 5 credits
  • SOC WORK 411   Social Work Methods II, 3 credits
  • SOC WORK 413   Social Work Skills Lab III, 1 credit
  • SOC WORK 420   Social Work Methods III, 3 credits
  • SOC WORK 423   Social Work Skills Lab IV, 1 credit
  • SOC WORK 431   Social Policy Analysis I, 2 credits
  • SOC WORK 433   Social Policy Analysis II, 2 credits
  • SOC WORK 461   Program Evaluation I, 2 credits
  • SOC WORK 463   Program Evaluation II, 2 credits

Child Welfare Emphasis, 12 credits

  • HUM DEV 331      Infancy and Early Childhood, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 332      Middle Childhood and Adolescence, 3 credits
  • SOC WORK 351   Overview of the Child Welfare System, 3 credits
  • SOC WORK 451   Child Welfare Practice, 3 credits
In addition, for students pursuing the child welfare emphasis, SOC WORK 402 and 403 involve practicum placement in an agency that serves children and families.
Social Work Program
Course Descriptions