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Social Work |
Social Work Course Listing
Professor: Dr. Kledaras (Chair)
Assistant Professor: Dr. Tina
Adjunct Instructors: Ms. Murphy,
The social work program is accredited
by the Council on Social Work Education. The social work major is
designed to prepare students for entry-level generalist social work
practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and
Academic credit for life or previous
work experience will not be given in lieu of courses prefixed SOWK nor
for the social work field practicum. The major leads to the Bachelor of
Social Work degree.
Transfer of social work courses from
social work programs accredited by CSWE may be allowed after review and
with the permission of the Program Chair.
All candidates for a major in social
work must be officially admitted to the social work program. The
standards for admission to the program include:
- Satisfactory progress and
completion of the general college curriculum requirements, Social Work
201 and 290 with a grade of "C" or better.
- Minimum grade point average of 2.25
on all work attempted.
- Approval of faculty in the social
Continuance in the social work program
requires that students maintain at least a minimum of a 2.0 grade point
average on all social work courses.
Termination from the social work
program may occur for academic, as well as for non-academic, reasons.
Requirements for a Major in
Social Work (CIP 44.0701)
Social Work 201, 290, 320,
321, 330, 340, 341, 350, 351, 480, 481, 490, and 491; Biology 111,
Biology 221; Sociology 225, 340, and 345; and Psychology 222, 364, and
461. The required mathematics course is Math 160. Sociology 340 may be
counted as Religion 340.
One Restricted elective.
Upper level courses in social work are
open only to normally admitted majors. Electives should be supportive of
the major and approved in consultation with the social work faculty
Social Work Course
Listing (SOWK 000)
201 Introduction to Social Work (3)
A course offering students,
who think they would like to work with others, an opportunity to explore
the field of professional social work and to assess their own aptitude
and interest in a major in social work. Students planning careers in
related professions such as criminal justice, ministry, or allied health
may wish to learn about social work, as well. The course includes a
brief history of the profession and an overview of major social welfare
needs and services in the U.S. Problems which social workers encounter
in their practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and
communities are presented and a generalist problem-solving perspective
is introduced. Students visit social work agencies and meet professional
social workers. Offered in the fall and spring.
290 Early Field Experiences in
Social Work (3)
A course designed for students
exploring social work as a career choice. It is coupled with
Introduction to Social Work (201) to provide an opportunity to observe
the people, places, and processes of helping. Students are assigned to a
human service agency for a minimum of 65 hours during the semester.
Written requirements include a journal and descriptive agency analysis.
Field faculty and students complete a written evaluation of performance
in the agency setting. Prerequisites: 2.0 GPA, and permission of the
Field Coordinator. Students must apply by March 15th for the fall
semester and by October 15th for the spring semester. It is recommended
that SOWK 201 be taken and completed with a grade of C or better prior
to taking SOWK 290. Offered in the fall and spring.
320 Social Work Practice Methods I
A course for exploring the
dynamics of the helping process, with opportunities to practice skills,
gain knowledge, and integrate personal and professional values in the
helping relationship. A problem-solving model is presented for
generalist practice with individuals and families. Prerequisite: Formal
admission to the major. Offered in the fall.
321 Social Work Practice Methods II
A course providing
opportunities for students to become knowledgeable about and skillful in
professional helping relationships with groups, organizations, and
communities. The problem-solving method is utilized in depth and skills
for working with diverse populations are strengthened and expanded.
Prerequisites: Formal admission to the major and completion of SOWK 320
and SOWK 350. Offered in the spring.
330 Research Methods in Behavioral
and Social Science (4) (Psychology 330)
A course providing an
introduction to basic research methods. Emphasis is placed on the
studentís ability to locate and understand scholarly articles, and to
conduct elementary research for social work practice, including single
case system designs, brief surveys, and simple program evaluation, as
well as the preparation of the research report. This is a laboratory
course. Prerequisites: Formal admission to the program and completion of
Mathematics 160. Offered in the Spring.
340 Social Welfare History and
341 Social Welfare Systems and Services (3)
Two courses focusing on historical, economic, political, and
philosophical foundations of American social welfare policy. In the
first semester the origins of social welfare and the history of social
welfare and social work in the United States are presented. Concepts
important to understanding social welfare policy and delivering services
to clients of various backgrounds and differing life experiences are
studied, including that of social justice in the light of our Judaeo-Christian
heritage. The impact of discrimination in American history is assessed,
with a consideration of how societal inequities might be remedied. In
SOWK 341 students engage in social policy analysis, in the study of
social welfare systems and services, and formulate social policy
recommendations in the form of written legislative testimony. Social
welfare services are studied, with application to specific case
situations. Students are introduced to an overview of the legal system,
and to the legislation and regulations pertinent to social work
generalist practice. Prerequisite: Formal admission to the program, and
completion of Sociology 225. Offered in the fall and spring
345 Human Diversity (3) (SOCI 345)
A study of the biological,
psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of human diversity. All
elementary and middle grades education majors must complete this course.
Offered in the spring.
350-351 Human Behavior in Social
Two courses presenting an
ecological perspective on the development and functioning of
individuals, families, structured groups, communities, and
organizations. The dual perspective of the developing individual over
the life course and the environmental processes provides the framework
for understanding human behavior. Emphasis is placed on life transitions
and events, diverse social environments, contexts that support or
inhibit human development, functioning, and variations in development,
and functioning which arise from cultural processes, race and ethnicity,
gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, and
rural/urban differences. Prerequisites: Formal admission to the program,
and completion of Biology 221, Sociology 225 and Psychology 222. Offered
in the fall and spring respectively.
360 Topics in Social Work (1-3)
An upper-level elective open
to majors and to selected junior or senior non-majors with approval of
the instructor. Topics vary from semester to semester and the course may
be repeated for credit with different topics. Topics in the past have
included social work with older persons, social work with women, and
social work with alcohol and drug dependent clients and families.
Offered as needed.
480-481 Practice Seminar (3,3)
A practice seminar directed
toward helping the student integrate field and classroom experiences and
to strengthen understanding and application of generalist practice,
social work research knowledge and skills, and ability to work with
diverse populations in a variety of settings. Enrollment must be
concurrent with SOWK 490 and SOWK 491. Offered in the fall and spring
490-491 Field Practicum I and II
Social work practice in an
approved agency under MSW supervision for a minimum of 450 clock hours,
225 hours each semester. Students are responsible for expenses and must
possess a valid North Carolina driverís license and motor vehicle
insurance. A completed request for placement must be turned in to the
Field Coordinator by midterm of the semester prior to placement.
Prerequisites for SOWK 490 and 491: Completion of all Social Work
courses. Offered in the fall and spring respectively.