Social Work Courses

Courses in social work (designated SOWK) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • a major in social work.

Introduction to the Social Work Profession (4 credits, SOWK 200)

Introduces the social work profession and provides an overview of fields of social welfare services. Explores the various professional roles social workers play in working in each field. Examines the social welfare system as a society’s responses to human need and structure for delivery of social services. Thirty hours of volunteer service (or alternative assignment) in a social agency required.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4 credits, SOWK 300)

Prerequisites: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Examines human development in the social environment using the bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Explores developmental theories to help inform social work assessment at the micro and mezzo levels of practice. Examines both the developmental and problematic aspects of the stages of the life cycle. Discusses the social systems of individual, family, group, community, and society. Develops foundation assessment skills.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (4 credits, SOWK 302)

Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 300 or permission of instructor. Examines communities, groups, and organizations as social systems and environmental contexts. Reflects social work's values and principles in the macro social environment, and the integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology, and economics to understand and critically analyze the multiple influences on human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation. Develops macro assessment skills within the framework of empowerment.

Social Welfare History and Contemporary Issue (4 credits, SOWK 306)

Prerequisites: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Provides an introduction to the field of social welfare, primarily in the United States, and major social movements. Examines the history of the social welfare system and social work profession, in the context of societal factors with particular attention to the intersectionality of race, class, and gender. Explores the impact of values and beliefs on the development of the modern U.S. social welfare system. Investigates the dynamics of privilege and oppression as part of the political, economic, and social factors that influence the policies and services provided by social work practitioners.

Privilege and Oppression (4 credits, SOWK 309)

Prerequisites: SOWK 200, Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Introduces and sensitizes students to the major concepts of cultural diversity, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, pluralism and conflicts caused by ethnocentrism, discrimination and prejudice. Explores the relationship and intersection between these major concepts and social work practices and policies. Emphasizes the examination of major ethnic groups as well as other social groupings based on such factors as gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities and other differences in human populations. Evaluates the common elements of oppressions and prejudicial and discriminatory practices from both micro and macro theoretical frames of reference. Explores the application of the ecological perspective, generalist, and problem-solving process.

Basic Interviewing Skills and Techniques (2 credits, SOWK 310)

Develops basic interviewing skills for assessing, goal setting and intervention for use in home service and social work settings. Emphasizes skill application with diverse populations.

Social Work Practice I (4 credits, SOWK 320)

Prerequisites: Admission social work program. Prepares students for a generalist approach to social work practice with individuals. Emphasizes knowledge, values, ethics and skills needed to develop effective helping relationships. Includes basic theories for intervention with focus on micro level problem solving and basic interview skills.

Social Work Policy Practice: Analyst and Advocate (4 credits, SOWK 330)

Prerequisites: SOWK 200 and 306. Builds upon the foundation content of the SOWK 306 Social Welfare History and Contemporary Issues course, providing understandings of social welfare policy analysis with micro, mezzo, and macro social work policy practice knowledge skills. Prepares students to participate in the policy making process, integrating both policy analytical and formulation skills, as well as understanding the methods and strategies for advocating for policy change and new policies.

Social Work Practice II: Practice With Groups And Families (4 credits, SOWK 400)

Prerequisites: Admission to social work program and SOWK 320. Co-requisites: SOWK 416, 420. Prepares students for a generalist approach to social work practice involving families and groups. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with an emphasis on mezzo level problem solving. Includes theories and techniques for planning, assessment, direct intervention, and advocacy with small groups and families.

Social Work Practice III (4 credits, SOWK 410)

Prerequisite: Admission to social work program, SOWK 320, 400, 416, and 420. Co-requisites: SOWK 421 and 417. Prepares students for a generalist approach to social work with large systems. Applies the planned change process within macro practice, specifically with organizations and communities. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics, and skills with emphasis on macro level problem solving.

Social Work Research I (4 credits, SOWK 416)

Prerequisite: Senior standing, Admission to social work program. Corequisite: SOWK 400 and 420.The first of two courses in social work and evaluation research. Emphasizes the development and use of scientific knowledge and the application of that knowledge to evaluate social work interventions and program evaluation. Explores applied research methodologies to enhance the student’s use of evidence based social work knowledge and skills. May be repeated only once with permission of the department.

Social Work Research II (4 credits, SOWK 417)

Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, Senior Standing and SOWK 416. Corequisites: SOWK 410 and 421.The second of two courses focused on the basic concepts and methods of scientific inquiry used to build knowledge and evaluate practice. Builds and expands upon material covered in Social Work Research I. Includes focus on program evaluation, single-subject designs, data analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics, presentation of data, report writing and application of findings to practice. Explores applied research methodologies that will enhance the student's use of evidence-based interventions. May be repeated only once with permission of the department.