BSW Course Requirements

The following courses are requirements of the Social Work Undergraduate Program:

  • SWK 100 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
  • SWK 130 Poverty and Social Welfare
  • SWK 160 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 

(This course has extensive pre- and co-requisites. Students should discuss their individual situations with the program director or their academic advisor)

  • SWK 200 The Professional Context of Social Work Practice 

(Students will be required to participate in a 20-hour volunteer field/laboratory experience. Students are asked to keep a block of class time open on Tuesday-Thursday [morning or afternoon] so that they may participate in this field experience. Prerequisites: SWK 160, Human Behavior and Social Environment, and its Prerequisites. Open only to social work majors and minors. A grade of "C" or better is required in this course to enter SWK250)

  • SWK 250 Social Work Practice with Individuals: Practice I
  • SWK 255 Social Welfare Policy
  • SWK 265 Social Work Practice with Groups and Families: Practice II
  • SWK 280 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations: Practice III
  • SWK 360 Methods and Practice of Social Work Research 

(Prerequisites: PSY/SOC/POL 200 or MAT140 only -- both have prerequisites)

  • SWK 379 Independent Study
  • SWK 381 Field Instruction in Social Work I
  • SWK 382 Professional Seminar in Social Work I
  • SWK 383 Field Instruction in Social Work II
  • SWK 384 Professional Seminar in Social Work II
  • In addition to the above, social work majors select three of the following elective courses:

    • SWK 285 Essential Skills for Helping People
    • SWK 286 Social Work and Substance Abuse
    • SWK/SOC 290 Social Gerontology and Social Welfare
    • SWK 315 Social Services Administration
    • SWK 320 Case Management-An Interdisciplinary Approach
    • SWK 321 Professional Dimensions of Case Management
    • SWK/WGS 325 Social Work and Human Sexuality
    • SWK 328 Child Welfare and Social Work Practice
    • SWK 370 Selected Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (elective)