Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) Program Course Requirements
Core Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) Program
BI 130 - Human Bio: Birth thru Aging *SC/DC
A one-semester survey course for students having limited exposure to previous academic science courses. The structure and function of the principle organ systems and the means by which these body systems change with age are emphasized; many physiological concepts are explored in more detail through hands-on laboratory exercises. The concept of homeostasis and the effects of development and aging on the ability to maintain homeostasis are unifying themes of this course; thus, common pathologies as well as the impact of the environment and of heredity on the quality of life are interjected as topics as time permits. NOT FOR BIOLOGY MAJORS. With BI 130L, fulfills Ursuline Core Curriculum Science w/Lab requirement. *SC/DC
BI 130L - Hmn Bio:Birth thru Aging Lab *SC/DC
Physiological concepts of the principle organ systems and the means by which these body systems change with age are explored in more detail through hands-on laboratory exercises. *SC/DC
MA 212 - Intro Statistics
A study of elementary concepts andprocedures basic to scientific, social,psychological and other areas; frequency distributions,normal distributions;measure of central tendency anddispersion; probability; samples andpopulations; correlation and regression; chisquaretest; analysis of variance, hypothesis testing.A working knowledge of basic algebra isneeded. Ursuline Studies Stage I Math satellite.
PS 101 - General Psychology *PS/DC
An introduction to the principles and major concepts of the science of human behavior. Topics include the scientific method, sensation and perception, consciousness, development, learning and memory, language, cognition, intelligence, stress and coping, personality, psychopathology, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology. Fulfills Ursuline Core Curriculum PS or SO requirement *DCPrerequisite to all other Psychology courses.
SO 103 - Introduction to Sociology *SO/DC
The scientific study of human social life that describes and explains how our social world works and how it influences our personal lives. This introductory course focuses on the values, institutions, organizations and other social forces that shape American culture and society. Fulfills core curriculum PS/SO requirement. *SO (Society/Sociology) *DC
SW 101 - Intro to Social Work
The first course in the social work major introduces the profession
SW 216 - Social Welfare as a Soc Insti
Designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the historical development of social welfare policies and services in the United States. Compares societal needs, values, and responses to the values of the social work profession. Includes discussion of economic and political ideas that influence policy. The first of two policy courses.SO 103 & SW 101 can be taken concurrently.
SW 240 - Human Behv & Social Envr
A study of human behavior and development from an ecological and social systems approach, including biological, psychological, spiritual, sociological, economic, political and system theories. The social work practice perspective emphasizes how lifespan development is affected by interactions among individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities at local, national and international levels. The impact of prejudice and discrimination on cultural diversity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical/mental disabilities, and health issues as they impact social and economic justice.Prerequisite: SO 103; PS 101; SW 101. BI 130/L is required for the HBSE Content Area.
SW 302 - Generalist Pract I
A study of the integrative systems approach to generalist social work practice, examining the individual as a member of the family, small groups, the community, and societal level systems. Introduces student to basic social work practice skills using a problem-solving model. Emphasizes student
SW 318 - Policy Programs & Issues
An examination of the formulation, implementation and evaluation of social welfare policy resulting from the interaction of social, political, and economic factors. Analysis of current social welfare programs, services and issues. Discussion of methods for influencing social policy through advocacy at differing levels of policymaking.Prerequisite: SW 216.
SW 338 - Sociological Theory
Selected sociological theories are examined for their assumptions about social stability and social change in society, social institutions, organizations, communities, small groups, families and individual behaviors. Linkage between research in sociology and social work practice is made. Qualitative and quantitative approaches to theory development are discussed, as well as ethics and a critical thinking perspective.Prerequisite: PS 101; SO 103; SW 101.
SW 401 - Generalist Practice II
Designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice with all size client systems with a special emphasis on how the social work profession uses task and treatment groups to accomplish individual, family, organization and/or community goals. Group methodology and group work skills are explored and developed. The use of the problem-solving model is reinforced and expanded.Prerequisite: SW 302, 434. This course is restricted to social work majors.
SW 402 - Generalist Practice III
Designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice with client systems of all sizes working with individuals, families, and groups within organizational and community structures and systems. This course emphasizes macro practice and intervention related to community organization, social planning, and advocacy.Prerequisite: SW 401. This course is restricted to social work majors.
SW 411A - Field Placement I
The first semester of a two-semester sequence requiring 480 clock hours in an agency setting under the supervision of an agency field instructor and an academic instructor. Offers students actual work situations to integrate with the theoretical basis of generalist practice. The Integrative Seminar is scheduled weekly for all students in placement. SW 411 and 412 are typically taken concurrently with SW 401 and 402.
SW 412A - Field Placement II
The second semester of a two-semester sequence requiring 480 clock hours in an agency setting under the supervision of an agency field instructor and an academic instructor. Offers students actual work situations to integrate with the theoretical basis of generalist practice. The Integrative Seminar is scheduled weekly for all students in placement. SW 411 and 412 are typically taken concurrently with SW 401 and 402.
SW 434 - Research Methods
Research concepts, ethics and designs are examined. Qualitative and quantitative approaches are included. Social Work majors focus on research application to social work practice, especially the single-subject design, to promote evidence-based practice. Students develop a research proposal to demonstrate acquisition of research knowledge and skill.
Bachelor's in Social Work Elective Course Options
Choose one from the following BSW elective courses:
SW 360A - Changing Roles of Women
SW 360B - Ethics and the Helping Professions
SW 360C - Introduction to Addictions
SW 360D - Domestic Violence: Issues and Challenges
SW 360E - The Challenges of Aging
SW 488 - Special Topics
Choose an additional course from the following BSW electives: