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    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) Program Course Requirements

    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) Program Course Requirements

    • 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:

    • PH 350 - Ethical Values
    • PH 260 - Bioethics
    • SW 360B - Ethics and the Helping Professions

    In addition, undergraduate students are also required to complete the Ursuline Core Curriculum.