Course Information

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
SOWK020 Social Work Club
Promotion and encouragement of discussion and action on contemporary social issues. Participation in selected volunteer experiences in the community.
SOWK101 Introduction to Social Work Y
This course is an overview of social work emphasizing the commonalities of a very diverse profession. It focuses on the historical development of the profession, the variety of practice settings and levels of practice, and the knowledge, ethics, values, and skills required for entry-level professional practice.
SOWK170 Topics in Social Work
This course is designed to enable students and faculty to explore interdisciplinary topics relevant to social work. Topics will be alternated and may include, but are not limited to, such issues as child welfare, substance abuse, family violence, gay and lesbian issues, the law, and health care.
SOWK210 Field Placement I
Prerequisites: SOWK 101 and permission of the instructor. The student will complete six hours per week (at least 50 hours during the semester) of observation within a social service agency, supervised by a professional social worker. The student will also spend one hour per week in a classroom setting in addition to the time spent in the agency. Graded S/U.
SOWK305 Social Work Practice I
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107 or 206 and formal admission to the social work program. This course will cover the principles and skills of generalist social work practice with individuals and families. The student will learn the problem-solving process, and will develop skills in engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and termination.
SOWK306 Social Work Practice II
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and SOWK 305. Entry-level social workers are expected to work within a wide variety of situations involving groups. This course will help develop students into group leaders having the requisite knowledge of group behavior, structure, and dynamics, and the leadership skills necessary to conduct both task and treatment groups.
SOWK307 Social Work Practice I Lab
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. Co-requisite: taken concurrently with SOWK 305. Complementing SOWK 305, this course will allow the student to review and implement the techniques of the social work interview with a particular focus upon individuals and families. This course is taught laboratory style, with role-play, videotaping, and class exercises.
SOWK315 Readings in Social Work
Prerequisites: SOWK 101, 360, and permission of the instructor. The content and structure of this course are not predetermined. A formal agreement between the instructor and the student prior to enrollment will establish direction, depth, and requirements of the course. This course may be repeated, if the content of the reading has changed.
SOWK320 Meeting the Needs of Children Y
This course offers an examination of the concepts, policies, and practices designed to meet the diverse needs of children and families through a network of programs and social services, supplementary services, and substitute services. Issues for future planning are also considered, including preservation of the home culture. Content of the course is particularly relevant for all who will work with children (e.g., social workers, teachers, nurses, clergy, etc.).
SOWK347 Research Methods for Social Workers
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, MATH 123, junior standing, and a social work major. This course provides introductory analysis of methods, techniques, and procedures of research for social workers, and the elementary descriptive and inductive statistical procedures that allow social work majors systematically to evaluate programs, policies, organizations, and their practice.
SOWK355 American Social Service Policy
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and SOWK 101 or permission of the instructor. Viewed from program and philosophical bases, this course focuses on the contemporary social welfare systems in the United States at all levels of planning and delivery. Special emphasis is on methods of evaluating service delivery. Attention is also given to social policies of other countries and how they compare to those of the United States.
SOWK360 Humn. Behav. in the Soc. Evmt I
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and any two lower-level courses from psychology, social work, or sociology. The course involves the analysis of human behavior and the social context within which the behavior of individuals and families occurs throughout the lifespan. Developmental characteristics as well as theoretical perspectives from which to view behavior are examined. Specific approaches to be covered include biological, psychological, sociological, ecological- systems theory, and family-systems theory.
SOWK361 Humn. Behav. in the Soc. Evmt II
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and SOWK 360. This course is the second of a two-course sequence focusing on the person-in-environment. This half of the sequence will analyze human behavior in the social context within which it occurs outside of the family, that is, in larger groups, organizations, and communities. It will also explore the ways in which individuals are affected by the social systems that surround them, with a particular emphasis on the impact of oppression on at-risk populations.
SOWK370 Topics in Social Work
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and SOWK 101 or any lower-level course in psychology or sociology. This course is designed to enable students and faculty to explore selected topics relevant to social work practice. Topics may include, but are not limited to, substance abuse, family violence, gay and lesbian concerns, geriatrics, the law, and health care. This course may be repeated, if topic is different. Travel/study courses are also offered.
SOWK405 Social Work Practice III
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and SOWK 306. Co-requisite: taken concurrently with SOWK 450. This course is the third in a sequence of courses dealing with professional social work practice. In this course, the student learns to apply the generalist methods of practice at the macro level, that is, with organizations, neighborhoods, and communities. Emphasis is also given to the impact of those systems on individuals, families, and groups.
SOWK410 Social Work Field Inst. II
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, formal admission to the social work program, and SOWK 305, 306, 307, and 405. This course consists of the student's final field placement experience in a program-approved social service agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. As a learner, the student will gain and implement the skills, knowledge, values acquired in the curriculum, leading to professional, entry-level practice as a social worker. Students will spend at least 450 hours in the agency and will attend a one-hour-per-week seminar which will integrate previous course work and the practicum experience. This course will be graded S/U.
SOWK447 Senior Research Project
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, SOWK 347, and senior standing. This course involves the construction, implementation, and analysis of a scientific research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member of the social work program.
SOWK495 Senior Integrative Seminar
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and successful completion of SOWK 450. Co-requisite: taken concurrently with SOWK 447. This is the capstone course for social work majors, taken the second semester of the senior year. Its purpose is to enable the student to integrate social work knowledge, skills, and values and a liberal arts base into a set of practice competencies necessary for the successful performance of entry-level social work practice.