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Course Course Name Course Description
SWRK 230 Introduction to Social Work This course focuses on the historical development of social welfare, social work and various social services. The course focuses on the nature, causes, and extent of major social problems, and providesexamples of how people are affected by such problems. Emphasis is placed on various roles of social workers, the generalist method, cultural competence, ecological and systems theory, the strengths perspective, and responses to the needs of the poor, families, and populations at risk such as the elderly, children, sexual minorities, and people of color. Also addressed are changing trends in society and how they affect social work practice.
SWRK 310 Social Statistics and Research This course introduces students to descriptive and rudimentary inferential statistics for social workers. Emphasis is on understanding and calculations of central tendency measures, measures of dispersion and measures relating to the standard normal distribution. It exposes students to the methods of data collection, graphing and summarizing. Students will review basic statistical menthods (Descriptive and InferentialStatistics; Measures of Association), and become familiar with basic parametric and non-parametric techniques. Basic design principles will also be introduces.
SWRK 320 Social Work Research Methods This course is designed to prepare students to be effective consumers and producers of research, and to evaluate their own practice. They learn to read, critically evaluate, and use the research of others to select interventions that are based on evidence. Within this process, the following will be covered: the scientific method for building knowledge for social work practice, ethical standasrds for scientific inquiry, qualitative and quantitative research methodology, research designs for developing knowlegde and systematically evaluating social work practice and human service programs, and the review and utilization of research findings.
SWRK 330 Human Behavior and the Social Environment This course provides an understanding of the developmental stages of the individual from infancy to adolescence, and the relationship between human growth, human development, and the environment. Knowledge and understanding of biological, psychological, and social systems relationships; cultural norms; and the significance of interaction with the family, group, and the community are stressed.
SWRK 335 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II This course provides an understanding of the developmental stages of the individula from young adult to old age, and the relationship between human growth, human development, and the environment. Knowledge and understanding of biological, psychological, and social systems relationships; cultural norms; and the significance of interaction with the family, group, and the community are stressed.
SWRK 340 Social Welfare and Services This course is the first of a two course policy sequesnce. This course focuses on social welfare legislation and the policies, programs, and services that flow from such legislation. Students analyze social welfare policy within the context of the social and political milieu which spawns social welfare legislation. Policy I identifies how values from social too personal influence the formulation of social welfare policy. Consideration of definitions and theories on poverty is viewwed from both the USA and a global perspective. Social and economic justice for people from diverse backgrounds and those who may be oppressed are discussed.
SWRK 350 Social Welfare Policy II This course is the second course of the two-course policy sequence and extends the foundation of Social Welfare Policy I by having students apply knowledge obtained from the first policy course regarding rudimentary analysis and begin to employ critical skills to evaluate how policy impacts outcomesfor clients. Students develop strategies to achieve social change, and social economic justice for families, groups, and communities. Emphasis is placed on understanding poverty and the various ways in which our society has responded to it over time.
SWRK 360 Social Work Practice I This course is one of six in the social work practice and methods sequence. It provides students with begining level knowledge, skills, and values for generalist social work practice with individuals. Students are provided knowledge of the ecological perspective and systems theory with special focus on the problem-solving process.
SWRK 365 Intervention and Communication Skills This course introduces students to interviewing, intervention, and communication skills. Students must demonstrate and ability to utilize interviewing and documentation skills in helping relationships with individuals and or families. Students learn by doing through role plays, case scenarios, analysis of taped case presentations, and identifying skills used by master social work interviewers.
SWRK 370 Social Work Practice II This is the second of a three-course sequence on generalist social work practice.  The course focuses on theory and practice methods with individuals, families, and small groups.
SWRK 375 Social Work Practice with Military Families THis course is designed to develop attention to the military as a central component of the program's mission. The course emphasizes the ecological systems perspective and intervention with military families. Content will focus on the specific needs of military families, the dynamics of the family environment in a transient context, problems encountered, and services needed.
SWRK 410 Social Work Practice Generalist practice with organizations and communities; this course emphasizes theories and strategies for community organization and community development. Students develop and understanding of the definitions, concepts, and roles or communities and community organizations. Major topics including community based planning, advocacy, governance, and residemce participation.



Senior Seminar: Professional Development This seminar course is a bridge between classroom and field. It is a professional development course and requires stuents to complete a senior portfolio. Underdstanding that field education is the signature pedagogy for social work, it is essential that students are prepared for and understand the importance of a successsful field experience. This undergraduate field seminar provides the opportunity for students to reflect on the application of theory and classroom learning while adapting professional attitudes and behaviors. The seminar environment is for students to process expected field experiences and their capacity to pursue beginning generalist practice. Students will be expected to engage in in-depth self-examination, be open to new ideas and input from others, and continually evaluate their own knowledge, values, and skills.
SWRK 445 Cultural Diversity This practice course exposes students to knowledge of racial/ethnic groups and to provide skills for effective social work intervention with these groups. Theoretical and practice dimensions of social work with oppressed people are addressed in this course.  Students are guided in understanding their own cultural and ethnic heritage, increasing their sensitivity to the ethnic reality of culturally diverse groups in this country, as they prepare to work with diverse populations.
SWRK 465 Block Field Practicum This is a supervised field practicum experience in an approved social work agency which focuses on the development of beginning competency in the application of theory and skills aquired in the professional foundation course to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities as a beginning generalist. Professional behavior, demonstration of social work ethics, use of the problem solving process, practical application of interviewing and recording skills, use of community resources and knowledge of the agency's fit in the human service delivery system are highlights of the course. Students spend four days per week in a block practicum for a total of 480 clock hours for the semester.
SWRK 475 Integrative Field Seminar The purpose of the integrative field seminar is to provide the student a forum for the integration of academic learning within an agency-based field placement. Focus is on the commonexperiences and concerns of field students in their evolution from student to social work practitioner. The seminar includes discussion on selected topics (both instructor-and student-initiated) and agency and case presentations by students. Seminar students have an opportunity to discuss issues related to their learning experiences in the agency. Through facilitated discussions, students learn about social work practice in various settings and assist each other in seeing the similarities and differences in applying social work knowledge, values, and skills from one setting to another.
Elective Course Elective Course Name Course Descrptions
SWRK 220 Introduction to Human Services This course introduces the theoretical concepts, policies, programs, roles, goals, and historical development of human services. This course examines issues, causes, and solutions to human service problems within the fields of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and sociology with emphasis on human relationship skills fundamental to social work.
SWRK 380 Health and Social Work Study of the characteristics of health and medical services in social work. Patterns of service delivery, rural, urban, gender, race and ethnic differences, roles, interventions, and issues related to helping clients in health settings will be addressed.
SWRK 415 School Social Work This course provides an overview of school social work as an area of social work practice. Emphasis is placed upon historical development, policies and legislation affecting school social work practice, problems of school age children, and the role of the school social worker in dealing with these problems.
SWRK 420 Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice Social work practice regarding methods for prevention, identification, assessment, treatment, and referral of persons with alcohol and other drug-related problems is discussed.
SWRK 425 Social Work with Families This course incorporates the study and analysis of problems and concerns faced by social workers working effectively with families, including the integration of social work policy, human behavior, and social work practice. Issues covered include functions and changes in the family and the theoretical framework of family systems theory and ecological theory.
SWRK 440 Social Work with People of Color This course prepares students for generalist social work practice in a multicultural and global society. Utilizing the strengths and empowerment perspectives, emphasis is placed on defining and developing knowledge and skills for culturally competent social work with people of color.
SWRK 470 Aging and Social Work Emphasis on the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of aging and service delivery to elders. Examination of the forces and critical issues that impact elders across the life span will be an emphasis.
SWRK 480 Child Welfare Services Social work with childen and families. Emphasis on child welfare programs, policies and the development of assessment and case planning skills. Methods of protective services, adoption, and foster care are studied.

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