Program Requirements

The four-year curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree in Social Work is listed below. The minimum of 120 semester credits required for graduation provides students with knowledge, values, and skills necessary for the beginning level of generalist social work practice.

Social Work Major Requirements 121 Total Credits

Required Courses: 54 cr. hrs.
SOWK 150 Introduction to Social Work Services 3 cr.
SOWK 205 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare 3 cr.
SOWK 215 Human Behavior and Social Environment 3 cr.
SOWK 250 Use, Abuse, and Addiction 3 cr.
SOWK 300 Research Methods 3 cr.
SOWK 324 Theory and Practice of Social Work I 3 cr.
SOWK 325 Theory and Practice of Social Work II 3 cr.
SOWK 350 Social Welfare Policy 3 cr.
SOWK 389 Special Topics in Social Work (2) 6 cr.
SOWK 424 Advanced Interviewing and Crisis Intervention 3 cr.
SOWK 426 Theory and Practice Of Social Work III 3 cr.
SOWK 472 Social Work Field Instruction (2) 12 cr.
SOWK 480 Senior Integrative Seminar 3 cr.
SOWK 481 Integrating Practice and Research 3 cr.
Required Supporting Courses: 6 cr. hrs.
SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr.
SOWK 260 Practice with Diverse Populations 3 cr.
Directed Electives: 3 cr. hrs.
SOCI 218 Deviant Behavior 3 cr.
SOCI 221 Global Perspectives on Women 3 cr.
SOCI 323 Sociology of the Family 3 cr.
SOCI 338 Global Perspectives on Health and Disease 3 cr.
SOCI 341 Sociology of Later Life
SOCI 435 Social and Cultural Change 3 cr.
SOCI 445 Power and Inequality 3 cr.
CJ 202 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 cr.
CJ 320 Juvenile Delinquency 3 cr.
CJ 322 Criminology 3 cr.
CJ 430 Trends and Issues in Incarceration 3 cr.
COMS 206 Family Communication 3 cr.
COMS 207 Listening Skills 3 cr.
COMS 208 Problem Solving in Small Group Communication 3 cr.
COMS 318 Communication and Leadership 3 cr.
PSYC 236 Developmental Psychology: childhood and Adolescence 3 cr.
SPED 330 The Exceptional Child 3 cr.
PSYC 336 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging 3 cr.
PSYC 365 Individual and Group Processes 3 cr.
SPED 421 Developmental Disabilities 3 cr.
POLS 225 Introduction to Public Administration 3 cr.
POLS 253 State and Local Politics 3 cr.
POLS 256 Public Policymaking 3 cr.
HIST 310 History of American Political Thought 3 cr.
WGST 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies 3 cr.
INTS 200 Introduction to International Studies 3 cr.

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General Education Requirements

As listed with the following exceptions:
Social and Behavioral Science: 8-9 cr. hrs.
ECON 100, POLS 114, PSYC 101 required as supporting courses.

Sciences: 8-9 cr. hrs.
BIOL 100(L), BIOL 150(L) or BIOL 101 required as supporting course.

Mathematics: 3 cr. hrs.
PSYC 201 or MATH 226 required as supporting course.

Liberal Arts, follows BS Liberal Arts Degree: 10-12 cr. hrs.
BIOL 253 required as a supporting course.


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