Carol Schulke, Chairperson
Department Office: Clow Faculty 329
Department Telephone: 920-424-1419

Code 93 or SOC WORK


Ebert, Lo, Schulke, Wells


Undergraduate: The social work course of study will lead to the Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Graduate: The Department does not offer a Master's Degree in Social Work.


1. GOAL(S)
The essential goals of the Social Work Department are to prepare graduates for:
1) Entry-level employment in generalist social work practice positions 2) Entry into graduate school with advanced standing 3) Active community participation in community life to promote social justice

The Department offers a baccalaureate of Social Work degree (Bachelor of Social Work) which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and prepares students for beginning level social work practice.



To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work degree, students must meet four essential requirements:

1. Completion of 43 units (crs.) of the designated General Education and other liberal arts requirements for the social work degree plus completion of the 9 units (crs.) in social work courses: Social Work 167, 220, and 298, for a combined total of 52 units (crs.). Only the Advanced Composition course (3 cr.) and remaining 6 units (crs.) in Humanities courses may be taken subsequent to admission, if necessary. The student must prepare a plan for completion of the remaining units (crs.) needed for graduation, including electives.

2. Achievement of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average based on 43 units (crs.) earned in the required General Education and other liberal arts requirements for the social work major; minimum grades of “C” are required in Social Work 167, 220, and 298 and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in these courses; along with a positive recommendation by faculty in these courses concerning possession of professional competencies. The Admissions Committee will make exceptions to these standards, only upon submission of evidence by the applicant which offers a convincing record of merit for reconsideration.

3. Documentation of professional commitment and volunteer participation.

4. Acceptance of ethical standards and demonstration of ethical conduct expected of social work professionals as stipulated by the NASW Code of Ethics.

To be eligible for graduation with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, students must fulfill four additional expectations:

1. Meet remaining course requirements.*
2. Maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA in social work courses, with grades of “C” or better. The 2.75 GPA is to be calculated using all department courses.
3. Be admitted to the Applied Generalist Practicum.
4. Successfully complete the Applied Generalist Practicum.

*Transfer students please note that this may require a completion time beyond four years.


See section following for courses required.


Recommended for students who wish to qualify for state certification as a beginning level social worker or for entry into graduate schools of social work with advanced standing.

Required Units (crs.): 85 minimum

Required Social Work Courses:
  • Social Work: Social Work 167, 220, 298, 340, 368, 376, 377, 378, 379, 395, 401, 410, 451, 468.

Additional Required Courses:
  • Anthropology: Anthropology 232
  • Biology: Biology and Microbiology 104, 105 or 108
  • Communication: Communication 111 or 112
  • Economics: Economics 106, 206 or 208
  • English: Completion of General Education Composition requirement
  • Political Science: Political Science 105, 106, 107 or 175
  • Psychology: Psychology 101 or 205
  • Sociology: Sociology 101 or 103
  • Mathematics: Mathematics 103 or 104 or qualifying for Mathematics 108 or higher via the Math Placement Exam
  • History: History 202 or 203
  • Philosophy: Philosophy 105, 106, 109 or 110
  • Statistics: Mathematics 107, 201 or 301 or Psychology 203 or Sociology 281

Elective units (crs.) may be partially met by taking social work elective courses or by completing a minor in another discipline.
  • Social Work: Social Work 110, 333, 371, 375, 443, 446, 456, 481
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies 265, 425, 426, 460.

For description of those electives which are Interdisciplinary Studies courses, see Interdisciplinary Studies. Please contact the Department of Social Work for information concerning elective offerings.




Social Work 110 1 unit (cr.)
Introduction to Community Social Welfare Resources
Acquaints students with community agencies providing social welfare services. Focus on the professional social worker's activities. Designed for students considering a social work major and those seeking knowledge of community resources.

Social Work 167 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Social Work (ES)
General survey course with an introduction to history, knowledge, values, and skills of the profession. Designed for social work majors, people working in related fields, and students undecided about a major. Informed sensitivity to all aspects of human diversity is emphasized, along with the importance of social work's responsibility to act as advocates on behalf of those who suffer discrimination, devaluing and oppression.

Social Work 220 3 units (crs.)
Family Life Cycle Transitions
Examination of theories and models of human development depicting the dynamics of family life, with special emphasis on the family life cycle. Incorporates a generalist approach to understanding the diverse nature of family structures, how families and family members adjust to and confront change, and how the family matriculates through personal and family traumas and dilemmas related to childhood, adolescence, employment, marriage, parenthood, aging and retirement. Attention also given to impact of cultural diversity on societal/family/environment interactions. Prerequisite: Declared Social Work major and Social Work 167.

Social Work 298 3 units (crs.)
Interpersonal Skills in Social Work
Introduction to theoretical models relating to basic interpersonal helping skills and the opportunity to practice and refine these skills, including self awareness, effective communication, assertive behavior, and skills for effective teamwork in organizational environments as well as for working with individuals and families. Attention to multi-cutlural aspects of human relations skills as well as opportunities for role play and practice of effective problem solving. Prerequisite: Declared Social Work major and Social Work 167.

Social Work 333 3 units (crs.)
Examines the cultural and structural aspects of poverty and their impact on populations-at risk. Explores the particularly damaging effects of poverty on women, children, and persons of color. Encourages exploration of societal and social welfare policies and practices which contribute to or reinforce impoverishment. Also encourages exploration of the need for practitioners to become more aware of and sensitive to the effects of poverty on human behavior and to examine how professionals in social welfare organizations relate to impoverished and oppressed persons.

Social Work 340 3 units (crs.)
Research in Social Services
Examines research methodology and the application of scientific process to generalist social work practice. Includes the development of an understanding of qualitative and quantitative methods; the appropriate use of deductive and inductive processes in theory testing, program evaluation, and knowledge-building; and the application of critical thinking skills to the design, conduct, and analysis of social research. Attention also is given to how knowledge-building can enhance the equitable distribution of resources, access to services and opportunities, and furtherance of social justice. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW Degree. Concurrent enrollment: English Advanced Composition, Social Work 368, 378 and 379.

Social Work 368 3 units (crs.)
Social Welfare Institutions
Study of factors which have historically shaped the development of social welfare with the goal of understanding its impact on populations-at-risk and how it is influenced by the dynamics and consequences of social and economic injustice, including all forms of human oppression and discrimination. It includes a critical approach for examining the social work profession's role as a humanizing and consciousness-raising force in affecting change. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW Degree. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 340, 378 and 379.

Social Work 371 3 units (crs.)
Child and Family Welfare
Examines the historical trends in services to children and their families within the framework of supportive, supplemental, and substitute services which have evolved over time as part of the service structure in child welfare. While recognizing the impact of impoverishment, changing family structures, and other aspects of pressures on contemporary parenting, attention is given to resiliency forces and practitioner approaches which encourage parenting strengths and home-based intervention options as preventive strategies in child welfare services.

Social Work 375 3 units (crs.)
Treatment and Mistreatment of Offenders
Examines the application of generalist social work practice within the criminal justice system focusing on the change agent role in working with juvenile and adult offenders in both community-based corrections and institutional settings. Prepares social workers for an understanding of correctional models and their inherent values, bio-psycho-social theories of crime causation and develops assessment and intervention skills within a generalist framework.

Social Work 376 3 units (crs.)
Generalist Practice I
Introduces a theoretical framework for generalist practice, using differential professional strategies and roles to effect change and in a manner which promotes strengths, empowerment, and socially just solutions for individual clients. Focus on values, knowledge and skill application to assessment, intervention, and evaluation processes in micro-level practice. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW Degree. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 377 and 395.

Social Work 377 3 units (crs.)
Generalist Practice I Interviewing Lab
Generalist focused interviewing skills laboratory for use in micro, mezzo, and macro systems. To be taken concurrently with the Practice I and Human Behavior in the Social Environment courses. Offers intensive development of active listening and interviewing skills in conjunction with the application of theoretical content for assessment, intervention, and evaluation activities in practice. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW Degree. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 376 and 395.

Social Work 378 3 units (crs.)
Generalist Practice II
Continues the use of the generalist theoretical framework used in Generalist Practice I to its use in macro-level assessment, intervention and evaluation. The emphasis is on examination and use of theoretical perspectives, application of ethical standards, and employment of social worker values, practice skills and knowledge within community systems. Taken in conjunction with Generalist Practice Community Lab, the course applies problem solving methods to identify and alleviate community problems. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW Degree. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 340, 368 and 379.

Social Work 379 3 units (crs.)
Generalist Practice II Community Lab
Designed to be taken concurrently with Generalist Practice II, Research in Social Services, and Social Welfare Institutions courses. Guided by the Department's vision statement, intensive hands-on participation and skill development for community and organizational practice activities is offered within a practice framework of community development, social planning, social advocacy and social action. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW Degree. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 340, 368 and 378.
Social Work 395 3 units (crs.)
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Integration of theories and models examining the complexity of person/environment functioning with respect to individuals, families, small groups, large organizations, and communities. An ecological model will be used within a generalist practice framework to examine biological, cultural diversity, psychological, and social determinants of human choices. This theory will be used to prepare the social worker for multi-level assessment of person/environment/interactions. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW Degree. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 376 and 377.

Social Work 401 6 units (crs.)
Applied Generalist Practice I (2+15)
The field practicum component, including 210 hours of educationally supervised generalist practice experience in a social service agency and weekly 2-hour integrative seminar. Involves the application of social work knowledge, values and skills to social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, using appropriate theoretical frameworks and differential professional strategies of change. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Field Admission Process. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 410.

Social Work 410 3 units (crs.)
Generalist Practice with Groups
Examines theories of group behavior and their application within a generalist practice framework with families and people in small groups. Emphasis on understanding group dynamics, phases of group development, group process and behavior, and skill development for working with various types of groups. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW Degree. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 401.

Social Work 443 3 units (crs.)
Family Practice in Systems Perspective
Application of family theory and current research findings to social work practice within families. Topics to include role theory, communications theory, and major systems-oriented theories and techniques of family counseling and intervention. The family as a small problem-solving group. Prerequisite: Social Work 220 or consent of instructor.

Social Work 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Social Work 451 6 units (crs.)
Applied Generalist Practice II (2+15)
Building on the competencies acquired in Social Work 401, this second term generalist practice experience includes 210 hours of supervised practice in a social work agency and weekly 2-hour integrative seminar. Focuses on continuing enhancement of theory-guided generalist practice with all systems sizes, effective identification and resolution of ethical dilemmas, and increased autonomy of functioning. Prerequisite: Successfully meet continuation requirements. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 468.
Social Work 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Readings
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Social Work 468 3 units (crs.)
Social Welfare Policy
Examination of social welfare policy development, implementation, replacement, or modification and the social worker's role in these processes. Policy analysis is framed within the profession's ethical principle governing social justice with regard to issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination and other issues of concern to the profession. Policy is viewed within the context of generalist practice and the social worker's role as policy advocate at all levels in our society. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 451.

Social Work 474 1-6 units (crs.)
Honors: Thesis
Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be ‘Honors Thesis.' Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Prerequisite: University Honors program and junior standing. Maximum of 6 units (crs.).

Social Work 481 1-4 units (crs.)
Special Topics in Social Work
Advanced course to investigate current and future issues in human services delivery systems with emphasis upon selective alternatives in social services. Participants will be provided with an in-depth opportunity to participate in seminars and/or field practice experiences which introduce career-oriented social work students and practicing professionals to innovative social services alternatives.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
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