Social Work

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Social Work

Fredi Giesler, Chairperson

Department Office: Swart 230 
Department Telephone: (920) 424-1419

Code 93 or SOC WORK

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Faculty

Faculty

Collien                   Hansen
Eggum                   Hudson
Giesler                   Weeden
Gordon-Hempe    Williams 

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Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: The social work course of study will lead to the Bachelor of Social Work degree. The BSW program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.

  • Graduate: The Department offers a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW).  The MSW program is a candidate for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. 

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Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. The Goal(s)

  • The Department of Social Work offers a strengths based educational program that guides and prepares Social Work students to be caring professionals with a commitment to knowledge, critical thinking, social justice values and generalist practice skills.

  • The Major(s)

    • 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.  Students may declare a Pre-Social Work major in the UARC.  Students must complete the Pre-Social Work course requirements (see below).  The application for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) is a two-tiered admissions process, consisting of an initial application for admission to the BSW, which occurs in the spring semester of the sophomore year, followed by application for admission the the Field Internship, which occurs in the spring semester of the junior year.

  • The Minor(s)

    • None

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    Admission/Graduation Requirements

    Admission/Graduation Requirements

    • To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work degree, students must meet the following Pre-Social Work requirements:

    1. Successfully complete the University Studies Program (USP)

    2. Political Science 105 American Politics and Government

    3. Statistics: 3 credits from the following:  Math 109, 201, 301; PBIS 189: Criminal Justice 281; Economics 210; Geography 385; Psychology 203, 341; Sociology 281

    4. Physical Education 105 Active Lifestyles or Health Education 106 or complete the following: Physical Education 163 and one of the following: Physical Education 103, 107, 112, 114, 120, 129, 132, 133, 135, 138, 140, 142, 144, 145, 148, 154, 174, 191, 192

    5. Social Work 167, 220, and 298

    6. Prepare a plan for completion of remaining credits required for graduation

    7. Provide documentation of professional commitment to Social Work and volunteer participation

    8. Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 2.5 based on the credits outlined above in #1-4.  Earn a minimum of a grade of "C" in the courses outlined above in #5, and a minimum of 2.75 GPA in these classes.

    9. Achieve a positive recommendation by faculty teaching Social Work 167, 220, 298 regarding development of professional competency.

    10. Document understanding and acceptance of ethical standards and demonstration of ethical conduct expected of social work professionals as stipulated by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (2008).

    11. The BSW Admissions Committee may make exceptions to these standards, only upon submission of documented evidence by the applicant, which offers a convincing record of merit for reconsideration.

    • 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.  
      Note:  If a Social Work student does not earn a "C" or above in a required Social Work class after two attempts, they must appeal to repeat the course for the third time to the Admission and Continuation Review Committee. The burden of proof is upon the student to demonstrate that their lack of success is due to exceptional circumstances.

    3. Be admitted to the Applied Generalist Practicum (Social Work 401)

    4. Successfully complete the Applied Generalist Practicum (Social Work 451)

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

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    Required Core Courses

    Required Core Courses

    See section following for courses required.

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    The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

    The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

    Social Work

    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.): 56 minimum

      • Required Social Work Courses:

        • Social Work: Social Work 167, 220, 298, 305, 340, 376, 377, 378, 379, 395, 401, 410, 451, 468.

      • Additional Required Courses:

        • Physical Education: Physical Education 105
        • Political Science: Political Science 105 or 106
        • Statistics: One course from the following: Mathematics 109, 201, 301; PBIS 189; Criminal Justice 281; Economics 210; Geography 385; Psychology 203, 341; Sociology 281.

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    The Minor(s)

    The Minor(s)

    • None

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    Course Offering(s)

    Course Offering(s)

    Social Work    167

    3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Social Work (ES) (SS)

    General survey course with an introduction to history, knowledge, values, and skills of the profession.  Designed for Pre-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. Prerequisite: Declared Pre-Social Work Major OR consent of department.

     

     

    Social Work    220

    3 (crs.)

    Family Life Cycle Transitions (SS)

    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 Pre-Social Work major and Social Work 167.

     

     

    Social Work    268

    3 (crs.)

    Social Welfare Institutions: Communities in Need (SS)(XS)

    Students will study the history of the American social welfare system and its current application locally and nationally. The course emphasizes a critical approach toward understanding social welfare institutions, and highlights social work's role in civic engagement in an effort to humanize these institutions and promote social justice. Prerequisites: Completion of Quest I and Quest II courses.

     

     

    Social Work    298

    3 (crs.)

    Interpersonal Skills in Social Work (SS)

    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-cultural aspects of human relations skills as well as opportunities for role play and practice of effective problem solving. Prerequisite: Declared Pre-Social Work major and Social Work 167.

     

     

    Social Work    305

    3 (crs.)

    Social Work Ethics in a Diverse Society

    Introduces the student to the framework of ethics in a diverse society for generalist practice, focusing in particular on women's issues.  To clarify ethical issues, social workers will need to use ethical concepts paired with social work knowledge, skills and values, when dealing with populations at risk. This course presents the student with basic philosophical theories and moral and ethical decision making models to prepare the student to fully understand the logic systems of the client as well as one's own values and behaviors. Cross-listed: Social Work 305/Women's and Gender Studies 305. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW program, enrolled Women's and Gender Studies student OR consent of instructor.

     

     

    Social Work    333

    3 (crs.)

    Poverty (SS)

    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 (crs.)

    Research in Social Services (SS)

    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 and successful completion of Social Work 376, 377 and 395.

     

     

    Social Work    368

    3 (crs.)

    Social Welfare Institutions (SS)

    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. Prerequisites: Social Work 376, 377 and 395.

     

     

    Social Work    371

    3 (crs.)

    Child and Family Welfare (SS)

    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 (crs.)

    Treatment and Mistreatment of Offenders (SS)

    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 (crs.)

    Generalist Practice I (SS)

    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. Prerequisites: Social Work 167, 220 and 298.

     

     

    Social Work    377

    3 (crs.)

    Generalist Practice I Interviewing Lab (SS)

    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 the BSW Degree. Concurrent enrollment: Social Work 376 and 395. Prerequisites: Social Work 167, 220 and 298.

     

     

    Social Work    378

    3 (crs.)

    Generalist Practice II (SS)

    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.  Designed to be taken in conjunction with Generalist Practice II Community Lab and Research in Social Services courses. Guided by the Department's mission statement, intensive hands-on participation and skill development for the community and organizational practice activities is offered within a practice framework of community development, social planning, social advocacy and social action. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW Degree, concurrent enrollment in Social Work 379.

     

     

    Social Work    379

    3 (crs.)

    Generalist Practice II Community Lab (SS)

    Designed to be taken concurrently with Generalist Practice II, (SW 378). Guided by the Department's mission statement, intensive hands-on participation and skill development for community and organizational practice activities are offered within a practice framework of community development, social planning, social planning, social advocacy, and social action.  Prerequisite: Admission to BSW Degree, concurrent enrollment in Social Work 378.

     

     

    Social Work    395

    3 (crs.)

    Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SS)

    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. Prerequisites: Social Work 167, 220 and 298.

     

     

    Social Work    401

    6 (crs.)

    Applied Generalist Practice I

    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. This course cannot be repeated without a written appeal to the Social Work Admission and Retention Review Committee and acceptance of that Appeal. Prerequisites Admission to the BSW Degree, concurrent enrollment in Social Work 410, and completion of SW 305, 340, 376, 377, 378, 379 and 395.  Pass/Fail

     

     

    Social Work    410

    3 (crs.)

    Generalist Practice with Groups (SS)

    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.    Prerequisites: Admission to BSW Degree, concurrent enrollment in Social Work 401, and completion of SW 305, 340, 376, 377, 378, 379, and 395.

     

     

    Social Work    443

    3 (crs.)

    Family Practice in Systems Perspective (SS)

    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 (crs.)

    Independent Study (SS)

    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 (crs.)

    Applied Generalist Practice II (SS)

    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.  Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW Degree, concurrent enrollment in Social Work 468, and completion of SW 305, 340, 376, 377, 378, 379, 395, 401 and 410.  Pass/Fail

     

     

    Social Work    456

    1 - 3 (crs.)

    Related Readings (SS)

    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 (crs.)

    Social Welfare Policy (SS)

    This course prepares students to act as policy advocators, apply social work values and ethics to public policy analysis and implementation, to employ critical thinking skills to analyze policy practice, to advance policies that are socially just and to promote policies that facilitate the well-being of social service recipients. Social Welfare policy is viewed within the context of generalist practice and the social worker's role as a policy advocate and partner at all levels in society. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW Degree, concurrent enrollment in Social Work 451, and completion of SW 305, 340, 376, 377, 378, 379, 395, 401 and 410.

     

     

    Social Work    474

    1 - 6 (crs.)

    Honors: Thesis

    Honors thesis projects include any advanced, independent endeavor in the student's major field of study, e.g. a written thesis paper and/or a research project and written report. Proposals (attached to an independent study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work, demonstrate breadth and depth of a topic area beyond generalist practice education and be approved by the assigned Social Work advisor. Course title for transcript will be Honors Thesis. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Prerequisites: Admission to the major, and Soc Work 340.

     

     

    Social Work    481

    1 - 3 (crs.)

    Special Topics in Social Work (SS)

    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. May be repeated with other content for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

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