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Social Work B.S.W.

Social Work
College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2023
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 70 to 72
  • Degree: Bachelor of Social Work
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program prepares students for generalist practice in a variety of human service settings. Graduates undertake a variety of professional social work roles ranging from counselor and case manager to community organizer and advocate. The curriculum has a special focus on services to American Indians and their communities Freshman, sophomores, and transfer students may declare a SW major and be admitted to lower division status. Admission to the upper division BSW program is competitive. To be considered, students must be eligible and complete the BSW Application forms and essays. See https://cehsp.d.umn.edu/departments-centers/departments/social-work/bsw for more information. Honors Requirements: Senior students who have a minimum GPA of 3.90 within the social work major and also have an overall GPA minimum of 3.50 may earn department social work honors by doing one of the following: An Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project (UROP) under the supervision of a social work faculty member or passing a 5xxx level Social Work course with a grade of B+ or better. To receive department honors in social work, students need to have satisfied all the requirements of department honors the term prior to graduation. Student eligible for honors are urged to consult with their advisors on how they wish to pursue department honors before the end of their junior year. Students must apply to the social work department to be considered for departmental honors by the UMD deadline to apply for graduation in their final term.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Evidence of engagement in community service or volunteer work.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Learning in Community (1 cr)
The Learning in Community requirement will be waived for transfer students with at least 30 credits taken post high school and for UMD students who started in a UMD program where this was not required. First-year students who have completed 30 PSEO credits may request a waiver to the studentís primary college.
UST 1000 - Learning in Community (1.0-2.0 cr)
or EHS 1000 - Into the World [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or ES 1000 - Global Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or LING 1000 - Language and Culture in the U.S. What does it Mean to Speak American [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
or PSY 1100 - Living Your Best Life: Applying Positive Psychology [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Pre-Major (14 - 15 cr)
A grade of C or better is required in all Pre-Major Admission reqiured courses.
PSY 1003 - General Psychology [LE CAT, SOC SCI] (4.0 cr)
SOC 1101 - Introduction to Sociology [LE CAT, LECD C, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
SW 1000 - Introduction to Social Welfare [SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
BIOL 1001 - Biology and Society [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology [LE CAT, LECD C, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
General Requirements
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program or its approved equivalent.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits completed in compliance with University of Minnesota Duluth academic policies with credit limits (e.g., Satisfactory/Non-Satisfactory Grading Policy, Credit for Prior Learning, etc).
  4. At least 30 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. At least half of upper-division (3xxx-level or higher) credits that satisfy major requirements (major requirements includes all courses required for the major, including courses in a subplan) through UMD.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. The minimum cumulative University of Minnesota (UMN) GPA required for graduation is 2.00 and includes only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UMN GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major, minor, and certificate. No academic unit may impose a higher GPA standard to graduate.
  9. Diploma, transcripts, licensure, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writ (3 cr)
Core (30 cr)
Students are required to have a C+ or higher in core courses to advance to next semesters' core courses.
SW 1619 - Race, Class, and Gender in the United States [LE CAT, LECD C, RACE JUST] (3.0 cr)
SW 4100 - Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice (3.0 cr)
SW 4101 - Human Behavior in Social Environment (3.0 cr)
SW 4102 - Introduction to Social Work Research (3.0 cr)
SW 4103 - Senior Capstone Project (2.0 cr)
SW 4104 - Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (3.0 cr)
SW 4105 -  Social Work Practice with Groups (3.0 cr)
SW 4112 - Organization and Community Practice (3.0 cr)
SW 4120 - Community Volunteer Experience (1.0 cr)
SW 4190 - American Indian Social Work Practice Issues (3.0 cr)
SW 4201 - Social Welfare Policy (3.0 cr)
Statistics (3 - 4 cr)
ECON 2030 - Applied Statistics for Business and Economics [LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
or PSY 2020 - Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods (3.0 cr)
or PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods (4.0 cr)
or SOC 2155 - Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
or STAT 1411 - Introduction to Statistics [LE CAT, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
or STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods [LE CAT, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
or Other comparable as approved
Field Placement (10 cr)
SW 4121 must be taken for 10 credits, 5 credits each semester. Students are required to have a C+ or higher in core courses to advance to next semesters' core courses.
SW 4121 - Senior Field Placement (5.0 cr)
Social Work Electives (9 cr)
Other classes may be used with permission of advisor.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· SW 1210 - Global Issues [LE CAT, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· SW 4113 - Introduction to Child Welfare Practice (3.0 cr)
· SW 4500 - Healthcare, Social Work, and Interdisciplinary Care (3.0 cr)
· SW 5091 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SW 5095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (3.0 cr)
· SW 5096 - Special Project (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SW 5111 - Grant Writing in the Human Services (3.0 cr)
· SW 4051 - School Social Work (3.0 cr)
or SW 5051 - School Social Work (3.0 cr)
· SW 4122 - Cross-Cultural Exploration Through Learning Circles (1.0 cr)
or SW 5120 - Cross-Cultural Exploration Through Learning Circles (1.0 cr)
· SW 4144 - Grief, Loss and Coping (3.0 cr)
or SW 5144 - Grief, Loss and Coping in Social Work Practice (3.0 cr)
· SW 4215 - Trauma Informed Practice with Children and Adolescents (3.0 cr)
or SW 5215 - Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents (3.0 cr)
· SW 4222 - Intervention in Family Violence (3.0 cr)
or SW 5222 - Intervention in Family Violence (3.0 cr)
· SW 4271 - Women and Social Policy (3.0 cr)
or SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy (3.0 cr)
· SW 4280 - Substance Use trends and Interventions in Social Work [SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
or SW 5280 - Substance Use Trends and Interventions in Social Work (3.0 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - Learning in Community
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: EHS 1000/UST 1000/ ES 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
EHS 1000 - Into the World (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EHS 1000/UST 1000/ ES 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. Facilitates the transition into college learning and student life at UMD and the College of Education and Human Service Professions. Introduces the promise and peril of global challenges in the 21st century and relates these challenges to local communities. pre-req: 1st semester CEHSP student
ES 1000 - Global Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. This course explores the global cultural context of sustainability while facilitating the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Examine the topic of environmental sustainability through the context of global culture and affairs. Explore different cultural approaches to solving environmental issues, compare and contrast these approaches with those taken in the US. Investigate the concept of outsourcing with respect to the peoples and ecosystems that are impacted by the practice. pre-req: less than 30 credits earned
LING 1000 - Language and Culture in the U.S. What does it Mean to Speak American (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD while simultaneously fulfilling other core requirements. Examines the topic of Cultural Diversity in the U.S. through the context of language and dialect in American English. Explores the impact language has on the broad spectrum of American culture, and conversely, the ways in which various American cultures and their diverse heritages have influenced the many ways language is spoken in the United States. Investigates concepts of linguistic competency, perceptions and biases toward language, power structures manifested in language, and influences of class, race, ethnicity, and heritage on spoken language. pre-req: less than 30 credits
PSY 1100 - Living Your Best Life: Applying Positive Psychology (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. Facilitate the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD; applications of positive psychology across cultures and positive behavior change; the examination of diverse perspectives in positive psychology; the promotion of student well-being, community and inclusivity, and time- and stress-management techniques. pre-req: less than 30 credits
PSY 1003 - General Psychology (LE CAT, SOC SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of behavior; current knowledge of biological, social, and cognitive areas of psychology. Assessment, research methods, human development, personality, mental disorders, and therapy.
SOC 1101 - Introduction to Sociology (LE CAT, LECD C, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will help students develop a 'sociological imagination' - that is, an understanding of the relationship between the individual and the wider society. Students are introduced to the discipline of sociology, which is the systematic study of social interaction, social organization, social institutions, and social change. The course covers the main concepts, theories, and methods of sociology that are used to explore everything from daily interactions to widespread social problems.
SW 1000 - Introduction to Social Welfare (SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Contemporary social welfare problems and the historical development of social services programs designed to address them. Complex social problems, such as poverty, homelessness and child maltreatment examined, as well as the response of social institutions, social policies, and the profession of social work to these problems. Social justice issues and the role of citizen involvement to create change.
BIOL 1001 - Biology and Society (LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course covers basic biology as it pertains to contemporary issues. Biology coverage includes cell biology, genetics, evolution and ecology. In addition to helping students understand biology, students will learn to more critically evaluate science that is presented in the media. (3 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab) prereq: For nonmajors
PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology (LE CAT, LECD C, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major processes in human development, conception through lifespan; biological and cultural influences on physical-motor, cognitive, social, and emotional development; effects of diverse cultural traditions and values; social policy implications.
SW 1619 - Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (LE CAT, LECD C, RACE JUST)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Race, class, and gender as pivotal dimensions in American society. Similarities and differences between groups, dynamics of discrimination, and efforts to meet needs and achieve potential for all groups in America.
SW 4100 - Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examines societal issues generated by systemic discrimination and explores methods for reducing discrimination. Particular focus on advanced social work practice with diverse populations. prereq: admission to social work program, 4105 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4101 - Human Behavior in Social Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of social psychological and social systems concepts. Applications of concepts to social work and human service issues. Focus on individuals, human development, families, groups, organization, communities, and society/culture. prereq: 1000 (concurrent registration is allow); admissions to Social Work major or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4102 - Introduction to Social Work Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to social science research and its applications to social work and social welfare. Cultural competence and relation of practice and research. prereq: Admission to Social Work major; previously completed or concurrent registration with a statistics course (PSY 2020 or 3020 or STAT 1411 or 2411 or ECON 2030 or SOC 2155) or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4103 - Senior Capstone Project
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course will help students complete their ePortfolio which is the capstone project for the social work program. prereq: SW 4121 (concurrent registration is allowed); admission to Social Work major; or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4104 - Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to generalist social work practice with individuals and families across all populations. This class has a strong focus on social work values and ethics and teaches students practice skills in engagement, assessment, evaluation and especially intervention strategies with individuals and families. pre-req: Admission into the BSW program or Department consent
SW 4105 - Social Work Practice with Groups
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to generalist social work practice with Groups. This class teaches students practice skills and approaches to group work, including engagement, assessment, evaluation and especially intervention strategies with groups centered in Social Work values and ethics. pre-req: SW 4104 or instructor consent
SW 4112 - Organization and Community Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of knowledge and skills for beginning-level macro social work practice. Topics include understanding human service organizations, promoting organizational change, using supervision, community advocacy, policy practice, ethics, and cultural competence. prereq: Admission to social work program, 4105 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4120 - Community Volunteer Experience
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Community volunteer experience with emphasis on working with vulnerable populations. Beginning experience in a social service setting to acquire skills in relationships building and to develop understanding of social work ethics, values, and roles in a diverse society. Seminars will focus on student exploration of self in relationship to helping. prereq: Admission to social work program, background check, C+ or better in SW 1619, SW 4101 and SW 4104 and instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4190 - American Indian Social Work Practice Issues
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to historical and contemporary social work practice issues with American Indians. Policy issues, cultural and sensitivity knowledge, and practice methods with American Indian clients and communities at micro and macro levels of intervention. prereq: 4105; admission to Social Work major or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4201 - Social Welfare Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of major social welfare policies in the United States. Policy analysis from a historical, social, economic and political perspective. Focus on policy practice roles for social workers as policy analysts and advocates for social justice. pre-req: 1000 (concurrent registration is allowed); SW 4104, admission to Social Work major; or instructor consent; no grad credit
ECON 2030 - Applied Statistics for Business and Economics (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to modern business statistics, emphasizing problem solving applications through statistical decision making using case studies. Topics include organization and presentation of data, summary statistics, distributions, statistical inference including estimation, and hypothesis testing. prereq: minimum 30 credits, LSBE student, pre-business or pre-accounting or Econ BA major or Graphic Design and Marketing major or Graphic Design with Marketing subplan major or Econ minor or Accounting minor or Business Admin minor or Arts Administration; credit will not be granted if already received for Econ 2020, Stat 1411, Stat 2411, Stat 3611, Soc 3151, Psy 3020
PSY 2020 - Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Scientific method and designs used in published psychological research including quasi-experimental and survey designs accompanied by inferential statistics used to test research questions (including correlation and analysis of variance). prereq: psychology minor or Social Work major
PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive statistics; introduction to correlational analysis and regression; sampling techniques and statistical inference; applications of simple and factorial design analysis of variance and other parametric and nonparametric hypothesis-test statistics in the behavioral sciences. prereq: Math ACT 21 or higher or Accuplacer score of 237-300 or higher or MATH 1005
SOC 2155 - Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles/practice of research design, sampling, data collection including field observation/surveys. Data management, analysis, and reporting of quantitative/qualitative data. Ethics/administration in sociological research. Introduction to SPSS statistical software. Lab
STAT 1411 - Introduction to Statistics (LE CAT, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Statistical ideas involved in gathering, describing, and analyzing observational and experimental data. Experimental design, descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, probabilistic models, sampling, and statistical inference. prereq: Math ACT 21 or higher or a grade of at least C- in MATH 0103 or department approval
STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods (LE CAT, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Graphical and numerical descriptions of data, elementary probability, sampling distributions, estimations, confidence intervals, one-sample and two-sample t-test. prereq: Math ACT 24 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1005 or higher or department approval
SW 4121 - Senior Field Placement
Credits: 5.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practicum experience with emphasis on developing knowledge and skill base for generalist practice in a community agency. Concurrent seminar assists students in integrating classroom theories and intervention methodologies with field experiences. Application to diverse populations. prereq: Admission to social work program; C+ or better in SW 1619, SW 4101, SW 4102, SW 4104, SW 4105, SW 4201 and 'S' in SW 4120, instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 1210 - Global Issues (LE CAT, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: SW 1210/1211/1212
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Global problems of war, peace, national security; population, food, hunger; environmental concerns, global resources; economic and social development; human rights. Examines issues from a global problem-solving perspective. Value, race, class, gender differences.
SW 4113 - Introduction to Child Welfare Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, 1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to social work child welfare practice, with a focus on practice in public sector county and tribal settings and a special emphasis on child protection. prereq: Admission to social work program, 1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 4500 - Healthcare, Social Work, and Interdisciplinary Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spr & Summer Even Yr
This course focuses on skill building and knowledge of social work roles in assessment, interventions, values, skills and competencies relative to interdisciplinary social work in healthcare settings. Student learning outcomes include the comprehension of professional collaboration and competencies as well as theoretical foundations, research, policies, and ethics. The course emphasizes providing interdisciplinary collaboration in various settings such as chronic illness; oncology/palliative care; community and public health; gerontology; pediatrics; emergency services; grief and loss; and, the importance of responding to cultural context. Additional content includes navigating medical infrastructures, such as HIPAA, health insurance, disability resources, Medicare/Medicaid, family support, mental health needs, advocacy, and information/referral. pre-req: SW 1000, minimum of 60 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 5091 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed reading, research, or other experiences leading to presentation of a report. prereq: instructor consent
SW 5095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 3.0 [max 36.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Proseminar on contemporary topics of concern to students and faculty. Topics announced in Class Schedule.
SW 5096 - Special Project
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Approval of faculty sponsor and field coordinator required to do a project in generalist or advanced generalist social work practice. Project may closely coordinate with another course or may be an independent area of interest. prereq: instructor consent
SW 5111 - Grant Writing in the Human Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Step-by-step development of grant planning and grant writing. Sources of grants: private foundations and public agencies. Needs assessment methodologies, budgeting, and program evaluation. prereq: Jr or sr or Grad or instructor consent
SW 4051 - School Social Work
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
The course provides an overview of social work practice in school settings. Course topics include theoretical models; local, state, and federal policies impacting schools and school funding; culturally responsive practice with students, families, and staff; the role of a school social worker in an interdisciplinary setting; and the ethical and professional practice considerations of a school social worker. pre-req: minimum 30 credits, SW 1000 or department consent; no grad credit
SW 5051 - School Social Work
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
The course provides an overview of social work practice in school settings. Course topics include theoretical models; local, state, and federal policies impacting schools and school funding; culturally responsive practice with students, families, and staff; the role of a school social worker in an interdisciplinary setting; and the ethical and professional practice considerations of a school social worker. pre-req: grad student or department consent
SW 4122 - Cross-Cultural Exploration Through Learning Circles
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
In a small group (learning circle) students will learn about diverse groups, cross-cultural interactions and explore the concepts of individual and organizational cultural competence through the use of interactive and experimental methods, and applying new knowledge to practice in social work. pre-req: Admission into BSW program, SW 1619, SW 4100 or other diversity course, or instructor consent; no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for SW 5120
SW 5120 - Cross-Cultural Exploration Through Learning Circles
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
In a small group (learning circle) students will learn about diverse groups, cross-cultural interactions and explore the concepts of individual and organizational cultural competence through the use of interactive and experimental methods, and applying new knowledge to practice in social work prereq: Admission into MSW, 8100 or instructor consent
SW 4144 - Grief, Loss and Coping
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students will gain conceptual understanding, advanced assessment and intervention skills, and competencies relative to grief, loss and coping and the clinical impact on client systems. Theory and perspectives are provided from various disciplines, and a spectrum of multicultural influences, with an emphasis on person-in-environment. Materials from lay people, social work and other professional disciplines are presented and critical reviewed to guide application of best social work practices and/or evidence-based assessment, interventions and evaluation. Interdisciplinary collaboration and application skills is emphasized. Self-reflection on personal experiences is part of this course to reinforce professional skills, boundaries and ethical conduct. pre-req: minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for SW 5144
SW 5144 - Grief, Loss and Coping in Social Work Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Students will gain conceptual understanding, advanced assessment and intervention skills, and competencies relative to grief, loss and coping and the clinical impact on client systems. Theory and perspectives are provided from various disciplines, and a spectrum of multicultural influences, with an emphasis on person-in-environment. Materials from lay people, social work and other professional disciplines are presented and critical reviewed to guide application of best social work practices and/or evidence-based assessment, interventions and evaluation. Interdisciplinary collaboration and application skills is emphasized. Self-reflection on personal experiences is part of this course to reinforce professional skills, boundaries and ethical conduct. prereq: Social Work graduate student or instructor consent
SW 4215 - Trauma Informed Practice with Children and Adolescents
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Course addresses the impact of psychological trauma on children and adolescents, particularly those in the child welfare system. An overview of screening, assessment and intervention strategies to address the mental health needs of children affected by trauma is provided, as well as guidelines for trauma informed practice. pre-req: undergraduate student, minimum 60 credits, no grad credit
SW 5215 - Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Course addresses the impact of psychological trauma on children and adolescents, particularly those in the child welfare system. An overview of screening, assessment and intervention strategies to address the mental health needs of children affected by trauma is provided, as well as guidelines of informed practice. prereq: Social Work graduate student or instructor consent
SW 4222 - Intervention in Family Violence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Current theory, research, and practice in the field of family violence. Multidisciplinary assessment and intervention skills for working with families with diverse backgrounds are emphasized. pre-req: minimum 30 credits, no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for SW 5222
SW 5222 - Intervention in Family Violence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Current theory, research, and practice in field of family violence. Multidisciplinary assessment and intervention skills for working with families with diverse backgrounds. prereq: Social Work grad student or instructor consent
SW 4271 - Women and Social Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Policies affecting the well-being of women; strategies for better meeting women's needs. Focuses on policies that affect women's roles and statuses within the domestic unit and within larger economic and political spheres. pre-req: minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit
SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Policies affecting the well-being of women; strategies for better meeting women's needs. Focuses on policies that affect women's roles and statuses within the domestic unit and within larger economic and political spheres. prereq: Jr or sr or Grad or instructor consent
SW 4280 - Substance Use trends and Interventions in Social Work (SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A multi-level systems perspective in examining the effects of substance use and abuse on individuals, families and other populations. Topics will include: epidemiology, etiology, current trends, screening, assessment, diagnosis, treatment options, specialized populations and various social work practice areas. pre-req: minimum 60 credits
SW 5280 - Substance Use Trends and Interventions in Social Work
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A multi-level systems perspective in examining the effects of alcohol problems on individuals, families and other populations. Topics will include: epidemiology, etiology, screening, assessment, diagnosis, treatment options, specialized populations, and various social work practice areas. Credit will not be granted if already received for SW 4280