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Social Work Department

  SWO 200        Introduction to Social Welfare
       An introduction to the social work profession, this course emphasizes the historical, economic, political, and philosophical foundations of the social welfare system in the United States, social policy, and social services. It introduces a framework for the critical analysis of social welfare policy from a system perspective.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 220        Introduction to Generalist Practice
       In this course, students are introduced to the knowledge base, values, and skills of the social work profession that guides practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and societal systems.
 


  SWO 222        Social Work and the Law
       A study of legislation and case law affecting social welfare programs to develop an understanding of legal reasoning and key areas of legal knowledge.
 


  SWO 225        Race Relations
       The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race, ethnicity, and culture. By integrating findings from history, political science, sociology, and social work, students are introduced to cultural differences as they affect family life, the development of law, and the nature and magnitude of racism in our society. The overarching goal of this course is to encourage the student to embark on the process of becoming culturally competent.
  This course is required for the major.
This course has the following designations:  interdisciplinary  diversity.
 


  SWO 300        Family Systems
       This course is an introduction to the family from a systems theory perspective. The course includes discussion of historical and contemporary families: definitions, types, social functions, and life cycle overview. Particular attention is paid to diversity in order to highlight variations in family forms and styles along the lines of race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 320        Generalist Social Work Practice I
       Students apply their knowledge of the strengths and ecological perspectives to the processes of engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and termination for social work practice with individuals and families. Social work majors only.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 321        Generalist Social Work Practice II
       Students apply their knowledge of the strengths and ecological perspectives to the processes of engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and termination for social work practice with groups, organizations, and communities. Social work majors only.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 332        Social Welfare Policies and Services
       This course introduces students to policy analysis. A main focus is an examination of how the U.S. government supports or inhibits social and economic justice through social welfare, social security, social policy, and social services.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 350        Human Behavior in Social Environment I
       This course examines the life cycle from pre-natal development through young adulthood with an emphasis on micro and mezzo theories of human behavior from a strengths and ecological systems perspective. The course is designed to provide the theoretical foundation that informs the knowledge and skill bases of the generalist social work practitioner.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 351        Human Behavior in Social Environment II
       This course examines the life cycle from middle adulthood through older adulthood and death and dying with an emphasis on mezzo and macro theories of human behavior from a strengths and ecological systems perspective. Diverse communities course.
  This course is required for the major.
This course has the following designations:  diversity.
 


  SWO 375        Field Placement
       Junior-year field experience for the social work major in an approved setting and under the supervision of an approved field instructor. Social work majors only.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 395        Junior Seminar
       The integration of knowledge, values, and skills within the theoretical framework of generalist social work practice. This course is the beginning foundation for students to examine ways social work theory and values are integrated into the reality of practice.
  Prerequisites for this course:  SWO 200, 220, 225, 300, 320, 321, 332, 350, and 431 with cumulative average of 3.0.
This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 410        Independent Studies in Social Work
       Special research projects or practice in social work. Juniors and seniors only.
  Prerequisites for this course:  Permission of department chairperson.
 


  SWO 421        Mental Health and Social Work
       This course introduces students to the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Specific practice skills for social work practice, the range of mental health services, and relevant social policies are covered.
 


  SWO 423        Child Welfare Practice and Policy
       Emphasis is placed on assessment of and understanding child abuse and neglect, the long-term effects of child maltreatment, how to engage families in which child maltreatment is an identified issue, the child protective service system, and relevant policies.Offered every year.
 


  SWO 431        Methods of Social Inquiry
       The course introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research, ethical, and cultural issues in research, and fosters critical thinking in evaluating existing research. Students learn how to conduct a research project and the skills of social work practice evaluation.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 432        Advanced Policy Practice
       The relationship between social policy and social work practice is strengthened as students are taught the concept of policy practice or how to develop, influence, and implement social policy in their social work practice everyday.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 450-451        Field Experience I-II
       Senior field experience for the social work major in an approved setting and under the supervision of an approved field instructor. Senior social work majors only.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 490        Seminar in Social Work
       In-depth topics in social work offered to complement the undergraduate program's field practicum.
 


  SWO 495        Social Work Senior Seminar I
       Integration of field and classroom experiences in discussing the application of the generalist model to the helping process. Emphasis is on all levels of practice (individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities). Social work majors only.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  SWO 496        Social Work Senior Seminar II
       Integration of field and classroom experiences in discussing the application of the generalist model to the helping process. Emphasis is on advocacy, social justice, and evidence-based practice. Social work majors only.
  This course is required for the major.