Social Work
Holloway Hall

Undergraduate Courses

[Go to Course Schedules]

Course Descriptions

Click the [+] to see description
SOWK 200 INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION [+]
Introduces the social work profession and provides an overview of fields of social welfare services. Explores the various professional roles social workers play in working in each field. Examines the social welfare system as a society's responses to human need and structure for delivery of social services. Thirty hours of volunteer service in a social agency required. Three hours per week with enhancement.
SOWK 300 HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I [+]
Examines human development in the social environment using the bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Explores developmental theories to help inform social work assessment at the micro and mezzo levels of practice. Examines both the developmental and problematic aspects of the stages of the life cycle. Discusses the social systems of individual, family, group, community and society. Develops foundation assessment skills. Prerequisites: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.
SOWK 302 HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II [+]
Examines the development of communities and organizations as social systems. Reflects social work's unique integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand the multiple influences on behavior. Macro sociological theories for critical analyses of society, communities, social institutions and social organizations are presented. Human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation is the main component. Develops macro assessment skills. Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 300 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
SOWK 306 SOCIAL WELFARE HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES [+]
Provides an introduction to the field of social welfare, primarily in the United States and major social movements. Examines the history of the social welfare system and social work profession, in the context of societal factors with particular attention to the intersectionality of race, class and gender. Explores the impact of values and beliefs on the development of the modern U.S. social welfare system. Investigates the dynamics of privilege and oppression as part of the political, economic and social factors that influence the policies and services provided by social work practitioners. Prerequisite: SOWK 200 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week.
SOWK 309 PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION [+]
Introduces and sensitizes students to the major concepts of cultural diversity, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, pluralism and conflicts caused by ethnocentrism, discrimination and prejudice. Explores the relationship and intersection between these major concepts and social work practices and policies. Emphasizes the examination of major ethnic groups as well as other social groupings based on such factors as gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, and other differences in human populations. Evaluates the common elements of oppressions and prejudicial and discriminator practices from both micro and macro theoretical frames of reference. Explores the application of the ecological perspective, generalist and problem-solving process. Prerequisites: SOWK?200, sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.
SOWK 310 BASIC INTERVIEWING: SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES [+]
Develop basic interviewing skills for assessing, goal setting and intervention for use in home service and social work settings. Emphasizes skill application with diverse populations. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Two hours per week.
SOWK 320 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I [+]
Prepares students for a generalist approach to social work practice with individuals. Emphasizes knowledge, values, ethics and skills needed to develop effective helping relationships. Includes basic theories for intervention with focus on micro level problem solving and basic interview skills. Prerequisites: Admission to professional program. Three hours per week with enhancement.
SOWK 330 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY PRACTICE: ANALYST AND ADVOCATE [+]
Builds upon the foundation content of SOWK 306, providing understandings of social welfare policy analysis with micro, mezzo and macro social work policy practice knowledge skills. Prepares students to participate in the policy-making process, integrating both policy analytical and formulation skills, as well as understanding the methods and strategies for advocating for policy change and new policies. Prerequisites: SOWK?200, 306. Four hours per week.
SOWK 350 SOCIAL WORK WITH OLDER PEOPLE [+]
Study of older Americans and of the programs and policies designed to support them. Review of social work practice skills in providing direct service to older people. Prerequisite: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
SOWK 400 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II [+]
Prepares students for a generalist approach to social work practice involving families and groups. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with emphasis on mezzo level problem solving. Includes theories and techniques for planning, assessment, direct intervention and advocacy with small groups and families. Prerequisites: SOWK 320, admission to the professional program. Corequisites: SOWK 416, 420. Four hours per week.
SOWK 408 FIELD INSTRUCTION SEMINAR II [+]
Weekly on-campus seminar concurrent with Field Instruction II. Small group discussion of field experience with related written assignments. Prerequisites: SOWK 400, 405, 406, 416. Corequisites: SOWK 407, 410, 417. One hour per week.
SOWK 410 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III [+]
Prepares students for a generalist approach to social work with large systems. Applies the planned change process with macro practice, specifically with organizations and communities. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with emphasis on macro level problem solving. Prerequisite: Admission to professional program, SOWK 320, 400, 416, 420. Corequisites: SOWK 417, 421. Three hours per week with enhancement.
SOWK 416 SOCIAL RESEARCH I [+]
The first of two courses in social work and evaluation research. Emphasizes the development and use of scientific knowledge and the application of that knowledge to evaluate social work interventions and program evaluation. Explores research methodologies to enhance the student's use of evidence-based social work knowledge and skills. May be repeated only once with permission of the department. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional program, senior standing. Corequisites: SOWK 400, 420. Four hours per week.
SOWK 417 SOCIAL RESEARCH II [+]
The second of two courses focused on the basic concepts and methods of scientific inquiry used to build knowledge and evaluate practice. Builds and expands upon material covered in Social Work Research I. Includes focus on program evaluation, single-subject designs, data analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics, presentation of data, report writing and application of findings to practice. Explores applied research methodologies that will enhance the student's use of evidence-based interventions. May be repeated only once with permission of the department. Prerequisites: Admission to the professional program, senior standing, SOWK 416. Corequisites: SOWK 410, 421. Four hours per week.
SOWK 420 FIELD INSTRUCTION IN SOCIAL WORK I [+]
Supervised experience in a social welfare agency with emphasis on methods and techniques of generalist social work practice. Opportunity to apply theory and develop skills in delivery of social work services. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 440 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Attendance and participation in seminar required. Prerequisites: SOWK 302, 320, admission to the professional program. Corequisites: SOWK 416, 400.
SOWK 421 FIELD INSTRUCTION IN SOCIAL WORK II [+]
Supervised experience in a social welfare agency with emphasis on methods and techniques of generalist social work practice. Opportunity to apply theory and develop skills in delivery of social services. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 440 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites: SOWK 302, 320, 420 and admission to the professional program. Corequisites: SOWK 410, 417.
SOWK 450 SOCIAL WORK WITH FAMILIES AND CHILDREN [+]
Examines child welfare services and current policies in social work for children and their families. Explores the history of child welfare, the role current social problems such as poverty, teen pregnancy, violence, addiction, homelessness, human trafficking and war play in today's changing family. Provides an overview of the range of services available for families and children within the child welfare delivery system, including in-home services, foster care and adoption. Prerequisite: SNOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.
SOWK 455 SUBSTANCE ABUSE: ISSUES AND SERVICES [+]
Study of alcohol and drug abuse. Topics include theoretical perspectives on abuse, pharmacological characteristics of commonly abused substances, and stages of dependence and addiction. Overview of societal response to substance abuse including law enforcement, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention. Three hours per week.
SOWK 460 SOCIAL WORK IN CORRECTIONS [+]
Social work interventions in a variety of correctional settings. Focuses on professional role in court and correctional procedures within institutional and community-based programs. Three hours per week.
SOWK 465 SOCIAL WORK IN HEALTH CARE [+]
Explores the role of social work practice in various health care settings. Emphasis on the changing concepts of health and illness. Evaluates the nature of health care organizations, funding mechanisms and ethical dilemmas in social work health care. Three hours per week.
SOWK 470 SOCIAL WORK IN MENTAL HEALTH [+]
Investigates the role of the social work profession within the mental health delivery system utilizing a generalist social work approach. Social work and mental health concepts, policies, research methods and program development examined in social service agencies, community mental health facilities and institutional accommodations. Three hours per week.
SOWK 475 SOCIAL WORK WITH PERSONS WHO HAVE DISABILITIES [+]
Overview of physical, social and emotional implications of disabilities within the context of generalist social work practice. Topics include sensitivity to discrimination in society, laws and services available, and personal and family adjustment to disability. Three hours per week.
SOWK 480 SOCIAL WORK AND DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH [+]
Begin to develop generalist knowledge and skills applicable to crisis intervention and disaster mental health practice and response. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
SOWK 481 TEEN ANGST: UNDERSTANDING ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH [+]
Examines trends in adolescent mental health and risk-taking behavior, from both social work and public health perspectives. Explores risk and protective factors, as well as prevention and intervention techniques. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.
SOWK 482 DEATH AND DYING AND SOCIAL WORK [+]
Introduction to the history, theoretical concepts, cultural traditions and clinical interventions related to the field of death and dying and how it pertains to social work. Traditional as well as contemporary models are explored. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
SOWK 483 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN RURAL ENVIRONMENTS [+]
Explore the unique problems and social needs of non-urban areas, particularly small towns and rural communities. Comprehend the social structure of such communities as well as the challenges of living in such areas, such as lack of, or remoteness of, resources, poverty and the need to seek alternative interventions to work with the client populations. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
SOWK 484 SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW [+]
Study of social welfare, family, consumer law and the legal authority of social agencies to make regulations. Guidelines for court testimony and rules of evidence presented. Three hours per week.
SOWK 486 SOCIAL WORK WITH LGBTQ PERSONS [+]
Provides the foundation knowledge needed for generalist practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) persons. Explores the lived experiences of LGBTQ persons in the U.S. across the lifespan and addresses some of the key social problems faced by this population. Explores the heterogeneity of LGBTQ lives across cultural, class, age, race, ethnic, religious and political cohorts and communities. Assumes a strengths-based affirmative model of social work practice with sexual minorities. Prerequisite: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.
SOWK 487 SOCIAL WORK IN THE SCHOOLS [+]
Provides an integrated view of school social work, using a framework of policy and practice. A major focus is on the topics critical to school social work, including at-risk youth, school reform, school violence, multiculturalism, and roles of school social workers within expanded mental health and school-linked services, and draws on systems and strengths perspectives within the context of working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
SOWK 489 SOCIAL WORK AND SUSTAINABILITY [+]
Examines the role of professional social work in the area of sustainability at the local, national and global levels as sustainability is a crucial link to the attainment of environmental, economic and social justice. Using an interdisciplinary perspective, explores the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability from a theoretical and practical perspectives. Prerequisite: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Four hours credit.
SOWK 490 INDIVIDUAL DIRECTED STUDY [+]
Enables advanced students to pursue topics of their own choosing with the guidance and supervision of the faculty. Should not duplicate any course already offered by the department. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
SOWK 499 SPECIAL TOPICS [+]
Provides opportunities for investigating special themes or issues of interest to students and the social work profession. May be repeated once under a different subtitle. Prerequisite: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor.