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Admission to the Social Work Program
- Student Handbook (PDF)
Students who declare social work as a major in the freshman year, must adhere to the following pro cedures:
- Take SW 111 and 112 - Freshman Seminars I and II;
- Take SW 130 - Critical Thinking and SW 230 - Introduction to Social Work which has a 20-hour volunteer service component that must be completed in a human service agency;
- Complete the Application to Social Work Form.
- Complete a joint interview with the faculty who taught SW 230, and the department chair, or designee.
- *All other students must have their transcripts evaluated by the Department Chair or a designee and meet all the requirements of a social work major including numbers 2, 3 and 4 above.
Students who major in social work must successfully complete the courses listed below with a minimum grade of "C" and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in their foundation social work courses to be eligible to enter field and must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in their foundation social work courses to graduate. Students are required to complete a total of forty-two (42) hours The major courses include SW 130 Critical Thinking in Social Work, SW 230 Introduction to Social Work, SW 330 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I, SW 331 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II, SW 333 Social Work Practice I, SW 334 Social Work Practice II, SW 337 Social Welfare Policy; SW 420 Field Practice Preparation; SW 433 Applied Social Work Research I, SW 434 Applied Social Work Research II, SW 435 Social Work Practice III, SW 490 Field Instruction, SW 490s Field Instruction Seminar.
All students are required to present a senior research paper prior to graduation. All social work majors must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in the required courses listed above to graduate.
Required Field Practicum
During the senior year, students are required to complete the block field practicum. This is a supervised educational experience in a human service agency. Students are in the field four (4) days a week for a semester and are on campus one (1) day for classes. Students must successfully complete both SW 490 Field Instruction and SW 490S Field Instruction Seminar with a minimum grade of "C" to receive field practicum credit.
The Social Work Program offers a certificate in Child Protective Services (CPS) to students interested in working with abused and neglected children and their families (See Description in Program of Study).