Course Descriptions

Social Work

  • SW 2700 Introduction to Social Work

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Includes an introduction to: the historical development of social work as a profession, the major fields of practice, social systems theory, the ecological perspective on social problems, and the tenets and value base of the profession.

  • SW 2710 Introduction to Social Welfare

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of federal and state social welfare in the United States, with an emphasis on policies that reduce poverty, oppression, and discrimination. Study the values and ethics that form the foundation of social services. 48 hour agency observation required.

  • SW 2720 Multicultural Competence in a Diverse World

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    This course provides an introduction to the methods of inquiry in the social sciences used to develop the knowledge and skills required to work and relate in a multicultural world. Content covers the historical development of discrimination in the U.S.

  • SW 2910 Social Science Data Analysis

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Quantitative and qualitative analysis of social science research. Includes theory and application of descriptive and inferential quantitative statistics, using Statistical Package for Social Sciences.

  • SW 3000 Research Methods in Liberal Arts

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduces social science and humanities majors to research design, and the kinds of data produced, in describing, explaining, and understanding social problems.

  • SW 3700 Human Behavior in the Social Environment

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Analysis of human behaviors in order to guide assessment, intervention, and evaluation of micro, mezzo,and macro social work practice.

  • SW 3750 Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Macro

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Analysis of groups, systems,and community organizations in order to guide assessment, intervention, and evaluation of social work practice.

  • SW 3800 Ethics and Social Work Practice I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Focus on ethics and an introduction to practice skills. Field observation required to apply skills related to ethics, rapport building, interviewing techniques, and bio-psycho-social assessment.

  • SW 3890 Selected Topics in Social Work

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Selected topics related to current issues in social work practice; readings, research, and discussion. Topics vary.

  • SW 3990 Independent Study in Social Work

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Independent research on social work topic. Requires 3.0 GPA and completed independent study form.

  • SW 4620 Social Gerontology I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the social aspects of aging, the needs of the aging population, and society's response to those needs.

  • SW 4700 Social and Economic Justice

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examination of how social welfare policy affects service delivery and active engagement in policy practice to promote social and economic justice. Integrated Writing course.

  • SW 4730 Child Welfare I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Framework for categorizing child welfare problems. Historical and current examination of legislation, policies, programs, and services to address child welfare needs including the role of the child welfare worker.

  • SW 4735 Child Welfare II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses the developmental and permanence needs of children in the child welfare system.

  • SW 4740 Child Welfare II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses the developmental and permanence needs of children in the child welfare system.

  • SW 4800 Gerontology Practicum

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Practicum

    Supervised learning under direction of the Gerontology Certificate Director and staff from a social service agency serving older adults. Department Managed Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate level SW 4620 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level SOC 4820 Minimum Grade of D

  • SW 4810 Social Work Practice II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Develops a framework for understanding micro-inclusive practice interventions with individuals and families.

  • SW 4820 Social Work Practice III

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Develops a framework for understanding mezzo-to-macro inclusive practice interventions in groups within organizations throughout communities of varying types. Department Managed Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate level SW 3700 Minimum Grade of D and Undergraduate level SW 3750 Minimum Grade of D a

  • SW 4850 Gerontology Certificate Project

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Applied research in an agency setting that serves older adults under the guidance of the gerontology certificate director. Department Managed Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate level SW 4620 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level SOC 4820 Minimum Grade of D

  • SW 4860 Social Work Field Practicum I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Practicum

    First of two field practicum courses where students apply generalist social work practice knowledge to practice in agency settings.

  • SW 4870 Social Work Field Seminar I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Faculty-field liaison utilizes individual and group feedback to assist students in applying generalist social work practice knowledge while planning, implementing, and processing activities at their practicum sites.

  • SW 4880 Social Work Field Practicum II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Practicum

    Individual learning experiences under the supervision of an agency field instructor, with guidance from the faculty-field liaison. Department Managed Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate level SW 4860 Minimum Grade of D and Undergraduate level SW 4870 Minimum Grade of D

  • SW 4890 Social Work Seminar II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Faculty-field liaison utilizes individual and group feedback to assist students in applying generalist social work practice knowledge while planning, implementing, and processing activities at their practicum sites. Department Managed Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate level SW 4860 Minimum Grade

  • SW 4900 Social Work Research and Critical Thinking

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Basic skills of quantitative and qualitative social research methodology and techniques of gathering, analyzing and interpreting data. Evaluation of research reports for relevance to practice with at-risk populations.

  • SW 6110 Social Welfare Policy I

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Provides overview of social welfare and social work as a profession in context of social work values and ethics. Includes critical analysis of historical and current interactions of social welfare policies, programs, and services with diverse recipient populations.

  • SW 6130 Ethics, Professionalism, and Self Care

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses ethical dimensions of social work in policy and law and frameworks for decision-making. Teaches skills for professional self-care to decrease incidents of vicarious trauma

  • SW 6150 Cultural Competency in Social Work Practice

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Provides conceptual framework for effective social work practice with persons from diverse backgrounds. Addresses interlocking, complex configuration of personal and cultural identity, while facilitating understanding and respect for diverse populations.

  • SW 6160 Graduate Social Work Research I

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    First of three research courses required in MASW program. Basic skills of quantitative and qualitative social research methodology and techniques of gathering, analyzing and interpreting data. Evaluation of research reports for relevance to practice with at-risk populations.

  • SW 6170 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Employs social systems approach as the primary foundation for understanding individuals, families, and groups. Utilizes theories about human behavior to develop foundation to learn effective social work practice.

  • SW 6210 Social Work Practice I

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Development of an understanding of the knowledge base and values of social work practice; acquisition of basic skills through the use of role-playing and simulated interviewing process.

  • SW 6220 Social Work Practice II

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Approaches social work macro practice from an advanced generalist perspective as a way to engage organizations and communities in the larger society.

  • SW 6410 Concentration Focus Area Families and Children: Practice

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Focus area course related to families and children. Provides the knowledge, skills, and values needed for advanced generalist social workers to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate direct practice with children and families.

  • SW 6420 Concentration Focus Area Families and Children: Policy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Provides knowledge, skills, and values needed for advanced generalist social workers to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate policy practice with children and families. Includes policies and programs that specifically target positive outcomes for children and families.

  • SW 6450 Concentration Focus Area Older Adults: Practice

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Provides students with understanding of advanced generalist practice with older adults. Utilizes life course perspective incorporating cultural, economic, historical and structural contexts to examine aging-related issues, particularly the impact on quality of life of older adults.

  • SW 6460 Concentration Focus Area Older Adults: Policy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Provides knowledge, skills, and values needed for advanced generalist social workers to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate policy practice with older adults. Includes policies and programs that specifically target positive outcomes for older adults.

  • SW 6610 Social Work Field Education I

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Completion of 300 hours of field education. Provides opportunity for students to engage in selected and organized activities with clients that apply the social work skills, knowledge, and values learned in the classroom.

  • SW 6620 Social Gerontology I

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the social aspects of aging, the needs of the aging population, and society's response to those needs.

  • SW 6640 Social Work Field Education Seminar I

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Designed to integrate Field Education I experience and coursework. Offered concurrently with foundation fieldwork.

  • SW 6730 Child Welfare I

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Framework for categorizing child welfare problems. Historical and current examination of legislation, policies, programs, and services to address child welfare needs, including the role of the child welfare worker.

  • SW 6735 Child Welfare II

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses the developmental and permanence needs of children in the child welfare system.

  • SW 6740 Child Welfare II

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses the developmental and permanence needs of children in the child welfare system.

  • SW 6800 Gerontology Practicum

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Practicum

    Supervised learning under direction of the Gerontology Certificate Director and staff from a social service agency serving older adults. Department Managed Prerequisite(s): Graduate level SW 6620 Minimum Grade of D or Graduate level SOC 6820 Minimum Grade of D

  • SW 6850 Gerontology Certificate Project

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Applied research in an agency setting that serves older adults under the guidance of the gerontology certificate director. Department Managed Prerequisite(s): Graduate level SW 6620 Minimum Grade of D or Graduate level SOC 6820 Minimum Grade of D

  • SW 6880 Gerontology Certificate Project

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Applied research in an agency setting that serves older adults under the guidance of the gerontology certificate director.

  • SW 6890 Selected Topics in Social Work

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Selected topics related to current issues in social work practice; readings, research, and discussion. Topics vary.

  • SW 6950 Social Work Foundation Topics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Topics include content in human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policies and programs, social work practice, and social work research.

  • SW 6990 Independent Study in Social Work

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Independent research on social work topic.

  • SW 7160 Graduate Social Work Research II

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Data analysis component of social science research and program evaluation. Covers procedures for rigorous, valid, reliable, and credible collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to arrive at decisions that improve interventions and contribute to knowledge.

  • SW 7170 Social Work Capstone

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Implementation of a culminating research project following a rigorous qualitative and/or quantitative design to collect and analyze data to inform agency practice and/or policy decisions.

  • SW 7230 Social Work Assessment and the DSM

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Teaches advanced generalist social work direct practice skills with individuals, families, and small groups. Skills applied during following stages of social work intervention: Engagement, Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation.

  • SW 7240 Agency Administration

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 or 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Teaches advanced generalist social work direct practice skills with communities and organizations. Skills applied during stages of social work intervention: Engagement, Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation.

  • SW 7610 Advanced Standing Professional Development Seminar

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A forum for students to integrate field experience and social work knowledge and to maintain contact with the assigned Faculty Field Liaison. Offered concurrently with fieldwork. Advisor and field director approval required

  • SW 7620 Social Work Field Education II

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Completion of 300 hours of field education experience in the community. Provides the opportunity for students to engage in selected and organized activities, with or on behalf of clients, that apply the social work skills, knowledge, and values learned in the classroom.

  • SW 7630 Social Work Field Education III

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Completion of 300 hours of field education experience in the community. Provides the opportunity for students to engage in selected and organized activities, with or on behalf of clients, that apply the social work skills, knowledge, and values learned in the classroom.

  • SW 7650 Social Work Field Education Seminar II

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Integrates Field Education II experiences and coursework. Offered concurrently with advanced generalist fieldwork and competencies.

  • SW 7660 Social Work Field Education Seminar III

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Integrates the Field Education III experiences and coursework. Offered concurrently with advanced generalist fieldwork and competencies.