SWRK 1010 - Social Sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Work

This course serves as an introduction to the profession of social work through the lens of social sustainability and entrepreneurship. Socially-sustainable communities have systems, structures, and relationships that are equitable, diverse, connected, and democratic, providing quality of life to current and future generations. Social entrepreneurs are leaders seeking to find innovative solutions to social problems. Social work is one of many professions that function as social entrepreneurs in their work with systems of all sizes. Students demonstrate the characteristics of social entrepreneurship by developing innovative strategies to sustainably meet social problems. Required for admittance to social work major.

Credit: 3


SWRK 3000 - Generalist Social Work Practice

Prerequisite: SWRK 1010; restricted to BSW majors

An orientation to the principles and overview of the problem-solving process of generalist social work practice (intake, engagement, data collection, assessment, planning, contracting, intervention, evaluation, termination, and follow-up.)

Credit: 3


SWRK 3003 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

Prerequisite: SWRK 1010; restricted to BSW majors

This course will employ theories, models, and perspectives to understand individuals, families, and their interpersonal and group relationships, life span development, and well-being, stress, coping, and adaption. This course will emphasize knowledge about individuals and small social systems and the implications of this knowledge for all domains of social work practice. The knowledge presented will include the interrelationships between smaller and larger social systems and, in particular, how biological factors and the larger social and physical environments shape and influence individual and family well-being.

Credit: 3


SWRK 3005 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in any WCIL II course

This course examines theory and research knowledge about political economic and societal structures and process related to communities, groups, and organizations within contemporary society. Consideration is given to ways in which these social systems have significant social, political, economic, and psychological impacts on the functioning of individuals, families, and social group. The course provides a framework for understanding the influences of medium-to-large social systems on individuals, families, and groups with whom social workers practice. There is a focus on oppression, discrimination, prejudice, and privilege and their relationship to social and economic justice for populations served by social workers.

Credit: 3


SWRK 3010 - Social Work Practice with Individuals

Prerequisite: SWRK 3000 or 3005 (may be taken concurrently); restricted to BSW majors

A closer examination of the social work skills and methods with individuals including diverse/special populations.

Credit: 3


SWRK 3025 - Sexuality in Health & Society

Prerequisite:  Any WC&IL II course.

This course explores advanced understandings of human sexuality through a multi-disciplinary approach combining pedagogies, students, and faculty from different departments in the College of Heath and Society. Concentrations will include: 1) bio-medical sexuality: sexual and reproductive health and disease, anatomy, and physiology; 2) psychosexual development: relationships, marriage, and family systems; sexual dysfunction; and trauma; 3) sexuality education and other organizational efforts that impact sexual behavior and health; 4) sociopolitical issues: sexuality education and historical, legal, political, social and ethical issues impacting sexuality.

Credit: 3


SWRK 3300 - Writing and Research in Social Work

Prerequisite: MATH 1123, may be taken concurrently, and any WC&IL II course; restricted to BSW majors

This course focuses attention on two essential skills of social work: (1) clear, correct, and professionally/legally-sound documentation and (2) integrating the results of social science research into professional practice/practice evaluation.

Credit: 3


SWRK 3570 - American Social Welfare Policy

Prerequisite(s): SOC 2000, and PSCI 1400, and any WC&IL II course (may be taken concurrently)

This course involves an exploration of the development of social welfare programs. It includes content about the history of social work; the history and current structure of social welfare services; and the role of policy in service delivery, social work practice, and the attainment of individual and social well-being. Students will understand and demonstrate social policy skills in regard to economic, political, and organizational system.

Credit: 3


SWRK 3700 - Special Topics in the Social World

Prerequisite:  Any WC&IL II course

This is a special topics seminar providing students with the opportunity to participate in an in-depth exploration of current social problems impacting our society. Each semester the topic will change to focus on a contemporary social issue. Students will participate in class discussions, self-reflections, and oral presentations on contemporary social issues and debates. Course content will vary as set forth in the approved syllabus. Course may be repeatable as content changes.

Credit: 3


SWRK 3900 - Practice in the Profession

Prerequisite: SWRK 3010 or concurrent; restricted to BSW majors

This course focuses on the development and integration of the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a successful fourth year practicum experience in social work. Students will explore roles in various aspects of social work practice, network with area professionals, and engage in service learning at a social agency. Development of professional identity will be facilitated through exploration of ethics, professional writing, simulation experiences, and reflection. This course includes a lab portion for each class where students will practice skills and apply knowledge and values. Knowledge in this course is utilized in SWRK 4900 and 4910 courses.

Credit: 3


SWRK 4000 - Social Work Practice with Families and Groups

Prerequisite: SWRK 3005, 3010, and 3900; restricted to BSW majors

A closer examination of the social work skills and methods with families and groups, including diverse/special populations.

Credit: 3


SWRK 4010 - Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities

Prerequisites: SWRK 3005, 3010, and 3900; restricted to BSW majors

A closer examination of the social work skills and methods with organizations and communities, with special attention to evaluation. This course also serves as a “capstone,” in which students return to the generalist model as a whole.

Credit: 3


SWRK 4900 - Social Work Practicum I

Prerequisite: SWRK 3005, 3010, 3900; restricted to BSW majors

Students apply and integrate classroom theory in social agencies under close supervision. Required for all social work majors.

Credit: 3


SWRK 4910 - Social Work Practicum II

Prerequisite: SWRK 4900; restricted to BSW majors.

Students apply and integrate classroom theory in social agencies under close supervision. Required for all social work majors.

Credit: 3 to 4


SWRK 4960 - Social Work Capstone

Prerequisite: SWRK 3000, 3010, 4000, 4010 and 4900 or permission of program director; restricted to BSW majors

The social work capstone is intended to provide senior social work students with an opportunity to integrate and apply previous learning (academic and field) through the creation and implementation of project at their practicum agency in order to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, ethics, and values necessary for evidence-based generalist social work practice.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6001 - Fundraising and Resources Development for Non-Profit Organizations and Agencies

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Fundraising and Resources Development for Non-Profit Organizations and Agencies is a macro elective that covers resource development and grant writing for non-profit agencies. It affords students the opportunity to assist agencies to expand their funding base in difficult economic times.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6002 - Crisis Intervention and Prevention

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program.

This course provides specific application of crisis theory onto generalist practice relevant to conducting the practice of social work during a crisis situation; immediately following a crisis; and in situations where the social worker may be faced with the task of assisting an individual, family, group, or community in dealing with the long term effects of a crisis experience.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6003 - Global Social Work Practice

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program or with permission from the MSW Program Director.

This is an elective course that will provide opportunities for one-to-one direct practice within a host culture. Students will be provided the foundation knowledge about the importance of how globalization has impacted social work practice and what are the developing trends. This course will allow students to examine the global dimensions of social work profession while directly engaging with individuals, families, and groups while at the same time becoming exposed to social justice and policy.

Credit: 1 or 3


SWRK 6050 - Graduate Study of Social Work for Advanced Standing Students

Prerequisite: Admission to Advanced Standing MSW program.

A transition course for students with the BSW who will begin second year MSW courses in the following semester. This course will explore differences between undergraduate and graduate social work education, review topics not covered in depth in the BSW, and study literature research methods necessary for success at the graduate level.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6100 - Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

This course is designed to teach students about methods of generalist social work practice at the micro level, with individuals.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6102 - Generalist Social Work Practice with Families and Groups

Prerequisite: SWRK 6200 and 6201^. (^May be taken concurrently.)

This course is designed to teach students about methods of generalist social work practice at the mezzo level, with families and small groups.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6103 - Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities

Prerequisite: SWRK 6050 or SWRK 6102

This course is designed to teach students about methods of generalist social work practice at the macro level, with organizations and communities.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6200 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program.

This course is designed to teach MSW students about human development from birth to death, including physical, cognitive, and social aspects. The course will focus especially on aspects of development that have implications for social work practice.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6201 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program.

This course is designed to teach MSW students about family, group, and community influences on the behavior of individuals.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6300 - Social Work Research I

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program.

This course is designed to introduce MSW students to the principles of practice evaluation and “evidence-based practice.”

Credit: 3


SWRK 6500 - Social Welfare Policy I

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program.

This course is designed to introduce MSW students to the field of social welfare policy and to specific policy issues and programs in the United States and abroad.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6510 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program.

Consideration of current laws/legal decision affecting the practice of social work. Application of ethical principles to practice dilemmas.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6801 - Military and Veteran Social Work Practice

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program

This course examines military and veteran cultures impacting clients and families seeking social services, including stressors like deployments, military family structures, and readjustment issues. Ethical issues and research-informed interventions are discussed. Students completing this course have an in-depth understanding and ability to work with the active-duty military and veteran community.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6900 - Graduate Practicum I

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program.

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to put social work values, skills, and knowledge into practice through supervised work in a social services agency.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6901 - Graduate Practicum II

Prerequisite: SWRK 6900.

This is the second semester of practicum for students in the MSW program. This course is designed to give students the continuing opportunity to put social work values, skills, and knowledge into practice through supervised work in a social services agency.

Credit: 3


SWRK 6990 - Internship

Prerequisite: At least a 2.7 GPA for undergraduate level and a 3.0 for graduate.

Internships provide students with applied, experiential learning opportunities so that they can make connections between academic study and the practical application of that study in a professional work environment. Academic internships are supervised by a faculty member and an on-site professional supervisor. All academic internships must be approved in advance by the department or program. Unless stipulated otherwise by the department or program, credit hours are defined by the university's credit hour policy. Internships may be repeated for a total of 9 credit hours.

Credit: 1 to 3


SWRK 6997 - Directed Readings in Social Work

Directed individualized readings.

Credit: 1 to 3


SWRK 7100 - Culture and Diversity in Advanced Generalist Practice

Prerequisite: SWRK 6100, 6102, 6103, 6200, 6201, 6900, and 6901; or SWRK 6050. Graduate standing.

Social Work approaches to meet the needs of special and diverse population. Students will also study the elements of “cultural competence’ as defined by the National Association of Social Workers.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7101 - Advanced Practice with Diverse Individuals

Prerequisite: SWRK 6100 and SWRK 7100; or SWRK 6050

Introduction to counseling knowledge, ethics, and skills appropriate for multicultural advanced social work practice.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7102 - Advanced Practice with Diverse Families and Groups

Prerequisite: SWRK 6050 or 6102; and SWRK 7100.

The focus of this course is on the knowledge, ethics, and skills appropriate for culturally-competent advanced social work practice with diverse families and groups.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7103 - Advanced Practice with Diverse Organizations and Communities

Prerequisite: SWRK 6103 or SWRK 6050; SWRK 7100.

Knowledge, ethics, and skills for culturally-competent advanced social work practice with organizations and communities.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7300 - Social Work Research II

Prerequisite: SWRK 6050 or 6300.

Research methods applied to knowledge generation in social work.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7301 - Research Methods in Military Social Work and Veterans Affairs

This course focuses on research methods in a military social work and veterans affairs context. Students develop research questions around military social work and veteran affairs. Several approaches to social work research methods are examined. The goal is a research proposal focused on military social work or veterans affairs.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7350 - Integrative Seminar in Advanced Generalist Practice

Prerequisite: SWRK 7300^. (^May be taken concurrently.)

A capstone course in which MSW candidates synthesize their work and research relating to social work practice with a cultural group and create a paper suitable for publication.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7351 - Integrative Seminar in Military Social Work and Veteran Affairs

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSW program.

Capstone course for MSW Military and Veteran Affairs students. The course gives students the opportunity to enhance professional presentation skills through the creation of a high-quality professional paper and delivery of a poster presentation.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7500 - Social Welfare Policy and Services II

Prerequisite: SWRK 6050 or 6500.

A continuation of SWRK 6500, this course focuses on policy analysis. Special emphasis is placed on public policies affecting diverse clients/client groups, and on the role of the social worker as a public policy change agent.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7900 - Graduate Practicum III

Prerequisite: SWRK 6050 or 6901.

Supervised work in a community social agency with special focus on a cultural group.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7901 - Graduate Practicum IV

Prerequisite: 7900.

Continuation of supervised work in a community social agency with special focus on a cultural group.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7902 - Military and Veterans Affairs Practicum III

Prerequisite: SWRK 6050 or 6901, Agency with special focus on a cultural group.

Use of a peer supervision model based on reciprocal arrangements whereby peers work together for mutual benefit, developmental feedback is emphasized, and a self-directed learning and evaluation is encouraged. Over two semesters, the class develops a peer-supervision model that can be used if conventional supervision is ineffective.

Credit: 3


SWRK 7903 - Military and Veterans Affairs Practicum IV

Prerequisite: SWRK 6050 or 6901, Agency with special focus on a cultural group.

Continuation of a peer supervision model based on reciprocal arrangements whereby peers work together for a mutual benefit, developmental feedback is emphasized, and self-directed learning and evaluation is encouraged. Over two semesters, the class develops a peer supervision model that can be used if conventional supervision is ineffective.

Credit: 3