Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Bulletin: 2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin Program: Social Work Major, B.S.W. Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Social Work Major, B.S.W.

College of Liberal Arts >> Social Work 

The Bachelor of Social Work program prepares students for entry into social work positions within local, state, and federal social service agencies and programs. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) fully accredits this program. Students graduating from the program possess a solid liberal arts foundation through Core 39 integrated with professional social work knowledge. The principal educational objective of the program is to prepare students for beginning competency-based social work practice. The focus of the program is to prepare generalist bachelor’s level practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and ethical principles needed for work with diverse populations. Students will be prepared to work with a variety of client systems including: individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, communities, and society in general.

A carefully constructed curriculum exposes students to the following core knowledge areas:

  • social welfare issues and policies
  • human behavior in the social environment
  • social systems theory
  • knowledge and skills in conducting social work research
  • problem-solving theory and methodology
  • generalist intervention model
  • knowledge of client populations
  • knowledge of social service programs and agencies
  • human diversity
  • oppression and discrimination
  • at-risk populations
  • promotion of social and economic justice
  • professional social work values and ethics
  • practice/intervention skills and integrative field experience

Admission

The philosophy of the program prepares the highest-quality professionals for the social work field. Therefore, students interested in a major in social work must be admitted into the program. The students must satisfy the following requirements for admission:

  • Students are required to review and update their student academic file in the Social Work department at the start of the application process. Included in the file should be a current copy of all college and university transcripts for each institution the student has attended.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission to the social work program. The prerequisite courses must be completed by the beginning of the semester the student plans to enroll in courses identified for majors only.
  • Completion of the following 12 hours of social work prerequisite courses with a 2.75 GPA and a grade no lower than C in each class. (At least two of the courses must have an official grade at the time of application submission.)  3 hours SOCW 221 - Introduction to Social Work, 3 hours SOCW 222 - Social Welfare: Emergence of the Social Services, 3 hours SOCW 239 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 3 hours SOCW 241 - Social Work Intervention.
  • Completion of 30 hours of Core 39 courses with a minimum grade of C in each of the following courses:
    • Composition – ENG 101 - Rhetoric and Composition I: Literacy and the Self 
    • Natural Science with Lab - BIOL 105 - Biology of Human Concern, or BIOL 121 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I or BIOL 122 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 
    • Social Science/Diversity:
      • PSY 201 - Introduction to Psychology 
      • PSY 261 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology 
      • SOC 121 - Principles of Sociology 
      • POLS 102 - Introduction to American Politics.
        Students who attend a junior college may take State and Local Government.
    •   A math class at 100 level or higher with a minimum grade of C.
  • Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis. They must meet the minimum course work requirement(s) or their equivalent(s) to be eligible for admission to the program.
  • Completion of the application is required. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all materials to the Social Work department by the application deadline. The application must be complete for review by the admission committee.
  • A personal interview and/or additional evaluative data may be required of applicants.

NOTE: The program does not grant academic credit for life or work experience in lieu of social work courses or field content. Students must complete all Core 39 requirements to complete the BSW program.

The evaluation process focuses on academic standards and additional criteria, including evidence of a commitment to social work values, basic understanding of social work, professional attitude, and evidence of good writing and oral communication skills.

All eligible students are invited to apply. The program actively encourages minorities and students from diverse backgrounds to apply. The program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, or disability.

Upon completion of the application process, students receive notification of the admission decision in writing. There is a “cap” on admissions; only a limited number of qualified students are admitted each year. Students who are admitted into the program must achieve a C+ or better in all social work classes and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Students who fail to progress in their course work for more than one semester will be required to reapply to the program. Students not enrolled for two semesters, or longer, will be required to graduate under the bulletin in effect at the time they re-enter.

Major – Social Work (51 hours)

Required Courses

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed

2.75 GPA and no grade lower than C required in the following four courses:

SOCW 221 - Introduction to Social Work
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
SOCW 222 - Social Welfare: Emergence of the Social Services
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
SOCW 239 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
SOCW 241 - Social Work Intervention
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3

 

C+ or better required in:

SOCW 325 - Introduction to Social Work Statistics
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 326 - Introduction to Social Work Research
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 340 - Communications Skills
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3
SOCW 341 - Social Welfare Policy-Program and Service Delivery Analysis

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Writing.


Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 342 - Social Work Practice with Micro Systems I
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3
SOCW 343 - Social Work Practice with Micro Systems II
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 344 - Social Work Practice with Macro Systems
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3
SOCW 401 - Social Work Practicum I
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3
SOCW 402 - Social Work Practice I
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3
SOCW 411 - Social Work Practicum II
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 6
SOCW 412 - Social Work Practice II-Integration Seminar for Social Work Practicum II
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 413 - Capstone Project: Research & Service
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

Note(s):

A student must be admitted to the social work program before enrolling in courses designated for majors only.

Social Work Electives

The following courses are not part of the required core and are open to all students:

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
SOCW 223 - Introduction to Gerontology
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3
SOCW 224 - Introduction to Social Justice
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3
SOCW 225 - Child Welfare Services
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 238 - Disabilities in Contemporary Society
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 323 - Social Work Practice with the Aged
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 390 - Independent Study in Social Work
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 1-3
SOCW 392 - Global Social Work
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 400 - Special Topics in Human Service Practice
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3

Addictions Counseling Concentration

The concentration in addictions counseling will prepare students to work with clients and agencies that provide services for substance abuse and other addictive disorders.  The course work and internship requirements are designed to meet the educational requirements for addictions counseling in Indiana.

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
SOCW 242 - Introduction to Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 353 - Substance Abuse, the Family & Society
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
SOCW 354 - Counseling & Treatment Models in Addictions and Recovery
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
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