|SOC-230||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SOW-231||Introduction to Social Welfare||3|
|PLS-231||Introduction to American Government||3|
|SOS-231||Introduction to Social Science||3|
|SOW-232||Community Based Volunteerism in Social Work||3|
|SOW-233||Human Behavior and the Social Environment I||3|
|SOW-234||Human Behavior and the Social Environment II||3|
|BEC-231||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|BEC 232||Principles of Macroeconomic||3|
|HUM 233||Introduction to Humanities||3|
|ENG 332||Advanced Writing||3|
|REL 230||Introduction to Biblical Studies||3|
|SOW-330||Social Welfare Problems||3|
|SOS-330||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|SOS-335||Social Science Research Methods||3|
|SOW-331||Generalist Practice I||3|
|SOW-332||Generalist Practice II||3|
|SOW-333||Generalist Practice III||3|
|SOW-335||Social Health Issues for the Elderly||3|
|Two Courses in One Foreign Language||6|
|SOW 430||Field Practicum Seminar||3|
|SOW 431||Current Issues in Social Work I||3|
|SOW 434||Child Welfare Services||3|
|SOW 435||Social Welfare Policy||3|
|SOW 437||Professional Ethnic in Social Work||3|
|SOW 490||Social Work Field Practicum||9|
|SOS 412||Senior Comprehensive Review Seminar||1|
|SOS 423||Senior Thesis||2|
Total Semester Hours Required for Graduation: 139.00
SOCIAL WORK COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
SOW 231 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE 3 SEM. HRS
This course examines the historical development and the philosophical underpinnings of social welfare and the
profession of social work. It explores the relationship between social welfare as an institution and discipline and its
relation to other human services and helping professions with emphasis on positive strategies in the context of core
social work values, ethics, practice skills and knowledge base of today's social worker.
SOW 232 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERISM IN SOCIAL WORK 3 SEM. HRS.
This course is designed for students considering a major in the social work profession or having an interest in
volunteer community service. An introduction to social service agencies and the function of social workers in the
local community is provided. Students are provided an opportunity to volunteer in various social service agencies as
they explore and survey literature regarding social service systems. Special emphasis is placed on social work fields
of practice, the role of the social worker and self-awareness.
SOW 233 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I 3 SEM. HRS.
Theories of human behavior and the social environment are examined. The course examines human behavior from a
biological, psychological , social perspective. Human behavior across the life course is with emphasis on micro
systems with concern to the influence of diversity and oppression. This course investigates interactions and the
development of humans from conception through early adulthood viewing behavior from a social systems
perspective. Prerequisite: Bio 130
SOW 234 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II 3 SEM. HRS.
The development of people from early adulthood through old age, using a social systems perspective and the
influence on behavior based on interactions with families, groups, communities and Institutions. The course builds
on the Human Behavior and the Social Environment I using a macro and mezzo level of systems theory. Theories
are examined using core competencies of ethical principles in social work practice, incorporating diversity and the
application related to knowledge of human behavior and the social environment. Prerequisite: SOW 233
SOW 330 SOCIAL WELFARE PROBLEMS 3 SEM. HRS
Social conditions affecting the aggregate population within a society is discussed. The sociological theories that
define social problems are considered and the historical perspectives of selected social problems are explored. There
is also a careful review of social policies designed to resolves those problems that adversely affect community well
being. (Majors SOW 231)
SOW 331 GENERALIST PRACTICE I 3 SEM. HRS.
Social Work Practice I is the first in a series of three courses. This course explores micro level systems. Practice I
introduces professional social work skills with a generalist perspective utilizing theories, methods and practice in
working with individuals, and families. It explores the function of social work in relations to the direct delivery of
social services. Documentation, assessment, networking, and the development and use of resources are examined
with particular emphasis on application of ethical principles and diversity of differences in practice on a micro level.
Prerequisite: SOWK 233 & 234
SOW 332 GENERALIST PRACTICE II 3 SEM. HRS.
Generalist Practice II is the second course in a series of three practice courses. This course explores theories and
practice approaches on the mezzo level. Social work skills with particular focus on group dynamics and group
settings within the social environment is emphasized from an ecological and systems framework. Mezzo level of
practice includes medium sized systems of secondary social systems such as reference, peer and support groups.
Exploring the impact of discrimination and oppression on populations at risk along with problem solving and
intervention strategies is taught. Students are asked to engage in laboratory work which includes role playing,
simulations and videotaping as an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: SOWK 331.
SOW 333 GENERALIST PRACTICE III 3 SEM. HRS.
Generalist Practice III is the third and final course in this series of practice courses. Social work practice with macro
level systems is taught from a generalist perspective. With these large size systems emphasis is on theories, methods
and techniques of practice skills used in working with communities, organizations, and other large-sized populations
for example, neighborhoods, agencies, schools and other programs within a community context. Approaches and
change strategies such as mobilization, social action, citizen participation, advocacy and service development is
taught. Laboratory work includes structured events, simulations, writing proposals for change and organizing
conferences as part of the course requirement. Prerequisite: SOW 332.
SOW 335 SOCIAL/ HEALTH ISSUES/ELDERLY 3 SEM HRS.
An assessment of social, psychological, physical and economic needs of aging persons; examination of different
social work practice models available for the elderly and their utilization of services. Emphasis is on understanding
psychosocial aspects of illness, medical terminology, recording, discharging planning, ethics, team disciplines, end
of life care services and community resources.
SOW 430 FIELD PRACTICUM SEMINAR 3 SEM. HRS.
The course ensures the educational direction of the field experience is directed in relationship to the generalist
perspective and entry level for the social work student. Students are provided an opportunity to compare their
practice experiences and integrate generalist knowledge, skills and values acquired in foundation courses with the
field practicum experience. Prerequisite: SOW 333. Taken with approval of the Social Work Faculty. Must be taken
concurrently with SOW 490.
SOW 431 CURRENT ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK 3 SEM. HRS.
This capstone course allows students to engage in critical evaluation of a specific issue in social work. Students
identify a research problem and execute a study using the scientific method process of the social sciences. The
process promotes the engagement of research informed practice and practice informed research. A research project
must be completed that provides the final preparation for a senior thesis paper or project. Prerequisite: SOS 335,
Senior status and approval of instructor.
SOW 432 RURAL SOCIAL SERVICE DELIVERY (ELECTIVE) 3 SEM. HRS.
Methods and skills in the delivery of social seri8vces to rural populations . the course teaches students to develop
and implement needs assessment in order to promote culturally sensitive intervention programs. An analysis of
programs and policies effecting rural communities is introduced. Prerequisite SOS 431 or by consent of instructor.
SOW 433 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY 3 SEM. HRS.
This course assesses the current social welfare policies related to strategies for change that advances social and
economic justice for groups, organizations, and communities. Models for understanding intent, adequacy,
effectiveness, costs and equity are examined within contexts and with reference to diverse groups.. The relationship
of policies as a cause and potential solution for addressing social ills is examined through analysis of selected social
welfare policies. Prerequisite: SOW 231 & 330.
SOW 434 CHILD WELFARE SERVICES 3 SEM. HRS.
Students examine social service systems that exist and those that are needed for children who are dependent,
neglected, abused, or delinquent. Assessment of parental and societal responsibility in meeting physical, social,
psychological, and legal needs of children and examination of the delivery, policies, systems, and services is
emphasized. A seminar for the community is developed by the student and presented. Prerequisite: SOW 333 or by
consent of instructor.
SOW 435 CURRENT ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK II (ELECTIVE) 3 SEM. HRS.
Students having completed SOW 431 with an interest in pursuing additional research on a thesis topic and working
toward a paper for a professional presentation or publication are admitted to this course. The purpose of the course is
to advance research efforts and improving student writing toward a Social Work issue. Prerequisite SOW 431 or by
consent of instructor.
SOW 437 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN SOCIAL WORK 3 SEM. HRS.
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive, systematic approach to information relevant to ethical
responsibilities in the social work profession. Students will be expected to demonstrate basic competency in practice
while reviewing theories and skills based on cumulative knowledge from the social work curriculum. The
engagement of student through technologically assisted course work will examine and assess students' skill level.
Knowledge based examination of substantive information in social work practices on varied levels (micro, mezzo
and macro) will emphasize the development of ethical reasoning, ability to address moral problems and dilemmas
and decision making skills. Prerequisite: SOW 333 &433 or with permission of instructor.
SOW 490 SOCIAL WORK FIELD PRACTICUM 9 SEM. HRS.
This course provides students the opportunity to apply generalist social work practice methods by completing a
minimum of 500 hours under the supervision of an agency field instructor. The student learns social work tasks
and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Learning experiences include direct work
with individuals, groups, families, and communities. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other
social work majors during field experience. Prerequisite: SOW 333. Taken with approval of the Social Work
Faculty. Must be taken concurrently with SOW 430.