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Description

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Social Work Program prepares students with a strong foundation in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, research methods and social work practice methods and skills. The program's goals are:

  1. To prepare BSW students for ethical, competent entry level, generalist professional social work practice, particularly in urban settings with diverse, poor, vulnerable and oppressed individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  2. To foster a commitment to continuing education, maintaining competence in practice, and enhancing and increasing opportunities for BSW graduates for renewal and advancement within the profession.

The Social Work Program does not grant experiential or previous work experience as a substitute for social work course credit.

Social Work Competencies are to:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  3. Advance human rights and social economic and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice informed research and research informed practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  7. Assess individuals, families groups, organizations and communities.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families groups, organizations and communities.

Accreditation
The undergraduate Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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Admissions Requirements

Admission Criteria
Admission to the program is selective and based upon the following:

  • A written application submitted during the semester that SWK 2000 is completed
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the time of application

Review of the foregoing requirements will be made by the Social Work Admissions and Continuation Committee. The individual applying to the Social Work Program will be notified of a decision after the review by the Admissions and Continuation Committee.

No required social work course grade below a 2.0 will be accepted. An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained. Students receiving less than a “C” in any social work course must repeat the course.

Students must demonstrate ability in human relations and display professional values and attitudes consistent with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. Continuance in the program is contingent on consistent performance in regard to the above issues. Decisions about admissions, discontinuance and repeating of coursework will be handled on an individual basis by the Admissions and Continuation Committee. A grievance procedure is available in the Social Work Handbook. The program reserves the right to require volunteer experience of students.

Degree Requirements

To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

Field Internship
Field Internship occurs during the student's senior year in the program. Students are required to spend 16 hours per week for two semesters (minimum 400 hours) in a human service agency where they are supervised by a qualified social worker. An application for Field Internship is to be obtained from the coordinator of field instruction. Personal interests of the student will be considered but placement will be based on the availability of appropriate social work supervision and an agency's conformity with the Social Work program requirements.

WCCCD University Center Students
For students attending the part-time social work program at the WCCCD University Center, all core curriculum courses as well as supportive course requirements must be completed prior to the entering the field internship and taking 4000-level coursework.

Field Instruction Prerequisites (27 credits):

SWK 2000 Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
SWK 2050 Critical Thinking and Writing for Social Workers 3 credits
SWK 2100 Social Welfare and Social Justice 3 credits
SWK 3100 Social Welfare Policy 3 credits
SWK 3200 Human Behavior: Multicultural Environment I
3 credits
SWK 3250 Human Behavior: Multicultural Environment II 3 credits
SWK 3990 Social Work Practice I 3 credits
PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Service-based volunteer experience and a cumulative GPA 2.0.

Major Requirements (68 credits)

SWK 2000 Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
SWK 2050 Critical Thinking and Writing for Social Workers 3 credits
SWK 2100 Social Welfare and Social Justice 3 credits
SWK 3100 Social Welfare Policy 3 credits
SWK 3200 Human Behavior: Multicultural Environment I 3 credits
SWK 3250 Human Behavior: Multicultural Environment II 3 credits
SWK 3700 Social Research Methods 3 credits
SWK 3990 Social Work Practice I 3 credits
SWK 4000 Social Work Practice II 3 credits
SWK 4010 Social Work Practice III 3 credits
SWK 4700 Field Instruction I 5 credits
SWK 4710 Social Work Seminar I 2 credits
SWK 4750 Field Instruction II 5 credits
SWK 4760 Social Work Seminar II 2 credits

Supportive Courses (33 credits)

CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech 3 credits
HUS 4410 Multicultural Understanding 3 credits
CIS 1000 Introduction to Computers 3 credits
PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
BIO 1080 The Science of Life 3 credits
POL 1000 Introduction to Political Science 3 credits
PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits

Writing competency at the ENL 131 level.

One of the following: 3 credits

ECN 1000 Introduction to Economics 3 credits
ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles 3 credits
ECN 2960 Macroeconomic Principles 3 credits

One of the following: 3 credits

ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3 credits
CJS 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits

One of the following: 3 credits

HUS 4960 Fundamentals of Statistics 3 credits
MTH 2140 Basic Statistics 3 credits
STA 2250 Statistics 3 credits

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Aloha Van Camp, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 311
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-2010
Fax: 313-993-1166
Email: vancampa@udmercy.edu


For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.


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