Major Requirements — Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work
The Bachelor of Social Work degree is a four-year program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. It is built on a strong liberal arts base that prepares the student for beginning social work practice with communities, groups, families and individuals in a variety of settings with diverse populations and problems. This program also prepares the student to pursue graduate study in social work.
The curriculum offers basic liberal arts education in the first two years with a professional orientation during the third and fourth years. This provides the option for students to transfer in or out of the program without loss of credit until the beginning of their junior year. The educational components of the BSW degree program include the general liberal arts and sciences, supportive liberal arts requirements and the social work curriculum foundation, which includes a field-work component.
The focus of the program is on understanding how people function in relation to their environment and on developing growth-enhancing professional relationships. Students develop an understanding and appreciation of human diversity and are able to practice effective social work with vulnerable populations, especially those experiencing social and economic oppression. In developing professional competency, a strong emphasis is placed on the student's interpersonal effectiveness and self-awareness.
Supportive Liberal Arts Requirements
In addition to meeting the General Education requirements of the college, specific liberal arts courses are also required to support the social work required (foundation) coursework. These include:
|PSY1100||General Psychology (or suitable transfer course)|
|SOC1100||Principles of Sociology (or suitable transfer course)|
|PSC2110||United States Government (or suitable transfer course)|
Required Courses: 44-48 semester hours
Foundation Knowledge, Values and Skills - 36-40 semester hours
|SWK2500||Survey of Contemporary Social Work (3)|
|SWK3140||Social Work with Groups (3)|
|SWK3150||Social Welfare: Institutions and Policies (3)|
|SWK3210||Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Infancy to Adolescence (HBSE I) (3)|
|SWK3390WI||Social Work Practice with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations (4)|
|SWK3400||Human Behavior and Social Environment: Adult Lifespan (HSBE II) (3)|
|SWK4010||Social Work with Communities and Organizations (3)|
|SWK4110||Individuals and Families (4)|
|SWK4120||Senior Integrated Seminar (4)|
|SWK4200||Social Work Research I (3)|
|SWK4300||Social Work Research II (3)|
Field Instruction (concurrent with SWK4110 and 4120) - 6 semester hours
|SWK4210||Field Instruction I (3)|
|SWK4220||Field Instruction II (3)|
Selected courses: a minimum of one course from courses listed below
|SWK2050||Drugs and Human Behavior: Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment (4)|
|SWK2150||Violence in America (4)|
|SWK3710||Child Welfare Services (3)|
|SWK3720||Social Work with Vulnerable Children and Families (3)|
|SWK3730||Social Development and Prevention Programs (3)|
|SWK3760||Effects of Trauma on Children (3)|
|SWK3770||Social Work Practice with Older Adults (3)|
|SWK4710||Expressive Therapy for Children (3)|
|SWK4740||Family Violence: Issues and Intervention (3)|
Field instruction is an integral part of the BSW curriculum. Students are placed in an agency where they receive instruction from a qualified, approved instructor holding an MSW degree. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours per week in their field placement during fall and spring semesters for a total of 450 clock hours while enrolled concurrently in classes.
A wide variety of field practice settings are available, reflecting the fields of service and social service agencies available for beginning careers in social work. A series of theory and practice related courses help the student to prepare for and make productive use of the field learning experience.
Advanced Standing for Graduate Work
Students who have earned a BSW degree at George Williams College, or through other BSW programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship in coursework and in the field are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the MSW program at George Williams College or Aurora University. If granted, advanced standing allows the student to apply BSW courses toward a maximum of 30 semester hours of the MSW degree. The MSW degree consists of 60 semester hours.
Criteria for Academic Performance
The BSW degree program requires all students enrolled in the program to earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in the three prerequisite liberal arts General Education supportive courses. In addition, students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 in all social work coursework. Full regulations are contained in the BSW Handbook.
Criteria for Personal/Professional Performance
Students in the BSW program are evaluated, and may be dismissed from the program, on the basis of standards of personal and professional behavior, lack of adherence to ethical standards, and on the basis of certain civil and criminal records. Full regulations are contained in the BSW Handbook.