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Department of Social Work

R. Ann Myers, Head

Location: HHS Building, Room 2127
Phone: (540) 568-6980
E-mail: myersra@jmu.edu
Web site: www.jmu.edu/socwork/

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Professor
R. A. Myers

Associate Professor
K. Ford

Assistant Professors
C. Hunter, N. Wingfield, H. Yeom

Adjunct Assistant Professor
J. Lynch

Affiliate Instructors
D. Blough, R. Harris, Hubbell

Mission Statement
Career Opportunities
Marketable Skills
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Admission Requirements
Degree and Major Requirements
Minor Requirements

Mission Statement
The social work department prepares generalist social workers committed to strengthening community life for diverse individuals, families and organizations and promoting social justice through advocacy and action. It offers a program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which leads to the B.S.W. degree. In addition, the department offers minors in family studies, gerontology and nonprofit studies, and a certificate in gerontology.

The Department of Social Work is committed to the following:


Career Opportunities


Marketable Skills
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Admission Requirements
Social Work Program
"C" (2.0) in SOWK 287 and 288, and have completed the 20 hours of community service work required in SOWK 287. Students are evaluated on the basis of community service and life experiences, academic performance, communication skills, work related habits, ability to work with others, motivation, value orientation and career plans. Students must complete this process or admission to upper-level courses will be restricted. See the Social Work Handbook for guidelines. Applications are reviewed by two or more social work faculty members who make a recommendation to the head of the social work department. The student will be notified of the decision in writing. Decisions are to admit, to admit conditionally, not to admit, or to defer decision. If admitted conditionally, the conditions for acceptance will be described. If the decision is deferred, the student will be notified in writing as to why. If not admitted, the student may appeal the decision to the head of the Department of Social Work.

Field Practicum Application
"C" (2.0) in SOWK 287, 288, 305, 317, 320, 335, 465, 466 and 467, have an overall GPA of 2.0, and who have completed 50 community service hours related to human services after SOWK 287, are eligible for field practicum. During the field practicum, students spend four days a week for one semester completing a minimum of 472 hours of directed field practice. Students seeking admission to SOWK 481, Social Work Field Practicum I, and SOWK 482, Social Work Field Practicum II, must complete a field placement application and interview with the director of field placement. The field placement director, with the assistance of social work faculty members, will determine the acceptance and placement of students. See the Social Work Handbook for the field application, documentation of community service guidelines and guidelines for the placement process.

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Social Work
Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education courses1
41
Social Work core courses
42
Social work electives
6
Electives
32-35

 
120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.


Major Requirements

Core Courses
 Credit Hours
SOWK 287. Introduction to Social Work
3
SOWK 288. Social Welfare
3
SOWK 305. Social Work Research Methods
3
SOWK 317. Skills for Generalist Social Work
3
SOWK 320. Human Behavior in the Social Environment
3
SOWK 335. Social Policy
3
SOWK 465. Social Work Practice in Mezzo Systems
3
SOWK 466. Social Work Practice in Micro Systems
3
SOWK 467. Social Work Practice in Macro Systems
3
SOWK 481. Social Work Field Practicum I
6
SOWK 482. Social Work Field Practicum II
6
SOWK 494. Senior Seminar in Social Work
3
SOWK Electives: Elective courses are offered on a rotating basis.
6
See course descriptions in catalog.

The minimum requirement for the B.S.W. degree is completion of the General Education requirements, 42 credit hours of core social work courses, prerequisite courses as specified in course descriptions and elective hours, six of which must be in social work, for a total of 120 credit hours. If a grade of "C" (2.0) or above is not achieved the first time a social work course is taken, the student may repeat the course only once. All social work majors are expected to abide by the NASW Code of Ethics. Additionally, all majors participate in social work student outcome assessment measures.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year
Credit Hours
Cluster One: Skills for the 21st Century
9-12
General Education courses1
18-21

 
30

1 Certain General Education courses may also meet prerequisite requirements for social work courses. Pay close attention to General Education requirements when selecting the following courses: MATH 220, Cluster 3; GPOSC 225, GSOCI 210 and ANTH 195, Cluster 4; GPSYC 101 or GPSYC 160, Cluster 5.

Second Year
Credit Hours
SOWK 287. Introduction to Social Work
3
SOWK 288. Social Welfare
3
General Education courses1
10-13
Electives
11-14

 
30

Third Year
Credit Hours
SOWK 305. Social Work Research Methods2
3
SOWK 317. Skills for Generalist Social Work
3
SOWK 320. Human Behavior in the Social Environment2
3
SOWK 335. Social Policy2
3
SOWK Elective
3
Electives
15

 
30

Fourth Year
Credit Hours
SOWK 465. Social Work Practice in Mezzo Systems2
3
SOWK 466. Social Work Practice in Micro Systems2
3
SOWK 467. Social Work Practice in Macro Systems2
3
SOWK elective
3
Elective
3
SOWK 481. Social Work Field Practicum I2
6
SOWK 482. Social Work Field Practicum II2
6
SOWK 494. Senior Seminar2
3

 
30

1 Certain General Education courses may also meet prerequisite requirements for social work courses. Pay close attention to General Education requirements when selecting the following courses: MATH 220, Cluster 3; GPOSC 225 and GSOCI 210, Cluster 4; GPSYC 101 or GPSYC 160, Cluster 5.
2 Check prerequisite requirements.


Minor Requirements

Family Studies Minor
R. Ann Myers, Minor Adviser
The interdisciplinary minor in family studies is designed for undergraduates seeking enhancement of their major and career potential, desiring to increase understanding of self and relationships and seeking to make a positive contribution to society. For a full description of the requirements for the minor in family studies, see Interdisciplinary Programs.

Gerontology Minor
R. Ann Myers, Minor Adviser
The interdisciplinary minor in gerontology is designed for any undergraduate major desiring a concentration of study of aging for personal understanding or career preparation. For a full description of the requirements for the minor in gerontology, see Interdisciplinary Programs.

Nonprofit Studies Minor
R. Ann Myers, Minor Adviser
The nonprofit studies minor prepares students from a variety of disciplines to understand the unique role of nonprofit organizations in American society today. Emphasis is placed on history, theory, legal issues and management topics. The minor includes a capstone seminar and a field experience in a nonprofit agency with the focus to be determined in conjunction with the adviser. For a full description of the requirements for the minor in nonprofit studies, see Interdisciplinary Programs.

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