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Department of Social Work

R. Ann Myers, Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


A. Myers

Associate Professor


Assistant Professors

Abrahamson, Rissmeyer

The Department of Social Work offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Social Work degree. In addition, the department offers minors in family issues and human services, as well as a minor in gerontology which can lead to a certificate in gerontology.

The Bachelor of Social Work degree prepares graduates for entry level professional positions in a broad spectrum of social service agencies and graduate study in social work. The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Bachelor of Social Work Degree Requirements

The minimum requirement for the B.S.W. degree is completion of the liberal studies requirement, 39 credit hours of core social work courses, plus 38 credit hours of electives (nine credit hours of which must be in social work) for a total of 120 credit hours.

The core courses required of all graduates in the social work curriculum are:

SOWK 287. Introduction to Social Work                  3
SOWK 288. Social Welfare                               3
SOWK 305. Social Work Research Methods                 3
SOWK 317. Introduction to Social Work Practice         3
SOWK 320. Human Behavior in the Social                 3
SOWK 335. Social Policy                                3
SOWK 366. Social Work Practice in                      3
SOWK 367. Social Work Practice in                      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


Social Work Program

Students may declare a major in social work at anytime, however, they must apply for admission to the social work program the semester following completion of SOWK 287, Introduction to Social Work; and SOWK 288, Social Welfare. 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 in writing of the decision. Decisions are to accept, to accept conditionally or not to accept. If accepted conditionally, the conditions of acceptance will be described. If not accepted, the student may appeal the decision to the head of the Department of Social Work.

Field Practicum

Students accepted into the social work program, and who have completed the core social work requirements, with no single grade lower than a "C, " are eligible for field practicum. 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 have an 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.

Minor in Family Issues

R. Ann Myers, Coordinator

The interdisciplinary minor in family issues is designed for any undergraduate desiring to understand the effect of particular issues on families and the impact families can have on society. FAM 133, Contemporary Family, is a required course in the program. Five courses relating to the issues are selected, making a total of 18 credits in the program.

Program for Minor in Family Issues

FAM 133. Contemporary Family                           3
Choose from the following:                            15
  FAM 300. Child Development
  FAM 330. Family Relations
  FAM 335. Parents Throughout the Life Cycle
  HTH 270. Personal Health Promotion
  HTH 357. Coping with Stress (one credit)
  HTH 372. Sexuality of Young Adults
  NSG 335. Selected Topics in Family 
    Health Care [1]
  NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness
  SOCI 240. Individual in Society
  SOCI 276. Sociology of the Family
  SOCI 301. Social Gerontology
  SOCI 303. Sociology of Death and Dying or
    PSYC 460. Death and Dying: Thanatology
  SOCI 337. Male and Female Sex Roles
  SOWK 340. Violence in Families
  SOWK 338. Issues and Policies in Family 
  SOWK 342. Child Welfare Services
Three credits each unless noted.

Minor in Gerontology

Dr. Cecil D. Bradfield, Coordinator

The interdisciplinary minor in gerontology is designed for any undergraduate major desiring a concentration of study in gerontology for personal understanding or career preparation. The minor program requires 18 hours of study in gerontology.

Upon completion of the minor program and satisfactory completion of a gerontology assessment test, a certificate in gerontology will be awarded.

Program for Minor in Gerontology

GERN 300. The Phenomenon of Aging                      3
GERN 305. Programs and Services for the                3
GERN 400. Skills and Techniques                        3
GERN 495. Field Experience/Seminar                     3
Major elective (a course supporting the                3
  student's major or related field of study with 
  50 percent of the course content in gerontology)
Elective (must be a course in which the content        3
  is at least 50 percent in gerontology)

Minor in Human Services

R. Ann Myers, Coordinator

The interdisciplinary minor program in human services is designed to prepare students to more effectively fulfill their responsibilities in public service settings.

This program was developed as a possible minor component to three existing major programs: public administration, sociology and psychology. The program is structured to fit the needs of the three respective majors but is open to any undergraduate student.

The requirements for the human services minor are a minimum of 24 credit hours. A minimum of six credit hours must be taken from each of the following areas: psychology, public administration or social work/sociology.

For a student majoring in psychology, public administration or sociology, six hours must be completed from the major courses and a minimum of nine credit hours must be completed in each area outside of the student's major. Courses can be selected from the following list:

Psychology (choose from the following):                6
  PSYC 345. Social Psychology [1]
  PSYC 435 Community Psychology [1]
  PSYC 440. Basic Counseling Skills [1]
Public Administration (choose from the following):     6
  PUAD 265. Public Administration [1]
  PUAD 366. Public Personnel Administration [1]
  PUAD 381. Budgetary Process [1]
  PUAD 420. Public Management [1]
Social Work/Sociology (choose from the following):     6
  SOCI 102. Social Problems
  SOCI 361. Bureaucracy and Society
  SOCI 375. Medical Sociology
  SOWK 288. Social Welfare
  SOWK 317. Introduction to Social Work Practice
  SOWK 342. Child Welfare Services
  SOWK 442. Social Work in Health Care
Electives chosen from the above list                   6
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