Social Work Curriculum

Curricular Requirements

Students in the campus-based option may choose to complete their degree in as little as 16 months through the accelerated track.  Students may also attend for the traditional 2 years, or attend part-time for up to 4 years. 

At no extra cost, on campus students may also earn a Certificate in Applied Arts and Social Justice or Trauma Certificate by utilizing their electives to explore these specific areas of interest.

In addition, the School of Social Work offers advanced standing status to qualified graduates of accredited BSW programs (See Advanced Standing). Advanced Standing in all delivery options have are able to complete the program enrolled as full-time or part-time.

All traditional students are required to complete 64 credit hours of graduate study divided between classroom and fieldwork education. Field placements, or internships, consist of four semesters of supervised practice in approved social work settings; each semester includes 280 hours of practice experience. The curriculum is designed to provide an integrated foundation or knowledge base and advanced skills for social work practice within a concentration (Clinical Practice, Community Practice, or Integrated Practice).

Foundation Year courses emphasize an integrated social work perspective involving the social context and its impact on social policy, programs, and the social work profession. Courses include Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II; Social Work Policy and Programs I and II; Social Work Practice I and II; Research I and II; and Field Integrating Seminars I and II. In addition, students spend 560 hours in a field setting, which permits students another learning mode through placements in social agencies and programs with structured on-site professional supervision.

Concentrations are offered in Clinical Practice, Community Practice, and Integrated Practice.  The Clinical Concentration prepares students with knowledge and skills for advanced practice primarily focused on individuals, families, and groups in multiple settings.   The Community Concentration provides students with knowledge and skills in an array of advanced practice roles in the areas of program and policy development, administration, supervision, political advocacy, community practice, and evaluation.  The Integrated Concentration combines the core curriculum of both the Clinical and Community Practice Concentrations. All concentrations prepare graduates for professional leadership positions within their communities, and all are enriched by a selection of electives.

Traditional STUDENT PROGRESSION

Credits

Foundation

 
SSW/SSWO 501 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I 3
SSW/SSWO 502 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II 3

SSW/SSWO 503 Social Work Research I

3

SSW/SSWO 504 Social Work Research II

3
SSW/SSWO 505 Social Welfare Policy and Programs I 3
SSW/SSWO 506 Social Welfare Policy and Programs II 3
SSW/SSWO 510 Social Work Practice I 3
SSW/SSWO 511 Social Work Practice II 3
SSW/SSWO 520 Field Practicum I/Seminar 4
SSW/SSWO 522 Field Practicum II/Seminar 4
Foundation Year Total 32
   
Concentration  

SSW/SSWO 552 Contemporary Theory of SW Practice: Individuals and Families (Clinical & Integrated)

OR

SSW/SSWO 564 Program Dev & Community Practice (Community & Integrated)

3

SSW/SSWO 553 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (Clinical & Integrated) 

OR 

SSW/SSWO 685 Community Organizing & Social Inclusion (Community & Integrated)

3

SSW/SSWO 597 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment (Clinical & Integrated) 

OR  

SSW/SSWO 608 Grant Research & Program Writing (Community)

3

SSW/SSWO 565 Administration and Supervision (All Concentrations)

3
SSW/SSWO 580 Field Practicum III/Seminar (All Concentrations) 4
SSW/SSWO 582 Field Practicum IV/Seminar (All Concentrations) 4

Elective (All Concentrations)

3
Elective (All Concentrations) 3
Elective (Clinical & Community) 3
Elective (Clinical & Community) 3
Concentration Year Total  32
Total Program  64

Advanced Standing Progression (Online and On-Campus)

Credits
Foundation Year waived with BSW from CSWE accredited program  

SSW/SSWO 526 Integrating Clinical/Community Practice Frameworks

*Campus Advanced Standing students take this course at the end of August, prior to the New Student Orientation and start of the Fall semester.

3

SSW/SSWO 552 Contemporary Theory of SW Practice: Individuals and Families (Clinical & Integrated) 

OR  

SSW/SSWO 564 Program Dev & Community Practice (Community & Integrated)

3

SSW/SSWO 553 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (Clinical & Integrated) 

OR 

SSW/SSWO 685 Community Organizing & Social Inclusion (Community & Integrated)

3

SSW/SSWO 597 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment (Clinical & Integrated) 

OR  

SSW/SSWO 608 Grant Research & Program Writing (Community)

3

SSW/SSWO 565 Administration and Supervision (All Concentrations)

3
SSW/SSWO 580 Field Practicum III/Seminar (All Concentrations) 4
SSW/SSWO 582 Field Practicum IV/Seminar (All Concentrations) 4
Elective (All Concentrations) 3
Elective (All Concentrations) 3
Elective (Clinical & Community) 3
Elective (Clinical & Community) 3
Total Advanced Standing Online and On-campus Program 35

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 prior to graduation and fulfill all curriculum requirements.