Course Catalog: Undergraduate Department of Social Work (BSW Program)

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Hope Haslam Straughan, Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Deborah Lisansky Beck, Chair, BSW Program and Assistant Professor
S. Wade Taylor, Chair, MSW Program and Assistant Professor
Ashley Davis, Assistant Professor
Sera Godfrey, Instructor
Terry Moynahan, Social Work Field Education Advisor
Devon Reber, Director of Social Work Field Education
Diane Zipoli, Assistant Director of Social Work Field Education

Available Programs of Study:

BSW, Social Work
BSW, Dual Major Social Work and Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy

BSW/ Social Work / 84 credits

The mission of the BSW program is to improve the quality of life for children, adults, families, and communities by preparing entry-level generalist social work practitioners who work collaboratively with clients to provide services, help to identify and secure re-sources, and advance human rights and social justice. Social workers serve people of all ages, from infants to senior citizens. The program places students in practicum sites that reflect diverse needs of people in society. In keeping with the goal of the Social Work program, the primary focus of the senior practicum and field seminar is generalist practice, in which students are given a range of assignments to learn a core group of skills. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Learning outcomes for the Bachelors in Social Work major:

Students will:

  • Practice justice-based social work with client systems of all sizes with a concentration on children and families, based on advancing human rights and social and economic justice in both local and global contexts, and reflecting the values and ethics of the social work profession;
  • Utilize generalist knowledge and skills to critically analyze, implement, and evaluate the differential use of social work theories, practice models, social policies, and social work research in practice with children and families;
  • Demonstrate appropriate leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of social work practice that is strengths-based, multiculturally competent, family-centered, and community-based, using an ecosystemic and collaborative framework; engage in continuous self-reflection and self-care, ongoing professional development and evaluation of their own professional practice, with the aims of implementing best practices, enhancing personal development, and making the greatest contribution to the profession and the world.

Course Requirements* 24 credits

Support Courses (Unless otherwise state, these courses may also apply to the General Education Requirements when applicable)

HDP 130 Human Growth and Development I/4 cr

HDP 131 Human Growth and Development II/ 4 cr

LSC 153 Human Biology/4 cr

MAT 170 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences/4 cr

AST 150 Intro to American Government/4 cr

SOCIAL/POLITICAL SCIENCE SUPPORT COURSE/ Students choose among selected courses in Sociology, Political Science and Global Studies, Anthropology, and American Studies/4 cr

(This support course cannot also be used to fulfill a Ways of Knowing requirement, but can be used for Upper Level Writing or Perspectives on Diversity.)

Professional Core Courses 42 credits

SWK 205 Introduction to Social Work/4 cr

SWK 227 Dynamics of Oppression & Privilege/4 cr

SWK 268 Social Research/4 cr or

HDP 264 Research Methods/4 cr

SWK 345 Human Behavior & the Social Environment/4 cr

SWK 355 Social Welfare Policy and Services/4 cr

SWK 440 SWK Practice & Skills Lab I/ 4 cr

SWK 450 SWK Practice& Skills Lab II /4 cr

SWK 460* SWK Practicum & Field Seminar I/4 cr

SWK 455 SWK Practice and Skills Lab III/4 cr

SWK 465* SWK Practicum & Field Seminar II/4 cr

Social Work Selective/2 cr

The Selective requirement may be fulfilled by completing any course in American Studies (AST), Autism (AUT), Human Development (HD), Inter-professional Studies (PRO), Political Science and Global Studies (PSG), Child and Family Studies (CFS), or Education (EDU). Service learning courses can count in this category and seniors may choose a graduate level course for this purpose. Courses chosen as the Selective may not be used to fulfill a General Education requirement or to fulfill the 12 additional arts and science credits required for the BSW major.

Additional Arts and Sciences requirement 12 credits

Students must complete a minimum of 12 additional arts and sciences credits beyond their general education requirements. This may be fulfilled by a second major in the arts and sciences, a minor in the arts and sciences, or three individual arts and sciences courses. One AUT course can be included as one of these three separate courses. If students are not using a service learning course for the SWK selective, they may use it to fulfill credits in this category.

*Successful passing of the WLCE is a prerequisite for SWK 460: SWK Practicum & Field Seminar I and all subsequent professional core courses in the major

BSW/Dual Major in Social Work and Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy /
102 credits

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Program is to improve the quality of life for children, adults, families, and communities by preparing entry-level social work practitioners who work collaboratively with clients to provide services, help to identify and secure resources, and human rights and social justice. In a complementary fashion, the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy pro-gram prepares students to work with youth and their families in a range of settings including preventative programs, advocacy pro-grams, and programs for juvenile offenders. The focus in the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy major is on adolescent development, legal systems, conditions and circumstances that place youth at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system, and effective methods of prevention, advocacy, and intervention with youth. Dual majors focus their academics and practical experiences in understanding the dynamics of working with adolescents and youth at risk. These students complete a yearlong practicum in a juvenile justice setting that fulfills the field requirement for both programs and concurrently take separate field seminars in each.

Course Requirements

Support Courses 32 credits

(Unless otherwise stated, these courses may also apply to the General Education Requirements when applicable)

HDP 130 Human Growth and Development I/4 cr

HDP 131 Human Growth and Development II/4 cr

AST 150 Intro to American Government/4 cr

LSC 153 Human Biology/4 cr

MAT 170 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences/4 cr

HDP 366 Adolescent Development/4 cr

SOCIAL/POLITICAL SCIENCE SUPPORT COURSE/ Students choose among selected courses in Sociology, Political Science and Global Studies, Anthropology, and American Studies/4 cr

(This support course cannot also be used to fulfill a Ways of Knowing requirement, but can be used for Upper Level Writing or Perspectives on Diversity.)

Social Work and Juvenile Justice Courses 36 credits

SWK 205 Introduction to Social Work/4 cr

SWK 227 Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege/4 cr

SWK 268 Social Research/4 cr or

HDP 264 Research Methods/ 4cr

SWK 345 Human Behavior &the Social Environment/4 cr

SWK 355 Social Welfare Policy and Services/4 cr

SWK 440 Social Work Practice Skills Lab I/4 cr

JJA 201 Intro to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency/4 cr

JJA 301 Juvenile Courts & Juvenile Law/4 cr

JJA 302 Delinquency: Cause, Prevention & Intervention/4 cr

JJA 380 Youth Work & Youth Advocacy/4 cr

Practicum Core I/ (fall semester only) 12 credits

SWK 450 SWK Practice: Skills Lab II/4 cr

SWK 460* SWK Practicum and Field Seminar I/4 cr

JJA 404 Field Seminar in Juvenile Justice/4 cr

Practicum Core II/ (Spring Semester Only) 14 credits

SWK 455 SWK Practice: Skills Lab III/4 cr

SWK 465* SWK Practicum and Field Seminar II/4 cr

JJA 403 Senior Integrative Seminar in JJYA/4 cr

HDP 366 Adolescent Development may be used for 4 credits in this category

*Successful passing of the WLCE is a prerequisite for SWK 460: SWK Practicum & Field Seminar I and all subsequent professional core courses in the major

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