Department of Social Work (SWK)
School of Human Environmental Sciences
451 Graham Building
John Rife, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of
Professor Wineburg; Associate Professor Hurd; Assistant Professors Claes, Dennison, Lindsey; Instructor Wall; Lecturers Edwards, Moore; Visiting Associate Professor Bailey
The purpose of the Social Work major is to prepare students for entry level generalist practice in social work. This is a professional program of study which is strongly grounded for the first two years in liberal arts; the second two years focus on the professional curriculum. The program prepares students for work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education for an eight year period ending in June, 2005.
Admission to the Social Work Major
The student who wishes to formally declare Social Work as a major should consult with the Undergraduate Program Director. Admission to the major is based upon:
Admission is competitive and limited. Decisions concerning admission are announced by June 1 and are effective with the beginning of the fall semester.
Admission to Field Instruction
Admission to the University does not constitute acceptance to the department. Academic credit is not awarded for life or work experience. Community social work agencies cooperate with the Department of Social Work in providing field work experiences for the students. The number of students placed for field instruction is determined by the availability of these resources. At times, there may not be an approved site for student placement and there may be delay in meeting that part of the graduation requirements.
Students enrolled in the practice sequence are individually responsible for their own transportation to and from community agencies. Students are required to provide proof of liability and malpractice insurance. Malpractice insurance information is available in the departmental office.
Students who fail to enter senior year field instruction within two years of completion of all Bachelor of Science in Social Work foundation courses (SWK 215, 310, 311, 315, 325, 351) must reapply for admission to the social work program. The Director of the Bachelor of Science in Social Work program in consultation with the student and faculty will decide what social work courses, if any, must be repeated prior to reapplying for admission to field instruction.
Students who enter field instruction and fail to successfully complete it must reapply for admission to field instruction within two years of completion of all Bachelor of Science in Social Work foundation courses (SWK 215, 310, 311, 315, 325, 351). If more than two years elapse, the student must reapply for admission to the social work program. Students who have previously entered field instruction and have not successfully completed it may only reapply once for readmission.
All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 semester hours)
All students in this program must complete AULER requirements. Areas with specific requirements for this major are indicated below. See a detailed listing of the complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.
AULER Area/Required Courses Sem Hrs
AULER Electives (EL) 6
Related Area Requirements
Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree.
Required: minimum of 24 semester hours
A student may double major by combining social work with another major. The student must complete all of the required related area and major courses for social work. The student must also take at least 24 hours in the second major and meet the appropriate requirements of that department for the second major. Students considering this option are advised to consult extensively with their advisors.
Students intending to become licensed for school social work by the Department of Public Instruction need to complete the licensure program which has been developed with the School of Education (see Teacher Education Programs).
In addition to completing the requirements for the social work major, the student must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and successfully complete the following courses: ELC 381 and SWK 582. The field instruction (SWK 413 and 414) must be taken in a school social work setting. Licensure for school social work is granted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Students interested in School Social Work Licensure should contact the advisor for School Social Work Licensure in the Department of Social Work.
Required: minimum of 15 semester hours
The Social Work minor requires 15 hours of Social Work courses to include: SWK 215, 310, 311, 315, and one 500-level course in social work.
215 Introduction to Social Work (3:3).
Introduction to social welfare programs and social work practice. Topics include: social problems confronting society; societal and community helping resources; social work practice in a changing society. Field observation required.
310 Social Policy and Services (4:3:3).
Pr. 215 or permission of instructor.
Examination and survey of historical development of the concept of social welfare; analysis of theoretical framework used to organize the study of social welfare services. Supervised volunteer experience required. (FA)
311 Human Behavior and Social Environment (3:3).
AULER/CLER: SB, CSB
Pr. 215 or permission of instructor.
Emphasis on theories relevant to understanding and influencing change on the societal, organizational, group, and individual levels. (FA)
312 Social Environmental Analysis (3:3).
Pr. 310 and 311.
Examination and analysis of human service delivery systems in the context of race, age, sex differences, sexual preferences, and other social and cultural differences. Emphasizes the roles of professionals in policy. (SP)
315 Social Work, Diversity, and Vulnerable Populations (3:3).
Pr. 215, 310, 311; major or minor in Social Work.
Examination and understanding of cultural and human diversity with focus on oppressed groups. Students will have the opportunity to learn about broad differences and likenesses among diverse populations and cultures.
325 Research in Social Work Practice (3:3).
Pr. 215, 310, 311, and STA 108 or SOC 302, and admission to major.
Focus on social workers as both consumers and producers of research. Emphasis on using research for needs assessment, evaluation of social work interventions and creation of new social work knowledge. (SP)
351 Professional Skills (3:3:1).
Pr. 215, 310, 311, and admission to major.
Lecture-laboratory course to teach verbal and written skills necessary for conducting the helping interview and other related social work activities. Extensive use of simulated role play experience and instructor/peer feedback. (SP)
411 Social Work Methods I (3:3).
Pr. admission to practice sequence.
Emphasis on knowledge, values, process, and skills in social work practice and introduction to interventive methods. (FA)
412 Social Work Methods II (3:3).
Focus on development of social work practice skills emphasizing delivery of social services. (SP)
413 Field Instruction I (5:0:16).
Pr. admission to the Department, completion of 215, 310, 311, 315, 325 and 351, and admission to field instruction.
Educationally directed learning experienced by performing a range of activities related to entry level practice. (FA)
414 Field Instruction II (5:0:16).
Pr. 411, 413 and 415.
Continuation of 413. Emphasis placed upon extended application and evaluation in the practice environment. (SP).
415 Field Instruction Seminar I (1:1).
Pr. admission to the practice sequence.
Critical review and analysis of application of social work theory in practice setting. (FA)
416 Field Instruction Seminar II (1:1).