Social Work

Social work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to improve the quality of life and subjective well-being of individuals, groups, and communities through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, crisis intervention, and teaching for the benefit of those affected by social disadvantages such as poverty, mental and physical illness or disability, and social injustice, including violations of their civil liberties and human rights.

Course Descriptions

SOCWK- 205 Introduction To Social Work and Social Welfare Policy
(3.00 cr.)  
Repeatable: No  
An introduction to the history, values and ethics, theoretical frameworks, various practice areas, and philosophy of social work. Educating on social work's role with cultural competency, social justice, social welfare and social policy will be discussed. 
Prerequisite: take SOC-110

SOCWK- 396F Native American Service Learning Intervention
(3.00 cr.)
Racial and Ethnic Studies Category A, Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
Repeatable: No
Connects course content with a service experience. Service learning emphasizes both learning and service, and this project is an educational-based, theory-driven mentorship intervention with an at-risk group, Native American youth.
Instructor's consent

SOCWK- 398 Field Experience
(1.00 - 3.00 cr.) 
Repeatable: Yes
A social work field experience in an approved position consisting of a minimum of 320 hours of work experience followed by an oral presentation and a written report. 
Instructor's consent

SOCWK- 420 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
(3.00 cr.) 
Repeatable: No 
Biological, ecological, sociological, psychological, cultural,and spiritual development throughout the life cycle. Human development with the social environment emphasis from micro (individuals), mezzo (groups and families), and macro (community and organizations) perspectives and various theoretical frameworks. Apply core social work competencies.

SOCWK- 430 Social Work Practice Methods: Individuals
(3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Knowledge and skills of the intervention level of individuals (micro) social work practice: client interviewing, evidence-based assessments and interpersonal skills. Linkage to families, groups and communities/organizations. Apply social work competencies.

SOCWK- 440 Social Work Practice Methods: Groups and Families
(3.00 cr.) 
Repeatable: No
Knowledge and skills of the intervention level of groups/families (mezzo) social work practice: group dynamics and processes, group development and family dynamics with intervention strategies. Linkage to individuals and communities/organizations. Apply core social work competencies.

SOCWK- 450 Social Work Practice Methods: Communities and Organizations
(3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Knowledge and skills of the intervention level of communities and organizations (macro) social work practice: advocacy, community needs assessments, coalitions, board of directors, leadership, fundraising and policy. Linkage to individuals and groups with families. Apply core social work competencies.

SOCWK- 499 Independent Study
(1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes 
Department consent

SOCWK- 799 Independent Study
(1.00 - 3.00 cr.) 
Repeatable: No