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Course Prerequisites and Requirements

The major objective of the undergraduate degree in social work is to prepare graduates for beginning professional social work jobs in public and private agencies as generalist social workers working with individuals, families, groups and communities. The student at Thomas University completes 48 semester hours of general education courses before applying to be admitted to the degree program in social work. The general education courses are in the areas of life skills, math and science, social sciences, humanities, and English. After admission to the degree program the student takes 60 semester hours in junior and senior courses in the areas of human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policy, social work methods, field practica and research.

One hundred twenty hours are required for graduation, including the 12 hours spent in field internship.

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work is a four-year program of study and consists of the coursework listed below.

 

Here is what the typical schedule for a Social Work major looks like:

FALL JUNIOR YEAR SPRING JUNIOR YEAR
SWK 301 Intro to Social Work......3
SWK 315 Cultural Diversity......3
SWK 370 Ethical Issues in Human Services......3
SWK 350 Social Work Practice with Individuals: Generalist I......3
SWK 320 Child Welfare (Required for IV-E) or
SWK xxx Elective......3
Total Hours......15
SWK 452 Research & Evaluation......3
SWK 344 Human Behavior in the Social Environment......3
SWK 348 Social Welfare Policy......3
SWK 375 Social Work Practice with Families: Generalist II......3
SWK 333 Family Issues (Required for IV-E) or
SWK xxx Elective......3
Total Hours......15
FALL SENIOR YEAR SPRING SENIOR YEAR
SWK 420 Field Practicum I......6
SWK 421 Senior Seminar I......3
SWK 450 Social Work Practice with Groups: Generalist III......3
SWK xxx Elective......3
Total Hours......15
SWK 451 Field Practicum II......6
SWK 455 Senior Seminar II......3
SWK 475 Social Work Practice with Communities: Generalist IV......3
Free Elective......3
Total Hours......15

 

 

CURRICULUM

Total Hours
Core Curriculum: 60
Upper Division Courses: 60
Total Hours for Degree: 120

Core Curriculum

Upper Division Courses

Communication
CSC 110 or CSC 120 Computer Applications...3
ENG 101Composition I...3
ENG 102 Composition II...3
SPE 105 Oral Communication for Professionals...3
University Studies
UNV 101 Freshman Success Seminar...1
UNV 103 Personal Wellness...1
UNV 201 Career Development...1
UNV 202 Intro to Ethics...1
Science/Math
MTH 120 Algebraic Modeling...3
BIO 101 Biology I...4
Second lab science course...4
STA 250 Intro to Statistics...3
Student is exempt from STA 250 if transferring 11+ hours of math and science (excluding college algebra)
Social Science
HIS 201 US History/Govt. I...3
HIS 202 US History/Govt. II...3
PSY 201 General Psychology...3
SOC 201 General Sociology and/or PSY Lifespan Development...3
Humanities
HUM 200 Western/Non-Western Culture I...3
HUM 201 Western/Non-Western Culture II...3
HUM 202 Western/Non-Western Culture III...3
HUM 203 Western/Non-Western Culture IV...3
(Choose two of the four courses)
Transfer students may substitute any survey course in literature, philosophy, fine arts, or religion for one of the HUM courses
Courses Related to Program
Open Electives...12
Recommended Courses:
   SWK 201 Community Service (can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits)
   SWK 301 Introduction to Social Work
   SWK 315 Cultural Diversity
   SWK 369 Human Sexuality
Most other social work classes or electives will be considered with the approval of the instructor.
SWK 301 Introduction to Social Work...3
SWK 315 Cultural Diversity...3
SWK 350 Social Work Practice with Individuals: Generalist Practice I...3
SWK 375 Social Work Practice with Families: Generalist Practice II...3
SWK 450 Social Work Practice with Groups: Generalist Practice III...3
SWK 475 Social Work Practice with Communities & Organizations: Gen Practice IV...3
SWK 344 Human Behavior in the Social Environment...3
SWK 348 Social Welfare Policy...3
SWK 370 Ethical Issues in Human Services...3
SWK 450 Research Evaluation Methods...3
SWK 420 Field Practicum I (Fall)...6
SWK 451 Field Practicum II (Spring)...6
SWK 421 Senior Seminar I (Fall)...3
SWK 455 Senior Seminar II (Spring)...3
Social Work Electives (9 hours)
SWK 320 Child Welfare
SWK 330 Social Gerontology
SWK 331 End of Life Issues
SWK 333 Understanding Family Violence
SWK 340 Behavioral Health
SWK 490 Special Topics:
   Human Sexuality
   Therapeutic Horseback Riding
   Other Topics As Posted
SWK 491Directed Individualized Study in Social Work (variable credit)
Suggested Electives (3 hours)
(Select only those courses where all prerequisites have been met.)
ANT 440 Cultural Anthropology
CRJ 350 Juvenile Justice
PSY 210 Educational Psychology
HIS 361 Special Topics
PSY 401 Counseling Techniques
RSE 310 Case Management
SWK/RSE 403 Substance Abuse Counseling Methods
SWK/RSE 480 Dual Diagnosis: Mental Illness
and Substance Abuse

 

 

 

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