The profession of social work is strongly committed to the amelioration, prevention, and elimination of social problems. The program places strong emphasis on human diversity, discrimination, and oppression within a context of social justice and the values of professional social work. All courses offered by the program emphasize and reinforce these issues. Using a problem solving approach to professional practice, in conjunction with systems strengths, cultural competence and evidence-based thinking, the program helps students to further understand and build upon the capacities possessed by individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students will understand, comprehend, competently apply, and internalize the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession.
A minor in social work is available. The minor consists of SOWK 1111 Introduction to Social Work and any other 15 credits of social work courses (total 18 SOWK credits) at the 1000 and 2000 levels. Students minoring in social work may not take courses above the 2000 level. Students wishing to take courses above the 2000 level should request this in writing and be linked with a faculty adviser.
The availability of courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels is limited, so students who are minoring, or who are planning to minor in social work, should take courses as soon as possible. The minor is designed, primarily, to provide an appropriate learning experience for those planning a career in occupational, physical and speech and language therapy; criminal justice; law; and education.
Social work courses are taught by full-time faculty, as well as adjunct faculty who represent a wide range of diversity of demographic variables and types of social work practice.
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