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SW 145 Foundations of Social Work (3) 
Introduces the student to social work as a profession in the context of the social welfare institution. Historical and philosophical roots of social work and social welfare are examined. Attributes of the social work role, knowledge-value-ethical-skill base, and fields of social work practice are introduced.

SW 150 Introductory Social Work Field Experience (1) 
Provides the student with a beginning practical experience in community social agencies. Students visit numerous and diverse agencies throughout the semester. The class emphasizes the Social Work Mission and social worker roles within agencies. Prerequisite: SW 145.

SW 230 Analysis of Social Welfare Policy (3) 
Enables the student to analyze social welfare policy in American society. Focuses on the application of frameworks for analyzing social policies in the context of social and economic justice. Social policy, programs, and services are analyzed in terms of selected problems such as poverty, racism, ageism, sexism, and related issues. Social policy formulation and change are also emphasized. Prerequisites: SW 145, 150.

SW 250 Contemporary Social Work Practice (3) 
Provides the student with a generalist model for engaging in social work practice. Focuses on the development of helping skills which are essential in working with a variety of client systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of interviewing skills through role play and analysis of video vignettes of professional situations. Prerequisite: SW 145, 150.

SW 310 Social Work Research I (3) 
Focuses on quantitative social work research methods. Principles of research methodologies and designs for systematic evaluation of social work practice and social service programs are emphasized. Computer analysis of data is studied and applied. Implications for social work practice and knowledge building are integral outcomes. Prerequisites: MATH 216; SW 250.

SW 311 Social Work Research II (3) 
Enables the student to learn the connection between collecting and examining data through analysis of qualitative research articles. Qualitative methodologies of field research: sampling, interviewing, case studies, and single-subject design will be emphasized. Qualitative data methodology will give students opportunities to proceed from the specific to the general and learn how to begin creating a study for examination. Prerequisite: SW 310.

SW 345 Junior Field Experience (1) 
Provides the student with continued exposure to and increasing involvement in the field. Examines a broad spectrum of programs and services that constitute a community social welfare system. Emphasis is placed on analysis of selected agencies and institutions through observation/participation experiences and an accompanying integrative seminar at appropriate points. Prerequisite: SW 250

SW 350 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3) 
Focuses on the interrelationships of biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of human behavior across the life span. Theoretical frameworks are presented to better understand human behavior in family, group, organization, and community as primary systems. Major influences on human behavior such as racism, sexism, ageism, and other structural factors are analyzed. Prerequisites: PSY 251, BIOL 130, HIST 105, SOC 214.

SW 401 Social Work with Neighborhoods, Communities and Organizations: Theory and Practice (3) 
Builds on the generalist model presented in SW 250. Enables students to apply theories, develop practice skills, and employ a range of interventive strategies in working with neighborhoods, communities, and organizations. Social work influence and intervention at political system levels are emphasized. To be taken concurrently with SW 311, 402, and 403. Prerequisites: SW 230, 250, 310, 350.

SW 402 Social Work with Groups: Theory and Practice (3) 
Builds on the generalist model presented in SW 250. Enables students to apply theories, develop practice skills, and employ a range of interventive strategies in working with small groups. Group structure and process, stages of group development, and group work skills are emphasized. To be taken concurrently with SW 311, 401, and 403. Prerequisites: SW 230, 250, 310, 350.

SW 403 Social Work with Individuals and Families: Theory and Practice (3) 
Builds on the generalist model presented in SW 250. Enables students to apply theories, develop practice skills, and employ a range of interventive strategies in working with individual and family systems. To be taken concurrently with SW 311, 401, and 402. Prerequisites: SW 230, 250, 310, 350.

SW 425 Children’s Rights and Societal Responses (3) 
Analyzes policies and services designed to meet a range of needs and problems experienced by children and their families. Specific areas of analysis include child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, homelessness, foster care, adoptions, institutional vis-a-vis community strategies in response to particular problems, impacts of prejudice/discrimination on minority groups, children and families, advocacy, and social change.

SW 430 Aging: Issues and Perspectives (3) 
Examines the biological, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of aging. Analyzes roles and relationships of older persons and systems included in their environment (e.g., family, friends, neighborhood, etc.). The contemporary continuum of care in the context of a strengths-based approach is explored. The course also focuses on ageism, stereotyping, advocacy, and social policy change.

SW 435 Family Issues (3) 
Understanding the family in its varied forms in our society is beyond most individual personal experience. The interactions of systems and subsystems impacting the family and the family’s responses and initiatives are rich issues for study by students who are preparing to work with and for families across systems. This course will give students relevant practical knowledge for understanding diverse family issues confronted by diverse family structures.

SW 452 Health Care and the Helping Professional (3) 
Introduces the student to the nature and scope of the contemporary health care system in the United States. Policy and services pertaining to health care delivery are examined. Interdisciplinary approaches, with particular reference to the social service professions, are analyzed.

SW 490 Field Instruction (9) 
A professional practice experience that enables the student to integrate and apply knowledge, values, ethics, and skills gained through the BSW curriculum. The student provides direct social work services in a community social agency under supervision of a professional social worker. This is a block field placement of 450 hours in which the student spends four days per week throughout the fall semester of senior year in the social agency. Prerequisites: SW 150, 230, 310, 311, 345, 350, 401 402, 403. In addition, students are required to maintain an overall QPA of 2.00 and a minimum of 2.33 in the major and give evidence of continued skill development and adherence to standards of conduct as contained in the NASW Code of Ethics. The student applies for SW 490 in the preceding spring semester.

SW 491 Integrative Seminar (3) 
Student-instructor seminar, complements SW 490 and further enables the student to integrate and apply social work knowledge, values, ethics, and skills in the field experience as well as complete a research project. To be taken concurrently with SW 490. Prerequisites: SW 150, 230, 310, 311, 345, 350, 401, 402, 403.

SW 495 Senior Seminar (1) 
Student-instructor seminar which emphasizes specific preparation for entry into the social service workplace. Students also  engage in professional study of contemporary issues and current research in the field. To be taken concurrently with SW 490 and 491. Prerequisites: SW 150, 230, 310, 311, 345, 350, 401, 402 and 403

SW 499 Independent Study and Research (3) 
Involves faculty-directed, student-initiated study and research on a topic relevant to student interest.