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BSW Course Descriptions

Social Work (SOWK)

SOWK 1350. Introduction to Social Work.

This introductory survey course includes the nature, function, and various types of social work practice, acquainting the student with the history, scope, and values of the profession.
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SOWK 2320. Love and Relationships.

This elective course explores the nature of attraction, friendship, love, and human sexuality, enabling students to enhance their own personal and professional relationships.
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SOWK 2375. Social Services in the Community.

This undergraduate course introduces the organizations and policies involved in social services delivery. Students participate in 50 hours of work as supervised observers and volunteers in selected social service agencies.
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SOWK 3305. Seminar in Human Behavior and Social Environment I.

This undergraduate course provides an overview of human functioning in the environment by studying eco-systems and developmental frameworks. It builds knowledge and values for practice with task groups, organizations, and communities. Prerequisites: Official Social Work major; complete SOWK 3420 or instructor consent.
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SOWK 3312. Alcoholism and Chemical Dependence.

This elective course focuses on commonly used and abused drugs as well as the dynamics and treatment of addiction and alcohol abuse. It emphasizes direct social work interventions aimed at addiction prevention and treatment.
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SOWK 3332. Helping Troops Transition Back to their Families and Communities: The Invisible Wounds of War.

The course examines topics at the individual, family, group, organizational, and community levels related to troops who are returning from current combat operations and their families. It reviews the needs, community resources, and policies in place for helping them and their families make this transition. Prerequisite: Upper division undergraduate standing or instructor approval.
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SOWK 3339. Selected Topics in Social Work.

Students study relevant social work topics in depth. Topics, such as social work in prisons or in mental health facilities, are selected according to students’ needs and professional trends. Repeatable for credit with different emphases.
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SOWK 3340. Social Work Research.

This undergraduate course builds foundation scientific research skills in critical thinking, knowledge of program and practice evaluation, and a philosophy of generalist social work practice. Prerequisites: HP 3302 or HP 3325 or CJ 3347 or PSY 3301 or SOCI 3307; official Social Work major.
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SOWK 3350. Connecting Policy and Practice.

This course describes contemporary American Social Welfare and illustrates social work professional practice within policy guidelines. It focuses on practice with involuntary clients in a variety of agency contexts.
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SOWK 3420. Social Work Practice I.

This undergraduate course studies generalist theory and application of social work practice with individuals, families, and groups, including introductory data collection, assessment, intervention planning, and evaluation. Prerequisites: Official Social Work major. (WI).
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SOWK 3425. Social Work Practice II.

This undergraduate course emphasizes generalist social work practice with task groups, organizations, and communities, examining data collection, assessment, intervention, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Students develop and implement a community-based project. Prerequisites: SOWK 3420; official Social Work major. (WI).
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SOWK 4305. Seminar in Human Behavior and Social Environment II.

This undergraduate course integrates knowledge from social sciences and SOWK 3305, focusing on individuals, families, and small groups functioning in environments. It uses a bio-psychosocial perspective, expanding on eco-systems, developmental, and values frameworks. Prerequisites: Official Social Work major; and SOWK 3305. (WI).
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SOWK 4310. Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work.

This undergraduate course focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for effective, ethical, and just practice, exploring interpersonal and institutional dynamics of racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, classism and other forms of oppression and their effects on providing social services to diverse populations. (MC).
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SOWK 4315. Child Welfare.

This undergraduate elective course analyzes child welfare services available to abused and neglected children in their own homes, in substitute care, and through the community, emphasizing social work intervention with children and their families.
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SOWK 4318. Social Work and Health Care.

This undergraduate elective course provides a generalist view of social work practice in mental health and public health, considering the social problems that affect health care, and ethical and effective intervention strategies and service delivery systems.
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SOWK 4320. Social Work with Older Adults.

This undergraduate elective gives a comprehensive introduction to contemporary social problems, values, and issues affecting older adults, and effective and ethical intervention strategies and service delivery systems.
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SOWK 4355. Policy Practice.

This course is an overview of social policy and legislation and the processes of influencing public policy. It links policy with a broad range of social work service areas.
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SOWK 4356. Professionalism in Social Work.

This course builds skills in self-presentation, in taking responsibility for personal and professional growth, in learning professional behaviors in organizations, and in presenting court testimony. Prerequisite: SOWK 3425 official Social Work major.
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SOWK 4360. Directed Study in Social Work.

This one-semester undergraduate course highlights individualized reading, independent study and projects, and guided instruction. It is offered to superior students by the professor’s invitation and with the consent of the BSW Coordinator. This course may not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: official Social Work major.
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SOWK 4425. Social Work Practice III.

This undergraduate course emphasizes interpersonal and communication skills necessary for effective, ethical generalist social work practice. Students translate theory into helping behaviors through practice and feedback to develop competent skills for beginning field placement. Prerequisites: SOWK 3425; official Social Work major. (WI).
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SOWK 4645. Beginning Field Practice in Social Work.

Undergraduate students engage in generalist social work in agencies, supervised by licensed social workers and the field coordinator. Students work a minimum of 270 clock hours, attend seminars, and complete assignments. Prerequisites: Completion of all Phase II course requirements, and application to field coordinator.
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SOWK 4650. Advanced Field Practice in Social Work.

This undergraduate course extends SOWK 4645. Students, supervised by licensed social workers and the field coordinator, apply advanced generalist techniques for a minimum of 270 clock hours, attending seminars, and completing assignments. Prerequisites: Completion of all Phase II course requirements, and application to field coordinator.
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