Plan of Study in Foundation

The Master of Social Work degree program prepares students with the competencies and practice behaviors necessary for advanced social work practice in an area of concentration: child and family, community health and urban development, mental health, and school social work.

The foundation portion of the MSW curriculum provides a generalist perspective on social work practice. Curriculum areas include social work practice, human behavior and the social environment, social work research, social welfare policy and services, and field instruction.

The concentration portion of the MSW curriculum builds upon the foundation. Advanced curriculum content, tailored to the concentration, is provided in the areas of social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, social work research, social welfare policy and services, and field instruction.

Full-Time Plan of Study

You must take classes in the order of the College’s published required plans of study (included in orientation packet & on this website).

There is one full year of Foundation Curriculum for Full-Time Students.

Fall Semester, Full-time

Classes & Credit Hours

SocW430 Practice I: Generalist Practice wth Individuals, Families & Groups (3 credit hours)

SocW410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credit hours)

SocW460 Research I: Social Work Research (3 credit hours)

SocW570 Field Instruction I (5 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 14

Spring Semester, Full-time

Classes & Credit Hours

SocW431 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Task Groups (3 credit hours)

SocW411 Social Work in a Multicultural Society (3 credit hours)

SocW420 Policy I: Social Welfare Policy & Services (3 credit hours)

SocW571 Field Instruction II (5 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 14

PM-Extended Plan of Study

First Two Years Foundation Curriculum

You must take classes in the order of the College’s published required plans of study (included in orientation packet & on this website).

There are two full years of Foundation Curriculum for PM-Extended Study Students.

First Year, Fall Semester, PM-Extended

Classes & Credit Hours

SocW410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credit hours)

SocW420 Policy I: Social Welfare Policy & Services (3 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 6

First Year, Spring Semester, PM-Extended

Classes & Credit Hours

SocW411 Social Work in a Multicultural Society (3 credit hours)

SocW460 Research I: Social Work Research (3 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 6

Second Year, Fall Semester, PM-Extended

Classes & Credit Hours

SocW430 Practice I: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups (3 credit hours)

Elective (Open)

SocW 570 Field Instruction I (for Option 1)* (5 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 11

Second Year, Spring Semester, PM-Extended

Classes & Credit Hours

SocW431 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Task Groups, Organizations, & Communities (3 credit hours)

Elective (Open)

SocW 571 Field Instruction II (for Option 1) (5 credit hours)

SocW 570 Field Instruction I (for Option 2)* (5 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 11

Second Year, Summer Semester, PM-Extended

Classes & Credit Hours

SocW 570 Field Instruction I (for Option 3)* (5 credit hours)

SocW 571 Field Instruction II (for Options 2 and 3) (5 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 10

*Students have the options of (1) beginning SocW 570 in the fall of the second year (in addition to their other courses) and SocW 571 in the spring (in addition to their other courses), or (2) beginning SocW 570 in the spring (in addition to their other courses) and completing it and SocW 571 in the summer term. Such students must register for 570 in the spring and 571 in the summer (see Note below), or (3) registering for both 570 and 571 in the summer. Students must receive approval of their option from the director of field instruction.

Note: PM-Extended Study Option students needing additional credits to qualify for federal financial aid may take electives for which they have prerequisites. See your advisor.

Plan of Study in Concentration

The professional foundation portion of the MSW curriculum (completed in the first year of full-time study or the first two years of PM-Extended study) provides a generalist perspective on social work practice. Curriculum areas include social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, social work research, social welfare policy and services, and field instruction.

The advanced concentration portion of the MSW curriculum (completed in the second year for full-time students and in the third, full-time year for the PM-Extended students) builds upon the foundation. Four advanced concentrations are offered: child and family , community health and urban development,  mental health , and school social work . In future years, the College may revise its concentration offerings. Advanced curriculum content, tailored to the concentration, is provided in the areas of social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, social work research, social welfare policy and services, and field instruction.

PM-Extended & Full-Time Plan of Study

Concentration Curriculum

 

You must take classes in the order of the College’s published required plans of study (included in orientation packet & on this website).

The plan of study is the same for Full-Time and PM-Extended Study students.

Child & Family Concentration Requirements, Concentration Year

Classes & Credit Hours

Fall Semester

SocW 582 Practice III: Children & Family Services (3 credit hours)

SocW 552 Policy II: Children & Family Services (3 credit hours)

Elective (if not taken prior) (3 credit hours)

SocW572 Field Instruction III (8 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 17


Spring Semester

SocW 583 Practice IV: Chilren & Family Services (3 credit hours)

Elective (if not taken prior) (3 credit hours)

Research II (Select from SocW 563, SocW 565, and SocW 567) (3 credit hours)

SocW573 Field Instruction IV (8 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 17

Community Health and Urban Development (CHUD) Requirements, Concentration Year

Classes & Credit Hours

Fall Semester

SocW 519 Practice III: Community Health and Urban Development (3 credit hours)

SocW 531 Policy II: Community Health and Urban Development (3 credit hours)

Elective (if not taken prior) (3 credit hours)

SocW572 Field Instruction III (8 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 17


Spring Semester

SocW 520 Practice IV: Community Health and Urban Development (3 credit hours)

Research II (Select from SocW 563, SocW 565, and SocW 567) (3 credit hours)

Elective (if not taken prior) (3 credit hours)

SocW573 Field Instruction IV (8 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 17

Mental Health Requirements, Concentration Year

Classes & Credit Hours

Fall Semester

SocW 586 Practice III: Mental Health (3 credit hours)

SocW 554 Policy II: Mental Health (3 credit hours)

Elective (if not taken prior) (3 credit hours)

SocW572 Field Instruction III (8 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 17


Spring Semester

Socw587 Practice IV: Mental Health (3 credit hours)

Research II (Select from SocW 563, SocW 565, and SocW 567) (3 credit hours)

Elective (if not taken prior) (3 credit hours)

SocW573 Field Instruction IV (8 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 17

School Social Work Requirements, Concentration Year

Classes & Credit Hours

Fall Semester

SocW 588 Practice III: School Social Work (3 credit hours)

SocW 551 Policy II: School Social Work (3 credit hours)

SPED 410 Exceptional Children (3 credit hours)

SocW572 Field Instruction III (8 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 17


Spring Semester

Socw589 Practice IV: School Social Work (3 credit hours)

Research II (SocW 565: School Social Work Research) (3 credit hours)

Elective (if not taken prior) (3 credit hours)

SocW573 Field Instruction IV (8 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours 17

All school social work concentration students are required to take SocW565, School Social Work Research, unless the SocW567 alternative.  565-School Social Work Research is not open to students from other concentrations. As an alternative to the above research course, the requirement for Research II can  be met with SocW567, Research Project, a substantial, year-long  project which  requires a  planning and approval process starting in the spring prior to the concentration.  See SocW567under MSW Course Descriptions. 

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