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BSW Curriculum

The department offers a distributive major in social work.  This means students are not required to have a minor.  One hundred twenty (120) semester hours credit are required for the B.S. degree with a major in social work.  The social work curriculum encompasses:


Sequencing of Courses
The curriculum is designed to unfold in a particular way in order to ensure continuity and facilitate integration of content.  Students  follow a specific sequence of courses and prerequisites.  The following provides an overview of when courses are taken as well as the prescribed order for taking courses.

 

                 


Organization of the Social Work Foundation

Foundation Area

Social Work Courses

Term/ Academic Year

Human Behavior & the Social Environment SW 3420 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 hrs)

SW 3450 Human Behavior in the Macro Environment (3 hrs)
Fall/Junior


Spring/Junior
Social Policy/Welfare SW 4440 Law and Social Work (3 hrs)

SW 4430 Social Policy (3 hrs)

Fall/Senior


Spring/Junior

Social Work Practice
SW 3400 Generalist Practice (3 hrs)

SW 3620 Micro Social Work Practice (3 hrs)

SW 3630 Macro Social Work Practice (3 hrs)


Spring/Junior
 

Fall/Senior
 

Fall/Senior

Research SW 3770 Research Methods (3 hrs) Spring/Junior
Field Practicum SW 4400 Seminar for Field Instruction (1 hr)

SW 4410 Field Instruction (12 hrs)

SW 4411 Concurrent Seminar (3 hrs)

Fall or Spring/Junior
 

Fall or Spring/ Senior
 

Fall or Spring/Senior

  *SW 4720 Senior Seminar (3 hrs) Fall or Spring/Senior
 

Total Hours:  43 

 

*SW 4720 Senior Seminar addresses each of the foundation areas

    Suggested Program of Study
Fall/Freshman 13 Hours Spring/Freshman 16 Hours

APSU 1000
ENGL 1010
HIST 2010
PSY 1010
SW 2110

(1)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)

ENGL 1020
HIST 2020
BIOL 1010/1011
SOC 2010              
Humanities Elective

(3)
(3)
(4)
(3)
(3)

Fall/Sophomore 16 Hours Spring/Sophomore 15 Hours
COMM 1010
ENGL 2030
BIOL 1040/1041
Humanities Elective
Elective
(3)
(3)
(4)
(3)
(3)

MATH 1530
Electives
SW 3410

(3)
(9)
(3)

Fall/Junior 15 Hours Spring/Junior 15 Hours
SW 3420
SW Elective
Electives


(3)
(3)
(9)


SW 3400
SW 3450
SW 3770
SW 4430
SW Elective

(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)

Fall/Senior 13 Hours Spring/Senior 18 Hours
SW 3620
SW 3630
SW 4400
SW 4440
SW Elective
(3)
(3)
(1)
(3)
(3)

SW 4410
SW 4411
SW 4720

(12)
(3)
(3)


 
        Suggested Social Work Three Year Plan to Graduation

Option A

Fall/First Year 18 Hours
Spring/First Year 22 Hours
APSU 1000
COMM 1010
ENGL 1010
HIST 2010
SW 2110
Humanities/Fine Arts
Free Elective

(1)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(2)

ENGL 1020
PSY 1010
SOC 2012
BIOL 1040/1041
SW 3410
SW 3420
Humanities/Fine Arts

(3)
(3)
(4)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)

Fall/Second Year 22 Hours Spring/Second Year 21 Hours
ENGL 2030
Other Science/Lab
SW 3400
SW 3450
SW Elective
HIST 2020/2030
Free Elective
(3)
(4)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
SW 3620
SW 4430
SW Elective
MATH 1530
Free Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective

(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)

Fall/Third Year 19 Hours Spring/Third Year 18 Hours
SW 3630
SW 4440
SW 4400
SW 3770
Free Elective
Free Elective
(3)
(3)
(1)
(3)
(3)
(3)
SW 4410
SW 4411
SW 4720



(12)
(3)
(3)



       
       

 

 


Field Practicum 
The Field Practicum is an integral part of the social work curriculum.  It provides an educationally-directed, coordinated and monitored field experience for students.  Students engage in supervised, direct service activities to build on knowledge and skills and apply theory from all foundation areas.  Barbara Beswick, MSSW coordinates the field practicum.  For more information email:  beswickb@apsu.edu.

The field practicum is offered both fall and spring semesters.  Students who are admitted to the program are eligible for admission to the field practicum upon successful completion of SW 4400-Seminar for Field Instruction and all courses in:

The field practicum is a transforming experience for students.  It is an exciting time of integrating and applying knowledge, values, and skills of social work and developing the competencies for entry-level generalist practice.  Students move from "knowing" and "understanding" to actual "doing."  Field instruction engages students in experiencing, testing out, applying and integrating knowledge from the classroom.

The Field Practicum component consists of two courses:  

The Department proudly offers a wide variety of practicum settings in rural and urban locations.  The Field Practicum Coordinator is able to work closely with students and field instructors in social service agencies to create a good match between students' interests and capacities and the field setting.  Placements are available in mental health, health care, home health, hospice, child welfare, alcohol and substance abuse, hospital social work,  sexual abuse, domestic violence, corrections, juvenile delinquency, behavioral health services for adolescents and adults, day care, aging, HIV/AIDS; and school social work.

BSW Field Practicum Handbook Fall 2017 - Spring 2018