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Social Work 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: 

  • forty-one (41) semester hours of specified liberal arts requirements
  • one (1) semester hour of university-wide freshman seminar requirement
  • forty-nine (49) semester hours of professional social work courses
  • nine (9) semester hours of social work electives
  • twenty (20) semester hours of additional courses

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.

  • Pre/Corequisites and Liberal Arts Foundation Courses
    SOC 2010 Introduction to Sociology
    PSY 1010 General Psychology
    BIOL 1040/1041 Human Biology
    These courses are taken in the first year.
  • Required Social Work Courses in First Year
    SW 2110 Intro to Social Work
  • Required Social Work Courses in Second Year
    SW 3410 Values, Ethics, and Diversity
  • Required Social Work Courses in Third Year
    SW 3420 Human Behavior in Social Environment
    SW 3400 Generalist Practice
    SW 3450 Human Behavior in the Macro Environment
    SW 3770 Research Methods
    SW 4430 Social Policy
  • Required Social Work Courses in Fourth Year
    SW 3620 Micro Social Work Practice
    SW 3630 Macro Social Work Practice
    SW 4400 Seminar for Field Instruction
    SW 4440 Law and Social Work
    SW 4410 Field Instruction
    SW 4411 Field Instruction Concurrent Seminar
    SW 4720 Senior Seminar
  • Social Work Electives (must choose three)
    SW 3430 Elements of Rural Practice
    SW 3440 Crisis Intervention
    SW 3460 Community Mental Health
    SW 3470 Techniques of Social Work with Groups
    SW 3480 HIV and Social Work
    SW 3490 Social Work with Aging
    SW 3495 Social Work and Addictions
    SW 3500 Youth Gangs and Juvenile Delinquency
    SW 3520 Professional Writing for Social Work
    SW 3550 Medical Social Work
    SW 3680 Child Welfare I
    SW 3700 Child Welfare II
    SW 3710 School Social Work
    SW 4020 Human Sexuality
    SW 4030 Child and Adolescent Mental Health
    SW 4035 Social Work with Children and Families
    SW 4040 Social Work and Family Violence
    SW 4045 Spirituality and Social Work

 

                 


Organization of the Social Work Foundation

Foundation Area

Social Work Courses

Term/ Academic Year

Human Behavior & the Social EnvironmentSW 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/WelfareSW 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

ResearchSW 3770 Research Methods (3 hrs)Spring/Junior
Field PracticumSW 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


 

General Education Core and Major Course Curriculum

Social Work Required Major Course Offerings

2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin - Social Work Dept.

Suggested Program of Study
Fall/Freshman13 HoursSpring/Freshman16 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/Sophomore16 HoursSpring/Sophomore15 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/Junior15 HoursSpring/Junior15 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/Senior13 HoursSpring/Senior18 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 Year18 Hours
Spring/First Year22 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 Year22 HoursSpring/Second Year21 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 Year19 HoursSpring/Third Year18 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.  Dr. Stephanie Hicks coordinates the field practicum.  For more information email her:  hickss@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 social work practice sequence
  • the human behavior and social environment sequence
  • the social welfare policy and services sequence
  • research methods

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:  

  • SW 4410 Field Instruction
    Students receive 12 semester hours credit for the supervised field teaching-learning component within an approved agency setting.  Students do a one semester block placement for a total of 480 clock hours.
  • SW 4411 Field Instruction Concurrent Seminar
    Students receive 3 semester hours credit for this classroom seminar.  The seminar focuses on integrating learning and skill development.  Students meet class for three hours once a week on campus.

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.