Social Work (BSW) Curriculum

The Social Workers of the future will need to be highly-skilled generalists who understand the social climate and the situations people find themselves in. Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Social Work classes beginning in your first semester. By the spring semester of your first year, you'll be engaging with the community in either a magnet school or in an elder-care facility.

Social Work Curriculum 2015-2016


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Social Work
(SWK 100)

Differently Abled
(SWK 130)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Concepts of Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Survey of Community Agencies
(SWK 140)

Introduction to Substance Abuse Studies
(SWK 210) OR
Family Violence
(SWK 240)

Survey of Economics
(ECN 110)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Research Methods in Social Work
(SWK 280)

Human Life Span Development
(SWK 220)

Hot Topics Seminar
(EHS 200) OR
Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

General Elective

Second Semester

Human Behavior: Person-In-Environment
(SWK 235)

Introduction to Human Biology
(SCI 115)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

General Elective


Third Year

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320 and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Policy Practice: Local to Global
(SWK 300)

Generalist Practice I
(SWK 310)

Social Injustice in a Diverse Society
(SWK 305)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Generalist Practice II
(SWK 315)

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Social Work Practice with Elders
(SWK 410)

International Social Work
(SWK 470)

Social Work Field Practicum I
(SWK 490)

Integrated Social Work Field Practicum Seminar I
(SWK 490S)

Social Work / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Rural Social Work
(SWK 430)

Social Work Field Practicum II
(SWK 495)

General Elective