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 2014-2015


First Year

First Semester

Foundations of Human Connection
(COM 100)

Introduction to Social Work
(SWK 100)

Intro to Human Biology
(SCI 115)

Concepts of Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Survey of Community Agencies
(SWK 140)

Community Experience
(SWK 141)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

General Elective


Second Year

First Semester

Research Methods in Social Work
(SWK 280)

Human Life Span Development
(SWK 220)

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

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

General Elective


Third Year

First Semester

Social Welfare Issues & Policies
(SWK 300)

Generalist Practice I
(SWK 310)

Social Injustice in a Diverse Society
(SWK 305)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

General Elective

Second Semester

Generalist Practice II
(SWK 315)

Ethics in Human Services
(SWK 425)

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)

General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Social Work Practice with Elders
(SWK 410) OR
Social Work Practice with Children & Families
(SWK 420)

International Social Work
(SWK 470)

Social Work Field Experience I
(SWK 490)

Integrated Social Work Field Seminar I
(SWK 490S)

General Elective

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Rural Social Work
(SWK 430)

Social Work Field Experience II
(SWK 495)

Integrated Social Work Field Seminar
(SWK 495S)

General Elective