Major Details

Social Work B.S.W.

The Social Work Program at William Woods University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Bachelor in Social Work (B.S.W.) is recognized by employers and graduate schools. Students seeking the Master in Social Work (M.S.W.) are given credit for their undergraduate work toward their M.S.W. degree by most graduate schools.

The overall mission of the Social Work Program at William Woods University is to prepare students for beginning level generalist social work practice and graduate social work education. With a strong liberal arts foundation and student centered approach to learning, social work students are able to integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of the profession.

Students are prepared to work with diverse and vulnerable populations representing individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The expectation is that students understand themselves and the populations they serve from a global perspective and that they see themselves as professionals who have a responsibility to be life long learners.

Introductory courses available during the freshman and sophomore years provide the foundation for the major in social work; introducing the student to social work as a profession. The social welfare system and the agencies providing these services are explored through analysis of service and function, as well through direct experiential assignments with social welfare agencies.

During the junior and senior years students develop the skill base for beginning professional practice of social work. The centerpiece to this intellectual and professional development of the social work major is the internship taken both semesters in the senior year. The internship provides 500 hours of direct social work practice in a social welfare agency under the supervision of a qualified agency field instructor.

Social Work majors are required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and a B or above in social work Internship courses. Social work majors are required to complete the common studies requirement for mathematics. Elementary statistics is recommended.

Students must include the following courses as part of their common studies requirements:

In addition, MAT 114 Elementary Statistics is highly recommended

Course List - Total Hours: 45

Course # Course Title Hours
SWK215 Social Welfare    3
SWK230 Interviewing and Agency Analysis    3
SWK312 Social Work Practice I    3
SWK313 Research Methods    3
SWK314 Social Work Practice II    3
SWK315 Social Work Practice III    3
SWK316 Human Behavior in the Environment I    3
SWK317 Human Behavior in the Environment II    3
SWK338 Social Welfare Policy    3
SWK450 Social Work Internship I    6
SWK451 Social Work Internship II    6


Required Electives

Elective Hours
Economics Requirement   3
Social Work Client Group   3

Academic Catalog 2006