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.

Social Work Program Mission

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.

Our mission is to help students develop social work knowledge and to provide leadership in the development of service delivery systems. Our program curriculum is grounded in the profession’s history, purposes, and philosophy and is based on a body of knowledge, values and skills. Our goal is to enable students to integrate social work knowledge, values, and skills of the profession for competent practice.

Program Goals:

1. Prepare competent professional social workers for entry-level generalist practice across fields of practice and with diverse client systems.

2. Produce professional social workers that are committed to the values and ethics of the profession and are able to apply those values and ethics to social work practice.

3. Produce professional social workers who appreciate and embrace diversity and view client systems through a strengths perspective.

4. Enhance social service delivery by preparing professional social workers who understand organizations and social work practice and are fully prepared to practice in agencies and complex organizations.

5. Produce professional social workers that are committed to critical thinking, which includes the problem solving process, and life-long learning.

6. Produce professional social workers who understand themselves and the populations they serve from a global perspective.

7. Produce professional social workers that have a liberal arts perspective and the professional foundation content, which prepares them for direct services with client systems of various sizes and types.

8. Prepare graduates for continuing graduate education in social work.

Social Work values and ethics are infused throughout the curriculum with the goal of graduating professional social workers that demonstrate the ability to apply social work values and ethics to practice. The basic belief system held by the WWU Social Work Program is as follows:

  • All human beings deserve access to the resources they need to deal with life’s problems and to develop their potential.
  • All human beings have intrinsic worth and dignity.
  • The uniqueness and individuality of each person is of value. Social workers demonstrate respect for and acceptance of the unique characteristics of diverse populations.
  • Given appropriate resources, human beings are capable of growth and change and should be supported in increasing their choices in solving their problems and directing their lives.
  • Social Workers are responsible for their own ethical conduct, the quality of their practice, and for seeking continuous growth in the knowledge and skills of their profession.

Program Objectives

1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.

2. Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.

3. Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients’ age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family, structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

4. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.

5. Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.

6. Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.

7. Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.

8. Analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.,

9. Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions.

10. Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.

11. Use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.

12. Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.

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 C or above in social work Internship courses. Social work majors are required to complete the common studies listed below:

In addition, MAT 114 Elementary Statistics is highly recommended

Course List - Total Hours: 42

Course # Course Title Hours
SWK215 Social Welfare    3
SWK230 Interviewing and Agency Analysis    3
SWK312 Intervention Strategies Indiv/Famil    3
SWK313 Research Methods    3
SWK314 Group Dynamics & Interventions    3
SWK315 Community & Organizational Development    3
SWK316 Human Behavior in the Environment I    3
SWK317 Human Behavior in the Environment II    3
SWK338 Social Welfare Policy    3
SWK450 Senior Field Practicum I    6
SWK451 Senior Field Practicum II    6


Required Electives

Elective Hours
Social Work Client Group   3

Academic Catalog 2009