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Professors Brun (chair)
Assistant Professors Coconis, Kinsel,Twill
The Bachelor of Arts program in social work prepares students for beginning employment in social work or for graduate study. Students considering social work as a career should be interested in people of widely varying ages, abilities, and backgrounds; these students must also be disciplined, emotionally stable, and intellectually creative. Social workers typically find employment in adult daycare family services, children's services, home health care for older adults, hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes, and probation and parole boards. While most social workers perform direct practice duties, others are employed as outreach workers, community organizers, and administrators in public, voluntary, and for-profit agencies.
The baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Requirements for admission to the social work program include completion of SW 270, 271, and 272 with a grade of C or higher; an overall GPA of 2.25 or higher; related social science courses; human biology courses; and passing at least two General Education courses that are writing intensive.
Applications are currently accepted one time per year, January 8. Admissions to the social work major are selective. Not all persons meeting the minimum requirements can be accepted into the major. Students should contact the department chair if they have questions about the application criteria.
To graduate with a social work degree, a grade of C or higher is required in all social work courses.
Degree Requirements-Social WorkBachelor of Arts Degree
See General Education Requirements
|General Education Requirements||56|
|Area III: EC 200 or 290, PLS 200 or 212, PSY 105|
|Area V: BIO 105, 107 or 110|
|Area VI: SW 272|
|SW 270, 271, 375, 380, 470, 481, 482, 483, 484, (487, 488, 489-field practicum), 490, 491|
|SW 291 (Descriptive Statistics) required|
|Foreign Language and Research Methods Requirement||24-32|
|Total (minimum requirement)||192|
Social Work Honors ProgramThe Department of Social Work recognizes superior achievement by social work majors with an honors program that allows students to graduate with the designation of honors in social work. Students in the program have an opportunity to pursue original research and analysis that goes beyond the requirements of their course work.
Junior and senior university honors students with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.5 average in social work may apply. Students must initiate and successfully complete an honors project. The department suggests that honors students take at least one UH 400 interdisciplinary seminar before starting their honors project.
Certificate in GerontologyThe certificate in gerontology program offers students academic preparation and practical experience in the growing field of gerontology:
- Knowledge about the aging process (physical, social, and psychological) throughout the life span
- Knowledge about current social and health policies, as well as programs developed to meet the increasing needs of older people
- Skills to work as a team member in an interdisciplinary setting designed to help older people
- Sensitivity about the values necessary to work with older people
Child Welfare Workforce Professional Education ProgramThis partial tuition reimbursement program prepares students to enter the field of public child welfare upon graduation with a degree in social work. The requirements of the program include passing two required courses on child welfare, completing the senior practicum in a public child welfare agency, and gaining employment in a public child welfare agency for at least one year after graduation.
Contact the Child Welfare Workforce Professional Education Program coordinator at (937) 775-2585, for more information.