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2017-2018 Shepherd University Catalog

Social Work Comprehensive, B.S.W.


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Please note that there are specific admission requirements  for entrance into the Social Work program at Shepherd University.

Curriculum for a Comprehensive Major in Social Work


Minimum hours required (including free electives), 120 Hours:


Core Curriculum requirements, 42 Hours:


Social work curriculum requirements, 63 Hours:


Every Shepherd student needs a Core Curriculum math course. Social work also requires a statistics course. MATH 314 will satisfy both of these requirements. However, MATH 314 has prerequisites which may also need to be taken if this course is chosen. If another statistics course is chosen, students must make sure they also complete a Core Curriculum math course. If MATH 314 is the only math course taken, then three additional elective credits may be needed to fulfill credits required for graduation.

General university electives, 15 Hours:


 *MATH 314 also satisfies the Core math requirement. Students must complete one additional elective if they do not take a lower level math course.

Students who enter Shepherd as first-year students in Social Work should complete the BIOL 101/102 Core Lab Science sequence. Students who transfer into Social Work from another major or institution, and have either one or two four-credit natural sciences, are required to complete at least one animal-based biology course from the following list: BIOL 103 , BIOL 104 , BIOL 209 , BIOL 225 , BIOL 226  , or BIOL 302 .

Four-Year Course Progression


Social Work
FALL   FIRST YEAR     SPRING   FIRST YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum   ENGL 101 3   ENGL 102   Writing for the Arts and Humanities 3
SOWK 101   First-Year Experience in Social Work (fall only) 1   Core Curriculum   Choose Wellness or Arts 3
BIOL 101   General Biological Science* 4   BIOL 102   General Biological Science 4
Core Curriculum   History 3   SOCI 203   General Sociology 3
Core Curriculum   Math** 3   PSYC 101   Introduction to Psychology 3
    TOTAL 14       TOTAL 16
                 
*Students entering as first-year students in social work should complete the BIOL 101/102 sequence. Students who transfer into social work from another major or institution and have either one or two 4-credit natural science courses are required to complete at least one animal-based biology course from the following: BIOL 101, 102, 209, 225, 226, or 302.            
           
           
           
             
**MATH 314 fulfills the core math requirement and also fulfills the statistics requirement for the major; if a student does not need another math course to meet the prerequisite for MATH 314, the student must replace those credit hours with electives. If a student chooses to complete the statistics requirement by taking BADM 224 or PSYC 250, he/she must take a core math course. MATH 154 is a prerequisite for MATH 314.            
           
           
           
         
FALL   SECOND YEAR     SPRING   SECOND YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum   Literature 3   Core Curriculum   Humanities 3
PSCI 100   Politics and Government OR     ECON 123   Contemporary Economics OR  
PSCI 101   American Federal Government 3   ECON 205   Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Core Curriculum   Choose Wellness or Arts 3   SOCI 205   Social Problems 3
SOWK 201   Introduction to Social Work 3   SOWK 300    Community Service Learning OR  
Elective   Elective 3   SOWK 330   International Community Service Learning 3
    TOTAL 15   Elective   Elective 3
              TOTAL 15
         
FALL   THIRD YEAR     SPRING   THIRD YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
LBSC 103   Information Literacy for Social Sciences (fall only) 1   SOWK 325   Orientation to Field Practicum (spring only) 1
SOWK 305   Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (fall only) 3   SOWK 306   Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (spring only) 3
SOWK 311   Social Work Methods I (fall only) 3   SOWK 312   Social Work Methods II (spring only) 3
SOWK 301   Social Welfare as a Social Institution (fall only) 3   MATH 314   Statistics OR  
SOCI 303   The Family 3   BADM 224   Business Statistics OR  
Elective   Elective 3   PSYC 250   Statistics for the Social Sciences* 3-4
    TOTAL 16   SOWK 320   Child Welfare Services** OR  
          SOWK 402   Social Gerontology** OR  
          SOWK 417   Sex and Gender in Contemporary Society** 3
          Elective   Elective 3
              TOTAL 16-17
          * PSYC 250 is 4 credits (includes a lab).  
          ** This elective course requirement may be fulfilled in any semester of the junior or senior year; these courses are taught by adjunct faculty and are not offered every semester, so students are advised to discuss offerings with their advisors.  
           
           
         
FALL   FOURTH YEAR     SPRING   FOURTH YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
SOWK 407   Field Experience in Social Work I 3   SOWK 411   Field Experience in Social Work III 3
SOWK 408   Field Experience in Social Work II 3   SOWK 412   Field Experience in Social Work IV 3
SOWK 409   Field Experience Seminar I 2   SOWK 410   Field Experience Seminar II 2
SOWK 313   Social Work Methods III (fall only) 3   SOWK 404   Social Work Capstone (spring only) 3
Elective   Elective OR     SOCI 323   Social Research Methods OR  
SOWK 323   Social Research Methods 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 14       TOTAL 14
                 
February 10, 2016             DEGREE TOTAL 120
         
Sequence of courses for completing a major in social work: In order to graduate with a major in social work, a minimum of 120 semester hours must be completed. This includes 42 hours under the core curriculum requirements and 63 hours under the social work curriculum; 15 hours of electives must be selected from any universitywide course offerings. The 42 core curriculum requirements are to be completed during the freshman and sophomore years. Courses are listed in the year in which they should be completed and may be taken in either semester unless otherwise specified.   Since the social work curriculum is designed to build on the core curriculum and is sequenced to provide continuity and integration with the core curriculum, the format recommended above should be followed closely. While it is recognizes that students will not always be able to adhere to this sequence exactly as presented, failure to do so may result in difficulty in handling course content and in scheduling required courses in your major. Students are expected to follow this sequence. Should required courses not be completed in order, entry into the senior field placement and graduation are likely to be delayed.
 
 
 
 
 
Remember: You not only need a minimum of 120 credit hours, you need to have them in all the right places. We encourage you to make good and frequent use of academic advising, especially during registration advisement periods; however, you are ultimately responsible for keeping track of your progression through the program. The degree evaluation tool on RAIL allows you to see which requirements you have completed and which are still needed; we encourage you to use it each semester before you meet with your advisor to plan your courses for the upcoming semester.       
 
 
 
 

 

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