Social Work (BSW)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Social Work (SW BSW)
Unit: Kent School of Social Work (KE)

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The Bachelor of Social Work program at the Kent School of Social Work prepares students for entry-level professional social work practice. It also provides the foundation for graduate study in social work. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The BSW Program Curriculum builds on a liberal arts base. The curriculum is designed to promote the development of generalist social work knowledge and skills in using critical thinking to analyze, plan and implement effective interventions to address complex social problems and the subsequent impact on individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Students gain experience through service learning and social work practicum.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements 129
Program/Major Requirements 160
Minimum Total Hours120

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Students are admitted directly into the Lower Division of the Social Work Program.

Students apply and must be accepted to the Upper Division of the Social Work Program.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 131
The following courses are required by the program and should be taken to fulfill the respective General Education requirement:
Introduction to Psychology - SB 2
Social Problems - D1, SB (SOC 202 satisfies 3 hours of SB and D1 General Education Requirement)
Introduction to Sociology - SB
Introduction to Social Psychology - SB

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Social Work Lower Division Requirements 4
SW 101Social Work Orientation1
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychology - SB3
Select one of the following: 3
Human Biology for Social Sciences (suggested)
Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
Physiological Psychology
Select one of the following Sociology courses: 3
Introduction to Sociology - SB
Social Problems - D1, SB
Introduction to Social Psychology - SB
Select one of the following Statistics courses: 3
Introduction to Social Statistics (suggested)
Elementary Statistics - QR 2
Statistics for Psychology 2
Introduction to Social Statistics 2
Quantitative Analysis - QR
General electives 322
Minimum Total Hours35

Program/Major Requirements

Social Work Upper Division Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Year 3
FallHours
SW 302 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services 3
SW 303 Generalist Practice I 3
SW 301 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 5 3
Introduction to Social Work - D1, SB (included in Lower Division total )  
 Hours12
Spring
SW 322 Issues in Policy and Service Delivery 3
SW 304 Generalist Practice II 3
SW 319 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
Upper Division Social Work Electives 5 6
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SW 405 Generalist Practice III 3
SW 470 Practicum I 6
SW 472 Practicum Seminar and Lab I - CUE 3
SW 426 Introduction to Social Work Research 3
 Hours15
Spring
SW 406 Generalist Practice IV 3
SW 471 Practicum II 6
SW 473 Practicum Seminar and Lab II 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 5 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours57
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Practicum Seminar and Lab I - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
SW 101 Social Work Orientation 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Elective 1
MATH 105 Quantitative Reasoning - QR (or other Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning course) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
HIST 101
History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH
or History of Civilizations II - D2, SBH
3
SW 201 Introduction to Social Work - D1, SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General elective 3
General Elective: SOC 210, PAS 200 or WGST 364 suggested 3
 Hours15
Spring
SOC 202 Social Problems - D1, SB 3
General Elective: ANTH 201, GEOG 200, or PAS 206 suggested 3
Select one of the following: 3
Human Anatomy & Physiology  
Physiological Psychology  
Human Biology for Social Sciences (suggested)  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social Statistics (suggested)  
Introduction to Social Statistics  
Statistics for Psychology  
Elementary Statistics - QR  
Quantitative Analysis - QR  
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
SW 301 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SW 302 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services 3
SW 303 Generalist Practice I 3
Social Work Upper Division elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
SW 304 Generalist Practice II 3
SW 319 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SW 322 Issues in Policy and Service Delivery 3
Social Work Upper Division elective 3
Social Work Upper Division elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SW 405 Generalist Practice III 3
SW 470 Practicum I 6
SW 472 Practicum Seminar and Lab I - CUE 3
SW 426 Introduction to Social Work Research 3
 Hours15
Spring
SW 406 Generalist Practice IV 3
SW 471 Practicum II 6
SW 473 Practicum Seminar and Lab II 3
Social Work Upper Division elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours120

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