Social Work

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College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences

Stroud Hall, Room 414

570-422-3453......www.esu.edu/soc

About the Program

The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Bachelor of Science in Social Work; and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with three minors in Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program includes providing students with the educational background necessary to become competent generalist social work practitioners and ensuring that BSSW graduates have the preparation essential to successfully pursue graduate study in social work.

The goals of the Program are to:

  1. Prepare students for competent generalist social work practice that promotes human and community well-being, and embraces a person and environment construct through the program emphasis on the requisite knowledge, professional values and skills.
  2. Serve as a resource to the community which is accomplished in several ways including:
    • Engaging in scientific inquiry with local and regional community partners that seeks to expand knowledge, improve service delivery, enhance quality of life, and advance human rights.
    • Contributing social work interns and program graduates to the community that are prepared to address the needs within it.
  3. Prepare baccalaureate-level social workers for generalist practice that is committed to utilizing a strengths perspective.

This program is offered by the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice.

Is social worker a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Social Worker in an array of social and human services delivery systems
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Social Researcher
  • Community Organizer

Career Settings

  • Not for Profit Agencies
  • Public Agencies
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Child Welfare Systems
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
  • Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Homeless Assistance Agencies
  • Anti-poverty Programs
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Education
  • Government
  • Community Relations

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

  • 48 semester hours

    • Required Requisite Courses: SOC 102; SOSW 140, 220; SOC 254, 310, 312, 331; SOSW 371, 372, 373, 483, 484, Total of 6 elective credits from the following: SOSW 321, 325, 326; SOC 338, 342, 343, 377; SOCJ 354
    • Corequisite (Directed GE) Courses: SOC 111, 231; PSY 100; POLS 211; ECON 111; BIOL 111
    • Formal admission into the program requires completion of SOSW 140 with a grade of C or higher; a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better; and, submission of the BSSW Program Admission Application Form with two letters of reference and a two-page personal statement.
    • Continuation in the program requires maintaining a 2.5 GPA in the social work major and receiving a minimum of a C in every required course. Students must also abide by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics; demonstrate accepted standards of conduct in the classroom and field education components of the program; and, demonstrate progress in attaining the Core Competencies as outlined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 2008 EPAS.
    • Failure to maintain the requisite 2.5 in the program after two remediation attempts are made can result in termination from the major.
    • Successful completion of the program requires a 2.5 GPA in the social work major, a minimum of a C or higher in all required courses, and an overall GPA of 2.0.
    • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.

Program Curriculum Plan

  • Freshman Year

    Fall

    SOSW 140: Foundation of Social Work Practice

    3

    SOC 111 GE: Introduction to Sociology

    3

    English Composition

    3

    PSY 100: General Psychology

    3

    BIOL 111: Human Anatomy and Physiology

    4

    Subtotal

    16

    Spring

    SOSW 220: Contemporary Social Work Practice

    3

    SOC 102: Introduction to Cultural Diversity

    3

    ECON 111: Principles of Macroeconomics

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Sophomore Year

    Fall

    SOC 231: Marriage and Family

    3

    SOC 254: Quantitative Approaches in Sociology

    3

    POLS 211 GE:American Government

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    Fitness Elective

    1

    Subtotal

    16

    Spring

    SOC 310 GE: Introduction to Social Welfare

    3

    SOC 331: Human Behavior and the Social Environment

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    Fitness Elective

    1

    Subtotal

    16

    Junior Year

    Fall

    SOC 312: Research Methods

    3

    SOSW 371: Social Work with Individual & Families

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    SOSW 372: Social Work with Groups

    3

    SOSW 373: Social Work with Communities and Organizations

    3

    Social Work Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Senior Year

    Fall

    SOSW 483: Social Work Practice and Skills I

    6

    Social Work Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    SOSW 484: Social Work Practice and Skills II

    6

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    12

    Total Credits

    120

    For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3453

    Stroud Hall, Room 414 570-422-3453 www.esu.edu/soc

Minor in Social Work

  • 24 Semester Hours

    The goal of the Social Work program is to provide students the educational background necessary for competent generalist social work practice in a range of human service settings and/or to pursue graduate study in social work or related disciplines.

Social Work Faculty

Social Work Courses

  • SOSW 140 Foundations of Social Work Practice (3:3:0)
    • This course is designed to introduce students with social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities as applicable to various social work fields of practice. It also introduces students to the historical foundations, contemporary knowledge base, core values, and ethical principles of the social work profession.

  • SOSW 220 Contemporary Social Work Practice (3:3:0)
    • This course is designed to focus on contemporary issues and approaches in social work practice, and the responsibilities and ethics of a professional social worker. The course will also introduce students to the basic skills of helping. A limited field experience will enhance the classroom content and provide a venue for students to explore contemporary practice in a field of social work that interests them.

  • SOSW 321 Helping Philosophies and Methods for Social Workers (3:3:0)
    • This course provides an introduction to the main modern therapies that professional social workers can use with their clients or take into consideration in making referrals. The main assumptions, concepts, and methods of dynamic psychotherapy, behavior therapy, and humanistic psychotherapy will be analyzed and illustrated. Prerequisite: SOSW 140. This course will not count for the Sociology major.

  • SOSW 325 Crisis Intervention (3:3:0)
    • This course will introduce students to the theoretical knowledge and practice skills necessary to competently intervene as crisis counselors in selected crisis situations. This course does not count for the Sociology major. Prerequisite: SOC 311 or permission of instructor.

  • SOSW 326 Child Welfare Services (3:3:0)
    • This is a social welfare policy course providing a comprehensive study of principal child welfare policy and services. Supportive, supplementary, protective, substitute services will be covered with a special focus on the problem of child abuse and neglect. Emphasis will be on child welfare services as a field of social work practice. This course will not count toward the Sociology major. Prerequisite: SOSW 140.

  • SOSW 371 Social Work with Individuals & Families (3:3:0)
    • This course provides the foundation for social work practice with individuals and families. It emphasizes the basic knowledge, analytic and practice skills, and values necessary for direct practice. Students will learn how to engage/join with individuals and families. Specific knowledge to assist students in both assessment and establishing goals for intervention will be covered. Pre-requisite(s): SOSW 140

  • SOSW 372 Social Work with Groups (3:3:0)
    • The focus of this course is small group theory and practice as applicable to social work practice. Social work intervention with family groups, problem-centered groups, and social action focused groups will be examined. Focus will be both on developing understanding of group dynamics and group process, and developing skills in group work practice. Prerequisite: SOSW 140 and SOSW 371.

  • SOSW 373 Social Work with Communities and Organizations (3:3:0)
    • This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills appropriate for social work practice with communities and organizations. The course is designed to teach skills to influence the organizational context of practice, as well as community organizing and program development skills. Pre-requisite(s): SOSW 140, SOSW 371.

  • SOSW 483 Social Work Practice and Skills I (6:2:12)
    • This course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills in the professional practice of social work through an integrated class and agency-based learning experience. Major theories related to professional practice will be examined and skills in assessment, planning intervention, and evaluation will be developed. Emphasis is placed on the development of an increased understanding of the use of self in the professional social work role. This course will not count toward the sociology major. Pre-requisite(s): SOSW 140, 371, 372, 373.

  • SOSW 484 Social Work Practice and Skills II (6:2:12)
    • This course is the second semester long experience designed to provide students with an advanced opportunity to apply in-depth social work knowledge, skills, values and ethics through an integrated class and agency-based learning experience. Students will complete a capstone project related to their agency-based experience. Students must receive a minimum of a C in SOSW 483 to be able to register for the course. This course will not count toward the sociology major. Pre-requisite(s): SOSW 140, SOC 310, 311, SOSW 371, 372, 373, 483.