Social Work Major
Minné Hall, Room 228 (507-457-5420)
University Center Rochester, ST-129 (507-280-5049)
John Burdick (Chairperson)
John E. Burdick, Professor; B.A., Allegheny College; M.S.W., State University of New York-Buffalo; 1984 -
Arlen Carey, Assistant Professor; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin; M.S.W., University of Central Florida, Orlando; 2004 -
Ruth A. Charles, Associate Professor, B.A., Gordon College; M.S.W., Ph.D., Syracuse University; 1997 -
John W. Collins, Associate Professor; B.A., Tarkio College; M.S., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Saint Louis University; 1993 -
Cathy Jo Faruque, Associate Professor; B.S., Winona State University; M.S.W., San Diego State University; Ph.D., North Central University, 1997 -
Carole Madland, Associate Professor; M.S.W., University of Tennessee-Nashville; B.A., Ph.D., Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri); 1991 -
The WSU Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW) Degree Program prepares students for beginning, generalist professional Social Work practice. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Social Work Program serves students on both the Winona and Rochester campuses.
In many states, a license is required to practice Social Work, and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited Social Work Program is required for licensure. Students who graduate with a BSW degree are eligible for advanced standing when applying to most graduate schools. Advanced standing allows BSW graduates to waive some graduate level courses while working on a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Therefore, BSW graduates can finish most MSW programs in one year; however, the requirements vary from one institution to another.
Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program is a procedure separate from WSU admission and from major declaration. The BSW admission process takes place during the second semester of the student's sophomore year. Specific eligibility requirements in addition to the academic requirements for both admission and retention must be met. The application materials containing the requirements, instructions, deadlines, and forms can be found in the Social Work Handbook and on the Social Work Department web page.
Required foundation courses are to be completed prior to admission to the social work program. Students will not be admitted to the program unless they satisfy the department's admission requirements by the end of the semester in which they apply.(Spring semester applicants have until the end of the next summer session to satisfy admission requirements.) Admission is competitive; therefore, some applicants may not be admitted.
Social work faculty members are available to assist prospective social workers with the admission process. First-year and sophomore students interested in the social work major are advised to become well informed regarding the courses required for admission to the social work program. Admission into the program is limited to a specific number of students and is based on satisfactory completion of required courses and evaluation scores obtained in the admission process. Acceptance into the BSW program is the prerequisite for SOCW 365 and SOCW 370; it is also a prerequisite for enrollment in all required social work courses except SOCW 340 and SOCW 350.
Students must have a “C” or better and an overall GPA of 2.5 in the following courses: all five foundation courses, ENG 111, CMST 191, and a satisfactory evaluation in SOCW 350. Admission is based on fulfillment of the course requirements specified above and the evaluation score obtained during the BSW acceptance process. Students should contact their advisor for further information on this process.
Students must have a “C” or better and an overall GPA of 2.5 in all courses considered for BSW Program admission. In addition, students must also maintain a 2.5 GPA and a “C” or better in all courses required within the major.
Student Association of Social Workers (SASW)
Membership offers students the opportunity to organize and act on social issues of concern to students at the local level as well as the state and national levels. In addition, SASW provides a social network for the students. SASW is available to students on the Rochester and Winona campuses. Membership is strongly encouraged.
PASS/NO CREDIT (P/NC) COURSES
Except for field experiences and internships, students must take all courses on a grade-only basis. Only grades of “C” or better in courses offered in the department can be used to meet major and minor requirements.
UNIVERSITY STUDIES FLAG REQUIREMENTS
Students may use Flag courses to satisfy both University Studies and major requirements. Flag courses will usually be in the student's major or minor program. The Department of Social Work offers the following flag courses in the University Studies Program:
Oral ( I )
SOCW 340 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (3)
Math/Critical Analysis ( O )
SOCW 410 Analysis of Social Welfare Policy (3)
Writing ( P )&
SOCW 390 Social Work Research: Process & Skills (3)
SOCW 480 Integrative Social Work Seminar (3)
Flag courses that can be used to satisfy Social Work major/minor requirements are identified in the lists of required courses and electives.
B.S. MAJOR - SOCIAL WORK (SOCW) (CSWE Accredited) 64 S.H. (No Minor Required)
REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO BSW PROGRAM
English (3 S.H.)
ENG 111 College Reading and Writing (3)
Oral Communication (3 S.H.)
CMST 191 Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
REQUIRED FOUNDATION COURSES (18 S.H.)
SOCIAL SCIENCES (15 S.H.)
Psychology (6 S.H.)
PSY 210 General Psychology (3)
PSY 250 Developmental Psychology (3)
Sociology (3 S.H.)
SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology (3)
Social Work (6 S.H.)
I SOCW 340 Introduction to Social Work (3)
SOCW 350 Field Experience (3)
Biology (3 S.H.)
* BIOL 117 Human Biology (3)
REQUIRED COURSES (46 S.H.)
Statistics (3 S.H.)
* STAT 110 Fundamentals Of Statistics (3)-OR
O PSY 213 Statistics
Research (3 S.H.)
P SOCW 390 Social Work Research Process and Skills (3)
Diversity Component (3 S.H.)
SOC 340 Cultural Anthropology (3)
SOC 423 Race Relation (3)
SOW 435 Social Work Practice and Diverse Population (3)
WS 220 Power,Privilege and Gender (3)
CMST 281 Intercultural Communication (3) OR (usually used in Rochester 2+2 Program):Minority Group Relations (rctc), Cultural Anthropology (rctc). Cultural Diversity(Riverland Comminity College)
Social Work - SOCW (37 S.H.)
365 Social Work Practice I- Ethics and Interviewing (3)
370 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
380 Social Welfare Policy I (3)
385 Social Work Practice II - Famlilies and Groups (3)
400 Social Work Practicum Preparation (4)
O 410 Analysis of Social Welfare Policy (3)
415 Social Work Practice 111-Organizations and Communities (3)
475 Social Work Senior Practicum (12)
P 480 Integrative Social Work Seminar (3)
Note: SOCW 475 is an extended application of practical experience within a social service agency. Restricted to senior social work majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (SOCW)
All courses in the major, minor, options, concentrations and licensure must be taken on a grade-only basis except internships and field experiences.
340 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (3 S.H.)
This course looks at the profession of social work and U.S. social welfare policy, both historically and in the present. Grade only. Offered each semester on the Winona campus; offered in the spring semester only on the Rochester campus.
355 - Multicultural Issues (3 S.H.)
This course prepares participants to critically examine salient multicultural issues in our community and society. Students will acquire a foundational understanding of key concepts including culture, multiculturalism, assimilation, pluralism, citizenship, immigration, and refugee status, and they also will gain appreciations for how these concepts reflect global processes and impact community members' lives and society.
365 - Social Work Practice I - Ethics and Interviewing (3 S.H.)
The first of three practice courses to prepare students as generalist practitioners able to provide services and intervene for change at all systems levels. Values, ethics, and interviewing skills with diverse populations stressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. Limited to 25 students. Grade only. Offered each semester on the Winona campus; offered in the fall semester only on the Rochester campus.
370 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 S.H.)
This course offers an introduction to systems theory in understanding human behavior. The major focus is the theoretical perspectives of human behavior in the social environment and the relationships of these to social work practice intervention. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. Grade only. Offered each semester on the Winona campus; offered in the fall semester only on the Rochester campus.
380 - Social Welfare Policy (3 S.H.)
American social welfare policy has shaped the nature of income maintenance, health, education, employment, and housing in the U.S. Concepts of equality, adequacy, and efficiency as well as dignity and community are used to evaluate the nature and structure of social welfare policies. Prerequisite: Admission to the program or instructor's permission. Grade only. Offered each semester on the Winona campus; offered in the spring semester only on the Rochester campus.
385 - Social Work Practice II - Families and Groups (3 S.H.)
This course is a continuation of Practice I (SOC 365). It looks at generalist practice skills needed in assessment and to affect change utilizing a strengths perspective. Students learn to utilize these skills working with groups, families, and individuals of different backgrounds and cultures. Prerequisites: SOCW 365 and admission to the program. Grade only. Offered each semester on the Winona campus; offered in the spring semester only on the Rochester campus.
390 - Social Work Research: Process and Skills (3 S.H.)
This is an introductory course in social work research. The focus is on the relationships, process, and skills which are used to evaluate social work practice. The students work in groups with a variety of human service organization practitioners to gather data to answer research questions related to the organization. Prerequisite: SOCW 365 and admission to the program. Corequisite: Winona campus-SOCW 385; Rochester campus-SOCW 365. Grade only. Offered each semester on the Winona campus; offered in the fall semester only on the Rochester campus.
400 - Practicum Preparation (4 S.H.)
This course aims to facilitate students' preparation for the practicum experience. The course includes development of interview skills, resumé building, selection of a practicum placement site, development of a learning contract, and preparation of a capstone research project. Prerequisites: Admission in the program and completion of (or in the process of completing) all course work for graduation except Practicum and Seminar. Grade only. Offered each semester on the Winona campus; offered in the fall semester only on the Rochester campus.
410 - Analysis of Social Welfare Policy (3 S.H.)
The focus of this course is the ideology and content of social welfare policy, the process by which it is developed, its implications for social work practitioners at all levels, and methods of affecting change. Prerequisites: Admission to the program and successful completion of SOCW 380. Grade only. Offered each semester on the Winona campus; offered in the fall semester only on the Rochester campus.
415 - Social Work Practice III - Organizations and Communities (3 S.H.)
This is the final of the practice courses designed to prepare students as generalist practitioners able to provide services to client systems at all levels. The focus of this course is on the evaluation and termination processes of planned change, crisis intervention, and macro skills of intervention. Prerequisites: Admission to the program and successful completion of SOCW 385. This course is taken concurrently with SOCW 400. Grade only. Offered each semester on the Winona campus; offered in the fall semester only on the Rochester campus.
420 - Child Welfare (3 S.H.)
This course looks at the problems vulnerable children face and the skills, policies, and programs needed to serve them. Prerequisite: SOCW 340 or instructor's permission. Grade only.
425 - Law and Social Work (3 S.H.)
This course is an overview of the law, the legal system, the hearing process, and the role of social workers in the legal arena. Prerequisite: SOCW 340 or instructor's permission. Grade only.
430 - Aging: Policies and Services (3 S.H.)
This course covers the problems faced by elders and the policies and programs created to help elders. Prerequisite: SOCW 340 or instructor's permission. Grade only.
435 - Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations (3 S.H.)
This course is designed to introduce social work students to the field of social work and diverse populations. This course focuses on social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities with an emphasis on transcultural practice. Variables of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation are all considered as they relate to generalist social work practitioners. This course will examine individual and institutional racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. Prerequisite: SOCW 340. Grade only.
440 - Variable Topics in Social Work (1-6 S.H.)
A seminar course that analyzes topics and problems from the social work perspective. (Topics will be chosen by the instructor and announced before registration.) Grade only.
445 - Globalization of Social Welfare (3 S.H.)
This course challenges the dominant paradigms that shape our increasingly small world. Examines the social consequences of international economic development and trade policies in social welfare and practice, and what can be done to prevent the erosion of the quality of life in our communities as a result of economic globalization. The course presents alternative paradigms for international and community economic development and suggests some of the roles for social work professionals as facilitators and partners in projects and processes of community empowerment across the globe. Prerequisite: SOCW 340. Grade Only.
450 - Independent Studies in Social Work (1-3 S.H.)
Intended to aid the student who has a special area of interest that goes beyond formal course limits. By arrangement. Grade only. Offered each semester.
460 - Special Projects in Social Work (1-3 S.H.)
For the student interested in pursuing an independent research project in social work. By arrangement. Grade only. Offered each semester.
480 - Integrative Social Work Seminar (3 S.H.)
This course provides the opportunity for students to integrate social work theory with the external world through in-depth discussions of their practice experiences and research projects. Corequisite: To be taken concurrently with SOCW 475. Grade only. Offered each semester and summer on one or both campuses.
Social Work - Field Courses
Note: All field courses require an additional fee to cover malpractice liability insurance.
350 - Field Experience I (3 S.H.)
This course provides students with an experience in a human service agency through 120 hours of volunteer service. Students meet regularly to share information about their respective placements. Prerequisite or corequisite: SOCW 340. May be taken twice for credit. P/NC only.
475 - Social Work Senior Practicum (12 S.H.)
Field placement in selected social service agencies under professional instruction. Includes the development and completion of a learning contract and a research project. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all coursework required in the social work major. Corequisite: To be taken concurrently with SOCW 480. P/NC only.