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SWO 2321 Introduction to Social Work
An introduction to the profession of social work and the institution of social welfare. Emphasis is on common human needs and problems, and the development and functioning of social welfare as an institution of society. Course content includes history, knowledge base, values, and skills of professional social work as well as contexts for practice and career opportunities.

SWO 3351 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Human development across the life course with emphasis on the effects of the social and physical environment on maturation. Special attention given to gender issues, experiences of racial and ethnic minorities, and other special populations.

SWO 3352 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
The environmental contexts for human behavior with a special emphasis on groups, organizations and communities. Issues of human diversity, social and economic justice, and environments of populations at risk are emphasized.

SWO 3354 / SOC 3354 Marriage and the Family
Contemporary family life styles are presented from a socio-psychological viewpoint with stress on personal awareness, growth, and satisfaction in interpersonal relations. Topics include dating, mate selection, communication, sexual adjustment, parenting, cohesion and adaptability, and divorce.

SWO 3371 Social Work Practice I: Generalist Practice
Prerequisite(s): SWO 2321, credit or concurrent enrollment in 3351, and admitted to social work program.

The Generalist Model of social work practice, including theoretical frameworks, problem-solving method, values and ethics, and practice with special populations. 

SWO 4293 Senior Capstone Seminar
Prerequisite(s): SWO 2321, 3301, 3322, 3351, 3352, 3354, 3371, 3401, 4372, credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 4492, and a minimum 2.7 GPA in Social Work courses.

Capstone course requiring integration of liberal arts background and demonstration of professional competence around the program's educational outcomes through a professional portfolio and successful oral competence exit process. Includes written and verbal demonstration of self-awareness and integration of Social Work knowledge, skills, and values

SWO 4301 Social Work Research
Prerequisite(s): SWO 4401, credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 4293, 4322, and 4492.

The basic purpose, methods, and techniques of social research, evaluation of professional social work practice, and social program evaluation.

SWO 4322 Social Policy
Prerequisite(s): SWO 4491. Non-majors must have consent of instructor.

Historical and current patterns of provision of social welfare services, the effect of social policy on people gaining optimal health and well-being, and the effect of social policy on social work practice.

SWO 4372 Social Work Practice II: Generalist Practice with Groups
Prerequisite(s): SWO 2321, 3351, minimum grade of B in 3371, credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 3352; and admitted to Social Work

Program Knowledge and skills appropriate to social work intervention with individuals, families, and small groups representing differing backgrounds.

SWO 4373 Social Work Practice III: Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities
Prerequisite(s): SWO 2321, 3371, minimum grade of B in 4372, and admittance to Social Work program.

Knowledge and skills appropriate to work with organizations, neighborhoods, and communities to foster social and economic justice.

SWO 4401 Statistics for Social Workers
Prerequisite(s): MTH 1301 or 1304 or 1321 or STA 1380.

Apply basic statistical tools to describe, analyze, and evaluate research issues in professional social work practice.

SWO 4491 Social Work Internship I
Prerequisite(s): SWO 2321, 3351, 3352, and a minimum grade of B in 3371 and 4372, credit or concurrent enrollment in 4373; and admitted to Social Work program, admission to field program, consent of Director of Field Education - Generalist Practice, and a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.7 GPA in Social Work Courses.

First field internship requiring 240 hours of Social Work practice with supervision by a professional social worker within a local setting and a 90 minute weekly integrative seminar. Requires integration of liberal arts background and social work knowledge, skills, values, and ethics within the structure of the agency, and demonstration of beginning competence around each of the program's educational objectives.

SWO 4492 Social Work Internship II
Prerequisite(s): SWO 2321, 3351, 3352, 3371, 4372, and 4401; minimum grade of B in SWO 4373 and 4491; admitted to Social Work program, admitted to field program, consent of Director of Field Education - Generalist Practice, and a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.7 GPA in social work courses.

Second field internship requiring integration of liberal arts background and Social Work knowledge, skills, values, and ethics through 240 hours of supervised practice in a community agency and a 90 minute weekly integrative seminar. Student must demonstrate competence around each of the program's educational objectives.