Elective Information

General Information

Six (6) hours of elective courses are required for the standard foundation degree program, and three (3) hours for the Advanced Standing program. Special Topics courses/seminars (4V80, 5V80, 5V70) and/or other courses approved by the MSW Program Director may be taken to fulfill the elective requirement.

Approved Electives

List of MSW Approved Electives
EDP Psychological Practice Courses

Courses may be added to the list of approved electives by completing a MSW petition--Approve Elective form and submitting it to the MSW Program Director for approval.

MDV and MTS joint degree students may petition to transfer courses from their Truett professional transcript to their MSW graduate transcript by completing the MSW petition to transfer Truett course to grad transcript form.

To transfer courses from another university, please complete the MSW petition to transfer credit from another University form and submit to the MSW Program Director for approval.

Social Work Electives

4315 Foundation for Social Justice
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or graduate student.
     Examines theories and practices of social justice as related to oppressed groups in a multicultural society utilitizing religious and nonreligious perspectives. Addresses issues of power, inequality and privilege and the diverse experiences of oppressed groups in framing strategies to promote social justice. 4315 Social Justice Syllabus

4316 Trauma, Loss, and Mourning
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or graduate student.
     Specialized knowledge and skills for loss and grief and therapeutic interventions for the bereaved, including bereaved children. Preparation for work with loss of relationship and health across the lifespan. Emphasis on religious faith and grief, and the response of faith communities and religiously affiliated providers to suicide, divorce, loss of parental rights, and other disenfranchised grief. 4316 Loss and Mourning Syllabus

4317 Human Trafficking
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or graduate student.
     This course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of contemporary human trafficking and modern day slavery. The roles that entities such as government, the media, faith-based organizations, organized crime and culture play in this complex human rights and social (in)justice issue will also be explored. 4317 Human Trafficking Syllabus

4393 Sociology of Aging (Cross-listed as GRT 4393 and SOC 4393)
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
     Impact of aging upon individuals and society, as well as the reactions of individuals and society to aging. Social gerontology is the principal focus of attention of the course. 4393 Sociology of Aging Syllabus

4395 Aging and Mental Health (Cross-listed as GRT 4395 and SOC 4395)
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
     Mental health needs and related problems of aging individuals with considerable discussion fo approved mental health treatments for such persons. 4395 Aging and Mental Health Syllabus

4V80 Special Topics 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or graduate student.
     Provides instruction in areas of social work knowledge, values, and/or skills that are not available in the standard social work baccalaureate or graduate curricula. Course may be repeated up to six times with different topic of study, not to exceed maximum of six semester hours.

5V70 Independent Study in Social Work 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
     Independent study in Social Work course may be repeated up to six times with different topics of study, not to exceed a maximum of six semester hours to fulfill elective credit. 5V70 Syllabus Template and Instructions

5V80 Advanced Special Topics 1 to 3 sem hrs.
Prequisite(s): Graduate student.
     Provides advanced instruction in areas of social work knowledge, values, and/or skills that are not available in the standard social work graduate curriculum. Course may be repeated up to six times with different topic of study, not to exceed maximum of six semester hours.

Summer 2018 Electives

• EDP 5393 Cultural Issues with Children and Families; 3 sem. hrs; May Minimester or Summer I
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Fall 2018 Electives

• SWO 4315-01 Foundation for Social Justice; 3 sem. hrs
- Course Description and Syllabus

• SWO 4395-01 Aging and Mental Health; 3 sem. hrs
- Course Description and Syllabus

• SWO 5212-01 Cross Cultural Interactive Seminar III; 2 sem. hrs and/or
   SWO 4V80-01 Cross Cultural Interactive Seminar III; 1-3 sem. hrs
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- Course Description and Syllabus

SWO 4V80-OL1 Technology for Social Work; 3 sem. hrs (online)
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SWO 5V80-01 Trauma and EMDR; 3 sem. hrs (for Clinical Specialization only)

EDC Education from a Gardener's Perspective; 3 sem. hrs

SIC 5V98-03 Social Innovation for At-Risk Seniors; 3 sem. hrs

Spring 2019 Electives

You can register online through BearWeb for only one 5V70/5V80 course per term. For each subsequent 5V70/5V80 course, you will need to complete an add/drop form and return to the MSW Program Manager for processing.