gerontology program

Make a difference in society with a B.S.W. in Social Work from Georgian Court University.

The rigorous curriculum focuses on ethics, values, critical thinking, human behavior, and social and economic justice. It enables you to become a change agent in today’s world—especially for those who are at a disadvantage. Upon graduation, students can obtain certification upon application to the State Board of Social Work Examiners.

The B.S.W in Social Work program at GCU, which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, fully prepares students to succeed. Check out our assessment of student learning outcomes.

Program

To earn a B.S.W. in Social Work, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

  • General Education courses
  • Social work courses (57 credits)
  • Other courses (19–21 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses

Social Work:

  • SW203 Introduction to Social Welfare (3)
  • SW253 Human Rights & Social Justice (3)
  • SW295 Communication Skills in Social Work (3)
  • SW305 Human Behavior & Social Environment I (3)
  • SW306 Human Behavior & Social Environment II (3)
  • SW310 Methods of Social Work Research (3)
  • SW313 Social Work Practice I (3)
  • SW323 Social Policy (3)
  • SW361 Mental Health (3)
  • SW390 Macro Junior Field Education (3)
  • SW414 Social Work Practice II (3)
  • SW440 Advanced Policy & Social Work Practice (3)
  • SW496 Senior Field Education in Social Work (6)
  • SW497 Advanced Senior Field Education in Social Work (6)
  • Choice of courses (pick three):
    • SW213 Selected Topics in Social Work (3)
    • SW220 Human-Animal Bond (3)
    • SW240 Addictions (3)
    • SW251 Family Systems (3)
    • SW265 Child Welfare (3)
    • SW466 Independent Study in Social Work (3)
    • Any gerontology class (3)

Other:

  • SO101 Principles of Sociology (3)
  • BI111 Life: Human Biology (4)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • EN111 Academic Writing & Research I (3)
    • EN221 Argument: Rhetoric & Research (3)
  • MA103 Making Sense of Data: Statistical Thinking (3)
  • PS111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one option):
    • SP101;102 Elementary Spanish I & II Online (6)
    • SP105;106 Beginning Everyday Spanish I & II (6)
    • One semester of intermediate Spanish (3)

Note: Spanish is required to fulfill the language requirement, however another language can be substituted with the approval of the department chairperson.

Understand the scientific basis and behaviors that lead to personal and social issues. Then delve into ways that you can assist others by applying newly developed skills in the social work arena. The minor in social work requires 18 credits.

Program

To earn a minor in social work from GCU, you must successfully complete:

  • SW203 Introduction to Social Welfare (3)
  • SW253 Human Rights & Social Justice (3)
  • SW305 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I (3)
  • SW306 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II (3)
  • SW323 Social Policy (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • SW213 Selected Topics in Social Work (3)
    • SW220 Human-Animal Bond (3)
    • SW240 Addictions (3)
    • SW251 Family Systems (3)
    • SW265 Child Welfare (3)
    • SW361 Mental Health (3)
    • Any gerontology class (3)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Become a beacon of hope for aging people as they seek a better quality of life socially, physically, and emotionally. The minor in gerontology from GCU is an 18-credit program that equips you to understand and respond to needs of aging populations.

Program

To earn a minor in gerontology from GCU, you must successfully complete:

  • GP207 Psycho-Social Aspects of Aging (3)
  • 15 additional credits

Note: HE330 and HE335 may be taken as part of the minor.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.