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Social Work

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.

To earn this degree, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including your General Education requirements and the major requirements below.

Major Sequence

The B.S.W. student is required to take:

SO101Principles of Sociology3
BI111Life: Human Biology4
EN111Academic Writing and Research I3
or EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
MA103Introduction to Statistical Thinking3
PS111Introduction to Psychology3
or PS113 Foundations of Psychology
Select one of the following: 13-6
SP101
SP102
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
SP105
SP106
Beginning Everyday Spanish I
and Beginning Everyday Spanish II
One semester of Intermediate Spanish
Total Credits19-22
1

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

All of these courses provide a liberal arts foundation on which to build the social work curriculum, inclusive of field experience. The major course requirements are as follows:

SW101Foundations of Social Work3
SW203Introduction to Social Welfare3
SW253Human Rights & Social Justice3
SW295CommunicationSkillsSocialWork3
SW305Human Behavior & Social Environment I3
SW306Human Behavior & Social Environment II3
SW310Methods of Social Work Research3
SW313Social Work Practice I3
SW323Social Policy3
SW361Mental Health3
SW390Macro Junior Field Education3
SW414Social Work Practice II3
SW440AdvPolicy&SocWkPract3
SW496Senior Field Education in Social Work6
SW497Advanced Field Education in Social Work6
Select two of the following:6
SW213
Selected Topics in Social Work
SW220
Human-Animal Bond
SW240
Addictions
SW251
Family Systems
SW265
Child Welfare
Any course from the Gerontology selection
Total Credits57

Students must complete 57 credits in the department. BI111 Life: Human Biology must be taken before, or during the junior year. Those students who are interested in applying for the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP) must take SW265 Child Welfare class as one of their social work electives. SW265 Child Welfare must be taken prior to or concurrently when applying for the BCWEP grant.



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

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.

Minor Sequence

The minor in Social Work will provide students with a theoretical understanding of the strength in diversity, and the dynamics of oppression and discrimination in all areas of life. The student will gain knowledge of the change agents needed to turn a concern for social justice into action, both locally and globally.

The Social Work minor is composed of 18 credits derived from five core courses and one elective:

Core Courses
SW101Foundations of Social Work3
SW203Introduction to Social Welfare3
SW253Human Rights & Social Justice3
SW305
SW306
Human Behavior & Social Environment I
and Human Behavior & Social Environment II
6
Electives
Select one of the following:3
SW213
Selected Topics in Social Work
SW220
Human-Animal Bond
SW240
Addictions
SW251
Family Systems
SW265
Child Welfare
SW361
Mental Health 1
Any Gerontology offering (GP)
Total Credits18
1

Required for social work majors.




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 is designed to enhance the knowledge and skill development of professionals, paraprofessionals, and students who are involved in the field of aging or who are planning careers with an emphasis in gerontology. Students must complete GP207 Psycho-Social Aspects of Aging and 15 additional credits. IH330 Health, Humor & Healing and IH335 Integrative Stress Management & Health may be taken as part of the minor.




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

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