Social Work Program Mission
In keeping with the University’s and College’s goals, the mission of the MWSU Social Work Program is to prepare undergraduate students for ethical and effective generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in Northwest Missouri and surrounding areas. Social work graduates will value human dignity, social and economic justice, and human and cultural diversity. They will competently serve individuals from diverse backgrounds including persons who are poor, vulnerable, oppressed, and living in rural areas. They will work to reduce poverty, oppression, and discrimination by making government and social service agencies more just and responsive to consumer needs. In addition to preparing competent social workers, MWSU’s Social Work Program is dedicated to offering its professional expertise and academic resources to support community efforts to enhance human well-being.
The BSW Program goals are derived from the program’s mission. The goals are:
1. The program will prepare students in a broad, liberal arts perspective.
2. The program will prepare students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, communities, and society in changing social contexts.
3. The program will prepare students to be knowledgeable in the social work’s history, values, ethics, and theories.
4. The program will prepare students to be sensitive to issues regarding diversity, social and economic justice, social advocacy, social change, and populations-at-risk.
5. The program will prepare students to effectively apply knowledge and skills related to human behavior in the social environment, social work practice, social work ethics, policy, practice evaluation and research, and professional and personal development in practice with diverse populations.
6. The program will provide professional expertise and resources to community efforts designed to promote human well-being and social and economic justice.
Social Work (Bachelor of Social Work, B.S.W.)
|SOC 230||Social Problems||3|
|SWK 250||Introduction to Social Work||4|
|SWK 320||Philosophy and Policy in Social Services I||3|
|SWK 330||Human Behavior and the Social Environment I||3|
|SWK 340||Human Behavior and the Social Environment II||3|
|SWK 350||Social Work Practice I||4|
|SWK 360||Social Work Practice II||3|
|SWK 415||Social Work Practice III||4|
|SWK 420||Philosophy and Policy in Social Services II||3|
|SWK 480||Practicum in Social Work||10|
|SWK 485||Social Work Practicum Seminar||2|
|Applied Learning Research Requirement|
|Select one of the Applied Learning Research Requirement Options||9|
|SOC 400||Racial and Ethnic Relations||3|
|Select 3 credit hours from the following:||3|
|Gender and Politics|
|Psychology of Gender|
|Religions of East Asia and Oceania|
|Religions of the West|
|Religions of South Asia and Africa|
|World of Islam: People, Cultures & Societies|
|Select nine credit hours from the following:||9|
|Introduction to Mediation|
|Introduction to Aging Studies|
|Mental Health and Social Work|
|Selected Topics in Social Work|
|Family and Child Welfare|
|Substance Use and Disorders|
|Death And Dying|
|Bridge to Practicum|
Applied Learning Research Requirement
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Business Statistics I|
|Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Research|
|Introductory Psychological Statistics 1|
or any other approved statistics course
|SOC 460||Methods of Social Research 2||3|
|SWK 465||Advanced Research Project||3|
|or SOC 465||Advanced Research Project|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
SOC 460 Methods of Social Research requires a completion of nine credit hours in Sociology with at least three credit hours numbered 300 or higher.
|LAW 325||Understanding Research in Criminal Justice||3|
|LAW 405||Research Methods||3|
|LAW 420||Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice||3|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
NOTE: Students are expected to meet the professional and academic standards of conduct.
- Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and above, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper division courses. Lower division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional course work (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Earn a grade of C or higher in all SWK prefix coursework in the major.
- Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
- Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.