Union Institute and University

Social Work

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Curriculum

Social Work Curriculum

The social work degree program curriculum models the national Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (2008) published by the Council on Social Work Education. For students interested in pursuing graduate study, the curriculum satisfies the educational requirements for admission to full-time or part-time master’s degree programs in social work.

Professional practice settings include: social services, child welfare, heath, youth and education, medical, mental health, addictions, long-term care, corrections, and juvenile justice.

General Education Courses

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Major Core Courses

Minimum Credit in the Major – 48 Credit Hours The integrated curriculum design fulfills the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards published by the Council on Social Work Education. Union Institute & University Bachelor of Science major in Social Work is in candidacy toward national accreditation status by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

SOW 101* Introduction to Social Work
SOW 425* Social Welfare Policy and Issues – Prerequisite: SOC 101
SOW 322 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II (16 weeks) – Prerequisites: BIO 221 & PSY 101
SOW 323 Generalist Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals – Prerequisite: PSY 101
SOW 324 Generalist Practice II: Social Work Practice with Families – Prerequisite: SOW 323
SOW 345 Generalist Practice III: Social Work Practice: Communities and Organizations – Prerequisite: SOW 324
SOW 327 Ethical Issues in Social Work
SOW 329 Multicultural Issues in Social Work
SOW 370 Research Methods in Social Work I – Prerequisite: STAT 221 or STAT 322
SOW 450 Social Welfare Policy Analysis
SOW 470 Research Methods in Social Work II – Prerequisite: SOW 370

*SOW 101 and SOW 425 are pre-professional courses. These may be accepted in transfer only if taken at a CSWE-accredited program.

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Required General Education Courses

BIO 221 Human Biology (prerequisite for SOW 322). BIO 221 may be taken as an Observation and Analysis of the Natural World general education course for Fall 2014 only.
STAT 221 Statistics or STAT 322 Statistical Process Control and Improvement (prerequisite for SOW 370).
STAT 221 Statistics may be taken as a Quantitative Reasoning general education course for Fall 2014 only.
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (prerequisite for SOW 322, SOW 323). PSY 101 may be taken as a Social Systems and Behavioral Science general education course through Fall 2014.
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (prerequisite for SOW 425). SOC 101 may be taken as a Social Systems and Behavioral Science general education course through Fall 2014.

Electives in Major

SOW 190 Special Topics (1-4 credits)
SOW 490 Advanced Special Topics (1-4 credits)
SOW 496 Foundational Workshop (3 credits)
SOW 499 Capstone Learning Experience Project (6-9 credits)

Electives in Social Work may be accepted when appropriate to the major. Acceptable elective learning may include: special topics or independent study arranged by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. All additional electives must be endorsed by the director of undergraduate social work and the dean and documented in the approved degree audit prior to registration. Additional electives may address specialized content such as domestic violence, childhood trauma and recovery, behavioral health case management, long-term care, motivational interviewing, clinical assessment, and social work professional writing.

The Union Institute & University Bachelor of Science Major in Social Work Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

Social Work Field Practicum The student will demonstrate the core competencies through completion of a minimum of 400 hours of field education with concurrent enrollment in the SOW 489: Field Integrative Seminar. The field practicum complies with CSWE accreditation standards for baccalaureate programs and includes the following courses:

SOW 487 Social Work Field Practicum I (4 credits)
SOW 488 Social Work Field Integrative Seminar (2 or 4 credits)

The culminating graduation requirement is to be met by satisfactory completion of one of the following options:

  • Students may complete the field practicum courses, SOW 487 and SOW 488, within a single semester (sixteen weeks), attend their field placement assignment for a minimum of 25 hours per week, and maintain concurrent enrollment in SOW 489.

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  • Students may enroll in the field practicum courses during two consecutive semesters, participate in field placement for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week, and maintain concurrent enrollment in SOW 489 for two consecutive semesters.