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SEQUENCE OF COURSES FOR COMPLETING A MAJOR IN SOCIAL WORK

This Course Sequence is only applicable to students entering Shepherd University and the Social Work Program after Fall 2011. Students entering the program before this date should view the previous Sequence of Courses.

Shepherd University               Approved 12/06; 1/07; 1/09; 7/10; 4/11            D.C. Horner
Social Work Program              Revised 8/08; 2/09; 7/10; 5/11; 5/12; 8/13         G. Crawley-Woods

White Hall                                Effective for students entering Fall, 2012          K. Green

 

SEQUENCE OF COURSES FOR COMPLETING A MAJOR IN SOCIAL WORK

                 

                  In order to graduate from Shepherd University with a major in Social Work, a minimum of 120 semester hours must be completed. This entails 42 hours under the University core curriculum requirements and 63 hours under the Social Work Curriculum; 15 semester hours of free electives must be selected from any university-wide course offerings. The 42 core curriculum requirements are to be completed during the freshman and sophomore years.  Courses are listed in the year in which they should be completed and may be taken in either semester unless otherwise specified.

 

                  Since the social work curriculum is designed to build on the core curriculum and is sequenced to provide continuity and integration with the core curriculum, the format recommended below should be followed closely. While it is recognized that students will not always be able to adhere to this sequence exactly as presented, failure to do so may result in difficulty in handling course content and in scheduling required courses in your major.  STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW THIS SEQUENCE.  SHOULD REQUIRED COURSES NOT BE COMPLETED IN ORDER, ENTRY INTO THE SENIOR FIELD PLACEMENT AND GRADUATION ARE LIKELY TO BE DELAYED.

 

 

FIRST YEAR

 

Credit Hours

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

3

ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I

 ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II

3

1

SOWK 101 First Year

 Experience in Social Work 

Fall only

Core Wellness or Arts course

3

4

(Core Science) General Biology BIOL 101

(Core Science) General Biology BIOL 102  

4

3

Core History course

General Sociology (Core Social Science)

3

3

**Core Math course

 PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology

3

14

Total semester credits

Total semester credits

16

 

 

 **MATH 314, Statistics, fulfills the Core Math requirement and also fulfills the statistics requirement for the major; if a student does not need another Math course to meet the prerequisite for MATH 314, the student must replace those credit hours with electives.  If a student chooses to complete the statistics requirement by taking BADM224 Statistics or PSYC 250 Statistics for Social Sciences, you must take a Core Math course.  MATH 154 Finite Mathematics is the prerequisite for MATH 314.

***Students who enter Shepherd as first year students in social work should complete the BIOL 101/102 sequence.  Students who transfer into social work from another major or institution and have either one or two four credit natural science courses, are required to complete at least one animal-based biology course from the following list: BIOL 101, 102, 209, 225, 226, or 302.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

 

Credit Hours

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

3

Core Humanities (Literature)

Core Humanities

3

3

Core Social Science (choose 1)

PSCI 100 Politics & Government OR

PSCI 101 American Federal Government

Core Social Science (choose 1)

ECON 123 Contemporary Economics OR

ECON 205 Macro Economics

3

3

Core Wellness or Arts course

SOCI 205 Social Problems

3

3

SOWK 201 Introduction to Social Work

SOWK 300 Community Service Learning

3

3

Elective

Elective

3

15

Total semester credits

Total semester credits

15

 

JUNIOR YEAR

 

Credit Hours

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

1

LBSC 103 Info. Literacy for the Social Sciences

Fall Only

SOWK 325 Orientation to Field Practicum

Spring Only

1

3

SOWK 305 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

Fall Only

SOWK 306 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

Spring Only

3

3

SOWK 311 Social Work Methods I

Fall Only

SOWK 312 Social Work Methods II

Spring Only

3

3

SOWK 301 Social Welfare as a Social Institution

Fall Only

Statistics Course (choose 1)

MATH 314 Statistics OR

BADM 224 OR

*PSYC 250

3

3

SOCI 303 The Family

Elective

3

3

Elective

**Social Work Elective (choose 1)

SOWK 320 Child Welfare

SOWK 402 Social Gerontology

SOWK 417 Sex & Gender

3

16

Total semester credits

Total semester credits

16

 

*Note that PSYC 250 is 4 credits (includes a lab)

**This elective course requirement may be fulfilled in any semester of the junior or senior year; these courses are taught by adjunct faculty and are not offered every semester, so students are advised to discuss offerings with their advisor

 

 

SENIOR YEAR

 

Credit Hours

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

3

SOWK 407 Field Experience in Social Work I

SOWK 410 Field Experience in Social Work III

3

3

SOWK 408 Field Experience in Social Work II

SOWK 411 Field Experience in Social Work IV

3

2

SOWK 409 Field Experience Seminar I

SOWK 412 Field Experience Seminar II

2

3

SOWK 313 Social Work Methods III

Fall Only

SOWK 404 Social Work Capstone

Spring Only

3

3

Elective

SOCI 405 Research Methods

Spring Only

3

14

Total semester credits

Total semester credits

14

 

 

Core Curriculum Requirements                        42

Social Work Curriculum Requirements           63

*University-wide electives                                   15

Credits required for graduation                        120          

*University wide electives may include a co-op experience in social work

 

 

REMEMBER: You not only need a minimum of 120 credit hours, you need to have them in all the right places! We encourage you to make good and frequent use of academic advising, especially during registration advisement periods; however, YOU are ultimately responsible for keeping track of your progression through the program. The Degree Evaluation tool on RAIL allows you to see which requirements you have completed and which are still needed; we encourage you to use it each semester before you meet with your advisor to plan your courses for the upcoming semester.

 

 

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