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Social Work Courses

 The Social Work curriculum provides foundation knowledge for preparation of entry-level generalist professional practice. The curriculum includes courses in social welfare policy, human behavior, research methods, social work practice, and field instruction.

All social work courses are taught by degreed and licensed professionals with extensive practice experience.

 

SOWO 120 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work 3 credits
This course is an examination of the origin and development of social welfare as an institution in the United States. Examination of the role of the social worker and of the place of the profession in society is the focus of study.

SOWO 125-150 Special Topics in Social Work 2 or 3 credits
Seminars in this series study special topics of mutual interest to faculty and students.


SOWO 125 Family and Child Welfare 2 credits
This course is a comprehensive study of the principal child welfare services. It defines child welfare, placing it as a field of practice within social work, and presents a scheme for the categorization of child welfare problems in terms of role theory. It provides an historical perspective on how and why welfare services developed and describes the current socio-economic context in which they operate. Topics covered include adoption, child abuse and neglect, day care, foster care, and other child caring institutions.

SOWO 130 Drug and Alcohol Abuse 2 credits
This course provides drug and alcohol education to students interested in an enhanced understanding of the effects of drugs and alcohol on individuals, families, and the community at large. Topics covered in the course include the effects of alcohol and drugs on the body, the relationship between alcohol and drug use and mental illnesses, family issues resulting from abuse and addiction, the role of peer pressure, and identification, prevention, and treatment of alcohol and drug addiction.

SOWO 135 Working With the Aged 2 credits
This course is a study of the biological, psychological, social, economic, cultural, and spiritual factors of the aged in society. It is an overview for persons in the helping professions who want to work with older people individually or with members of families, groups, organizations, or communities. Research efforts are presented that illuminate present knowledge about various aspects of aging and about the heterogeneous elderly population in the United States. A field experience is an integral part of the course.

SOWO 145 Women’s Issues Across the Life Span 3 credits
This course is an examination of the dilemmas facing women at various points throughout the life cycle. The study includes an exploration of the historical underpinnings of the women’s movement and the formation of female gender identity in childhood.
Subsequent emphasis is on adulthood, middle adulthood, and the later years of life. (This course may be taken for credit as SOCI 145.)

SOWO 150 Social Problems 3 credits
This course introduces the basic concepts and perspectives of the study of society including analysis of the principal institutions, social processes, and social problems experienced in contemporary  society. (This course may be taken for credit as SOCI 150.)

SOWO 151-159 1 credit
Courses in this series are activity courses which may be taken only on a credit/no-credit basis.

SOWO 210 Human Diversity 3 credits
This course explores areas of human diversity, including race, religion, gender, national origin, socio-economic status, developmental challenges, sexual minorities, and alternative lifestyles. Using a systems approach to understanding human behavior, students study the impact of diversity on developmental tasks at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Interventions,
needs of the population, and available community services are explored. Implications for policy, research, and practice are considered. (This course may be taken for credit as SOCI 210.)

SOWO 230 Supportive Counseling 3 credits
This course is designed to help students develop helping, listening, and counseling skills. In particular, students will demonstrate an understanding of the therapeutic relationship, including the skills of active listening, empathy and positive regard, and the issues of resistance, transference, and defense mechanisms. Students will identify the effect of body language and environment on the counseling process. Students will identify and practice the skills needed to provide individual and small group counseling in a social service setting.

SOWO 310 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3 credits
This course is an exploration of human behavior with the continuing potential for growth and change. The developmental process across the life span is studied with an emphasis on interaction with the social environment at the individual, family, small group, organization, and community levels. The bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual determinants of behavior are studied, integrating knowledge of individuals with their environments to build a foundation for the development of professional assessments and interventions.

SOWO 320 Social Welfare Policies and Services 3 credits
This course is an examination of the social, historical, political, and economic context of social welfare policies and programs. Students gain experience in analysis of specific policy issues and their implications for professional social work practice.

SOWO 340 Research Methods and Statistics 3 credits
This course is the study and use of qualitative and quantitative methods. It includes study of statistical and sociological analysis of social phenomena. The statistical study focuses on numbers, frequencies, means, variance, regressions, multivariate analyses and SPSS. The sociological study focuses on the process of conducting social research, the application of statistics, and computer technology. (This course may be taken for credit as SOCI 340.)

SOWO 350 Social Work Practice I 3 credits
This course is the first course in knowledge, skill, and value development for generalist practice. Basic theories and concepts and the skills for professional social work practice with individuals are presented. The study focuses on professional values, social work roles, and social work client relationships. Skills in interviewing, data collection, problem solving, planning, case recording, and evaluation are explored and practiced. Social work practice is explored within the context of current programs and practice methods.

SOWO 352 Social Work Practice II 3 credits
This course is the second course in knowledge, skill, and value development for generalist practice. Basic theories and concepts and the skills for professional social work practice with families and small groups are presented. The study focuses on professional values, social work roles, and social work client relationships. Skills in interviewing, data collection, problem solving, planning, case recording, and evaluation are explored and practiced. Social work practice is explored within the context of current programs and practice methods.

SOWO 377 Junior Seminar 1 credit
The purpose of this course is to prepare junior social work majors to enter the senior field placement experience. Students will identify the process to apply for field placement and current opportunities available for the senior placement, develop resumes, set up interviews, and submit choices for placement. The course will also prepare students for the graduate school application process, field placement and job interviews, and appropriate dress and behavior in the workplace. Prerequisite: SOWO 120

SOWO 455 Social Work Practice III 3 credits
This course is the third course in knowledge, skill, and value development for generalist practice. Basic theories and concepts and the skills for professional social work practice with organizations, communities, and society are presented. The study focuses on professional values, social work roles, and social work client relationships. Skills in interviewing, data collection, problem solving, planning, case recording, and evaluation are explored and practiced. Social work practice is explored within the context
of current programs and practice methods.

SOWO 470 Field Placement 9 credits
This course is an educationally directed internship experience as a social work practitioner in a social welfare agency or program. Students are assigned to qualified field instructors in designated settings. The field experience involves five full days each week during the fall semester of the senior year. The placement is designed to test and increase student practice skills and formalize the development of a professional identity, with the goal of self-direction and the appropriate use of supervision and consultation within the social work practice setting.

SOWO 472 Field Placement Seminar 2 credits
This course is an integrative seminar for the transitional role of the student moving from an undergraduate academic setting to the world of work. A field experience is required. (CR/NCR only.)

SOWO 487-488 Independent Study 1-4 credits
Studies may be planned as extensions of or additions to existing Social Work offerings.

SOWO 490 Senior Project 2-4 credits
This course is a self-directed research project in a selected topic of social work practice designed to allow the student to integrate the professional value, skill, and knowledge base for generalist practice.

SOWO 495 Graduation Audit Non-credit
Registration for this course initiates a graduation audit process to verify that all requirements for graduation are scheduled to be met by the anticipated degree completion date.

Criminal Justice Courses


CRJU 147 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
This course provides the student with an overview of the criminal justice system, including how the various components work together. Students will examine the impact of the courts, Constitution, and laws on the various organizations within the system. This course also presents the student with the definitions of key terms and concepts that will appear throughout the criminal justice curriculum. This course is a pre-requisite for all other courses.

CRJU 148 Law Enforcement 3 credits
This course provides the student with an overview of the development of law enforcement organizations throughout American history, with an emphasis on local policing. Students will examine the missions, procedures, and challenges found in local law enforcement agencies. Topics covered in the course include arrest procedures, patrol strategy, community relations, and organizational structure.

CRJU 149 Corrections 3 credits
This course introduces students to the philosophical foundation behind punishment and defines American correctional methods, including incarceration and community-based programs. Students will examine the sentencing process and the challenges of managing a correctional institution. This course also includes analysis of contemporary correctional issues, including privatization and capital punishment.

CRJU 201 Criminal Law and Procedures I 3 credits
This course provides content on the purpose and creation of criminal laws. In addition, students examine the processes involved in prosecuting a criminal case, from the time of arrest through the trial and appeal. Topics covered in this course include arraignment, pre-trial preparation, and courtroom procedures.

CRJU 211 Criminology 3 credits
This course covers content on the science behind the criminal justice system. Students examine the theories and data that have driven changes in the system. In addition, students consider the question of how criminal behavior develops by examining theories related to genetics, biology, psychology, and sociology. Prerequisite: CRJU 149.

CRJU 301 Criminal Investigation 3 credits
This course provides content on specific investigative techniques and the roles played by criminal investigators. Students examine the laws and court cases that govern interrogations, property seizure, and evidence preservation. The course also provides opportunities for students to practice basic skills related to surveillance and the collection and  preservation of crime scene evidence. Prerequisite: CRJU 148.

CRJU 311 Juvenile Justice 3 credits
This course covers content on the unique characteristics of the juvenile branch of criminal justice. Students examine the crimes and behaviors typical of juveniles and the methods used by law enforcement and social organizations to prevent and correct these behaviors. This course includes a review of the “vocabulary” of juvenile justice and the root causes of delinquency. Prerequisites: CRJU 148, CRJU 211.

CRJU 321 Homeland Security 3 credits
This course introduces students to the various agencies tasked with the mission of protecting America from foreign threats and the methods these agencies employ. Students will examine the major terrorist groups, both foreign and domestic, that present the most serious threats to national security. The course includes a review of the Patriot Act and other  legislation related to homeland security. Prerequisite: CRJU 148.

Sociology Courses


SOCI 145 Women’s Issues Across the Life Span 3 credits
This course is an examination of the dilemmas facing women at various points throughout the life cycle. The study includes an exploration of the historical underpinnings of the women’s movement and the formation of female gender identity in childhood. Subsequent emphasis is on adulthood, middle adulthood, and the later years of life. (This course may be taken for credit as SOWO 145.)

SOCI 150 Social Problems 3 credits
This course introduces the basic concepts and perspectives of the study of society, including analysis of the principal institutions, social processes, and social problems experienced in contemporary society.(This course may be taken for credit as SOWO 150.)

SOCI 210 Human Diversity 3 credits
This course explores areas of human diversity, including race, religion, gender, national origin, socio-economic status, developmental challenges, sexual minorities, and alternative lifestyles. Using a systems approach to understanding human behavior, students study the impact of diversity on developmental tasks at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Interventions,
needs of the population, and available community services are explored. Implications for policy, research, and practice are considered. (This course may be taken for credit as SOWO 210.)

SOCI 340 Research Methods and Statistics 3 credits
This course is the study and use of qualitative and quantitative methods. It includes study of statistical and sociological analysis of social phenomena. The statistical study focuses on numbers, frequencies, means, variance, regressions, multivariate analyses and SPSS. The sociological study focuses on the process of conducting social research, the application of statistics,
and computer technology. (This course may be taken for credit as SOWO 340.)

SOCI 487-488 Independent Study 1-4 credits
Studies may be planned as extensions of or additions to existing offerings.