Social Work



Social Work

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences



Social work. Better than average.

The Occupational Handbook projects a 19% job growth for social workers from 2012-2022. That's faster than average for all occupations.

At CSU, the social work program meets the highest professional standards for undergraduate social work education. Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, students learn to use professional knowledge, values and skills to implement planned change strategies designed to address the needs and problems of diverse populations in the society.

Graduates are prepared for advance study, or employment at the BSW level in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, and private practices.


Core Courses

NOTE: SOWK 210, SOWK 260, SOWK 379, and SOWK 388 must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher before enrolling in SOWK 480. Students should plan to graduate within three semesters of entering SOWK 480. SOWK 480 is only offered in the fall semester and SOWK 482 is only offered in the spring semester. SOWK 480 and SOWK 481 must be taken concurrently, as must SOWK 482 and SOWK 483.

The following requirements have been established for completion of the Social Work major:

An approved secondary sequence of courses constituting a minor or an approved elective cluster of 18 to 21 credits AND

Course
Crs.
Title
SOWK 205
3
Writing in Social Work
SOWK 210
3
Introduction to Social Work
SOWK 260
3
Social Welfare, Social Policy and Social Work I
SOWK 360
3
Social Welfare, Social Policy and Social Work II
SOWK 379
3
Social Work Methods I: Introduction to Practice
SOWK 388
3
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SOWK 389
3
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SOWK 390
3
Special Topics in Social Work
SOWK 460
3
Technology in Human Services
SOWK 461
3
Social Work Research
SOWK 480
6
Beginning Field Experience in Social Work
SOWK 481
3
Social Work Methods II: A Generalist’s Approach to Practice
SOWK 482
3
Advanced Field Experience in Social Work
SOWK 483
3
Social Work Methods III: Selected Intervention Strategies, Research and Evaluation
SOWK 490
3
Professional Issues Seminar

Plan of Study
(see your advisor)
Year 1 (Freshman)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 101
3
English Composition I
IDIS 103
3
Visual Arts and Theatre
MNSC 150
3
Computer Literacy
SOCI 201
3
Introduction to Sociology
SPCH 105
3
Speech Communications
Spring Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
BIOL 101
4
Biological Science
ENGL 102
3
English Composition II
PHIL 102
3
Logic
HIST 205
3
African American History I
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
Year 2 (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
PSYC 201
3
General Psychology
WLIT 203
3
World Literature
HIST 206
3
African American History II
SOWK 210
3
Introduction to Social Work
POSC XXX
3
Political Science Option
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
PHSC 103
3
Technology and Human Affairs
SOWK 205
3
Writing in Social Work Practice
SOWK 260
3
Social Welfare, Policy, and Social Work I
XXXX XXX
3
Minor or Elective Cluster Option
XXXX XXX
3
Minor or Elective Cluster Option
Year 3 (Junior)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
MATH 203
3
Basic Statistics
SOWK 360
3
Social Welfare, Policy, and Social Work II
SOWK 388
3
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SOWK 460
3
Technology in Human Services
XXXX XXX
3
Minor or Elective Cluster Option
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SOWK 379
3
Social Work Methods I
SOWK 389
3
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SOWK 461
3
Social Work Research
XXXX XXX
3
Minor or Elective Cluster Option
XXXX XXX
3
Minor or Elective Cluster Option
Year 4 (Senior)
Fall Semester
12 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SOWK 480
3
Beginning Field Experience in Social Work
SOWK 481
3
Social Work Methods I
SOWK 390
3
Special Topics Option
XXXX XXX
3
Minor or Elective Cluster Option
Spring Semester
12 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SOWK 482
3
Advanced Field Experience in Social Work
SOWK 483
3
Social Work Methods III
SOWK 490
3
Professional Issues Seminar
SOWK 390
3
Special Topics Option