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
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 101
3
English Composition I
IDIS 103
3
Music & Dance or (THEATRE 211) V.A. & Theatre
BIOL 101
4
Intro to Biology w/ Lab
SOCI 201
3
Introduction to Sociology
HIST 201
3
World History or US History or AA History (HIST 203/205)
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 102
3
English Composition (II)
PHIL 102
3
Intro to Logic or (PHIL 103) Intro to Philosophy
MISY 150
3
Tech Fluency
HIST 202
3
World History or (HIST 204) US History or (HIST 206) AA History
PHSC 103
3
Tech & Human Affairs
Year 2 (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SOWK 210
3
Introduction to Social Work
PSYC 201
3
General Psychology
WLIT 207
3
World Literature or ENGL 200 and up
POSC 301
3
US Government
SPCH 204
3
Critical Listening or (HEED 105) Emerging Issues & Mental Health (recommended)
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
MATH 203
3
Basic Statistics
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
SOWK 360
3
Social Welfare, Social Policy II
SOWK 388
3
Human Behavior & Soc. Environ. I
SOWK 460
3
Technology in Human Services
XXXX XXX
3
Minor or Elective Cluster Option
XXX XXXX
3
General Elective
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
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SOWK 480
6
Beginning Field Experience in Social Work
SOWK 481
3
Social Work Methods II
SOWK 390
3
Special Topics Option
XXXX XXX
3
Minor or Elective Cluster Option
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SOWK 482
6
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