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Social Work Major

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The social work major at Coppin State University prepares undergraduate students for entry into the beginning level of social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. 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. Students who complete the requirements for a major in social work earn a BSW degree.

The social work curriculum builds on and is integrated with a liberal arts foundation. The basic course of study in the social work major requires the completion of 50 credits in required social work courses. Requirements for the social work major include courses in social welfare policy, human behavior and the social environment, social work practice methods, social work research, and a supervised two semester field work practice experience in a community based agency or institution. Social work majors are also required to complete 18 to 21 credits in a selected secondary sequence of courses constituting either a minor or an approved cluster of elective courses.

Students entering the social work major must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Prerequisites for social work include Computer Literacy, English Composition I and II, Biology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Algebra, and Statistics. Transfer credits accepted as substitutes for core courses in the social work major must have been earned in another BSW program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and approved by the Social Work Department. Ongoing academic advisement by social work faculty is required for the social work major.

The Coppin Social Work Program meets the highest professional standards for undergraduate social work education. It is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education assuring students that all aspects of the program meet national standards and offers preparation for state licensing and direct practice at the BSW level. Students completing the social work major with a GPA of 3.0 or above are eligible for consideration at the advanced standing level in many master’s degree social work programs. Social work majors at Coppin are eligible for membership in the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society and the National Association of Social Work.

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

SOWK 210 Introduction to Social Work
SOWK 260 Social Welfare, Social Policy and Social Work I
SOWK 360 Social Welfare, Social Policy and Social Work II
SOWK 379 Social Work Methods I: Introduction to Practice
SOWK 388 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SOWK 389 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SOWK 390 Special Topics in Social Work
SOWK 460 Technology in Human Services
SOWK 461 Social Work Research
SOWK 480 Beginning Field Experience in Social Work 6
SOWK 481 Social Work Methods II: A Generalist’s Approach to Practice
SOWK 482 Advanced Field Experience in Social Work
SOWK 483 Social Work Methods III: Selected Intervention Strategies, Research and Evaluation
SOWK 490 Professional Issues Seminar
And an approved secondary sequence of courses constituting a Minor or an approved elective cluster of 18 to 21 credits.

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 offered both in the fall and spring semesters and SOWK 482 is offered in both the spring and summer I semesters. SOWK 480 and SOWK 481 must be taken concurrently, as must SOWK 482 and SOWK 483.

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Social Work Major 

Level I (First Year)
Fall Semester
*ENGL 101  English Composition  3
*MATH 203
Program Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

 *  General Education Requirement
 **  University Graduation Requirement
 ■  Major Course
  »  or any 2 part 200 level History
 or any ENGL 200 level or above
 BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
×  PHIL 103 or PHIL 102
 or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211

 or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102
 ♦  General Elective - any University course
 ▲  Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline
 ▬  Support Course
§  Management Science Elective

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options. 

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