Social Work

Degree Type

Bachelor of Social Work

About

Improve the social-emotional wellbeing of individuals by understanding the communities and institutions that make us who we are.

Introduction

Social work is one of the best and most sought-after helping professions! Because of its eclectic knowledgebase, commitment to values and ethics, and high skill requirements, those who complete a degree in social work are able to impact the paths of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Simply stated, social workers are those who have been trained to help others and make positive contributions to the lives of men, women, and children. Social workers help people solve personal, family, as well as community problems so they can lead better lives. Social workers are actively involved in the prevention and treatment of the Grand Challenges facing society today:

Individual Well-Being

  • Ensuring healthy development for youth
  • Closing the health gap
  • Building healthy relationships to end violence
  • Advancing long and productive lives

Stronger Social Fabric

  • Eradicating social isolation
  • Ending homelessness
  • Creating social responses to a changing environment
  • Harnessing technology for social good

Just Society

  • Eliminate racism
  • Promoting smart decarceration
  • Reducing extreme economic inequality
  • Building financial capability and assets for all
  • Achieving equal opportunity and justice
Students studying

750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split among:

  • General Education Requirements (GERs),
  • Core courses
  • Electives 

Core Courses 

Course Credits Name
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

Sample Degree Plan

This plan is only for example purposes. Your academic journey may be slightly different from another student’s journey, so be sure to always communicate with your academic advisor before finalizing your course schedule.

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 101 3 English Composition I
SOCI 201 3 Introduction to Sociology
BIOL 101 4 Introduction to Biology with Lab
HIST 20x 3 World History I or US History I or African American History I

IDIS 103

or

THEA 211

3

Music and Dance

or 

Visual Arts and Theatre

Spring Semester (15 credits)

course credits name
ENGL 102 3 English Composition II
PHSC 103 3 Technology and Human Affairs

PHIL 102

or

PHIL 103

3

Introduction to Logic

or

Introduction to Philosophy

MISY 150 3 Technology Fluency
HIST 20x 3 World History II or US History II or African American History II

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
SOWK 210 3 Introduction to Social Work
PSYC 201 3 General Psychology
WLIT 207 3 World Literature
POSC 301 3 US Government

SPCH 204

or

HEED 105 

3

Critical Listening

or

Emerging Issues and Mental Health (Recommended)

     

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
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

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
SOWK 360 3 Social Welfare, Social Work Policy II
SOWK 388 3 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SOWK 460 3 Technology in Human Services
XXXX xxx 3 Minor or Cluster Elective Option
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
SOWK 379 3 Social Work MethodsI
SOWK 389 3 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SOWK 461 3 Social Work Research
XXXX xxx 3 Minor or Cluster Elective Option
XXXX xxx 3 Minor or Cluster Elective Option

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
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 Credits Name
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

Admission Requirements

We invite pre-social work students to apply to the social work major while enrolled in the following classes:

  • SOWK 205, Writing for Social Work
  • SOWK 210, Introduction to Social Work
  • SOWK 260, Social Work Welfare Policy I

To be considered for fall admission, students must submit their complete application by March 31.

Application Requirements

Students meeting the admissions requirements for social work are invited to apply to the program. The required documentation should be submitted electronically to socialwork@coppin.edu. Once received, a department representative contacts the student to schedule an interview.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and/or may be denied admission to the social work major.

Prepare to submit the following documentation as part of your admissions packet to the Social Work major:

  • Social Work application
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • National Association of Social Work (NASW) policy summary statement
  • Transcripts
  • Course descriptions (for course substitutions, if requested. Transfer students only)
  • Signed Social Work Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Signed Ethical Standards Form
  • Signed Social Work Code of Conduct

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Social Work is in the Department of Social Work in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.