Social Work Major

As a social work student, you will learn to integrate theory, research and fieldwork with the university’s liberal arts core requirements and prepare yourself for social work practice grounded in the core competencies and practice behaviors of generalist social work.  At the completion of your degree, you will be eligible to sit for the Bachelors-level social work licensure exam in any state.

The major consists of 12 courses (44 credits) that are required for the major along with four supporting courses (16 credits). Students are required to complete two Field Placements, 200 hours during their junior year and 400 hours during their senior year. It is important that social work courses be taken in the order they are presented below.

 

Supporting Courses (prerequisites)

Students should take these courses during their Freshman and Sophomore years.  

 

St. Thomas

St. Kate's

General Psychology

PSYC 111

PSYC 1000

Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 100

SOCI 1000

Lifespan Developmental Psychology*

PSYC 202

PSYC 2025

Biology of Women/Human Biology*

BIOL 105 or 106

BIOL 1120

 

* These two courses are pre-requisites for SOWK 3400/340: Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

 

Social Work Major Requirements

Course to be taken during Freshman or Sophomore year.

Introduction to Social Work SOWK 281 SOWK 2810

 

This course is a prerequisite for all Social Work course work or must be taken concurrently with second course taken in the major. 
 

Course to be taken during Sophomore or Junior year.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment SOWK 340 SOWK 3400

 

This course must be taken prior to Senior year Social Work course work or at least concurrently with SOWK 401. 
 

Courses to be taken during fall semester Junior Year

Junior Fieldwork*

SOWK 375

SOWK 3750

Communication & Interviewing Skills*

SOWK 355

SOWK 3550

Social Policy for Social Change**

SOWK 391

SOWK 3910

Social Work Research**

INDI 380

SOWK 3800

 

* These courses must be taken during the Fall of Junior year and taken concurrently.
** These courses can be taken during the Fall or Spring Semester of students Junior year.
 

Courses to be taken during spring semester Junior Year

Junior Fieldwork*

SOWK 376

SOWK 3760

Group Work Skills*

SOWK 381

SOWK 3810

Social Policy for Social Change**

SOWK 391

SOWK 3910

Social Work Research**

INDI 380

SOWK 3800

 

* These courses must be taken during the Spring of Junior year and taken concurrently.
** These courses can be taken during the Fall or Spring Semester of students Junior year. 
 

Courses to be taken during fall semester of Senior Year.

Senior Fieldwork* SOWK 405 SOWK 4050
Generalist Practice I: Small Client Systems* SOWK 401 SOWK 4010

 

* These courses must be taken during the Fall of Junior year and taken concurrently.
 

Courses to be taken during spring semester of Senior Year.

Senior Fieldwork*

SOWK 406

SOWK 4060

Generalist Practice II: Large Client Systems *

SOWK 402

SOWK 4020

 

* These courses must be taken during the Fall of Junior year and taken concurrently.