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Social Work

The School of Social Work includes 29 St. Kate's and St. Thomas faculty who are known for their teaching excellence and scholarship and are eager to lend their expertise concerning academic and professional issues. Our faculty members hold leadership positions in local, regional and national professional organizations and have expertise in areas such as medical social work, school social work, social policy, child welfare, AIDS and international social work. Your professors will enthusiastically challenge you and encourage you to reach your full potential.

The School of Social Work has been recognized as a national leader for its strong commitment to social justice. Social Work for Social Justice: Ten Principles, developed by the program and used in the baccalaureate and graduate programs, have been adopted by programs across the country.  The social work program also has an active Social Work Club and Honor Society, Phi Alpha.

SOWK 2100 Relationship, Intimacy, Sexuality — 4 credits

This course addresses three major areas, exploring the values and societal influence on relationships, intimacy and sexuality. The focus is on the influence of culture, religion, family and friends; understanding self-worth, communication patterns and the effect of family and other significant relationships on the development of one's needs/wants in relationships, intimacy and sexuality; discovering the basic attributes, purposes and powers of significant relationships, intimacy and sexuality. Participation in a structured small group discussion is required. Open to non-majors.

SOWK 2810 Introduction to Social Work — 4 credits

This course introduces students to the profession of social work within the context of the social welfare system. It provides an overview of an integrative approach to generalist social work practice, which emphasizes intervention on individual, environmental and societal levels. Special emphasis is placed on values, human diversity, social problems and social work fields of practice.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1000 or PSYC 1001.

SOWK 3400 Human Behavior and the Social Environment — 4 credits

The primary focus of this course is to investigate how humans interact with their social environments. This is a theory-heavy course focusing on metacognition – training students to think about the way we think. The course provides students with knowledge of theories of the social environments and how they impact, as well as are impacted by human behavior. Further, theories on human behavior are examined through the multidimensional framework constituting biological, psychological, spiritual, socio-cultural, political, and economic factors. Emphasis is on the role of and interaction between these multiple factors at the level of various systems: the individual, family, small group, organization, community, and society, including political and economic systems. The course consists of five modules: interpersonal relations and empowerment; social systems; political and economic systems; justice; and multiculturalism. The course investigates the multiple dimensions and intersections of diversity including gender, race/ethnicity, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, nationality, and global and international perspectives. Students leave the class with a holistic understanding of the human experience within the environments that surround them.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2025, BIOL 1120 or consent of the program director.
Prerequisite with concurrency: SOWK 2810.

SOWK 3550 Communication And Interviewing Skills — 4 credits

This course is the first of a four-course practice sequence. The primary focus is on communication theory and skills as applied to social work with individuals, families, small groups and communities and organizations. There is an emphasis on self-awareness, beginning assessment skills and diversity issues. An integrative approach to generalist social work practice provides the context for intervention on individual, environmental and societal levels. SOWK 3550 is taken with 3750 (or 3780) in the fall by day students and with 3760 (or 3780) in the spring by Evening/Weekend/Online Program students.
Prerequisites with concurrency: SOWK 2810, SOWK 3400 or consent of the Program Director.

SOWK 3750 Junior Fieldwork in Social Work — 2 credits

Junior Fieldwork complements students' academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, students learn beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. For 3750 and 3760, the placement is 10–12 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms. SOWK 3780 (4 credits) is designed for students taking a semester abroad in their junior year. It combines SOWK 3750 and SOWK 3760 into a single semester. Students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course.
Prerequisites with concurrency: SOWK 2810, SOWK 3400.

SOWK 3760 Junior Fieldwork In Social Work — 2 credits

Junior Fieldwork complements students' academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, students learn beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. For 3750 and 3760, the placement is 10–12 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms. SOWK 3780 (4 credits) is designed for students taking a semester abroad in their junior year. It combines SOWK 3750 and SOWK 3760 into a single semester. Students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course.
Prerequisite: SOWK 3750.

SOWK 3780 Junior Fieldwork in Social Work — 4 credits

Junior Fieldwork complements students' academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, students learn beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. For 3750 and 3760, the placement is 10–12 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms. SOWK 3780 (4 credits) is designed for students taking a semester abroad in their junior year. It combines SOWK 3750 and SOWK 3760 into a single semester. Students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course.

SOWK 3800W Social Work Research — 4 credits

This course fosters competence in the research skills needed for generalist social work practice. Students will gain knowledge in the steps of conducting resarch; practice evaluation; conducting research with vulnerable participants; locating and critically evaluating relevant research to inform practice; and evidence-based practice. Students will learn values of ethical research practice, using the Belmont Report and the NASW Code of Ethics as guidelines. Particular emphasis is placed on protecting vulnerable research participants. Students will also gain skills in writing and presenting a literature review, developing a research proposal, and applying relevant research to practice.
Prerequisites: SOWK 2810 and junior status or consent of program director.

SOWK 3850 Group Work Skills — 4 credits

This course is the second of the four-course practice sequence. The primary focus of the course is on the study of human behavior in groups with emphasis on the use of groups in generalist social work practice to accomplish individual, family, organizational and/or community goals. This course provides experiential learning opportunities to integrate knowledge, values, and skills as both a group leader and a group member. The effects of diversity on group interaction are stressed.
Prerequisite: SOWK 3550.
Prerequisite with concurrency: SOWK 3760 or SOWK 3780.

SOWK 3910 Social Policy For Social Change — 4 credits

This course equips students to understand and critically analyze current and past social policies. Policy alternatives are explored with a focus on the values and attitudes as well as the societal, economic and political dynamics from which they originate. Roles and responsibilities of citizens and professionals in formulating and implementing policies responsive to actual social needs are addressed.
Prerequisite: SOWK 2810 or consent of the Program Director.

SOWK 4010 Generalist Practice I: Small Client Systems — 4 credits

This is the third course in the four-part practice sequence. This course prepares you for generalist social work practice with individuals, families and groups in the context of their social environments with emphasis on aspects of diversity. A primary focus is the application of social work knowledge through increased development of skills. The overall goal of the course is integration and application of the stages of the generalist social work method.
Prerequisites: SOWK 3550, SOWK 3850, senior major status.
Co-requisite: SOWK 4050.

SOWK 4020 Generalist Practice II: Large Client Systems — 4 credits

This course is a continuation of SOWK 4010 and the final of the four courses in the practice sequence of the social work curriculum. The focus is on prevention/intervention methods based on generalist social work knowledge that can be applied to client systems of all sizes. A special emphasis is placed on effecting planned change in groups, organizations, communities, and national and global society toward the pursuit of social justice. A combination of lecture, discussion, experiential learning, and small group activities provides you with knowledge and skills for client systems advocacy and social change.
Prerequisite: SOWK 4010.
Co-requisite: SOWK 4060.

SOWK 4050 Senior Fieldwork in Social Work — 4 credits

Senior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experiences in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, you learn social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. You participate in an on-campus seminar with other senior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 15-20 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms.
Co-requisite: SOWK 4010.

SOWK 4060 Senior Fieldwork In Social Work — 4 credits

Senior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experiences in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, you learn social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. You participate in an on-campus seminar with other senior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 15-20 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms.
Prerequisite: SOWK 4050.
Co-requisite: SOWK 4020.

SOWK 4140 School Social Work — 4 credits

This course examines the school as a social institution which serves to educate and socialize children into American society and the role of the Social Worker in such a setting. Emphasis is placed on discovering similarities and differences between social work and education values and tasks and the process of integrating social work values into a school setting. Social work with special and at-risk populations is discussed. This course also examines specific handicaps to learning and the role of the social worker in helping students, schools and families adjust to and cope with special needs. Emphasis will be placed on evaluation of school social work practice. Interventions with children which fit within a school setting are included. .

SOWK 4300 Development and Fundraising for Social Service Organizations — 4 credits

The purpose of this class is to provide students with an overview of key elements of supporting and expanding social service programs in nonprofit and public agencies. Topics covered include nonprofit governance and administrative structures, fundraising, program design and development, philanthropy, supervision of paid staff and volunteers, and grant-writing and program evaluation. An emphasis will be placed on linking agency work and agency mission. The course will emphasize application and synthesis of course concepts through community-based projects.

SOWK 4602 Internship — 2 credits

This course is a structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on or off campus and includes a substantial work component. It is not to be confused with the required internships for juniors and seniors who are majoring in social work. An internship involves you in the profession in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience, meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office. Also offered in Evening/Weekend/Online Program.
Prerequisites: Faculty sponsorship and approval by department chair.

SOWK 4604 Internship — 4 credits

This course is a structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on or off campus and includes a substantial work component. It is not to be confused with the required internships for juniors and seniors who are majoring in social work. An internship involves you in the profession in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience, meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office. Also offered in Evening/Weekend/Online Program.
Prerequisites: Faculty sponsorship and approval by department chair.

SOWK 4850 Seminar — 4 credits

This is an opportunity to explore advanced areas of the social work profession in small groups under departmental supervision.
Prerequisites: Admission to the major or permission of the instructor.

SOWK 4952 Independent Study — 2 credits

Independent study is also offered in Evening/Weekend/Online Program.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and department chair.

SOWK 4954 Independent Study — 4 credits

Independent study is also offered in Evening/Weekend/Online Program.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and department chair.

SOWK 4994 Topics — 4 credits

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses. Also offered in Evening/Weekend/Online Program.