Course Details

Social Work, Bachelor of Science

120 credits

Social Work is a specialized degree that prepares students for generalist social work practice in a wide range of settings to work with children, youth, families, and adults. The curriculum has its foundation in the liberal arts, focusing on the biological, psychological, and social sciences, and provides content on the knowledge, skills, and values of social work. The curriculum integrates content on values and ethics, human diversity, populations-at-risk, and the promotion of social and economic justice.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) granted initial accreditation to the program in 1995. By continuing to meet CSWEís standards, the program received full accreditation in 2007 for the eight-year cycle, ending in 2015. The site-visit for reaccreditation of the program occurred in December 2014; full accreditation from CSWE for the eight-year cycle ending 2023 is expected in June 2015. The curriculum provides content on human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, practice theory and skills, research, and field education. The field education component (450 supervised hours) provides students with a hands-on learning experience at human service agencies throughout New Hampshire.

Interested students may obtain additional information about the programís mission, admission and continuance requirements, and other academic policies, by contacting the Department of Social Work, accessing the Departmentís homepage, or referencing the Departmentís Student Handbook. The following is a brief summary of the programís academic policies:

Admission Requirements
Students accepted by the University must also meet the requirements of the Department for admission. To apply, students must

1. be enrolled in or have completed SW 2200,
2. complete an application by submitting a written statement (see Social Work Student Handbook or Social Work homepage for more information and to complete the application), and
3. participate in a personal interview with a member of the Social Work faculty.

The criteria and procedures used for admission are based on the academic and professional standards established by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body. The criteria used for assessment are:

1. intellectual qualities and academic skills;
2. commitment to the enhancement of quality of life for individuals and families;
3. concern for issues of social justice and sensitivity to cultural diversity; and
4. capacity for self-awareness and self-evaluation.

The Department of Social Work encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds including race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, culture, political ideology, gender, gender identity and expression, sex, sexual orientation, social class, family type, religion, age, and physical and mental abilities. Students are advised to apply by their sophomore year. Applicants will receive notice regarding the decision within 14 calendar days of the interview.

Continuation and Graduation Requirements
Once admitted, students must meet the following continuation requirements in order to gain admission to SW 4430 Social Work Practicum (12 credits) and the concurrent SW 4550 Social Work Seminar (three credits), and to graduate with a BS in Social Work:

1. a grade of C or better in the required (SW) Foundation Courses: SW 2200, SW 3340, SW 3350, SW 3450, SW 3510, SW 3520, SW 3530, SW 4020, SW 4550
2. a minimum major grade point average of 2.5 (all courses required for the major)

Students who wish to be readmitted into the major need to follow the most current Catalog.

Transfer credit is not granted for either the Practicum or the Social Work Seminar. Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience shall not be granted in lieu of any course required for the major.

These academic standards should be monitored by the student and his/her faculty advisor throughout the studentís Social Work education. To be admitted to the Practicum and the Seminar (SW 4550), students must have completed all of the course requirements of the major, achieved an overall grade point average of 2.0 and a major grade point average of 2.5, and earned a grade of C or better in the eight Social Work Foundation Courses (as listed above). Permission to enter the field will be granted in writing by the Program Director/Department Chair or the Field Education Director.

In addition to academic requirements, students are required to demonstrate professional and ethical behavior. Student behavior that is contrary to the ethics of the profession will be reviewed by the program to determine the studentís appropriateness for continuance in the major. Behaviors that would warrant such a review are based on the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Examples of unprofessional or unethical behavior include impropriety in personal conduct (such as dishonesty or criminal behavior); exploitive relationships (such as sexual relationships or other behaviors pursued for personal advantage), e.g., with practicum clients; and any form of illegal discrimination or discrimination contrary to Plymouth State University policy (see the NASW Code of Ethics).

Degree Requirements


SW 2200 Introduction to Social Work 4
SW 2500 Human Biology for Social Workers and the Social Sciences 3
SW 3050 Perspectives on Aging (WECO) 3
SW 3340 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SW 3350 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SW 3450 Social Welfare Policy and Services 3
SW 3510 Theory and Practice of Social Work Intervention I 3
SW 3520 Theory and Practice of Social Work Intervention II 3
SW 3530 Theory and Practice of Social Work Intervention III 3
SW 4020 Social Work Research Methods (TECO) 3
SW 4430 Social Work Practicum 12
SW 4550 Social Work Seminar (WRCO) 3
Children and Families Elective - complete one of the following: 3
SW 3130 Child Welfare and Family Services (DICO)
SW 3150 Child Maltreatment
SW 3250 Families, Schools, and Community
Health and Mental Health Elective - complete one of the following: 3
SW 3300 Mental Health and Society (GACO)
SW 3500 Health and Society (GACO) (WECO)
PS 2010 Introduction to General Psychology 3
SO 2220 Foundations of Sociology (DICO) 3
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following: 3
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
SS 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
SW 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
INCO Integration Connection 3
Electives 29-27

SW 4550 requires a minimum grade of C in the required Social Work (SW) foundation courses and a minimum major grade point average of 2.50 (all courses required for the major).

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.