Department of Social Work
The primary objective of the social work major is preparation of students for beginning level professional generalist social work practice. The major emphasizes development of students' knowledge, values and practice skills by providing classroom and internship content in the wide variety of social and personal problems encountered by individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities. Relationship and problem-solving techniques are stressed during the phases of studying, analyzing, testing, and evaluating social problems in both urban and rural areas. Many types of employment settings are available for professional social workers including counseling, foster care, adoption, child protective services, probation and parole, services to single parents, day care, public assistance, services to people of color and women, school social services, drug and alcohol counseling, services for the elderly, and positions in the areas of community organization, social planning and social action.
Major in Social Work
Minor in Social Work
SOCWORK 101 INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION 1 Units
This course is required for all social work majors as it introduces social work majors to the social work department, social work profession, code of ethics, critical thinking and social work writing skills.
PREREQ: RESTRICTED TO SOCIAL WORK MAJORS COREQ: SOCWORK 102
SOCWORK 102 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE (GS) 3 Units
This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of social welfare, to social work and other helping professions, and to social institutions so that the students may enlarge their liberal arts education, gain understanding of contemporary social welfare problems and services, and begin to evaluate their personal values and convictions about social welfare issues. A service learning experience is required of all students, providing a hands-on exploration into their selected area of social services. Required for all social work majors.
SOCWORK 235 CHILD WELFARE 3 Units
This course is a survey of social services for children: the problems treated, an assessment of the effectiveness of current services, and consideration of alternative service programs.
SOCWORK 250 STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL WORK 3 Units
This course introduces basic statistics applicable to social work practice and research. Social work practitioners must be able to conduct research and data analysis to provide effective interventions for their clients. The course also provides students with opportunities to learn a popular statistical software for social research, SPSS, to analyze the data and present results.
PREREQ: C OR BETTER IN MATH 140 OR MATH 141 (OR WAIVER) OR ADMISSION TO THE MSW PROGRAM
SOCWORK 291 TRAVEL STUDY Repeatable 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.
SOCWORK 301 ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 1 Units
This course presents the principles of assertiveness training, uses experiential exercises to help students learn to present themselves more assertively, and prepares students to assist others to become more assertive. Content is focused on students who are planning a career in the helping professions.
SOCWORK 302 GRIEF MANAGEMENT IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 1 Units
This course focuses on issues such as adjustment to the death of someone close, helping someone who is terminally ill, and coping with other losses--such as cherished relationships. The grief counseling content is intended for students who are planning a career in the helping professions.
SOCWORK 303 MANAGING STRESS AND BURNOUT IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 1 Units
This course focuses on recognizing signs of destructive stress and the stages of burnout in the helping professions. Instruction is given in using a number of techniques for coping with stress such as meditation, relaxation training, time management, social support systems, biofeedback, and life planning as they apply to the helping professions.
SOCWORK 311 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I 4 Units
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the processes of bio-psycho and socio-cultural development from infants to older adults. Material is also presented on the social systems (families, groups, organizations, and communities) in which individuals live.
PREREQ: GENED 130 AND SOCWORK 102, ONLY ONE OF WHICH CAN BE TAKEN CONCURRENTLY
SOCWORK 312 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II 3 Units
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the processes of bio-psycho and socio-cultural development from middle adulthood through old age. Material is also presented on the social systems (mezzo and macro) in which individuals live.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 311
SOCWORK 321 IMMIGRATION TODAY: INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES 3 Units
This course focuses on the changes in immigration to the United States in recent decades, challenges that recent immigrants face, and the controversies around this immigration. The immigrant experience of Latinos and the Hmong in Midwest will be emphasized, from an individual, family, and community perspective.
CROSS-LISTED: SOCWORK 321/RACEETH 321
SOCWORK 325 SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS 3 Units
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the knowledge and skills necessary for working with children and adolescents including assessment and interview of this population, child welfare policy (Wisconsin Juvenile Code), practice settings (i.e. group homes), etc. The major emphasis will be on populations at risk (emotional problems, abuse/neglect, gay/lesbian, etc.) with a focus on current intervention approaches.
COREQ: SOCWORK 371
SOCWORK 330 LEGAL ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE 3 Units
This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to work with the court system and advocate for their clients within that system. Chapters 48, 51, 55, and 938 and court testimony will be explained. Students will follow a case, make decisions around their case and write court reports throughout the course.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 102
SOCWORK 337 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY 3 Units
This course is designed to introduce the student to social and physical factors related to aging. It will include information regarding social services needed to assist the older person and an analysis of gaps in current services.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STATUS
SOCWORK 341 SEXUALITY FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH 3 Units
This comprehensive course is designed to add to students' knowledge and comfort in the area of human sexuality. Multi-media, lecture, and small group discussion techniques are used to explore issues as basic treatment skills, sex education, developmental sexuality, problem pregnancies, and common sexual dysfunctions.
SOCWORK 350 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY BASICS FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONAL 3 Units
This course focuses on introducing students to the basic principles of psychotropic medication and their role when working with clients taking psychotropic medication. Basic neuropsychological principles and diagnostic groups involving various classes of psychopharmacological medications will be discussed. It will introduce the student to medical terminology and the medical field.
SOCWORK 360 COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING 3 Units
Through a partnership with a social service organization, students will undertake a project from start to finish. Students in groups will develop a plan for implementing a new program and will work in small groups to implement the plan, which could include advocacy, policy development, training and program evaluation.
COREQ: SOCWORK 371
SOCWORK 371 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I 3 Units
This course presents contemporary theoretical approaches to social work practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. This course uses a competency approach to assess and develop student interviewing and interpersonal skills, emphasizing social work practice with individuals.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 101, SOCWORK 102, GENED 130 OR PSYCH 211, JUNIOR STATUS, AND COMBINED CUMULATIVE GPA OF 2.50. RESTRICTED TO SOCIAL WORK MAJORS OR CONSENT OF DEPARTMENT. COREQ: SOCWORK 311
SOCWORK 372 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II 3 Units
This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed to engage in generalist social work practice, including further development of interviewing and interpersonal skills. The course has an emphasis on social work practice with groups and communities.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 311, SOCWORK 371, AND COMBINED CUMULATIVE GPA OF 2.50
SOCWORK 375 SOCIAL WORK CASE MANAGEMENT 3 Units
This course introduces students to case management and explores its utility as a service to assist a wide range of social work clients. The course goals include defining case management, carrying-out the activities, exploring legal and ethical issues, and developing practice skills. Students will perform activities core to case management.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 371
SOCWORK 380 RACE/ETHNICITY/SOCIAL JUSTICE: ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS (DV) 3 Units
The course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the influence of one's race and ethnicity on the ways individuals perceive the world and the ways they are treated by others and by society. Within the framework of the helping professions, students will have the opportunity to examine their attitudes toward members of racial and ethnic minorities, develop ways to learn about the participation in and treatment of racial and ethnic minority groups in work, education, and social services, and examine ways to affect one's own attitudes and society to achieve social justice.
CROSS-LISTED: RACEETH 380 AND SOCWORK 380
SOCWORK 402 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH 4 Units
This course introduces students to the research process. A major focus of this course is the integration of research and practice. Students will learn to use research evidence to inform practice and advocacy, and use practice-based experiences to inform scientific inquiry. Students will also learn basic quantitative skills.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 102 AND SOCWORK 311
SOCWORK 440 ADVANCED STRESS MANAGEMENT 3 Units
The class emphasis is on 1) facilitating stress management in others, 2) coping with "deep" stress susch as trauma and low self-esteem, and 3) alternative avenues for coping such as Tai Chi, yoga, art therapy, and meditation. This course is appropriate for anyone in the helping professions.
PREREQ: HEALTHED 362/HEALTHED 562 OR SOCWORK 303 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SOCWORK 462 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY 3 Units
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about the process of social welfare policy formulation and implementation and with policy analysis skills. The effects of social welfare policies and organizations on both clients (especially the poor and minorities) and on social workers will be emphasized.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 371 AND POLISCI 141
CROSS-LISTED: POLISCI 462 AND SOCWORK 462
SOCWORK 473 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III 3 Units
This course will cover advanced problem solving approaches for intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The class will utilize simulated practice situations. The course has an emphasis on social work practice with families and organizations.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 372, COMBINED CUMULATIVE GPA 2.25, COREQ: SOCWORK 312. SPECIAL UNDERGRADUATES AND GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST HAVE APPROVAL OF THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR.
SOCWORK 489 SENIOR SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK 1 Units
The course prepares students for future options within the field of social work. Portfolio preparation (including resume) and presentation is emphasized as an essential element of making the transition to careers in the private and public sectors, as well as graduate studies.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 372 WITH A C OR BETTER COREQ: SOCWORK 473
SOCWORK 490 SOCIAL WORK WORKSHOP Repeatable 1-6 Units
Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable. Instructor Consent required.
SOCWORK 491 TRAVEL STUDY Repeatable 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.
SOCWORK 493 SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE Repeatable 3-12 Units
Students are placed in a community agency under the supervision of an experienced social worker. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of agency activities and programs and will assume increasing levels of responsibility as beginning social workers. Attendance at periodic field placement meetings is expected. This course may be taken as a block placement (12 credits) for one semester or summer, or over two semesters at 6 credits per semester. A total of 480 hours in the agency is required in either option. PREREQ: All other required social work courses must be completed, and consent of instructor.
PREREQ: ALL OTHER REQUIRED SOCIAL WORK COURSES MUST BE COMPLETED AND CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR, COMBINED CUMULATIVE GPA OF 2.25 REQUIRED.
SOCWORK 494 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK METHODS Repeatable 3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 371
SOCWORK 496 SPECIAL STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable.
PREREQ: SOCWORK 102 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SOCWORK 497 EXCHANGE STUDY Repeatable 1-12 Units
SOCWORK 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK Repeatable 1-3 Units
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.
SOCWORK 498R INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN SOCIAL WORK - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH Repeatable 1-3 Units
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable
SOCWORK 499 SENIOR HONOR THESIS IN SOCIAL WORK 3 Units
This two semester course must be taken by students in the general honors program. Students explore any topic in the field of social welfare under direction of faculty representing disciplines involved. Students must have invitation from the staff.
PREREQ: SENIOR STATUS