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Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Required courses: SOWK 200, 201, 301, 302, 303, 305, 307, 330, 340, 350, 370, 390, 501

Sequence of courses: SOWK 200, 201, and 301, 305, and 390 are prerequisites for the social work practice courses.

Related course requirements for social work majors: PSYC 101, SOCL 101; nine hours of social science electives, a three-credit human biology course (ENVS 204, ENS 281, ANTH 101, ANTH 103, ANTH 105 or ANTH 106) and a three-credit statistics course(STAT 103, CRMJ 206, PSYC 304 OR ISOM 241).

Requirements for the Honors Program: Candidates for the honors degree must meet the general requirements for collegiate honors.

University Core Requirements: Loyola undergraduates also are required to fulfill core curriculum requirements.

Requirements for Field Placement:
All students who plan to graduate with a B.S.W. must fulfill the requirement of a one-year practicum in a community agency designed and approved by the School of Social Work.

The application for admission to the social work practicum courses (330 and 340) must be submitted in writing to the director of field practice. A personal interview also is required. Students are not to contact agencies to set up a field placement without approval of the field director. Applications and interviews for the field practicum are scheduled during February and March of each year, and all students planning to begin the practicum must successfully complete the interview and the application process. Students must have satisfactorily completed or anticipate completion of SOWK 200, 201, 301, 305, and 390 prior to the fall of their senior year in order to participate in the application process for the field practicum. Ordinarily, the one-year field is designed as a two-semester (330 and 340), two full days each week, 480 hours a year placement, in which students are required to assume the duties of a professional social worker. The field courses (330 & 340) must each be passed with a grade of "C" or above. If a student receives a grade below "C" in either course, both field courses must be repeated at another field site.


SOWK 200. Introduction to Social Work
(3 cr.) Introduction to the social work profession through the identification of some of the human problems in society and the role of both society and social services in response to the problems discussed. Students have the opportunity to observe several social service agencies and to evaluate current ways in which agencies interpret social problems and administer services.

SOWK 201. Social Welfare Policy and Services I
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or by permission from chairperson
(3 cr.) Analysis of institutional structures of welfare as they relate to social problems. Selected major values and interests in American society are used to analyze the social welfare institution. Students are expected to be able to describe and analyze current social welfare policies and social services, as well as to be familiar with how social welfare and social work have evolved within a historical, societal and political context.

SOWK 301. Social Work Methods I
Prerequisite: SOWK 200; SOWK 201; SOWK 305; SOWK 390; Corequisite: SOWK 330
(3 cr.) Fundamental social work concepts, skills and activities upon which practice methodology is organized. The structure of a generalist's practice methodology is evaluated from its applicability to social problems and in various social service settings. Didactic and experiential learning formats enhance professional development. A full semester of volunteer experience in a social agency is required.

SOWK 302. Social Work Methods II.
Prerequisite: SOWK 301;corequisite SOWK 340.
(3 cr.) Application of methodological principles to practice experience, emphasizing relationship skills, assessment principles, and intervention activities and goals. The active, purposeful and planned participation of both client and worker in the social work process is highlighted, as well as the worker's use of self as the major tool in the helping endeavor.

SOWK 303. Group Process
Prerequisite: SOWK 200 and Senior standing
(3 cr.) Theoretical and practical factors that influence group functioning. Different types of groups and their influence, helpful aspects of group process, group dynamics, stages in group development, planning and implementing a new group, leadership skills, group work in a social services setting, ethical considerations in working with groups; group work with disadvantaged populations.

SOWK 305. Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Prerequisites: Junior standing; SOWK 200; PSYC 101; ANTH 101 or equivalent; or chair's permission.
(3 cr.) This course draws from biological, behavioral and social sciences content. Social systems theory, its applicability to understanding social functioning and the effects of larger systems on human interaction. Human diversity as an integral part of the knowledge base necessary for working with people. Theory and concepts are applied to social work practice.

SOWK 307. Social Welfare Policy and Services II
Prerequisites: SOWK 201, corequisite, SOWK 301; SOWK 330; or chair's permission.
(3 cr.) Social workers within political, organizational and community contexts and their active participation in the implementation of policy and change. Policy skills as related to needs assessment, community analysis, and assessment of organizations as a backdrop to designing alternatives focusing on target populations, levels of intervention, strategy, evaluation and constituencies' expectations.

SOWK 330. Social Work Practice I
Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 201, 301, 305, 390, permission of fieldwork director; corequisite SOWK 301.
(4 cr.) Provides a structured practice experience in a social agency setting where classroom theory is utilized and integrated with beginning practice skills.

SOWK 340. Social Work Practice II
Prerequisite: 330.
(4 cr.) Builds on the practice experience acquired in 330. There is continued emphasis on utilization and integration of theory.

SOWK 350. Integrative Practice Seminar.
Prerequisites: senior standing, SOWK 330; corequisite SOWK 340.
Provides an opportunity to assess and deepen integration of theory from courses and readings with practice experiences. Objectives are to strengthen professional identification and to facilitate the transfer from social work education to professional practice or graduate studies.

SOWK 360. Independent Study
Prerequisite: Junior standing
(1-3 cr.) A course designed for individuals or small groups to focus on selected issues and problems in social work practice beyond the course offerings.

SOWK 361. Special Topics
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
(3 cr.) A survey course on a particular topic such as aging, alcoholism and drug dependency, family process, group process, American Black men: gender, race, and culture.

SOWK 370. Cultural Diversity
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
(3 cr.) An examination of the major economic, social, institutional and political forces which have shaped the experiences and life chances of persons within African, Asian, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Native American cultures. The course will explore the relevance of diversity to social work values and interventions. The concept of social and economic justice in relation to diversity will be explored.

SOWK 390. Introduction to Research Methods
Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 201, Junior standing
(3 cr.) The course is designed to promote the development of a scientific stance and to enable students to acquire a basic knowledge of social work research methods and a beginning competency in using these as tools of generalist practice. A special emphasis is placed on interrelating various aspects of research methodology with tasks of the social worker and on enhancing professional accountability.

SOWK 501 – Human Behavior in Social Environment II
Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 201, 301, 305, 390, Senior standing
(3 cr.)This course focuses on deepening the student's knowledge of human behavior. Maladaptive patterns of adult psychological functioning are examined.


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