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  Oct 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: Grade of C or better in required Social Work courses.  Grade of C- or better in required prerequisite courses.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: None.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: 12 credits of SWK 495 over 2 semesters

Contact Information: Kelly Jaksa, Program Coordinator, Rm 107 Social Work Building, 581-2405


The social work major is designed to prepare students for beginning-level generalist professional social work practice in a broad range of social work settings. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Social Work qualifies graduates to sit for the Licensed Social Worker examination in the State of Maine and in many other states.

Social workers help people cope with complex interpersonal and social problems, obtain the resources they need to live with dignity, and work for the social changes necessary to make society more responsive to people’s needs. Based on a strong liberal arts foundation, social work majors acquire the knowledge, skills and values necessary for the professional practice of social work.

Graduates of the program are employed in public and voluntary social agencies in settings such as child and adult protective services, hospitals, mental health centers, schools, correctional institutions, nursing homes and many others. Bachelor of Science in Social Work graduates are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing in many graduate programs in social work. Advanced standing gives graduate course credit for work completed in the undergraduate social work program, thus shortening the time needed to complete the requirements for the Master of Social Work degree.

The undergraduate curriculum in Social Work builds upon a solid liberal arts foundation with courses in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policies and issues, social work research, social work practice and field instruction. During the junior and senior years, students complete internships in programs such as child protective services, medical social work, adolescent pregnancy prevention services, geriatric social work, community mental health services, and community organization. Sequencing of courses which are a prerequisite for enrollment into the Junior Year Field Experience is important.

Requirements:

The School of Social Work requires a 2.0 overall GPA.

Prerequisites


Applicants should be able to use a basic word-processing computer program.
Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience cannot be given in lieu of the senior field practicum or professional foundation courses.
The following courses are a prerequisite for enrolling in the practice sequence:

Requirements For the Social Work Major


In addition to the courses which are required for enrollment into the Social Work practice sequence the following courses must be completed in order to earn the B.S. in Social Work degree:

Ethics


In addition to academic expectations, Social Work students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior consistent with the ethics of the Social Work profession as reflected in the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Behavior contrary to these standards will be cause for review of the student’s admission to or continuation in the Social Work major.

Behavior


Because the role of the social worker involves helping people from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of problems, it is important that Social Work students have the emotional and psychological resources to render effective assistance to those in need. After admission to the major, students who demonstrate behaviors which suggest that their own difficulties are not sufficiently resolved to be able to help and support others at this time may be asked to seek professional help or to withdraw from the program.

Admission to the Practice Sequence


In the fall semester of the junior year, students must apply for permission to enroll in the first course of the Practice Sequence, SWK 361 - Generalist Social Work Practice I. To be admitted to the practice sequence, a student must have completed the social work prerequisites and/or be currently enrolled in any not yet completed. For full acceptance into the sequence, the student must have achieved a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Application forms are distributed in September and may be obtained from the School of Social Work. Completed application packets are due on or before October 15 of the student’s junior year. Only complete applications packets are reviewed by the B.S. in Social Work Admissions Committee.

Field Practicum


Study for the Social Work major includes courses in theory, research, and practice. Study culminates during the senior year in a 400-hour supervised practicum in a social agency. In the practicum, students refine and integrate their academic knowledge and practice skills. Prior to the field practicum, students must complete the junior level field experience (SWK 395).

Graduation Requirements


A grade of “C-” or better is mandatory in all prerequisite courses, a grade of “C” in all required courses, and a grade point average of 2.50 or higher must be maintained. Students must conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.

Master of Social Work Program


The School of Social Work offers graduate study leading to the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree (see Graduate School online catalog for more information).

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Social Work


Social work courses listed following an asterisk (*) must be taken during the semester indicated.

First Year-First Semester


First Year-Second Semester


Second Year-First Semester


Second Year-Second Semester


  • Application Science - Credits: 3
  • General Education - Mathematics - Credits: 3
  • PSY 241 or MAT 232

Third Year-First Semester


* SWK 350, 395, and 491 must be taken during this semester.

Third Year-Second Semester


* SWK 351, 361, 395, and 440 must be taken during this semester.

Fourth Year-First Semester


* SWK 462, and 495 must be taken during this semester.

Fourth Year-Second Semester


* SWK 463, and 495 must be taken during this semester.

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