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Bachelor of Social Work Educational Requirements

Undergraduate students who are admitted as degree - seeking students will be required to complete the campus - wide General Education program prior to graduation with a baccalaureate degree.

The BSW degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. This includes 42 - 45 hours of general/supportive liberal arts courses and 52 credit hours in social work courses. The remainders of credits are completed through the selection of electives and meeting genera l education requirements. Students in the BSW program must successfully complete all freshman, sophomore, and junior social work courses and achieve senior standing before enrolling the senior year coursework. The School of Social Work requirements sometimes overlap with the GenEd requirements for the IUSB campus.

I. Fundamental Literacies

A. English Composition/Writing : (shared social work and General Ed requirement) (1 course)

  • ENG W 131 Elementary Composition 1
  • ENG W 140 Elementary Composition - Honors

B. Critical Thinking : (1 course)

  • ENG W 270 Argumentative Writing
  • HPSC X 200 Scientific Reasoning
  • PHIL P 105 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL P 110 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL P 150 Elementary Logic
  • PHIL P 250 Introductory Symbolic Logic
  • POLS Y 201 Controversies in United States Politics
  • PSY P 211 Methods of Experimental Psychology
  • SPCH S 228 Argumentation and Debate

C. Oral Communication : (1 course)

  • SPCH S 121 Public Speaking

D. Visual Literacy : (1 course)

  • CMLT C 190 An Introduction to Film
  • CMLT C 293 History of the Motion Picture I
  • CJUS P 424 Crime Mapping and Geographic Information Systems
  • EDUC W 200 Using Computers in Education
  • ENG W 367 Writing for Multiple Media
  • FINA A 109 Ways of Seeing: Visual Literacy
  • INFO I 310 Multimedia Arts and Technology
  • JO UR J 210 Visual Communication
  • NURS S 485 Professional Growth and Empowerment
  • THTR T 228 Design for the Theatre

E. Quantitative Reasoning : (1 course)

  • CJUS K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis
  • MATH K 300 Statistical Techniques for Health Professions
  • MATH K 310 Statistical Techniques
  • MATH M 111 Mathematics in the World
  • MATH M 115 Precalculus and Trigonometry (5cr.)
  • MATH M 118 Finite Mathematics
  • MATH M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
  • MATH M 125 Precalculus Mathematics
  • MATH M 126 Trigonometric Functions
  • MATH M 2 08 Technical Calculus I
  • MATH M 209 Technical Calculus II
  • MATH M 215 Calculus I
  • MATH 216 Calculus II
  • NURS H 355 Data Analysis/Practice and Research
  • SOC S 351 Social Statistics

F. Information Literacy : (1 course)

  • COAS Q 110 Introduction to Information Literacy (1 cr.)

G. Computer Literacy : ( 1 course)

  • BUS K 201 The Computer in Business
  • CSCI A 106 Introduction to Computing
  • CSCI A 107 Advanced Micro computing (4 cr.)
  • CSCI A 201 Introduction to Programming (4 cr.)
  • CSCI C 101 Computer Programming I
  • CSCI C 201 Computer Programming II
  • FINA P 273 Computer Art and Design I
  • INFO I 101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr.)
  • INFO I 210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr.)
  • INFO I 211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr.)
  • MUS T 120 Computer Skills for Musicians

II. Common Core Courses – Contemporary Social Values : (3 courses) One course from each of the following three areas, totaling at least (6 cr.) 1) Non - Western cultures; 2) Diversity in the U.S. Society; and 3) Health and Wellness, plus English W231 Professional Writing Skills (Social Work requirement)

A. Non - Western Cultures

  • ANTH A 250 Anthropology in the Modern World
  • ANTH A 385 topics in Anthropology
  • ANTH E 105 Culture and Society
  • ANTH E 300 Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups
  • ANTH E 310 Introduction to the Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH E 320 Indians of North America
  • ANTH E 321 Peoples of Mexico
  • ANTH E 323 Indians of Indiana
  • ANTH E 335 Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica
  • ANTH E 365 Women and Power
  • ANTH E 391 Women in Developing Countries
  • ANTH E 397 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • ANTH E 402 Gender in Cross - Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH P 398 The Rise of Civilization
  • EALC E 271 Twentieth Century Japanese Culture
  • HIST C 391 History of Medieval Near East
  • HIST G 300 Issues in Asian History
  • HIST G 358 Early Modern Japan
  • HIST G 369 Modern Japan
  • HIST H 207 Modern East Asian Civilization
  • HIST H 237 Traditional East Asian Civilization
  • HIT W 300 Issues in World History
  • MUS M 375 Survey of Ethnic and Pop Music of the World
  • PHIL P 283 Non Western Philosophy
  • PHIL P 374 Early Chinese Phi losophy
  • POLS Y 107 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS Y 109 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS Y 324 Women and Politics
  • POLS Y 330 Central American Politics
  • POLS Y 337 Latin American Politics
  • POLS Y 343 The Politics of International Develo pment
  • REL R 153 Religions of Asia
  • SOC S 362 World Societies and Cultures
  • SOC S 460p Topics in Non - Western Cultures
  • SPAN S 275 Hispanic Culture and Conversation
  • TEL R 404 Topical Seminar in Telecommunications
  • WGS E 391 Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS W 30 1 International Perspectives on Women
  • WGS W 400 Topics in Women's Studies

B. Diversity in United States Society

  • AFAM A 150 Survey of the Culture of Black Americans
  • ANTH A 460 Topics in Anthropology
  • ANTH E 380 Urban Anthropology
  • CMLT C 253 Third World and Black American Films
  • EDUC H 340 Education and American Culture
  • ENG E 110 Diversity in U.S. Literature
  • ENG L 370 Recent Black American Writing
  • ENG L 379 American Ethnic and Minority Literature
  • HIST A 100 Issues in United States History
  • HIST A 352 History of Latinos in the United States
  • HIST A 355 African American History I
  • HIST A 356 African American History II
  • HIST H 105 American History I
  • HIST H 106 American History II
  • HIST H 260 History of Women in the United States
  • LSTU L 110 Introduction to Labor Studie s: Labor and Society
  • LSTU L 390 Topics in Labor Studies
  • POLS Y 327 Gender Politics in the United States
  • POLS Y 329 Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States
  • PSY P 391 Psychology of Gender and Ethnicity
  • REL R 160 Religion and American Culture
  • SOC S 16 3 Social Problems
  • SOC S 306 Urban Society
  • SOC S 316 The Family
  • SOC S 317 Social Stratification
  • SOC S 335 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC S 338 Sociology of Gender Roles
  • SOC S 360 Topics in Social Policy
  • SWK S 102 Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
  • WGS H 260 History of American Women
  • WGS P 391 Psychology of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
  • WGS S 338 Sociology of Gender Roles
  • WGS W 100 Gender Studies
  • WSG W 201 Women in Culture - Introduction to Women's Studies

C. Health and Wellness

  • EDUC M 359 Health and Wellness for Teachers (2 cr.)
  • HPER E 190 Yoga I (1cr.)
  • HPER N 220 Nutrition for Health
  • MUS X 070 University Choral Ensembles (1 - 2 cr.)
  • NURS B 108 Personal Health and Wellness (1 - 3 cr.) (only open to Nursing students)
  • NURS B 109 Personal Health and Wellness (1 cr.)
  • NUR S B 233 Health and Wellness
  • THTR D 110 Social Dance (2 cr.)
  • THTR D 111 Introduction to Latin Dance (2 cr.)
  • THTR D 115 Modern Dance I (2 cr.)
  • THTR D 120 Ballet I (2 cr.)
  • THR D 130 Flamenco I (2 cr.)
  • THTR D 140 Jazz Dance
  • THTR D 150 Middle Eastern Dance I (2 cr.)
  • THTR D 215 Modern Dance II ( 2 cr.)
  • THTR D 220 Ballet II (2 cr.)
  • THTR D 230 Flamenco Dance II (2 cr.)
  • THTR D 240 Jazz Dance II (2 cr.)
  • THTR D 250 Middle Eastern Dance II (2 cr.)

III. Common Core Courses: Four courses from each of the following four areas. One must be completed at the 300 level. The 300 level Common Core courses may have as prerequisite the completion of one or more of the fundamental Literacy Requirements, and, in some cases, other pre requisites may also apply.

  • The Natural World: N190; N390
  • Human Behavior and Social Institutions: B190; B399
  • Literary and Intellectual Traditions: T190; T390
  • Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity: A190; A399

IV. Electives: 20 hours

V. Social & Historical Studies : 3 courses for Social Work (9 cr.)

  • HIST H 106 American History II
  • POLS 103 Introduction to American Politics
  • SOC S 161 Introduction to Sociology

VI. Social Work supportive area requirements: (3 courses/ 9 cr)

  • PSY P 103 Introductory Psychology II
  • Any 300 level Psychology course
  • Any Biology class

VII. Social Work Required Courses: (16 courses/52 cr.) Sample Curriculum

  • SWK S 102 Understanding Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
  • SWK S 141 Introduction to Social
  • SWK S 221 Human Behavior and Development in the Social Environment
  • SWK S 251 History and Analysis of Social Welfare Policy
  • SWK S 322 Small Group Theory and Practice
  • SWK S 331 Generalist Social Work Practice I: Theory and Skills
  • SWK S 332 Generalist Social Work Practice II: Theory and Skills
  • SWK S 352 Social Service Delivery Systems
  • SWK S 371 Social Work Research (Junior standing, according to the BSW Curriculum)
  • SWK S 401 Integrative Practicum Seminar I
  • SWK S 402 Integrative Practicum Seminar II
  • SWK S 4233 Organizational Theory and Practice
  • SWK S 433 Community Behavior and Practice within a Generalist Perspective
  • SWK S 442 Practice Policy Seminar in Field of Practice
  • SWK S 472 Practice Evaluation
  • SWK S 481 Social Work Practicum I (guided field experience 15 hours per week)
  • SWK S 482 Social Work Practicum II (guided field experience 20 hours per week)