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

Degree Requirements

  • 120 total hours of course work including 12 hours of field practicum
    • 51 Social Welfare hours including SW 220 or equivalent
    • 44 hours of general education requirements
    • 25 hours of electives
  • KU cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Grade-point average of 2.5 in required social work courses
  • 30 hours in residence at KU in final year
  • 69 general education hours

Curriculum

TAB: Freshman/Sophomore

SW 220 Social Work, Social Welfare and U.S. Society
An introduction to the field of social welfare and its relationship to the social work profession, charged with carrying out its primary missions. Specific social welfare policies will be analyzed, particularly as those policies affect individuals and families in need. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MW 03:00-04:15 PM SUM 427 - LAWRENCE
3 63361

The School of Social Welfare requires students to take SW 220 prior to or in the first semester of the B.S.W. program.

English
  • ENGL 101 Composition
  • ENGL 102 Critical Reading & Writing (or ENGL 105 Honors)
  • One additional English course
    ENGL 203 Topics in Reading & Writing
    ENGL 209 Intro to Fiction
    ENGL 210 Intro to Poetry
    ENGL 211 Intro to the Drama
Speech Communications
  • COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication
Mathematics
  • MATH 101 College Algebra
U.S. Cultural Studies
  • One of the following courses
    AAAS 306 Black Experience in US Since Emancipation
    AMS 100 Understanding America
    AMS 110 The American People
    AMS 290 Religion in American Society
    AMS 330 The American Society
    (same as SOC 330)
    AMS 450 The American Experience
    AMS 696 Gay and Lesbian Culture in America
    HIST 128 History of the US through the Civil War
    HIST 129 History of the US after the Civil War
    HIST 373 The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the US
    (same as REL 373)
    HIST 530 History American Women – Colonial Times to 1870
    (same as AMS 510 or WGSS 510)
    HIST 531 History American Women – 1870 to Present
    (same as AMS 511 and WGSS 511)
    HIST 616 Contemporary America 1941 to Present
    PHIL 160 Introduction to Ethics
    POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
    (also meets Political Science requirement)
    POLS 611 Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
    REL 171 Varieties of Religious Experience in America Past and Present
    SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values
    WGSS 201 US Women Today: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
    WGSS 396 Women and Legislature
Western Civilization
  • HWC 204 Western Civilization I (includes LA&S 250 Western Civilization I)
    OR
  • HWC 205 Western Civilization II (includes LA&S 252 Western Civilization II)
Intercultural Studies
Child and Adolescent Development
  • ABSC 160 Intro to Child Behavior & Development
    OR
  • PSYC 333 Child Development
Biology
  • BIOL 100/102 Principles of Biology/Lab
    OR
  • BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Economics
  • ECON 104 Introduction to Economics
Political Science
  • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
    (also meets U.S. Cultural Studies requirement)
Psychology
  • PSYC 104 General Psychology
Sociology
  • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology

NOTE: Other courses not contained on the Master List may meet a distribution requirement; careful review of the syllabus for the course must be completed and written permission granted by the B.S.W. Director. It is strongly encouraged that you seek approval prior to taking a course.

TAB: Junior Year

Fall

SW 530 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
A study of theoretical frameworks for understanding human behavior. The theories include the developmental stages across the life cycle, abnormal behavior compared to normal, analysis of family and societal processes and their effects on the individual, and individual behavior in relation to social class, ethnicity, and cultural background. Junior social work classification required. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

SW 540 Fundamentals of Social Work Research
An examination of the basic concepts and principles of scientific inquiry as applied to the social work profession's quest for and utilization of knowledge. Positivistic and naturalistic methods of inquiry are covered. Other content includes conceptualization, operationalization, sample design, ethics, and culturally sensitive research practice. Junior social work classification required. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

SW 555 Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice: Culturally Competent Social Work
This course will provide the conceptual, theoretical and empirical knowledge base related to difference, oppression, social justice and empowerment. This knowledge is necessary for culturally competent social work practice in a multicultural society. Junior social work classification required. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

Spring

SW 510 Fundamentals of Social Work Practice
Introduces the basic concepts of social work practice including the focus and context of practice, the nature of a social work relationship; basic skills and techniques common to practice such as interviewing, engagement, information gathering, etc. Introduction to problem solving and social work roles. Prerequisite: SW 530, SW 540, and SW 555. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
Tu 12:30-03:10 PM BL 211 - LAWRENCE
3 65748
LEC
Tu 12:30-03:10 PM BL 111 - LAWRENCE
3 63363
LEC
Th 03:20-06:00 PM BL 211 - LAWRENCE
3 69242
LEC
Tu 03:00-05:40 PM RC 215 - EDWARDS
3 65448

SW 532 Community and Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior
An analysis of community and organizational life with emphasis on human behavior dynamics. Systems operation and change are considered and related to social functioning, especially as it impinges on social welfare objectives. Junior social work classification required. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
Tu 08:10-10:50 AM FR 113 - LAWRENCE
3 65158
LEC
Tu 12:30-03:10 PM FR 113 - LAWRENCE
3 63921
LEC
Th 12:30-03:10 PM FR 113 - LAWRENCE
3 63364
LEC
Th 03:00-05:40 PM REGN 154 - EDWARDS
3 64977

SW 541 Social Work Research Seminar
Focus is on applying material learned in SW 540 to the critique of empirical work in the social work arena and to the development of a proposal for a practice-based research project. Emphasis on assessing relevance of research to special populations. Content on the interpretation of graphs, tables, and statistical measures provided. Prerequisite: SW 540. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Banerjee, Mahasweta
Tu 03:20-06:00 PM BL 210 - LAWRENCE
3 63365
LEC Matejkowski, Jason
Tu 03:20-06:00 PM SUM 413 - LAWRENCE
3 63920
LEC Malousek, Jason
Th 08:10-10:50 AM BL 210 - LAWRENCE
3 66779
LEC Etzel-Wise, Diane
Th 06:10-08:50 PM RC 100 - EDWARDS
3 65449

TAB: Senior Year

Fall

SW 601 Field Practicum
Students are assigned to social service agencies that provide generalist practice opportunities under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. This provides students with the opportunity to apply and test social work knowledge, values, and skills within an approved practice setting in order to gain competency as beginning social workers. This course is taken for two semesters (fall-spring), with credit being given only after completion of the second semester. Enrollment in this course must be concurrent with enrollment in SW 610 and SW 612. FLD.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Marsh, Jennie
Carney, Michelle
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
6 63366
FLD Marsh, Jennie
Carney, Michelle
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
6 65750

Field Education: B.S.W. students have one practicum placement during the senior year, concurrent with enrollment in the practice courses. Senior B.S.W. students attend classes 2 days a week and field practicum 2 days a week throughout fall and spring semesters. Seniors spend a minimum of 480 clock hours in practicum. Practicum is a 12-credit-hour, year-long course graded on an S/U basis. A satisfactory (S) grade is a requirement for the B.S.W. degree. At the end of the first semester, a grade of P is given for satisfactory progress toward completion of the course. No credit is given for partial completion (fewer than 12 credit hours) of practicum. Learn more about Field Education.

SW 610 Social Work Practice Seminar I
Focuses on learning and implementing the problem-solving and interaction models of practice to be applied to individuals, families, and small groups. Concurrent with SW 601, practicum; students bring issues with clients to class for discussion. Open only to BSW seniors. Prerequisite: SW 510. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

SW 620 Social Policies and Program Analysis
Conceptual models for the analysis of social welfare problems and policies are developed. The frameworks are applied to the problem of poverty and major policies and programs developed to cope with that problem. In addition the model is used to examine social welfare problems/needs being addressed in the students' practicum agencies. The focus throughout is on the understanding and application of analytic framework. Open only to BSW seniors. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

Two of the following courses:

SW 630 Topics in Social Work Practice: Antisocial, Aggressive Behavior in Childhood and Early Adolescence
This course explores the theories and methods related to practice with children whose behavior is disruptive, oppositional, aggressive, or otherwise antisocial. Emphasis is placed on using protective and risk factors to design appropriate interventions. Open only to BSW seniors. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

SW 631 Topics in Social Work Practice: Intimate Partner Violence
This course provides students with a beginning understanding of intimate partner violence including definitions, prevalence, theoretical frameworks, dynamics, and consequences for the individual, the family, the community and society. Students will develop skills required to assess, intervene, and prevent domestic violence cases. Open only to BSW seniors. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

SW 632 Topics in Social Work Practice: Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice
This course will offer BSW students a very basic understanding of concepts associated with social work practice with people who confront challenges with alcohol and other drugs. Students will learn about substance abuse problems currently prevalent, recognize behavior related to substance abuse disorders and applicability of generalist social work practice models in developing interventions. Open only to BSW seniors LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

SW 633 Topics in Social Work Practice: Crisis Intervention
This course will provide undergraduate social work students with a basic introduction to crisis intervention, including theoretical models, the evolution and use of crisis theory and the design of interventions across a broad range of crisis situations. Open only to BSW seniors. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

Spring

SW 601 Field Practicum
Students are assigned to social service agencies that provide generalist practice opportunities under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. This provides students with the opportunity to apply and test social work knowledge, values, and skills within an approved practice setting in order to gain competency as beginning social workers. This course is taken for two semesters (fall-spring), with credit being given only after completion of the second semester. Enrollment in this course must be concurrent with enrollment in SW 610 and SW 612. FLD.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Marsh, Jennie
Carney, Michelle
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
6 63366
FLD Marsh, Jennie
Carney, Michelle
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
6 65750

SW 612 Social Work Practice Seminar II
Second of two-course sequence extends the work begun in SW 610. Examines interventive strategies applicable to practice with larger systems. Models of community organization and community development are presented. Concurrent with SW 601, practicum; students work on individualized, agency-related projects. Prerequisite: SW 610. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lassmann, Heather
M 03:20-06:00 PM BL 111 - LAWRENCE
3 64683
LEC Ramirez, Laurie
M 03:20-06:00 PM BL 211 - LAWRENCE
3 63367
LEC Liebling, Stephanie
Th 03:00-05:40 PM RC 108 - EDWARDS
3 65751

SW 621 Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy
The course builds on SW 620 using the conceptual models to examine a range of social welfare problems/needs, policies and programs. Emphasis is on advancing student's understanding and skills for using the analytic framework and building policy advocacy skills. Attention given to the role of social workers in the legislative process for shaping social welfare policies. Prerequisite: SW 620. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
M 12:30-03:10 PM BL 210 - LAWRENCE
3 63369
LEC
M 12:30-03:10 PM BL 111 - LAWRENCE
3 64684
LEC
Tu 06:10-08:50 PM RC 215 - EDWARDS
3 65753

SW 623 Seminar in Professional Issues
Seminar in the philosophy, values, and issues in contemporary social work and social welfare. Seminar will address areas such as conception of professional and professionalism, ethics and values, standards, licensing, and professional regulation, accountability and professional responsibility. Senior social work classification is required. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
M 08:10-10:50 AM BL 211 - LAWRENCE
3 63371
LEC
M 08:10-10:50 AM BL 209 - LAWRENCE
3 65160
LEC
Th 06:10-08:50 PM RC 215 - EDWARDS
3 65754


Questions?

Ashley Anguiano Gomez
Recruitment Coordinator Lawrence Campus
785-864-4768
aagomez@ku.edu

Jody Johnson
Academic Success Coach, Edwards Campus BSW Program
913-897-8609
To make a student appointment: 913-897-8539
jodyj@ku.edu

Mahasweta Banerjee
BSW Program Director

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