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BSW Program

    School of Social Work
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    (404) 880-8311
    Baccalaureate of Social Work Program
    (BSW Program)

The mission of the baccalaureate of social work (BSW) program at the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work is to prepare undergraduate students who have a heightened sense of social consciousness for entry-level generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The School utilizes an autonomous social work practice model to prepare culturally competent practitioners capable of intervening and working with systems of all sizes and resolving problems that particularly affect African-American children, families, and males within the context of family and community. The curriculum is built upon a liberal arts base that integrates an Afrocentric perspective guided by humanistic values. Graduates are prepared to address social and economic justice issues at the local, regional, national and international level.

Social work is concerned with the interaction between people and their environment. Social workers deal directly with people to prevent or resolve problems which inhibit growth and development. Social work practice includes work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The Undergraduate Program in Social Work is structured to provide students with the opportunity to develop a broad background in social and behavioral sciences. Theoretical knowledge of human behavior, practice, policy, research and a field practicum are integral components of the curriculum. The development and modification of social policy, practice skills in interviewing, research, and methods of intervention are required social work courses that prepare students for social work generalist practice. In addition to the required courses in the major, students are expected to gain practical experience through a field practicum in a social work agency during their senior year.

The BSW program prepares majors for professional entry-level practice in social work, or for graduate studies. Professionally, graduates can expect to enter careers in a variety of private or public agencies and organizations. Employment opportunities are available in halfway houses, child welfare services, services to the aged, drug abuse centers, community development, group homes serving adolescents and children, mental health centers, probation and parole departments, departments of public welfare, and hospitals.

The Undergraduate Program has identified six goals which reflect the stated mission of the School of Social Work and the University, and are consistent with the purpose, values and ethics of the social work profession. The program goals build on, and integrate a liberal arts foundation. The goals also embrace the depth, breadth and specific knowledge and skills that students are expected to synthesize and apply in practice. The goals are as follows:

  • To prepare students for beginning generalist professional practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations and communities;
  • To prepare students to develop a professional identity that will incorporate the values and ethics of the social work profession;
  • To prepare students for practice with diverse groups;
  • To prepare students as beginning social work generalists who link social research and social service practice;
  • To prepare students for lifelong learning and critical thinking through an educational process combining a liberal arts foundation with professional social work education; and
  • To prepare students for graduate education in social work.

The BSW Program institutionalizes its vision through the following goals and objectives:

BSW Program Goals:

Goal 1: Prepare students for beginning entry-level generalist practice with diverse groups without discrimination and with respect, knowledge of age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religious, sexual orientation and the relationships between human behavior and the social environment across the lifespan which incorporates the Afrocentric perspective and the values and ethics of the social work profession.

Goal 2: Prepare students as entry-level social work generalists who link social research and social service practice by applying research findings to practice, and by evaluating their own practice.

Goal 3: Prepare students for entry-level generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.

Goal 4: Prepare students for lifelong learning and critical thinking through an educational process that combines a liberal arts foundation with professional social work education and prepares them for graduate education in social work.

BSW Program Objectives:

1) Apply strategies and skills of change to promote effective, just, and responsive service resource systems.

2) Understand the nature of oppression and discrimination and strategies of change that advance social and economic justice.

3) Use and apply knowledge of an Afrocentric perspective to understand bio-psycho-social and spiritual variables that affect individual development and behaviors across the lifespan and the interactions among and between individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

4) Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work knowledge and practice skills with systems of all sizes and systematically evaluate their practice.

5) Use communication skills appropriate to interacting with a variety of diverse populations, colleagues, and members of the community.

6) Apply theoretical frameworks to assess individual, interpersonal, and interorganizational behaviors in families, groups, organizations, and communities.

7) Acknowledge the importance of lifelong learning to continue professional growth and development.

8) Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, utilizing information technology and with appropriate supervision advocate for organizational change.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Undergraduate Program in Social Work is a four-stage process consisting of:

  • Admission to the University;
  • Formal declaration of an interest in social work and completion of an Undergraduate Social Work application;
  • Successful completion of the first two professional Social Work courses with a grade of "C" or better (CUSW 200 - Introduction to Social Work and CUSW 202 Introduction to Professional Helping); and
  • Completion of an interview with one or more Social Work Program faculty for admission to the Program.

All transfer students must contact faculty in the Social Work Program prior to, or no later than, the registration period. The Undergraduate Program in Social Work does not give credit for life experience or previous work experience under any circumstances. All graduating students from Clark Atlanta University must take field instruction and field seminar.

Degree Requirements:

The degree offered by the Undergraduate Program in Social Work is the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). The Program requires the following courses in addition to the University Core Requirements:

Baccalaureate Social Work Program Curriculum
(Graduation Requirements-123 Credit Hours)

First Semester (16/17 hours)

CENG 105 English Composition I (3)
CMAT 103 or 105 College Algebra or Pre-Calculus I (3)
CBIO 101 or 111 Biological Science or General Biology (3/4)
CPSC 105 Politics and Global Issues (3)
CSTA 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
CGED 100 First Year Seminar (1)

Second Semester (16/17 hours)
CENG 106 English Composition II (3)
CMAT 104 or 106 College Algebra or Pre-Calculus II (3)
CPHY 104/L or CBIO 112 Earth Science (3) or General Biology (3/4)
CPSY 211 General Psychology (3)
CCIS 100 Info. Tech. and Computer Applications (3)
CGED C101 First Year Seminar (1)

First Semester (15 hours)
_______ Foreign Language (3)
CHIS 201 U.S., Africa and World I (3)
CUSW 200  Introduction to Social Work (3) 
CSCJ 215 Introduction to Sociology (3)
CECO 250 Principles of Economics (3)

Second Semester (16 hours)
_______ Foreign Language (3)
CHIS 202 U.S., Africa and World II (3)
CENG 201 World Literature (3)
CUSW 202  Introduction to Professional Helping (3) 
C_______ Humanities Elective (3)
CPED 101 Physical Education (1)

First Semester (15 hours)
CUSW 301 Statistics and Methods of Social Research I (3)
CUSW 350 Issues of Health Disparities Among Minority Populations (3)
CUSW 360 Interpersonal Skills (3)
CUSW 411 Social Work and Social Philosophy (3)
CPHI 105 Critical Thinking/Religion (3)

Second Semester (15 hours)
CUSW 360 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3)
CUSW 302 Statistics and Methods of Social Research II (3)
CUSW 412 Mental Health with Diverse Groups (3)
CUSW 413 Child Welfare Program and Services (3)
C_______ Open Elective (3)

First Semester (15 hours)
CUSW 401 Human Behavior I (3)
CUSW 403   Practice Competency I (3)
CUSW 405/S Field Instruction/Seminar I (6)
CUSW 415  Issues of Child Welfare (Abuse, Neglect and Investigations) (3)

Second Semester (15 hours)
CUSW 402   Human Behavior II (3) 
CUSW 404   Practice Competency II (3) 
CUSW 406  Field Instruction/Seminar II (6) 
CUSW 416 Social Work w/Aged (3)

BSW Catalog