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Baccalaureate of Social Work Program
Dr. Shonda Lawrence 
Program Director  
Phone: 404-880-8506

The Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) Program affirms the Institution and the School’s mission as approved by the Board of Trustees and stated in the Undergraduate Catalogue as follows:

The mission of the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work BSW Program is to prepare generalist social work practitioners with a broad range of knowledge and skills to advocate on behalf of culturally diverse at risk populations in a global setting.

The School and the program utilizes an Afrocentric, 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 on a liberal arts base and is guided by humanistic values.  Faculty ensures that graduates are prepared to recognize and impact social and economic injustice issues at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

The Program’s mission embraces not only the Institution and the School’s mission; it is consistent with the purpose of the social work profession to promote human and community well-being. The program is also guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work’s purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons.  Both the School and the BSW Program seek to increase the work force of generalist social workers engaging in accountability, empirically based practice, knowledge building and sharing of their own practice wisdom. 


Vision

The Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work Baccalaureate Program will prepare generalist social work practitioners with the appropriate practice and research skills, enabling effective responses to societal and economic issues faced by diverse populations.

The Baccalaureate Social Work Program has four goals, which reflect the stated mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work and Clark Atlanta University, and are consistent with the purposes, values and ethics of the social work profession.  The BSW program goals build on and integrate a liberal arts foundation.  The goals listed below reflect content from the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards core competencies for baccalaureate social work degree programs. 


BSW Program Goals

The Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Baccalaureate Social Work Program has four goals, which reflect the stated mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work BSW Program at Clark Atlanta University. The goals embrace each other and specific generalist knowledge and skills that students are expected to synthesize and apply in practice.  Thus, the goals of the BSW Program are designed to: 

Goal 1: Prepare students for 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, sex, 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 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 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 Outcomes:

Upon completion of the BSW Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


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)

FRESHMAN YEAR

First Semester (16 hours)

CBIO 101

Biological Science (3)

CENG 105 

College Composition I (3)

CGED 100

First-Year Seminar I (1)

CMAT 104 Algebra or Higher (3)
CPSC 106 Politics and Global Issues (3)
CCIS 100 Information Technology and Computer Applications (3)


Second Semester (16 hours)

CENG 106 English Composition II (3)
CGED 101 First-Year Seminar II (3)
CPSY 211 General Psychology (3)
CHIS 201 U.S. Africa and the World History I (3)
CSCJ 215 Introduction to Sociology (3)
CFLS 101/201 Foreign Language Requirement  I (3)



SOPHOMORE YEAR

First Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 200 Introduction to Social Work (3)
CENG 201/202 Introduction to World Literature I or II (3)
CREL/CPH I 105  Religion/ Philosophy Requirement (3) 
Open Elective  (3)
Open Elective  (3)


Second Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 202 Introduction to Professional Helping & Ethics (3)
CFLS 102/202 Foreign Language Requirement II (3)

CBUS250/CECO250

Personal Finance or Principles of Economics (3)

CHUM XXX Humanities Requirement (3) 
Open Elective Humanities Elective (3)


JUNIOR YEAR

First Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 401 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)
CUSW 403 Practice Competencies I (3)
CUSW 333 Writing for Social Work (3)
CUSW 411 Social Work and Social Philosophy (3)
CUSW  SW Elective (3)


Second Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 300 Social Welfare Policy (3)
CUSW 301 Social Research Methods for Social Work Practice I (3)
CUSW 402 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3)
CUSW 404 Practice Competencies II (3)
CUSW  SW Elective (3)


SENIOR YEAR

First Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 360 Interpersonal Skills Laboratory (3)
CUSW 415   Issues of Child Welfare; Abuse (3)
CUSW 302 Statistics for Social Research II (3)
CUSW   SW Elective (3)
CUSW SW Elective (3)


Second Semester (15 hours)

CUSW 405   Field Instruction (12) 
CUSW 406   Field Seminar (3) 
CUSW 499 Independent Study (Optional) (0-3) 

 

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