2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Work

The Social Work Program is accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education. The Program does not give academic credit for life experience or work experience, or allow such experience to be substituted for the field practicum or the required core courses.

Students must receive a “C” or better in all social work courses and maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all required social work foundation courses.

The Program is organized and implemented without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, ethnic or national origin, handicap, or political or sexual orientation.

Social Work Program Mission

The Social Work Program through its teaching, scholarship, and public service, provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills for competent beginning generalist social work practice in the Northern Great Plains Region.

Social Work Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal Outcome
Within the context of a liberal art perspective, to prepare students to be competent beginning generalist practitioners by grounding them in the knowledge, values and history of social work.Identify as a professional social worker.
To prepare students for practice employment and licensure in the Northern Great Plains Region, and/or entry to a graduate school in social work education.Apply social work ethics to professional practice.
To promote professional growth and life-long learning.Apply critical thinking practice.
Engage diversity and difference in practice.
Advance human rights and social/economic justice.
Use research in practice.
Apply human behavior in the social knowledge in practice.
Engage in policy practice.
Respond to practice contexts.
Apply generalist practice skills when working with individuals and various social systems.

(Council on Social Work Education, 2008 EPAS)

Admission Requirements

Students are required to make application for admission to the social work program. Criteria for admission are as follows:

  1. Successful completion of two social work courses, SWK 256 Development of Social Welfare, and SWK 250 Interpersonal Skills—or their equivalent (as approved by the social work faculty) with a grade of “C” or better. The combined GPA for these two courses must be at least 2.50.
  2. Attainment of Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.
  3. Completion of ENGL 110 College Composition I, ENGL 120 College Composition II, BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology, SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology, PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology, ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics, or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics, and POLS 115 American Government.
  4. Evidence of at least 25 hours volunteer or paid work experience in a community service agency concurrent with SWK 250 Interpersonal Skills.
  5. Social Work students must agree to read and abide by the NASW Code of Ethics and MSU Student Code of Conduct.
  6. Personal statement and essay.

Admission to the Social Work Program occurs twice each academic year. Acceptance into the program is currently based upon the applicant’s GPA, written application,  human service experience, and other personal qualifications.

Once a student has been accepted into the program, the acceptance will expire if the student is not enrolled in any social work courses within five consecutive semesters or at the discretion of the program. This is not including the field practicum.  Evaluating whether the student can continue with his/her social work courses will be the responsibility of the Social Work Program and/or Academic Affairs Committee.

Social Work majors must achieve an overall GPA of 2.00 and a grade of “C” or better in all required social work courses, in which they are enrolled prior to enrolling in SWK 432 Field Education.

The undergraduate social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of this program are eligible for regular membership in the National Association of Social Workers and may also be eligible for advanced standings in many graduate social work programs. The program leads to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.

Bachelor of Social Work

General Education
General Education courses38-40
Social Work majors are required to take the following specific courses as general education requirements:
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Human Nature
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Psychology
Concepts of Biology
Required Core
SWK 250Interpersonal Skills3
SWK 256Development of Social Welfare3
SWK 330Behavior in Pluralistic Society3
SWK 331System Theory and Family Dynamics3
SWK 335Social Work Methods I3
SWK 340Social Welfare Policy3
SWK 401Contemporary Issues with Native American Families3
or SWK 402 N.A. Children & Adolescents
SWK 426Social Work Methods II3
SWK 427Social Work Methods III3
SWK 432Field Education11
SWK 491Senior Seminar3
Required Support Courses
HMS 203Health Care Through the Life Span3
or PSY 252 Child Psychology
or PSY 255 Child & Adolescent Psychology
or PSY 352 Adolescent Psychology
or PSY 379 Psychology of Adult & Aging
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
POLS 115American Government3
PSY 241Introduction to Statistics4
or MATH 210 Elementary Statistics
PSY 270Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 344Dynamics of Addiction3
Social Work or Other Approved Electives3
Select one of the following: 3
Research Methods in Psychology
Social Research Methods
Research Methods in Social Work
Select one of the following:3
American Indian History
Social Movement & Human Right
Select one of the following: 3
Comparative Ethnic Studies
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America
Electives11
Total Hours121-123