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Social Work

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

The B.S.W. is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The generalist B.S.W. gives students the education and skills necessary to provide direct services to clients in a wide variety of human service settings. Generalist practice social work encompasses all client groups and all levels of service, from individuals to international social policy. This is a professional program involving time and commitment. In addition, professional preparation requires each student to look at his/her values, attitudes, knowledge, and skills. The program at UIS is based on an empowerment model dedicated to the achievement of social justice and human rights for all.

Entrance requirements
An application process is required for admission to the program. Students must first be admitted to UIS and then make separate application to the Social Work Department. Acceptance is based on a combination of previous academic record, personal development, and motivation for service in the field. The admission process can be initiated any time during the year, but applications should be completed during the semester that precedes enrollment. The admission process may include a personal interview with the applicant and a writing sample.

The curricular sequence begins in the fall or spring of each year. Students may be granted permission to enroll in introductory courses before program acceptance, but this does not constitute admission to the program. Because the professional preparation requirements of the Social Work curriculum are extensive, the program urges prospective students to begin this preparation before applying to the B.S.W program. The program requires a liberal arts foundation. Prerequisites include general psychology, sociology/anthropology, political science, and statistics. Students should contact the Social Work Department office for details.

Advising
Majors will be assigned faculty advisors at the time of admission. A student may elect to change that advisor, but the new advisor must be a faculty member in the Social Work Department. Students should consult their advisors each semester before registration.

Major requirements
Every B.S.W student will complete 44 credit hours of core social work courses. This includes eight hours of field work. Students should consult with advisors in the major for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements.

Field work
An essential aspect of professional preparation is the integration of knowledge and skills. This is accomplished primarily through the field work course. This is an intensive 400-hour experience in a social service agency, where a student, under supervision, learns to assess and improve his or her own social work skills. The field work supervisor should be a person holding a degree in social work and must be approved by the program’s field work director. Field work may be taken in one semester, called a block placement. This requires at least 25 hours per week for one semester. Field work may also be taken concurrently. This requires a minimum of 12 hours per week for two semesters. All B.S.W core courses, with the exception of SWK 434 Senior Seminar, must be completed and graded before starting field work. Students on academic probation are ineligible for field work.

Closure procedures
A student must earn a grade of C or better in every Social Work core course to continue in the curriculum and to graduate. If a lower grade is earned, a student may repeat a course or courses, but only once. CR/NC is not available in core courses except field work. Students will be encouraged to complete their degrees within five years. A student should apply through a Student Petition for a leave of absence if he or she will be out more than one semester.

Students must file graduation contracts with their advisors at the beginning of their final semester. All students must consult with their advisors before registering for their last semester to ensure that both UIS and program requirements have been met. Students should consult with advisors in the major for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements. Core courses must be taken in the proper sequential order after the prerequisites are completed.

Major requirements
Core curriculum (44 Hrs.)
SWK 322 Introduction to Social Work 3 Hrs.
SWK 323 Introduction to Social Work – Lab 1 Hr.
SWK 333 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 4 Hrs.
SWK 344 Social Work Practice I 4 Hrs.
SWK 355 Social Welfare Policies and Services 4 Hrs.
SWK 366 Culture, Diversity, and Social Work 4 Hrs.
SWK 377 Social Work Practice II 4 Hrs.
SWK 430 Social Work Research Methods 4 Hrs.
SWK 433 Social Work Practice III 4 Hrs.
SWK 434 Senior Seminar 4 Hrs.
SWK 450 ECCE: Field Work 2-8 Hrs.

Suggested course sequence
First semester
SWK 322 Introduction to Social Work 3 Hrs.
SWK 323 Introduction to Social Work – Lab 1 Hr.
SWK 333 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 4 Hrs.
SWK 344 Social Work Practice I 4 Hrs.

Second semester
SWK 355 Social Welfare Policies and Services 4 Hrs.
SWK 366 Culture, Diversity, and Social Work 4 Hrs.
SWK 377 Social Work Practice II 4 Hrs.

Third semester
SWK 430 Social Work Research Methods 4 Hrs.
SWK 433 Social Work Practice III 4 Hrs.
SWK 434 Senior Seminar 4 Hrs.

Fourth semester
SWK 450 ECCE: Fieldwork 2-8 Hrs.


DEGREES:

Bachelor of Social Work

FACULTY

Larry Livingston, Martin Martsch
Associated Faculty: Eric Hadley-Ives, Anthony Halter, Neil Headman, Carolyn Peck
Emeritus Faculty: Rachell Anderson, Sandra Mills, Michael Townsend, Don Yohe
Adjunct Faculty: Vince Flammini, Janice Whitt

CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 217/206-6687
Email: swk@uis.edu
Website: www.uis.edu/socialwork