Oct 20, 2018  
Catalog 2018-2019 
  
Catalog 2018-2019

Social Work B.S.


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SW Major for students who entered Skidmore prior to Fall 2014

The major leads to a bachelor of science degree. The social work major must successfully complete the following ten courses in social work for a total of 41 credit hours:

 , SW 222 , SW 241 , SW 253 , SW 333 , SW 334 , SW 338 , SW 340 , SW 381 , SW 382 .

WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: All social work majors will fulfill two Writing Enhanced courses: SW 241 and SW 333. The writing requirement prepares students to write effectively for a variety of professional audiences including researchers, clinicians, and supervisors. In these courses, students will:

  1. Develop a feasible research proposal that includes a well-integrated literature review, a thorough description of the selected research methodology, a discussion of the practice/policy implications of the proposed work, and an appropriate data collection instrument (SW 241 ).
     
  2. Develop a clinical portfolio that includes a well-defined learning contract for field work, clear and concise progress notes, an objective and comprehensive psychosocial assessment, and a self-assessment that demonstrates the student's ability to reflect on their work with clients and connect field work to course concepts (SW 333 ).


SW Major - Effective for students who entered Skidmore in Fall 2014 and beyond (Class of 2018 and beyond)

The major leads to a bachelor of science degree. The social work major must successfully complete the following ten courses in social work for a total of 41 credit hours:

 , SW 222 , SW 241 , SW 253 , SW 333 , SW 334 , SW 338 , SW 340 , SW 381 , SW 382 .

LIBERAL ARTS REQUIREMENT FOR SOCIAL WORK MAJORS: In addition to the required courses for the major in social work, students are required to take TWO of the following liberal arts courses from the following list prior to their senior year: PL 101  (meets social science requirement), EC 103  (meets QR2 requirement), EC 104  (meets QR2 requirement), SO 226  (meets QR2 requirement).

WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: All social work majors will fulfill two Writing-enhanced courses: SW 241 and SW 333. The writing requirement prepares students to write effectively for a variety of professional audiences including researchers, clinicians, and supervisors. In these courses, students will:

  1. Develop a feasible research proposal that includes a well-integrated literature review, a thorough description of the selected research methodology, a discussion of the practice/policy implications of the proposed work, and an appropriate data collection instrument (SW 241 );
     
  2. Develop a clinical portfolio that includes a well-defined learning contract for field work, clear and concise progress notes, an objective and comprehensive psychosocial assessment, and a self-assessment that demonstrates the student's ability to reflect on their work with clients and connect field work to course concepts (SW 333 ).
     

Suggested Liberal Arts Courses for Prospective Social Work Majors
Students are encouraged to think carefully about how they approach the liberal arts requirement. A liberal education involves an appreciation of the relationship between the past and the present, an understanding of the social world, and the ability to communicate orally, in writing, and across cultures, as well as reasoning scientifically and quantitatively. Study in the liberal arts produces a deepened sense of self, and most profoundly, a commitment to lifelong learning. Social work practice rests on the liberal arts; the profession depends on broadly educated, reflective practitioners who integrate knowledge and ways of knowing from multiple disciplines, and who are committed to a life of curiosity, inquiry, and learning. Students considering a social work major are encouraged to consider the courses below as they fulfill the liberal arts requirement.

Expository Writing
AM 230 - Born in America 

Quantitative Reasoning

  (fulfills liberal arts requirement for social work wajors)
  (fulfills liberal arts requirement for social work majors)
 
  (fulfills liberal arts requirement for social work majors)

Humanities
 
 
 
 

Natural Science
 
 
 

Social Sciences
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cultural Diversity
 
 
 
 
  



POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Admission: Students must apply for admission to the social work major during their sophomore year. Selection is based on demonstrated academic competence, a willingness to abide by the profession's code of ethics, and suitability for beginning professional practice. Applications for admission are available from social work faculty. Students planning on going abroad should talk with the program director in their first year.

Senior-Year Field Experience: The social work major culminates in a field experience in the spring semester of the senior year. Students must complete all course prerequisites prior to enrolling in the field practicum. In addition, the nature of the field experience requires that the department reserves the right to deny enrollment in the field practicum to any student, if in the judgment of the faculty that student's scholastic or professional preparation for beginning social work practice is insufficient.

Students serve as beginning social workers four days per week for a minimum of 400 hours over the course of the semester. This experience provides them with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in an agency setting. They are integrated into the field experience as regular staff and assume the functions of beginning social work practitioners in such roles as counselors, advocates, and researchers. They receive supervision from agency field instructors and support through ongoing monitoring of the placement by the social work program. Students also meet in a weekly seminar to discuss their field experiences and professional development.
 

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