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College Administration
Dean April Massey, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Academic Affairs - Lena Walton, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students - James Maiden, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Development, Outreach, Partnerships and Communication - Ms. Kemmell Watson
Office Manager - Ms. Wilma Thompson
Staff Assistant - Mr. Terry D. Best

Social Work

The Social Work program offers a course of study leading to the Bachelor of Social Work degree. The courses are designed to prepare a cadre of professionally competent, ethically based entry level social work generalists who have the skills required to resolve problems in contemporary urban living.

The curriculum focuses on preparing practitioners for multilevel assessment and intervention with the aim of empowering individual groups, families, communities, and organizational systems to overcome challenges. Students are also prepared to contribute to social work research and to address social policy issues through the promotion of social and economic justice. The Social Work Program is accredited at the undergraduate level by the Council on Social Work Education.

Bachelor of Social Work

Total Credit Hours of College-Level Courses Required for Graduation:120

General Education: 33

Course NumberCourse Name 
IGED - 110Foundations of Writing in Arts & Humanities3
IGED - 111Foundations of Writing in the Social and Natl. Sciences3
IGED - 210Discovery of Exploratory Writing in the Arts and Sciences3
IGED - 120Foundations in Quantitative Reasoning I3
IGED - 220Foundations in Quantitative Reasoning II3
IGED - 330Foundations in Oral Communications3
IGED - 250Discovery of Effective Use of Technology3
IGED - 280Service/Civics and Teamwork3
IGED - 391Frontier Exploration Capstone I1
IGED - 392Frontier Exploration Capstone II2
 Foreign Language (two sequential course)6

Pre-professional Foundation: 23

Course NumberCourse Name 
PHIL - 105Introduction to Logic3
URST - 105Introduction to Social Science3
ANTH - 113Introduction to Anthropology3
POLI - 205Introduction to Political Science3
POLI - 206Introduction to American Government3

Select from below for Human Biology Requirement:

Course NumberCourse Name 
BIOL - 101**Biological Science I3
BIOL - 102Biological Science II3
BIOL - 103Biological Science I Lab1
BIOL - 104Biological Science II Lab1
BIOL - 111Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL - 112Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL - 113Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1
BIOL - 114Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II Lab1

Select ONE of the following:

Course NumberCourse Name 
HIST - 279History of the District of Columbia3
GEOG - 105World Cultural Geography3
URST - 106Urbanization of the District of Columbia3

Professional Foundation: 45

Course NumberCourse Name 
SOWK - 292Intro to Critical Thinking and Intensive Writing3
SOWK - 310Social Welfare as a Social Institution I3
SOWK - 311Social Welfare as a Social Institution II3
SOWK - 320Human Behavior and Social Environment I3
SOWK - 321Human Behavior and Social Environment II3
SOWK - 332Social Work Practice I3
SOWK - 333Social Work Practice II3
SOWK - 340Research in Social Welfare I3
SOWK - 341Statistical Lab I1
SOWK - 342Research in Social Welfare II3
SOWK - 343Statistical Lab II1
SOWK - 433Social Work Practice III3
SOWK - 490Practicum I5
SOWK - 491Practicum II5

Required Social Work Electives: 6

Select TWO of the following.

Course NumberCourse Name 
SOWK - 267Theories of Drug Abuse: Prevention and Intervention Strategies3
SOWK - 292Working with Black families in Urban Communities3
SOWK - 292Mental Health Issues in Social Work Practice3
SOWK - 292Contemporary Youth: Risk and Resiliency3
SOWK - 275Ecology of Health, Illness and Aging3
SOWK - 364Concepts of Family and Child Welfare3
General Electives 13

* This course also meets the general education requirement in Philosophy.

** These courses will also meet the general education requirement in Natural Science.

Note: Credit hours in parentheses should be taken to meet general education requirements and have already been counted.

Additional Comments or Requirements:

A grade point average of 2.5 is required in social work courses. A grade of "C" or better in each practicum course is required. Students begin their core social work courses in their junior year.