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College Administration
Dean - April Massey, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Academic Affairs - Lena Walton, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students - La Tanya Rogers, Ph.D.
Office Manager - Ms. Wilma Thompson
Receptionist - 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 program aims to develop social work generalists who understand and appreciate social practice. They will also possess a body of knowledge and skills relevant for beginning professional practice, as well as recognize their own responsibility for ongoing professional development. The curriculum focuses on preparing practitioners for multilevel assessment and intervention with the aim of empowering client 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 Requirements: 43

Course NumberCourse Name 
ORTA - 101Freshman Orientation 1
ENGL - 111, 112English Composition I, II 6
ENGL - 211, 212Literature and Advanced Writing I, II6
 Foreign Language6
 Natural Science with Lab8
 Fine Arts Elective3
 Public Speaking or3
 Health Personal and Community or3
 Natural Science with Lab3

General Course:

Course NumberCourse Name 
URST - 105Introduction to Social Science3

Pre-professional Foundation:

Course NumberCourse Name 
PHIL - 101**Introduction to Logic3
POLI - 205Introduction to Political Science3
ANTH - 115Introduction to Anthropology3

Select from below for Human Biology Requirement:

Course NumberCourse Name 
BIOL - 101**Biological Science I3
BIOL - 202Biological Science II3
BIOL - 103Biological Science I Lab1
BIOL - 104Biological Science II Lab or1
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 
ECON - 105Economics of Social Issues3
GEOG - 347Urban Geography3
URST - 106The District of Columbia3

Professional Foundation: 59

Course NumberCourse Name 
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 - 330Approaches to Interviewing3
SOWK - 331Approaches to Group Work3
SOWK - 332Social Work Methods I3
SOWK - 341Statistical Lab I1
SOWK - 342Research in Social Welfare II3
SOWK - 343Statistical Lab II1
SOWK - 490Practicum I5
SOWK - 491Practicum II5

* 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.