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Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

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About our Program

The social work profession provides social services to individuals, families, groups and communities for the purpose of enhancing social functioning and the quality of life for all people. Social workers work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, public social service agencies and schools. They provide services in areas such as substance abuse, corrections, elder care, restorative justice, health, mental health, family support, employee assistance programs, and child welfare. The roles of professional social workers vary depending on the agency with which they are employed and the type of position they hold; however, typical duties might include outreach, advocacy, counseling, planning and organizing.

The Social Work Program in the College of Education and Social Services is designed to prepare and train students for beginning professional practice. The University of Vermont Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Program Planning

This Social Work webpage will facilitate your course planning for each semester from the time you matriculate in the College of Education and Social Services until you reach program completion. As a student in the College, you are expected to keep track of your completed course work to be certain you are fulfilling all program requirements. Since all requirements may not be included in these materials, you will also need to refer to your CATS Report, the Program Checksheet and other appropriate handouts from your advisor and/or CESS Student Services. These materials are the ones which the Records Specialist uses to track your progress and determine when you have reached program completion. Copies are available in 528 Waterman and on the web.

As you use this webpage you should develop an understanding of the components in your program and the requirements for each one. The final attachment is an eight semester (four year) worksheet which lists the course work in the Professional Social Work component. Program courses are listed in the semester you should enroll and, therefore, provide the framework for planning each semester. You should work with your faculty advisor to determine if they will continue to be offered as listed and plan when you will be enrolling in courses from the other components. Write them in the blank spaces on this attachment and be certain that you have included all courses leading to program completion. Some students will develop the overall plan and make adjustments as they schedule each semester, while others will only plan one semester at a time. It is advisable to create the overall plan with the understanding that you will need to make modifications as you work to achieve program completion.

A full time schedule varies from a minimum of 12 credits hours to a maximum of 18 credit hours. Your program requires completion of approved course work totaling a minimum of 122 credit hours. Determine the number of credits required each semester by dividing the total credits required by the number of semesters you plan to be enrolled at the University. Remember that scheduling your courses requires you to complete a specific number of credits while also being able to schedule the courses required for your program. A lighter load early in your program may require that you enroll in summer course work or add an additional semester to your program.

Program Components

The Social Work Program has three components. They include:

  1. General Education
  2. Professional Requirements
  3. Electives

Component 1: General Education

 
Course Title Credits
English (ENG)
3
Humanities - Foreign Language (FOR LANG), Sign Language (CMSI001) Philosophy (PHIL), or Religion (REL)
3
Biology (BIOL) 003 or SWSS 005 
3
Political Science (POLS) 021
3
Economics (EC) 011
3
Psychology (PSYC) 001 
3
Abnormal Psychology (PSYC) 152
3
Sociology (SOC) 001 
3
An elective related to issues on non-European/non-Western cultures
3
Total =
27
General Education Electives - You will need at least 45 additional credit hours of General Education course work outside the CESS to reach the 74 credit hour requirement.  
Must complete with a minimum grade of C- or above
 

Component 2: Professional Requirements

 

These courses provide the framework for your program and all other courses should be built around them.
Courses Credits

** SWSS 002 Foundations of Social Work

3
** SWSS 003 Human Needs and Social Services
3
** SWSS 047 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
3
** SWSS 048 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
3
*** SWSS 060 Racism and Contemporary Issues
3
*** SWSS 163 Integration and Preparation Seminar
3
*** SWSS 164 Intro to Social Work Research
3
*** SWSS 165 Issues and Policy in Social Welfare I
3
*** SWSS 166 Issues and Policy in Social Welfare II
3
*** SWSS 168 Social Work Practice I
3
*** SWSS 169 Social Work Practice II
3
*** SWSS 171 Field Experience Seminar I 
3
*** SWSS 172 Field Experience Seminar II
3
*** SWSS 173 Field Experience I
6
*** SWSS 174 Field Experience II
6
***SWSS 200 Preparation and Integration Seminar
3

** Must have minimum grade of C and minimum GPA of 2.5 for these courses

 
*** Must have minimum grade of B for these courses and a minimum GPA in all courses of 2.0  

Component 3: Electives (Free Electives)

You are free to select courses which interest you and they may or may not relate to your program.
However, it is recommended that you enroll in electives in the areas of (1) Special Education;
(2) Women=s Studies; (3) Aging: (4) Drug and Alcohol; (5) Life Span Development.

Please note: This webpage is intended to give you an overview of the requirements for the Social Work Program. However, it may not include every required course and should be used in conjunction with the Program Checksheet.

Several courses in the Social Work Program have minimum grade requirements of C-. If you pass one of these courses with a grade lower than C- and then retake it and earn a C- or higher, the credits will only count once toward the total required in your program. However, all grades will be averaged as part of your overall grade point average.

Semester/Credits Fall    Spring

First Year
     
SWSS 002
3
or
3
SWSS 003 
 
3*
POLS 021 (Political Science)
3
or
3
BIOL 003 or
3*
 
SWSS 005 (Biosociopolitical Issues in Social Work)
 
3*
PSYC 001 (Psychology)
3
or
3
SOC 001 (Sociology)
3
or
3
Non-European/non-Western culture elective    
Electives
 
Sophomore Year
 
SWSS 047
3*
 
SWSS 048
 
3*
SWSS 060
3
or
3
EC 011 (Economics)
3
or
3
PSYC 152 (Abnormal Psychology)
3
or
3
Electives
 
Junior Year
 
SWSS 163
3
or
3
SWSS 164
3*
 
SWSS 165
3*
 
SWSS 166
 
3*
Electives
 
Senior Year
 
SWSS 168 
3*
 
SWSS 169
 
3*
SWSS 171
3*
 
SWSS 172
 
3*
SWSS 173
6*
 
SWSS 174
 
6*
Recommended Electives:  Additional courses in economics, education, political science, psychology, sociology, statistics, special education, and women's studies      
* Course offered 1 semester only.  If not taken in recommended sequence, student must  wait a year for next offering.  Liberal Arts courses may conflict with Social Work course offerings.      

 

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