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Social Work SOWK

Degree Type: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education:
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Details of these requirements are delineated at: General Ed Requirements.
Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
PSYC 150 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 226 Lifespan of Human Development 3
EDUC 251 Life Span Human Growth - Devel 3
SCWK 110 Intro-Social Work Profession 2
SCWK 130 Soc Work Interviewing Skills 1 3
SCWK 170 Agency and Program Orientation 1
SCWK 191 Introductory Field Experience 3
SCWK 210 Intro to Social Welfare 3
SCWK 220 Theories-Methods of Practice 1 4
SCWK 240 Foundations of Practice 3
SCWK 310 SCWK Policy&Political Advocacy 3
SCWK 320 Theories-Methods of Practice 2 4
SCWK 330 Social Work Interviewing 2 4
SCWK 370 Field Instruction Orientation 1
SCWK 450 Appl Social Research Statistic 3
SCWK 481 Field Instruction Seminar 1 2
SCWK 482 Field Instruction Seminar 2 2
SCWK 491 Field Instruction 1 6
SCWK 492 Field Instruction 2 6
SOCY 121 Introductory Sociology 3
SOCY 122 Social Problems 3
SOCY 340 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 3
SOCY 443 Soc Stratification-Inequality 3
ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
SSCI 310 Applied Social Research Method 3
SSCI 450 Intercultural Competence 3
SCWK 380 International Social Work 3
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COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
COMM 221 Small Group Decision Making 3
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PLSC 121 Amer Gov 1-People and Politics 3
PLSC 122 Amer Gov 2-Policy Making 3
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RELG 215 Comparative Religions 3
RELG 325 Eastern Religions 3
RELG 326 Western Religions 3
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BIOL 101 Genetics-Human Aspects 4
BIOL 109 Basic Human Anatomy-Physiology 4
BIOL 111 Environmental Biology 4
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SOCY 225 Marriage and the Family 3
SOCY 230 Gender Roles in Society 3
Minimum credit hours required for B.S.W. degree: 120

Why Choose Social Work?

The curriculum includes a strong liberal arts foundation, including courses in communication, biology, natural sciences, math, history, politics, psychology and sociology. Beyond this are the professional foundation courses that develop knowledge, skills and values relating to interviewing, problem solving, social research and understanding the complexities of social welfare policies and services.

Social work majors complete 600 hours of field instruction in two different social work agencies. The first field placement requires 120 hours and is scheduled in the summer between the student's first and second years in the program. It is usually completed in the student's home town. The second field placement requires 480 hours over the senior year and is usually located in the region surrounding Ferris. The Ferris Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Get a Great Job

It's a rewarding profession. Social workers help to bring about individual and social change. Examples include helping delinquent youth change their disruptive behavior, improving an abused child's chances of emotional and physical survival by providing supportive family services or locating alternate placement, helping alcoholics change their self-destructive habits, assisting communities in providing better housing for the elderly, or working professionally and politically to help our nation improve its policies and programs for the poor and unemployed.

It's a big and diverse profession. There are approximately 500,000 social work jobs in the United States, with estimates of an additional 200,000 needed by the year 2005. U.S. News & World Report named social work as one of '21 Hot Job Tracks for the 21st Century.'

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Graduation Requirements

The Social Work program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and presentation of a social work portfolio. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

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Department of Social Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Dr./ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2737

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