Degree Requirements

Sacred Heart University requires that students complete 120 credits of course work to meet the requirements for graduation. Social work students fulfill the core curriculum requirements and general electives, in addition to the identified liberal arts prerequisite courses and the social work professional foundation course work. The University Core Curriculum Plan is described below.

Liberal Arts Courses Required for the Social Work Major

The Baccalaureate Social Work Curriculum requires students to complete 18-19 credits of liberal arts prerequisite courses (12-13 of these credits are applied to the Elective Core requirements) and 48 credits of social work courses. The liberal arts courses are taught by other disciplines and provide necessary content for social work majors in the social, political, behavioral, and biological sciences, as well as the area of economics. Students earn 19 credits for their liberal arts prerequisite courses if they select BI 101 The Nature of Life, a 4-credit biology course that includes a laboratory, or 18 credits if they instead take BI 103 The Human Body, a 3-credit course with no lab attached. Four of the required liberal arts courses, PS 110, BI 101 or BI 103, SO 110, and PO 121 (totaling 12-13 credits) may be taken in partial fulfillment of Elective Core area requirements, as indicated in the listing below. The other two prerequisite liberal arts courses, MA 131 and SO 254 (totaling 6 credits), are additional required supporting courses for the social work major.

Required Liberal Arts Supporting Courses

Credits

PS 110 Introduction to Psychology (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

3

BI 101 The Nature of Life, or
BI 103 The Human Body (Mathematics/Sciences)

3-4

PO 121 Introduction to American Government (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

3

SO 110 Sociological Imagination (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

3

MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making

3

SO 254 Society and Economic Change

 3

Total

 18-19

Social Work Major Requirements

The curriculum has been designed to provide students with coursework and field experiences to prepare them for beginning level professional social work practice and for graduate study in social work or related disciplines. Graduates of the program are educated for generalist practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities.

The Baccalaureate Social Work Curriculum at Sacred Heart University adheres to the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education.

The Social Work curriculum is founded on a strong liberal arts base and incorporates content on human diversity and the dual perspective; ecological systems theory in relation to understanding human functioning from an interactional, transactional, and interdependent perspective; resources and resource systems; populations-at-risk; the consequences of social and economic injustice; and the patterns of discrimination and oppression existing in society. These themes are first introduced in the liberal arts courses and are reinforced and infused throughout the social work curriculum. Following the Introduction to Social Work course, students take required courses in each of the five areas of the professional foundation: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy and Services, Social Work Practice, Research, and Field Education.

The major in social Work requires the completion of 48 major credits, plus 18-19 credits of required supporting courses in Psychology, Biology, Political science, sociology, and Math. The student is required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.6 or higher and a GPA of 2.6 or higher in required major courses.

Professional Foundation Courses

Credits

SW 101 Introduction to Social Work

3

SW 224 Human Diversity and Social Justice

3

SW 265 Social Welfare Policy and Services

3

SW 266 Social Welfare as a Social Institution

3

SW 267 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3

SW 268 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3

SW 275 Social Work Practice I

3

SW 276 Pre-Practicum Seminar

3

SW 278 Junior Field Practicum

4

SW 279 Junior Field Practicum Seminar

2

SW 375 Social Work Practice II

3

SW 378 Senior Field Practicum I

4

SW 379 Senior Field Practicum Seminar I

2

SW 380 Senior Field Practicum II

4

SW 381 Senior Field Practicum Seminar II

2

SW 390 Research Methods for Social Work

4

Total

48

Social Work Course Sequence

Suggested four year sequence of study

Year 1 Semester 1

FYXX 125 or First Year Seminar

FLO 125 Art of Thinking

SO 110 Sociological Imagination

MA___ College Level Math Course

Foundational Core Course

Foundational Core Course

Year 1 Semester 2

FYXX 125 or First Year Seminar

FLO 125 Art of Thinking

PS 110 Introduction to Psychology

BI 101 The Nature of Life

OR BI 103 The Human Body

Foundational Core Course

Foundational Core Course

Year 2 Semester 3

SO 254 Society and Economic Change

MA131 Statistics for Decision Making

SW 101 or Introduction to Social Work (spring or fall)

OR SW 224 Human Diversity and Social Justice

Foundational Core Course

CIT 201 Human Journey CIT I

Year 2 Semester 4

SW 224 Human Diversity and Social Justice

SW 101 or Introduction to Social Work (fall or spring)

OR PO 121 Introduction to American Government

Foundational Core Course Foundational Core Course/Thematic Liberal Arts

CIT 202 Human Journey CIT II

***Application sent for admission to the Social Work program

Year 3 Semester 5

SW 265 Social Welfare as a Social Institution

SW 267 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I

SW 275 Social Work Practice I

SW 276 Pre-Placement Field Seminar

Foundational Core Course/Thematic Liberal Arts

Year 3 Semester 6

SW 266 Social Welfare Policy & Services

SW 268 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II

SW 278 Junior Field Practicum

SW 279 Junior Field Practicum Seminar

Thematic Liberal Arts

Year 4 Semester 7

SW 375 Social Work Practice II

SW 390 Methods of Social Work Research Elective

SW 378 Senior Field Practicum I

SW 379 Senior Field Practicum Seminar I

Thematic Liberal Arts/Elective

Year 4 Semester 8

SW 380 Senior Field Practicum II

SW 381 Senior Field Practicum Seminar II

Thematic Liberal Arts/Elective

Elective