Degree Requirements

Sacred Heart Universityrequires 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.

Foundational Core

Credits
Proficiency in Written and Oral Rhetoric: EN110, CA101 6
Proficiency in Mathematics at the Collegiate Level 3
IL101 Information Literacy 1
Common Core Credits
HI/CC101  The Human Journey: Historical Paths to Civilization 3

EN/CC102  Literary Expressions of the Human Journey

3

CC103A  Social & Behavioral Sciences: The Human Community: The Individual and Society 
or
CC103B  Natural Sciences: The Human Community & Scientific Discovery

3


3

RS/PHCC104  The Human Search for Truth, Justice, and the Common Good

3

Elective Core

Credits

Humanities - 9 credits from at least two disciplines*:

  • Art/Music
  • Literature
  • Media Studies
  • History
  • Foreign Language

*Max of one History and one Literature course

9

Social/Behavioral Sciences - 9 credits from at least two disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Psychology
9

Mathematics/Sciences - 2 courses with at least one in the Natural/Physical Sciences:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
6-8

Religious Studies/Philosophy - 9 credits from two disciplines:

  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
9

Total

55-57

General Elective Courses

20-22

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 46 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 BI010 The Nature of Life, a 4-credit biology course that includes a laboratory, or 18 credits if they instead take BI030 The Human Body, a 3-credit course with no lab attached. Four of the required liberal arts courses, PS110, BI010 or BI030, SO110, and PO121 (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, SO215, and SO254 (totaling 6 credits), are additional required supporting courses for the social work major.

Required Liberal Arts Supporting Courses

Credits

PS110 Introduction to Psychology (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

3

BI010 The Nature of Life, or
BI030 The Human Body (Mathematics/Sciences)

3-4

PO121 Introduction to American Government (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

3

SO110 Sociological Imagination (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

3

SO215 Social Psychology: Macroprocesses

3

SO254 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 46 major credits, plus 18-19 credits of required supporting courses in Psychology, Biology, Political science, and sociology. The student is required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in required major courses.

Professional foundation courses:

Credits

SW101 Introduction to Social Work

3

SW224 Cultural Competency   3

SW265 Social Welfare as a Social Institution

3

SW266 Social Welfare Policy and Services

3

SW267 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3

SW268 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3

SW275 Social Work Practice I

3

SW278 Junior Field Practicum

4

SW279 Junior Field Practicum Seminar

2

SW375 Social Work Practice II

3

SW378 Senior Field Practicum I

4

SW379 Senior Field Practicum Seminar I

2

SW380 Senior Field Practicum II

4

SW381 Senior Field Practicum Seminar II

2

SW390 Research Methods for Social Work

4

Total

46

Social Work Course Sequence

Freshman Year
Fall
EN 110 or        Academic Writing or
CA101             Effective Communication
HI/CC 101 or   Human Journey Historical Paths of Civilization or
EN/CC 102      Literary Expressions of the Juman Journey
SO110            Sociological Imagination (Social/Behavioral Sciences)
MA___            College Level Math Course
                      Elective Core
IL101              Information Literacy (fall or spring semester)

Spring
CA101 or        Effective Communication or
EN110            Academic Writing
HI/CC101 or   Human Journey: Historical Paths of Civilization or
EN/CC 102     Literary Expressions of the Human Journey 
PS110            Introduction to Psychology (Social/Behavioral Sciences)
BI010 or        The Nature of Life or
BI030            The Human Body
                     Elective Core

Sophomore Year
Fall

CC103A or    The Human Community: Individual & Society or
CC103B        The Human Community & Scientific Discovery
SO254          Society and Economic Change
SO215          Social Psychology: Macroprocesses
                    Elective Core
                    Elective Core

Spring
PH/CC104 or The Human Search for Truth, Justice, and the Common Good
RS/CC104
SW101           Introduction to Social Work
SW224           Cultural Competency
PO121            Introduction to American Government (Social/Behavior Sciences) 
                     Elective Core

Junior Year
Fall

SW265         Social Welfare as a Social Institution
SW267         Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SW275         Social Work Practice I
SW390         Research Methods for Social Work or
                   Elective
                   Elective Core

Spring
SW266         Social Welfare Policy and Services
SW268         Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SW278         Junior Field Practicum
SW279         Junior Field Practicum Seminar
                   Elective Core

Senior Year
Fall

SW375         Social Work Practice II
SW378         Senior Field Practicum I
SW379         Senior Field Practicum Seminar I
SW390         Research Methods for Social Work or Elective
                   Elective

Spring
SW380         Senior Field Practicum II
SW381         Senior Field Practicum Seminar II
                   Elective
                   Elective
                   Elective