COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

860-102 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIAL WORK 3 cr
This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of social welfare, to
the social work profession, and to social institutions so that the students may
enlarge their liberal arts education, gain understanding of contemporary social
welfare problems and services, and begin to evaluate their personal values and
convictions about social welfare issues. Required for all social work majors.

860-235 CHILD WELFARE 3 cr
This course is a survey of social services for children: the problems treated, an
assessment of the effectiveness of current services, and consideration of
alternative service programs.
Prereq: 860-102 or cons instr.

860-301/501 ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 1 cr
This course presents the principles of assertiveness training, uses experiential
exercises to help students learn to present themselves more assertively, and
prepares students to assist others to become more assertive. Content is focused on
students who are planning a career in the helping professions.

860-302/502 GRIEF MANAGEMENT IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 1 cr
This course focuses on issues such as adjustment to the death of someone close,
helping someone who is terminally ill, and coping with other losses--such as
cherished relationships. The grief counseling content is intended for students who
are planning a career in the helping professions.

860-303/503 MANAGING STRESS AND BURNOUT IN THE 1 cr
HELPING PROFESSIONS

This course focuses on recognizing signs of destructive stress and the stages of
burnout in the helping professions. Instruction is given in using a number of
techniques for coping with stress such as meditation, relaxation training, time
management, social support systems, biofeedback, and life planning as they apply to
the helping professions.

860-311/511 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I 3 cr
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the normal
processes of physical, emotional, and socio-cultural development from infancy to
young adulthood. It will enable the student to better recognize and understand
common factors and needs affecting normal development and maturity and relate these
to social work practice.
Prereq: 900-130 and 630-120 or 442-271 and 860-102, only one of which may be taken
concurrently.

860-312/512 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II 3 cr
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the normal
processes of physical, emotional and socio-cultural development from middle
adulthood through old age. It will enable the student to better recognize and
understand common factors and needs affecting normal development and maturity and
relate these to social work practice.
Coreq: 860-311.

860-337/537 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY 3 cr
This course is designed to introduce the student to social and physical factors
related to aging. It will include information regarding social services needed to
assist the older person and an analysis of gaps in current services.
Prereq: Soph st or cons instr.

860-341/541 SEXUALITY FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH 3 cr
This comprehensive course is designed to add to students' knowledge and comfort in
the area of human sexuality. Multi-media, lecture, and small group discussion
techniques are used to explore issues as basic treatment skills, sex education,
developmental sexuality, problem pregnancies, and common sexual dysfunctions.
Prereq: Social Work majors, Women's Studies minors or majors, Health Education
minors, or consent of department chairperson.

860-371 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I 3 cr
This course presents contemporary theoretical approaches to social work
intervention with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities.
This course uses a competency approach to assess and develop student interviewing
and interpersonal skills.
Coreq: 860-311. All prerequisites for 860-311 must be completed before 860-371 may
be taken. 2.25 GPA required. Also Social Work major or consent of department chairperson.


860-372 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II 3 cr

This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed to engage in social
work practice, including further development of interviewing and interpersonal
skills.
Prereq: 860-311, 860-371. 2.25 GPA required. Coreq: 860-312.
860-373/573 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III 3 cr
This course will cover advanced problem solving approaches for intervention with
individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The class will
utilize simulated practice situations.
Coreq: 860-372. 2.25 GPA required.

860-380/580 RACE, ETHNICITY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: DIVERSITY 3 cr
ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS

The course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the
influence of one's race and ethnicity on the ways individuals perceive the world and
the ways they are treated by others and by society. Within the framework of the
helping professions, students will have the opportunity to examine their attitudes
toward members of racial and ethnic minorities, develop ways to learn about the
participation in and treatment of racial and ethnic minority groups in work,
education, and social services, and examine ways to affect one's own attitudes and
society to achiev social justice.
Unreq: 610-380/580.

860-462/662 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY 3 cr
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about the process of
social welfare policy formulation and implementation and with policy analysis
skills. The effects of social welfare policies and organizations on both clients
(especially the poor and minorities) and on social workers will be emphasized.
Prereq: 860-371 and 820-141. Unreq: 820-462/662.

860-482/682 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH 3 cr
This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic concepts of social
work research methodology and statistics, computer usage, to develop competence in
evaluating research literature and to develop beginning skills in evaluating social
work practice.
Prereq: 860-371.

860-490/690 SOCIAL WORK WORKSHOP 1-6 cr
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.



860-493 SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE 3-12 cr

Students are placed in a community agency under the supervision of an experienced
social worker. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of agency
activities and programs and will assume increasing levels of responsibility as
beginning social workers. Attendance at periodic field placement meetings is
expected. This course may be taken as a block placement (12 credits) for one
semester or summer, or over two semesters at 6 credits per semester. A total of 480
hours in the agency is required in either option.
Prereq: All other required social work courses must be completed and consent of instructor. 2.25 GPA required.

860-494/694 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK METHODS 3 cr
Repeatable. Prereq: 860-371 or consent of instructor.

860-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 cr
Repeatable. Prereq: 860-102.

860-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK 1-3 cr
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

860-499 SENIOR HONOR THESIS IN SOCIAL WORK 3 cr
This two semester course must be taken by students in the general honors program.
Students explore any topic in the field of social welfare under direction of faculty
representing disciplines involved.
Prereq: Senior standing and invitation of the staff.