Bachelor of Social Work
The Social Work program, which is accredited by The Council on Social Work Education, provides educational courses and experiences to assist students in their exploration of this discipline. This major prepares students for entry-level positions in the generalist social work profession and for graduate studies. In addition, the Social Work program’s accreditation allows students to pursue an expedited curriculum to earn their master’s degree. Courses in social welfare, policy, practice, human behavior, children services and older adult services, combined with research and field practicums in social work agencies, provide students with the opportunity to integrate classroom and work experiences focusing on helping individuals, families, communities, organizations and institutions.
Students from other academic disciplines are invited to register for SW 201 - Introduction to Social Work. This is a basic course that is advantageous to those pursuing teaching, nursing, occupational therapy, addiction studies, criminal justice, psychology and other disciplines whereby the students will be working closely with people and the problems they encounter.
Career Opportunities: (Additional education beyond a bachelor’s may be required.)
Addiction Prevention/Rehabilitation Counselor
Criminal Justice Prevention
Crisis Intervention Worker
Foster Care and Adoption
Government Human Service
Home Health Care Agencies
Mental Health Rehabilitation
Nursing Home Social Work
Therapeutic Support Staff
The employment of Social Workers is expected to increase by 22% during the 2006-2016 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Social Work graduates readily find positions; our current employment rate is approximately 99%. Many times students find employment within the agency where they completed undergraduate practicums. Areas of Social Work employment include child welfare, geriatrics, the medical field, mental health/intellectually challenged, housing, criminal justice, rehabilitation and other institutions that focus on the well-being of those within our society. Alvernia University’s Career Services staff provides assistance with resume preparation, interview skills and job and graduate school searches.
Students are admitted to Alvernia University and are fully accepted to the Social Work Program when the following criteria have been met:
- Completion of Adult Education application for admission with all supporting documentation.
- Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.25.
- Submission of all passed criminal background check and child abuse history clearances prior to placement into Social Work Fieldwork courses (SW 316, SW 403, SW 404). Please note clearances may take up to two months to process.
Liberal Arts Core (31-55 credits)
All Alvernia University Students are required to complete between 31-55 credits toward the Liberal Arts Core. Transfer work may be applicable for this area. As part of the application process, students receive information regarding remaining credits.
General Elective requirements (as needed)*
Social Work Major Requirements (43 credits)
SW 201 Introduction to Social Work
SW 301 Social Welfare
SW 302 Social Policy
SW 303 Human Behavior/Social Environment I
SW 304 Human Behavior/Social Environment II
SW 305 Social Work Practice I
SW 306 Social Work Practice II
SW 316 Introduction to Field Education
SW 401 Social Work Practice III
SW 402 Social Work Practice IV - Capstone
SW 403 Senior Field Education I
SW 404 Senior Field Education II
SW 405 Methods of Social Research
SW 407 Senior Field Education I Seminar
SW 408 Senior Field Education II Seminar
Choose nine elective credits (3 courses) from:
SW 202 Social Services to Children
SW 203 The Process of Aging
SW 207 Intervention Strategies for Families
SW 209 Death, Dying and Bereavement
SW 231 Culturally Sensitive Human Service Practice
Required Courses in Related Areas:
BIO 109 Human Biology
MAT 208 Introductory Statistics or MAT 209 Probability and Statistics
Psychology course (3 credits)
Sociology course (3 credits)
*A total of a minimum of 123 credits are required to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. To adhere to Franciscan Values, community service hours are also required. Transfer students admitted to Alvernia’s Mid-Degree Program must complete a minimum of 30 Alvernia credits at the 300/+ level.
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