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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

MAJOR: Social Work

The B.S.W. program prepares you for a beginning professional level of generalist social work practice with an understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the Southwest.

To be admitted as a B.S.W. candidate, you must formally apply for admission to the program. A 2.5 grade-point average is required for admission. Consult the pre-social work major advisor, located in the School of Social Work in the College of Health and Social Services. The deadline for submitting applications is the last Friday in January. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and all students have access to copies of the Curriculum Policy Statement.


General Education Requirements

Students need to complete the New Mexico State University general education requirements before applying to the Bachelor of Social Work program. The School of Social Work requirements include S WK 221G and two semesters of a second language. Once accepted into the program, students also need to meet a Cultural Emphasis requirement.

Students may choose one of three tracks to complete a minimum of six credit hours.

  1. Take two more semesters of any language.
  2. Take an approved language immersion program.
  3. Take two approved upper-level courses with a multicultural emphasis (you can get the approved list of courses from your social work advisor).

If the cultural emphasis classes are also Viewing a Wider World classes, you still need to complete the total number of specified upper-division credits necessary for graduation. Highly recommended electives for social work students include courses in sociology, history, Spanish, psychology, family life, child development, English, philosophy, anthropology, computer science, criminal justice, government and economics. Electives must be sufficient to bring total credits to 120, including 52 upper-division credits, for graduation.

Departmental Requirements

Preparation for entry-level professional social work requires a thorough knowledge of theory and skills; therefore, the high number (57) of core social work credits is required.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (18-19 credits)

ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

ENGL 111GHRhetoric and Composition Honors

4 cr.

BIOL 101GHuman Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 101GLHuman Biology Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

Communications

3 cr.

Second language

3-4 cr.

BIOL 101G and BIOL 101GL: must be completed before starting the S WK program and require a grade of C- or better.

Spring Semester (15-16 credits)

MATH 121GCollege Algebra

3 cr.

MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II

3 cr.

MATH 210GMathematics Appreciation

3 cr.

MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences

3 cr. (2+2P)

STAT 251GStatistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences

3 cr.

STAT 271GStatistics for Psychological Sciences

3 cr.

C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior

3 cr.

Lab Science

4 cr.

Second language

3-4 cr.

S WK 221GIntroduction to Social Welfare

3 cr.

C EP 110G and S WK 221G: must be completed before starting the S WK program and require a grade of C- or better.

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (12 credits)

A ST 311Statistical Applications

3 cr.

or

STAT 251GStatistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences

3 cr.

 

Humanities/Fine Arts

3 cr.

Humanities/Fine Arts

3 cr.

Social/Behavioral Science

3 cr.

One course from the following:
ENGL 203GBusiness and Professional Communication

3 cr.

ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences

3 cr.

ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication

3 cr.

Spring Semester (12 credits)

Viewing a Wider World/C E

3 cr.

Viewing a Wider World/C E

3 cr.

Elective

3 cr.

Elective

3 cr.

NOTE: Students need to submit a formal application packet to the School of Social Work in January and be accepted into program before they can take junior or senior year courses.

Junior Year

Sufficient electives to bring the total number of credits to a minimum of 120 credits

Fall Semester (12 credits)

S WK 300Social Work Practice Skills

3 cr.

S WK 309Sociocultural Concepts

3 cr.

S WK 311Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3 cr.

S WK 331VIntroduction to Social Policy: History

3 cr.

Spring Semester (13 credits)

S WK 301Orientation to Field

1 cr.

S WK 312Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3 cr.

S WK 313Social Work Practice with Individuals

3 cr.

S WK 315Social Work Practice with Families

3 cr.

S WK 316Social Work Research

3 cr.

Senior Year

Fall Semester (12 credits)

S WK 405Service Learning

3 cr.

S WK 415Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities

3 cr.

S WK 416Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups

3 cr.

417Social Welfare Policy: Legislation

3 cr.

Spring Semester (15 credits)

S WK 412Generalist Social Work Practicum Block Placement

12 cr. (12P)

S WK 418Professionalism in the Field of Social Work

3 cr.

A grade of C or better is required for all social work courses.