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Social Work

The School of Social Work have educated more than 4,000 social workers since 1969. Our BSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

We offer flexible scheduling and a welcoming learning environment, which are responsive to beginning, career changing, and mid-career students.

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Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Social Work Program at Marywood University is a professional degree program which prepares students for beginning, entry level professional practice. The program provides educational experiences designed to assure the acquisition of knowledge, values, ethics, and skills necessary to be a generalist practitioner with diverse populations.

The BSW Program develops practitioners who are committed to social and economic justice, and are able to take action with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations. In accord with the Marywood University mission, the BSW Program prepares students for responsible leadership and service in meeting human needs through the application of professional social work values and ethics. As part of its mission, the program seeks to develop practitioners who engage in research informed practice and practice-informed research, contributing to community wellbeing in northeastern Pennsylvania and in broader national and global communities.

Goals

The Bachelor of Social Work Program prepares students to:

  1. Acquire the knowledge and skills for beginning professional generalist social work practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 
  2. Apply the core ethical values of the Social Work profession in providing helping services.
  3. Demonstrate leadership addressing social and economic justice through action with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations.
  4. Contribute to the well-being of northeastern Pennsylvania, national and global communities through service and scholarship in a process of on-going professional growth and development.


Social work in contemporary society is a dynamic and challenging profession, rich in a tradition of helping individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities in many ways, ranging from direct service to policy formulation.

The principal goal of the Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare students for beginning professional generalist social work practice. The Social Work curriculum which consists of liberal arts, social-behavioral science, and professional social work courses, provides the student with an educational experience designed to assure the acquisition of knowledge, values, ethics, and skills necessary for entering into social work practice at the beginning level. The student is prepared as a generalist social work practitioner who is able to help various size client systems—individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The Bachelor of Social Work Program is administered through and located in the Marywood University School of Social Work.

Degree Requirements

 MajorCoreElectivesTo Graduate
Social Work 54 43-46 27-30 127

Program Requirements

Specific Liberal Arts requirements for Social Work majors:

BIOL 130 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3
PSYC 211 General Psychology
3

Major (54 credits)

SW 145 Foundations of Social Work
3
SW 150 Introductory Social Work Field Experience
1
SW 230 Analysis of Social Welfare Policy
3
SW 250 Contemporary Social Work Practice
3
SW 310 Social Work Research I
3
SW 311 Social Work Research II
3
SW 345 Junior Field Experience
1
SW 350 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
3
SW 401 Social Work with Neighborhoods, Communities, and Organizations: Theory and Practice
3
SW 402 Social Work with Groups: Theory and Practice
3
SW 403 Social Work with Individuals and Families: Theory and Practice
3
SW XXX Social Work Restricted Elective
3
SW 490 Field Instruction
9
SW 491 Integrative Seminar
3
SW 495 Senior Seminar
1
SOC 214 Social Problems
3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics
3

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Admission

Formal admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program occurs at the end of sophomore year. Students make formal application to the program at this time.


Admission to the program is based upon:

  1. attainment of a QPA of 2.33 in SW 145, Foundations of Social Work and SW 250, Contemporary Social Work Practice;
  2. attainment of an S (satisfactory) grade in SW 150, Introductory Social Work Field Experience;
  3. attainment of a cumulative QPA of 2.00 or better;
  4. adherence to standards of conduct as contained in the NASW Code of Ethics;


Retention

Throughout the course of their professional studies, students are expected to maintain a minimum overall quality point average of 2.00, a minimum quality point average of 2.33 in the major, and give evidence of continued skill development and adherence to standards of conduct as contained in the NASW Code of Ethics.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to the BSW Program have an interview with the program director. The BSW Program and its policies and requirements are discussed. Evaluation of the student’s curriculum and equivalent transfer credits occurs.

Special Features

Social Work majors participate in all aspects of the BSW Program and in extracurricular community service through Caritas Club, the Social Work student organization and student-faculty meetings. BSW majors who meet the nationally established criteria are invited to membership in Alpha Delta Mu, National Social Work Honor Society, in their junior or senior year, through its resident chapter on campus. Qualified BSW graduates may, upon acceptance by the Marywood School of Social Work, receive advanced standing in the Master of Social Work Degree Program. A student can thus complete the BSW and MSW (Master of Social Work) in five years.


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