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The bachelor of social work degree is the entry-level professional degree, and the Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. It enables the undergraduate professional to practice social work in a variety of settings. These settings include hospitals, schools, mental health centers, and other public and private human service agencies. The degree allows the practicing social worker to become eligible for professional licensing in some states, including Arkansas. As well as being the entry-level professional degree, the social work major offers a good foundation for students who seek graduate-level professional education. The social work major can prepare 151 students for advanced degrees in disciplines such as social work, psychology, counseling, and other helping fields. The social work program at SAU is grounded in the generalist practice model and works within a multidisciplinary department. It allows the student preparing for a professional practice the exposure to varied disciplines as well as the preparation in social work education.
Criteria for Admission to the Social Work Program
When applying to the Social Work Program, a student must have completed the following:
- All/most of the general education requirements.
- The Social Work Program application (located in SW Student Manual).
- An earned overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a Social Work GPA of at least 3.0.
- Intro to Social Work, Community Service Learning, Cultural Diversity and Human Behavior and Social Environment I or II.
Criteria for Admission to the Social Work Field Practicum
When applying to the Social Work Field Practicum, a student must have completed the following:
- Student must have been accepted into the Social Work Program.
- Social Work GPA of at least 3.5.
- Complete the Social Work Field application (contact Social Work Field Director).
- Our graduates communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
- Our graduates understand diversity of gender, race, social class, ethnicity, and sexuality in their own and other cultures and societies.
- Our graduates use critical thinking to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information and ideas from multiple perspectives.
- Our students will demonstrate the use of electronic databases to conduct literature searches, and use the peer-reviewed articles to access and synthesize information.
- Our students will demonstrate knowledge of statistical analysis and date organization.
people, human, service, substance, abuse, mental, health, child, welfare, school
University Requirement – 2 hours
GSTD 1002 Freshman Seminar
General Education – 35 hours (PSYC 2003 General Psychology is required.)
Social Work – 58 hours
SWK 2043 Introduction to Social Work
SWK 2053 Community Service Learning Experience
SWK 3003 Cultural Diversity
SWK 3023 Human Behavior and Social Environment I
SWK 3033 Human Behavior and Social Environment II
SWK 3113 Social Policy
SWK 3123 Social Work Practice I
SWK 3133 Ethics
SWK 3153 Research Methods
SWK 3183 Statistics
SWK 4123 Social Work Practice II
SWK 4131 Field Practicum Seminar I
SWK 4141 Senior Seminar
SWK 4223 Social Work Practice III
SWK 4231 Field Practicum Seminar II
SWK 4331 Field Practicum Seminar III
SWK 4864 Field Practicum I
SWK 4874 Field Practicum II
SWK 4884 Field Practicum III
6 hours of social work electives
Other Requirements – 20-21 hours
PSCI 2003 American Government: National
SOC 2003 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 3013 Social Problems
SPCH 1113 Introduction to Public Speaking
PSYC 3223 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4033 Abnormal Psychology
3 hours of information systems or computer science
3 hours foreign language or 2 hours of American Sign Language*
International electives – Select 3 hours from the following:
GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography
PSCI 3003 International Relations
PSCI 3193 Political Geography
PSCI 4203 Comparative Politics
Three hours (3) foreign language*
Cultural diversity electives – 5-6 hours
Three hours (3) foreign language or 2 hours of American Sign Language*
3 hours selected from:
HIST 3073 Modern Latin America
HIST 4093 African American History
HIST/SOC 3143 The North American Indian
MCUL 4993 Hispanic Life and Culture
PSCI 4043 African American Politics
*Foreign language and American Sign Language courses cannot be double counted.
A minor is not required.
Minor in Social Work – 18 hours
SWK 2043 Introduction to Social Work
15 hours of social work electives, none of which can be practice or practicum courses
An accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education ensures that your education will be of the highest quality.
All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.
|COMPETENCY||COMPETENCY BENCHMARK||PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK|
|Identify as a Professional Social Worker||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||86%|
|Apply Ethical Principles||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||95%|
|Apply Critical Thinking||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||80%|
|Engage Diversity in Practice||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||80%|
|Advance Human Rights/ Social and Economic Justice||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||86%|
|Engage Research Informed Practice/ Practice Informed Research||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||90%|
|Apply Human Behavior Knowledge||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||84%|
|Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||84%|
|Respond to Practice Contexts||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||84%|
|Practice Engagement||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||86%|
|Practice Assessment||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||88%|
|Practice Intervention||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||80%|
|Practice Evaluation||80 % of Students will rate a 3.5 or higher||60%|