BA in Social Work
Social Work is a practical and academic discipline dedicated to social welfare through scholarship, professional activities, and advocacy. The practice of Social Work requires the understanding of human development and behavior and how social, economic, and cultural institutions interact with these factors. The Social Work program at Auburn University offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, which is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.Undergraduate Degree Offered:
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Work
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Emily Myers
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
7030 Haley Center
Careers in Social Work
Social Workers help individuals and families cope with mental illness and problems such as inadequate housing, unemployment, lack of job skills, financial mismanagement, serious illness, disability, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy, or antisocial behavior. They also work with families who have serious conflicts, including those involving child or spousal abuse.
Approximately 600,000 Social Workers work in the U.S. Nearly 40 percent of those jobs are in State, county, or municipal government agencies, primarily in departments of human resources, social services, child welfare, mental health, health, housing, education, and corrections. Most in the private sector are in voluntary social service agencies, community and religious organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, or home health agencies.
The bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for most positions. Besides the bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW), undergraduate majors in psychology, sociology, and related fields satisfy hiring requirements in some agencies, especially small community agencies. A master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) is generally necessary for positions in health and mental health settings. Jobs in some private agencies also require an MSW. Employment of Social Workers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005. Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors’ degree.
Career Titles for Social Work Majors
International Social Worker
Assistant Director of Agency
Mental /Clinical Social Worker
Policy & Planning Specialist
Community Organization Dir.
Food Stamp Administrator
School Social Worker
Health Care Specialist
Criminal Justice/Corrections Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Child Welfare/Children’s Services
Employment/Occupational Social Worker
Curriculum in Social Work
|BIOL 1000 Introduction to Biology|
& BIOL 1001 Introduction to Biology Laboratory
|4||BIOL 1010 A Survey of Life|
& BIOL 1011 A Survey of Life Laboratory
|SOCY 1000 Sociology Global Perspective||3||ENGL 1120 English Composition II||3|
|ENGL 1100 English Composition I||3||Core Fine Arts||3|
|PSYC 2010 Introduction to Psychology||3||Core Math||3|
|Core Literature1||3||PHIL 1030 Ethics and the Health Sciences||3|
|Foreign Language I (College Core)||4||Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence1||3|
|Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence1||3||Foreign Language II (College Core)||4|
|SOWO 2000 Introduction to Social Work||3||ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|SOWO 2650 History of Social Welfare||3||SOWO 3910 Field Practicum Seminar||3|
|SOCY 3500 Minority Groups||3||SOCY 2050 Crime and Justice in America||3|
|SOWO 3800 Human Behavior in Social Environment I||3||SOWO 3850 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II3||3|
|SOWO 4060 Social Work Practice Methods I||3||SOWO 4070 Social Work Methods II||3|
|SOWO Elective2||3||SOWO 4090 Social Welfare Policy||3|
|Elective||3||Social Science Elective2||3|
|SOCY 3700 Methods of Social Research or ANTH 2000 Ethnographic Methods||3||SOWO 4920 Internship in Social Work||9|
|SOWO 4080 Social Work Methods III||3||SOWO 4950 Senior Integrative Seminar||3|
|Elective||1||UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation||0|
|STAT 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences||4|
|Social Science Elective2||3|
|Total Hours: 120|
Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.
Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved courses for SOWO electives and social science electives.
SOWO 3850 fulfills SLO 7.
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Last Updated: March 13, 2014