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Requirements for the Social Work Major71–79 units
A total of 71–79 units is required for the major. A minimum 2.0 grade-point average is required in all major courses, including the specified General Education classes. Students must pass all required courses with a C or higher.
Specified General Education Requirements9 units
PSYC 110
General Psychology*
3
SOC 120
Introduction to Sociology*
3
SOC 358
Human Diversity**
3
Biology Requirement3–8 units
Select one of the following courses:
BIOL 101
Fundamentals of Biology
4
BIOL 151
General Biology I
4
PSYC 470
Introduction to Neuroscience: Brain and Behavior
3
- or take both of the following courses: -
BIOL 250
Human Anatomy
4
BIOL 251
Human Physiology
4
Students interested in meeting the social work biology requirement at another university must obtain prior approval from their advisor to ensure that the course they plan to take covers the required content necessary to satisfy the social work curriculum.
Core Requirements53–56 units
PSYC 299
Applied Statistics (not live)
3
SOCW 250
Introduction to Social Work
3
SOCW 251
Social Welfare Policy and Service
3
SOCW 310
Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) I*
3
SOCW 311
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
3
SOCW 332
Social Work Practice I
3
SOCW 350
Aging: Implications for Policy and Practice
3
SOCW 351
Child Welfare**
3
SOCW 360
Social Work Practice III (Groups)
3
SOCW 466
Field Internship I^^
4
SOCW 468
Field Internship II^^
4
SOCW 467
Senior Practicum Seminar I^^
3
SOCW 469
Senior Practicum Seminar II^^
3
SOCW 478
Social Work Research Methods^^
3
SOCW 479
Social Work Research Project***
3
SOCW 496
Senior Seminar: Ethics in the Helping Professions*
3
Select one of the following:
SOCW 333
Social Work Practice II^^
3
SOCW 335
Community Transformation^^^
6
Social Work Electives6 units
Two electives (6 units) are required for completion of the social work major. One must be taken from courses offered within the department. The second may be taken from either group of approved courses.
Choose 3 units from the following social work electives:
SOCW 380
Understanding International Social Problems and Services through Study Abroad
3
SOCW 400
Grant and Proposal Writing
3
SOCW 410
Family Violence
3
SOCW 415
Addictions: Assessment and Intervention
3
SOCW 420
Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities
3
SOCW 425
Introduction to International Development
3
SOCW 430
Introduction to Nonprofit Management
3
SOCW 497
Readings
1–4
Choose another 3 units from the above or one of the following courses:
PSYC 452
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
3
SOC 405
The Sociology of Gender
3
SOC 425
Social Movements
3
ETHN 355
The Asian American Experience
3
ETHN 356
The African American Experience
3
ETHN 357
The Chicano(a)/Latino(a) Experience
3
GLBL 355
Principles and Practice of Community Engagement (available only through study abroad)
3
MINC 456
Ministry Organization and Administration
3
MINY 400
Christian Values and Human Sexuality
3
PSYC 360
Abnormal Psychology
3
PSYC 410
Psychology of Exceptional Children
3
PSYC 430
Intervention Strategies with Children
3
PSYC 450
Counseling
3
SOC 359
Immigrant L.A. (available only through L.A. Term)
3
SOC 455
Crime and Delinquency
3
SOC 464
Social Stratification
3

*Meets a General Education Core requirement.
**Meets the Upper-Division Writing Intensive requirement.
^^Must list social work as primary major to enlist in these courses.
^^^SOCW 335 is available only through the L.A. Term and includes a service learning component.

Field Internship

During the senior year, social work majors complete a 400-hour field internship in one of several approved agencies in the community. This provides a setting for the development of practice skills in social work and an opportunity for students to integrate classroom learning with practice. Students must purchase liability insurance prior to entering their field internship. The director of field education discusses the application process with students in their junior year. No credit is given for life experience or for previous or current work experience. Students must complete the internship as part of their degree requirements.

Professional Portfolio Requirement

Students must purchase and develop an online professional portfolio representing the knowledge and skills mastered as a result of participation in the program. Key assignments completed as part of the coursework must be uploaded to an online portfolio using TaskStream software. Students may refer to the Social Work Student Handbook, available from the department, for full details.

Transfer of Credits

Students transferring from CSWE-accredited undergraduate social work programs may submit to their advisor a list of social work courses completed within the last five years for evaluation for transfer of credits. Each course will be evaluated by the department on a case-by-case basis for compatibility with program requirements. General Education requirements for the major will be assessed by the Office of the Undergraduate Registrar.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.