Social Work Program Overview 

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK

(Accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, 2003)

The Social Work core course requirements at the Junior and Senior levels lead to the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree. As of February, 2003 the Social Work Program was awarded accreditation as a professional program by the Council on Social Work Education. The primary purpose of the B.S.W. Program is to prepare students from a generalist perspective as an entry level practitioner with a knowledge base and skills which include, but is not limited to, practice in social work and social welfare, maximizing human development and dignity, social justice and equality for diverse populations. The curriculum comprises a liberal arts base, combined with professional courses, skills and ethics. Preparation for a career as a generalist practitioner in Social Work is augmented by a supervised field practicum. Students with an interest in child welfare can complete the child welfare electives and an internship with the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). Students completing the child welfare curriculum will receive a Child Welfare Certificate. Students were previously able to receive the Title IV-E Scholarship; however, the program was suspended in the State of Georgia in 2012.

The major of Social Work requires:

1. Completion of 125 semester hours with a minimum 2.5 cumulative G.P.A.
2. Completion of all major courses with grades of “B” or above
3. Completion of the ACAT examination

CHILD WELFARE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: (TITLE IV-E) --- CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

Students who are admitted to the Social Work Program can apply for the Title IV-E Scholarship. The student must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5. Three Social Work electives are required in conjunction with an internship with the Department of Family and Children Services. Interested students should contact the Social Work Department Chair or the Title IV-E Coordinator.

The three required electives courses:

SOWK 3275: Forensic Interviewing
SOWK 3291: Family and Child Welfare
SOWK 3383: Social Work with Families

DUAL MAJORS

A Dual Major in Social Work is available for students interested in combining several areas of studies with permission from the Chair of the particular area of study from which the student is pursuing a dual major. Students interested in a dual major must complete the required field practicum in Social Work. Completion of a dual major requires additional semester hours beyond the first degree. A dual curriculum must be agreed upon by the Chair of the Department of Social Work as well as the Chair of the Department in which the student is pursuing another degree.