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The Major

The following is taken from the University of Sioux Falls 2005-2007 Catalog, pp. 83-84

Admission to the Program: Students wishing to major in Social Work may either declare a Social Work major when they enter the University of Sioux Falls or later indicate their intention by completing an official Change of Major Form. The student will then be assigned a Social Work advisor and will be encouraged to enroll in the first three Social Work courses: SWK 120 Introduction to Social Work, SWK 121 Fields of Practice in the Social Services, and SWK 250 Social Work Practicum I.


To be formally admitted to the Social Work Program, a student must:

1) Have completed 45 hours of course work (soophomore status) with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

2) Have completed SWK 130 & SWK 341 with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

3) Demonstrate competency in written and oral communication. (Students must have completed LAR 111 and SPE 100 with a minimum grade of “C-” in each course; students transferring credit for LAR 111 from other institutions will be required to complete a writing competency exam administered by the English Department).

4) Complete an application for admission to the program, available from the Social Work faculty. This application includes basic biographical data; information on employment and volunteer experiences; and questions regarding the student’s interest, readiness, and suitability for a career in Social Work. Students are also asked for full disclosure of the following: current alcohol and/or substance dependency problems and treatment, and conviction of any felony and/or conviction of any misdemeanor that involved bodily harm to another. If the applicant is currently in treatment, an independent psychological evaluation and assessment by a recognized agency will be required. Students who are involved in treatment for substance dependency, emotional problems and/or mental illness must sign a release of information form in order that the Social Work Program faculty have access to any relevant information on the applicant’s recovery process.

5) Be successfully reviewed by the Social Work Program faculty. The faculty will conduct an interview with each applicant. All information obtained through this process will be held in confidence. Knowingly making a false oral or written statement during the admission process could result in denial of admission to the program.

6) Sign a statement indicating that he/she has read and will follow the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (to be found in the Social Work Student Handbook).

Students transferring course work from another accredited Social Work Program will be expected to provide the Social Work
Program faculty with the names of two references from the program as well as written permission to contact these references. Applicants will be notified in writing of the admission decision of
the Social Work Program faculty.

There are four possible outcomes of this admission process:

1) Acceptance to the program.

2) Conditional acceptance into the program. In this case, the applicant will be notified of specific areas which, in the professional judgment of the Social Work Program faculty, need improvement and/or correction.

3) Delayed decision. The applicant will be notified of specific conditions which must be met before admission will be reconsidered.

4) Denial. The applicant will be notified of specific reasons for rejection of his/her application for admission.



Advising

Social Work faculty assume full professional responsibility in the counseling and guidance of students in the program, including academic advising, career counseling, assistance with graduate school planning and assistance with job placement.

Double Majors
pecial schedules may be developed to obtain double majors with Social Work in Sociology, Psychology and Early Childhood. Students are encouraged to consult with Social Work faculty for double major curriculum scheduling.

Practicum
All Social Work majors will complete 400 hours of supervised practicum during the Spring semester of their Senior year. Enrollments are limited in these courses, and application for practicum must be made prior to the semester of enrollment. Students will need to arrange for transportation for practicum courses. Internships, independent studies, and life experiences may not be substituted for the practicum requirements.

Social Work (B.A.) Goals
The Social Work program is designed to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice by combining a strong liberal arts base with a comprehensive professional education. It provides students with an understanding of the basic goals, philosophy, functions and values of social welfare as an institution in American luralistic society and is designed to develop professional knowledge and skills for ethical social work practice.

The program focuses on preparing each student to develop his or her maximum capacity for a self-directed, analytical and disciplined approach to social work practice through a variety of problem-solving processes and roles. The program is accredited on the undergraduate level by the Council on Social Work Education, and successful completion of the program entitles graduates to membership in the National Association of Social Workers, advanced placement in most graduate schools of Social Work and employment in a variety of agencies where staff are required to have an accredited Social Work degree.

Vocational Applications
Beginning generalist social work practice includes traditional social work positions such as mental health, social work with elderly, medical social work, corrections, family and children’s services, and may also include case management, human resources, special ministries in churches, community planning, recreation, work with the disabled and any other position which requires ability to work with people and the community.

Requirements

In addition to meeting the regular degree requirements of the university, students must take 50 semester hours in departmental offerings, which must include the following courses (or equivalents). A minimum course grade of “C-” is required for each of the courses of the major. Service learning assignments (in addition to practicum) are required for some Social Work courses. Students are expected to attend four reservation visits.

Departmental Requirements

SWK 130 Introduction to Social Work
SWK 302 Human Diversity
SWK 309 Social Welfare Policy Analysis
SWK 310 Social Welfare Policy & Community Practice
SWK 341 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SWK 342 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
SWK 362 Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families
SWK 363 Social Work Practice with Groups
SWK 430 Field Instruction
SOC/PSY 233 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SOC/PSY 250 Methods of Research
+ Six semester hours of social work deparment electives


When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a great benign power in the universe whose name is God and he is able to make a way out of no way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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