2020-2021 Catalog

 

Social Work - B.S.W.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Social Work program is to prepare social work students for generalist entry-level practice and provide opportunities for students to become world changers who have a desire to integrate personal faith and learning to maximize one's ability to be of service to one's fellow human beings.

Core Competencies

Upon completion of the Social Work program at Indiana Wesleyan University, students will be able to demonstrate the following core competencies within the framework of the generalist model of social work practice:

  • Provide opportunities for the integration of Christian principles within the context of professional social work values and ethics.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  • Engage in diversity and difference in social practice.
  • Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  • Engage in policy practice.
  • Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate with individuals, families, groups and organizations.

Students wishing to continue graduate education may be eligible for advanced standing at many graduate schools of social work. Graduates of the Social Work program are eligible to become full members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and National Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW). Indiana Wesleyan University's Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); phone 703-683-8080.

Throughout the curriculum, theory and practice are integrated through a variety of classroom experiences and agency settings. Students are required to become active within the community in a variety of capacities throughout the program. Students are required to complete 90 volunteer hours prior to field placement. The senior field placement involves working 32 hours per week in a social service agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. According to CSWE the field placement is the signature pedagogy of Social Work program professional development.

 

Admission to the Social Work Program

Student admission to the Social Work program is a formal process separate from the initial declaration of Social Work as a major.  The process includes successful completion of the Introduction to Social Work course and completion of 45 credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 at the time of application to the program. The student will then be interviewed by the Social Work Admissions Committee made up of Social Work Faculty and Community Advisory Board members.  Based on the interview, letters of reference, and other application materials, the committee decides whether to grant admission into the program.  Any unfavorable decision may be appealed by following the grievance procedures on file in the department and student handbook.

 

General Education Competencies

Students in this major meet the general education competencies by taking the approved standard courses.

Requirements (70 credits)

Required Courses

BIO-106Environment and Society

4

-or

BIO-111Anatomy and Physiology I

4

ECO-211Introduction to Economics

3

POL-200State and Local Government and Politics

3

PSY-150General Psychology

3

SOC-150Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC-152Social Problems

3

SOC-210Intergroup Relations

3

SOC-482Social Research

3

SWK-170Introduction to Social Work

3

SWK-335Social Welfare Organization

3

SWK-336Social Policy

3

SWK-342Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3

SWK-343Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3

MAT-305Statistics for Social Sciences

3

SWK-355Social Work Practice I

3

SWK-356Social Work Practice II

3

SWK-357Social Work Practice III

3

SWK-366Social Work Field Placement I

3 to 6

SWK-370Social Work Field Placement Seminar I

3

SWK-466Social Work Field Placement II

6 to 9

SWK-470Social Work Field Placement Seminar II

3

MAT-305: Counts as general education math course for Social Work majors with a grade of "C" or above.

BIO-106, ECO-211, POL-200, PSY-150, SOC-150 and SOC-152: Counts as required general education courses for Social Work majors with a grade of "C" or above.

BIO-111: Students with a double major in Psychology are encouraged to choose this option.

Entrance Requirements

Along with submission of an application and SAT or ACT scores to the director of admissions, the student must declare social work as his or her choice of major. High school courses which provide a good foundation for the study of social work include social studies, sociology, psychology, American government, economics, English, writing, and communications.

Admission to the Social Work Program

The admission of students to the Social Work program is a formal process separate from the initial declaration of Social Work as a major. The process includes successful completion of the Introduction to Social Work course and completion of 45 credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 at the time of application to the program. The student will then be interviewed by the Social Work Admissions Committee made up of Social Work Faculty and Community Advisory Board members. Based on the interview, letters of reference, and other application materials, the committee decides whether to grant admission into the program. Any unfavorable decision may be appealed by following the grievance procedures on file in the department and student handbook.

Admission to Field Placement Internships

During the second semester of the junior year, each student is required to complete a Social Work Field Practicum Application. Students will be interviewed by the Director of Field Instruction and committee. Students are required to complete 90 hours of volunteer experience prior to being accepted into the Field Placement experience. This documentation is submitted along with the Field Practicum Application. Field Placement options are discussed and a tentative plan is created for Field Placement based on the student's interest and needs.

Continuation in the Social Work Program

The social work faculty reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student whose performance make it inadvisable to continue in the program. All decisions regarding continuation in the program are based on the recommendations of the Social Work Admissions Committee.

Students who receive a grade of less than a “C” in any course required for the social work major must repeat the course. Students must maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.5 and a 2.7 in the major. A senior must present a grade-point average of 2.7 in the field placement experience and a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 in order to graduate. Juniors or seniors who fall below this grade-point average will be placed on probation for the following semester. Failure to raise the grade-point average to 2.5 could then result in dismissal from the program.

In order to graduate, students must pass their final portfolio presentation given their spring semester of their senior year.

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