Social Work

Social Work Department


The mission of The College of St. Scholastica Undergraduate Social Work Program is to prepare social work practitioners who demonstrate entry-level competence, practice ethical behavior, promote social justice and serve diverse communities in the Benedictine tradition, which includes the values of community, hospitality, respect, stewardship, and love of learning. Social work addresses the needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. The core values of the profession are service, social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Program embraces the mission of the social work profession in the context of the College's Benedictine tradition. The program requires graduates to be well prepared for beginning generalist professional practice.


The St. Scholastica Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE is recognized by the Commission for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting body for social work education in the United States. All accredited programs must comply with CSWE established policies and program standards. CSWE states:


"The purpose of the social work profession is to promote human and community well-being. Guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work's purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons." (CSWE, 2008. Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.)


Generalist social work practice is grounded in the liberal arts and the person and environment construct. To promote human and social well-being, generalist practitioners use a range of prevention and intervention methods in their practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The generalist practitioner identifies with the social work profession and applies ethical principles and critical thinking in practice. Generalist practitioners incorporate diversity in their practice and advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. They recognize, support, and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings. They engage in research-informed practice and are proactive in responding to the impact of context on professional practice. Baccalaureate social work practice incorporates all of the core competencies.


Graduates find employment in a variety of settings, some of which include: child and family service agencies, hospitals and other health care facilities, community action agencies, schools, child and adult protection, residential treatment programs, tribal social service agencies, gerontological services, mental health settings, criminal justice, developmental/mental disability programs, and international social work.


St. Scholastica graduates also may enter most MSW programs with advanced standing, requiring only 12 - 16 months of graduate study. For students who care about people and want to make a difference, social work may be the appropriate major.


Department Chair
Lee Gustafson, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., L.I.S.W.


Director, Undergraduate Social Work Program
Marcia Runnberg, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

The St. Scholastica Undergraduate Social Work Program has three goals and 11 specified educational outcomes that are the basis for assessing program effectiveness. Students who graduate from this program have had courses grounded in the liberal arts and a successively more advanced set of professional learning experiences that lead to competence for entry-level social work practice, community service and graduate education. The mission, goals, and outcomes specified by the program are the same for the main campus and the distance sites, as follows:


Goal One
The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Program will prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.


Outcomes


Students will:


1. Apply the NASW Code of Ethics in academic and professional practice settings with an understanding of and respect for the positive value of diversity.
2. Understand the forms and mechanisms of discrimination and oppression and, with this understanding, participate in activities that promote social and economic justice.
3. Demonstrate the professional use of self.
4. Understand the bio-psycho-social-spiritual variables that affect individual development and behavior, and apply theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions among individuals and between individuals and their social environment.
5. Understand the development of social policies; analyze the effects social policies have on client systems, workers, and agencies; and develop advocacy skills to promote socially just policy development.
6. Demonstrate the ability to produce and effectively use social science research and, with supervision, evaluate their practice interventions.
7. Demonstrate effective use of communication skills with varied and diverse client populations, colleagues and members of the community.


Goal Two

The Social Work Program will foster the mission of the College and the values from the Benedictine heritage: community, hospitality, respect, stewardship, and the love of learning.

Outcomes


Students will:


1. Examine Benedictine values, personal beliefs and social work values, and develop an integrated personal and professional value statement.
2. Demonstrate personal and beginning professional contributions to the community through direct service, research, and modeling ethical behavior.
3. Engage in the political process by creating a sense of community while valuing the uniqueness of the individual.

Goal Three
The Social Work Program will prepare students for lifelong learning.


Outcome


Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships, and continue professional growth and development.
The College of St. Scholastica Undergraduate Social Work Program prepares students in the generalist social work practice model, with emphasis on acquisition of basic knowledge, values and skills essential to beginning-level professional practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. The program is guided by the liberal arts tradition of the College and integrates a humanistic, egalitarian educational philosophy with rigorous, sequential academic programming. Students completing the program are prepared to work in rural, urban, and international areas with diverse populations.


Core Competencies


Accreditation standards require that the baccalaureate social work curriculum prepares graduates for generalist practice through mastery of a set of core competencies. These core competencies are measurable practice behaviors that are comprised of knowledge, values, and skills. St. Scholastica Social Work students delineate the educational goals and objectives of the Social Work Program through demonstration of specific competencies that serve to inform and aid evaluation of those students' preparation for generalist social work practice. These competencies serve as a link between what may be observed or demonstrated in student knowledge, value and skill performance, and the program's curriculum expectations. In a general way, these competencies and accepted practice standards operationalize the educational objectives for students, faculty, and administration and provide a common set of definitions to gauge performance and behavior. The ten core competencies are listed below.


1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Social Work Licensure
The College of St. Scholastica Undergraduate Social Work Program enables graduates to sit for licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Additionally, the curriculum is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching for School Social Worker Licensure. Students seeking licensure as a school social worker are required to complete the social work major coursework and SWK 4555 Field II Practicum in a school setting under the supervision of a licensed school social worker, consisting of at least 450 contact hours during one school year.


Social Work major


General education requirements:


• BIO 1102 or BIO 2110 and 2120
• PSY 1105 or PSY 2208
• SOC 2265 or SOC 4405 or INS 4410 or INS
4415 or INS 4420 or WGS 1011
• SOC 1125 or HIS/WGS 2231 or SOC 2433 -
Social/Behavior Science elective (4 cr.)
• Religion elective (4 cr.)


Social Work core requirements:
SWK 2240, 3000, 3339, 3360, 3362, 3370, 3383, 3385, 3500, 3555, 4440, 4441, 4449, 4470, 4555; and a minimum of 4 credits of SWK topics 3777/4777, or other approved elective courses.


Other requirements
Students provide their own transportation to community learning experiences such as their field practicum during the junior and senior years. Students are required to submit a criminal background check and receive DHS clearance before beginning field experiences. Students first become members of NASW at the beginning of their junior year and maintain membership through graduation. Students planning to attend graduate school (including programs offering advanced standing in social work) are strongly recommended to take a statistics course (PSY 2335 or 3331; or SWK 3131 & 3132), and a Biology course with human content (Bio 1102 or Bio 2110 and 2120).


Admission and retention procedure and policy
All entering students are encouraged to submit their application for the Social Work major with the Registrar's Office once they are an intended major. Social Work majors apply for formal admission to the Undergraduate Social Work Program during the spring semester of the sophomore year. For fall junior-status priority admission, students transferring from a community college with an A.A. degree should make application to both the College and the Social Work Program by April 15.


Admission to the Social Work Program is a prerequisite condition for registration in SWK 3370/3000


Application to the Social Work Program includes the following:


1. Written application from the student.
2. One recommendation, preferably from an agency supervisor who has observed the student in relationship to a client population.
3. Possible interview by the Social Work Program Admissions Committee.


The Social Work Program Director/Chair informs the student of the decision in writing by June 15.


Possible actions include:

• Acceptance of application.
• Denial of application. Students who are denied admission to the Social Work Program have the right to appeal the decision to the Social Work Grievance Committee.
Admission and retention criteria for the program are:
• Student must maintain acceptable academic standing. For admission this includes: junior standing; a 2.5 overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale); and a 3.0 cumulative GPA in psychology, sociology and social work courses. All social work courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C. Retention requires continuation of these minimum grades. Students who earn a grade below C in any required social work course must retake the course prior to enrollment in the next course in the professional practice sequence.
• Students are expected to exhibit commitment to the profession through attendance and active participation in classes.
Other evaluative criteria used by the program include:
• Ability to demonstrate increasingly more advanced writing skills.
• Demonstration of growth and maturity as a person and as a professional.
• Willingness to give and receive honest and respectful feedback.
• Increased growth in self-awareness.
• Satisfactory performance in prerequisite courses, as well as in seminar and field experiences.
• Positive references from academic and field representatives throughout the student's education.
• Proper use of supervisory and collegial resources.
• Ability to uphold the NASW Code of Ethics.


Many students enter St. Scholastica having first completed a portion of their education through a community college or other academic institution. In some cases, students complete associate degrees in human service or through other degree programs. The College recognizes previous academic work through recognition of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) and the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC). Additionally, the Social Work Program maintains strong reciprocal relationships with many community colleges, using specific articulation agreements and guides between the community college program and the College Social Work Department. These agreements specify transfer course equivalencies and other conditions to help transfer students meet necessary prerequisites, program admission requirements, and transfer to St. Scholastica "seamlessly." Fulfilling the terms of an articulation agreement or transfer guide is necessary in order for a student to receive full credit of transferred coursework to be applied for St. Scholastica graduation. Please feel free to contact one of the Social Work Program distance-site coordinators or the undergraduate director if you have questions.


The Social Work Program reserves the privilege of accepting and retaining in the program only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, Admission Committee and Grievance Committee, satisfy the requirements of scholarship and the integrity of the social work profession as set forth in the NASW Code of Ethics. No academic credit is awarded for life or previous work experiences in this degree program.


Social Work Diversity Statement


The Social Work Program encourages all students to learn about the diversity in their communities. Program activities are dedicated to expanding students' experiences with diversity and to assist them in developing cultural competency. The Social Work Program conducts all of its activities without discrimination on the basis of age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, marital status, physical and mental ability, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, tribal sovereign status, or status with regard to public assistance.


SWK 2200 - Service Learning - 2 cr.
Provides opportunities for students to perform service to the community and to engage in reflective learning on the meaning of that service. The services performed by students in this class will be with established non-profit and service agencies.

SWK 2220 - Core Concepts of the Social Work Profession - 2 cr.
Provides an introduction to the foundation of social work as a profession, outlining the primary knowledge, competencies, values, and skills that characterize contemporary social work practice. This entry-level course surveys a variety of professional practice settings, allowing students the opportunity for career exploration within the social work profession.

SWK 2240 - Introduction to Professional Social Work (II) - 4 cr.
Provides an introduction to the foundation of social work as a profession and outlines the primary knowledge, values, and skills that characterize contemporary practice. This entry-level course surveys a variety of professional practice settings allowing students an opportunity for career exploration within the social work profession. In addition, the course reviews the historical and philosophical background of social work. Students demonstrate increased awareness of personal values in exploring both the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, and the Benedictine values. The course emphasizes the experience of populations at risk and analyzes factors that constitute being at risk Through the use of weekly classroom lectures, discussion, readings, audio visual tools, and service learning assignments, students increase awareness of the value of promoting social and economic justice across all levels of practice.

SWK 2777 - Topics in Social Work - 1-4 cr.
Selected topics.

SWK 3000 - Integrated Lab - 1-2 cr.
This integrative laboratory course facilitates students' understanding of their learning experience through critical reflection, lecture, experiential learning, small group interactions with faculty and peers, and community-centered experiences. Specific lab curriculum will address topical themes related to content from social work core courses in which students are concurrently enrolled. The laboratory also serves as an opportunity for the organization and development of a professional portfolio. Students work with specific frameworks and templates, but individualize the content of their portfolios and capture their unique learning experiences and professional goals.


SWK 3131 - Statistical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice ( V ) - 2 cr.
This course is the first of two courses designed to help students build a critical understanding of statistical concepts commonly used in the professional literature and for evidence-based practice. Students will learn to choose appropriate statistical analyses, conduct analysis, interpret findings, and communicate results clearly and effectively in the context of the helping professions. The concepts considered in this course include those related to the representation of information (descriptive statistics - mean, standard deviation, graphing) and those concepts related to drawing conclusions based on sample data (inferential statistics - probability, the normal distribution, hypothesis testing).

SWK 3132 - Statistical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice II ( V ) - 2 cr.
This course is the second of two courses designed to help students build a critical understanding of statistical concepts commonly used in the professional literature and for evidence-based practice. Students will learn to choose appropriate statistical analyses, conduct analysis, interpret findings, and communicate results clearly and effectively in the context of the helping professions. The concepts considered in this course include those related to the representation of information (descriptive statistics - mean, standard deviation, graphing) and those concepts related to drawing conclusions based on sample data (inferential statistics - probability, the normal distribution, hypothesis testing). Prerequisite: SWK 3131.
Prerequisite Course: SWK 3131

SWK 3339 - Preparation for Field I - 1 cr.
Designed for junior social work students who will be participating in their field placement the following semester. Students have the opportunity to assess their interests and abilities, familiarize themselves with available field placement sites, explore and develop professional interviewing skills, complete necessary placement documentation, and interview with at least two prospective field placement sites. In class and out of class assignments will cover placement readiness, personal learning style, how to choose a field placement site, the role of the professional social worker through the lenses of the NASW Code of Ethics, the student application process for agency field placement, interviewing skills, contracting with an agency, developing a learning plan, the effective utilization of agency supervision, and getting the most out of the field placement.

SWK 3350 - Understanding Systems of Privilege and Oppression - 2 cr.
Deconstructs systems of privilege and oppression using the vehicles of race and class. Contrasts varying experiences with systems of privilege and oppression within the United States. Connects these systems to our individual and collective socialization to allow for a critique of how each has been impacted by such systems. Examines the internal and external, individual and systemic supports for inequity and provides a framework for deconstructing, dismantling and resisting those systems of oppression, individually and collectively.

SWK 3360 - American Social Welfare Policy - 4 cr.
Examines the history, current structures and future of social welfare policy, and the role of social policy in social work practice. Course content includes: identification of local, state, federal and international political processes that shape the development of domestic and international social policy; analysis of current limitations and strengths in social policy; application of research relevant to existing and potential social policy; and consideration of controversial policies and social reform strategies. Policy analyses of the following issues are examined: income redistribution, poverty, discrimination, child welfare, mental health, housing, healthcare as well as other relevant economic/political/ organizational systems. The purpose of the course is to challenge students to recognize and understand the relationship between social problems, social values, social institutions, client advocacy, and social change as they prepare for entry-level generalist social work practice.

SWK 3362 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment - 4 cr.
Provides students with knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and social environments through a social systems approach as affected by biological, cultural, environmental, psychosocial and spiritual factors across the life span. Content includes empirically-based theories and knowledge that focus on the interactions between and among individual, family, small group, organizational and community roles in human behavior as related to social work practice. Course focuses on cultural, ethnic and lifestyle diversity and its effects on achieving health and well-being. Prerequisites: SWK 2240, Psy 1105 or 2208, and BIO 1102, or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite Courses: SWK 2240, PSY 1105 or 2208, and BIO 1102, or permission of the instructor.

SWK 3370 - Generalist Social Work Practice - 2 cr.
The first of the four practice courses. This course provides students with the fundamental concepts, principles and skills necessary to engage in beginning generalist social work practice at the baccalaureate level. It explores the unique aspects and challenges of the social work profession, emphasizes the professional commitment and values necessary to provide service to culturally diverse and vulnerable populations, promotes understanding and use of a strength's practice perspective, examines the NASW Code of Ethics, and introduces the generalist intervention problem- solving method for practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Students develop interviewing skills and the professional use of self. Prerequisites: SWK 2240, PSY 1105 or 2208, and admission to the social work program.

Prerequisite Courses: SWK 2240, PSY 1105 or 2208, and admission into the Social Work Program.

SWK 3380 - Child Welfare - 4 cr.
Examines the social welfare system as it affects children in American society. Students learn about critical factors that affect the needs of children and families in contemporary society. Child maltreatment, protective intervention, family preservation, family assessment and alternative substitute care are some of the key issues addressed. Students also learn about human service agencies and programs providing services to children and families. Course content includes theory, practices services and research in the field of child welfare.

SWK 3383 - Social Work with Individuals and Families - 4 cr.
The second course in the social work practice sequence. This course builds on the knowledge and skills taught in SWK 3370. Students continue to demonstrate mastery of interviewing skills and application of the generalist intervention model on a more advanced level working with individuals, couples, and families. This course includes information on and practice with: contemporary social work practice theories, social histories, individual and family assessments; assessment of suicidal potential and Duty to Warn; treatment plans; three generational genograms; and eco-maps and professional documentation skills. Students participate in role playing, client case analysis and ethical practice dilemmas. Prerequisites: SWK 2240, SWK 3000, SWK 3362, and SWK 3370.
Prerequisite Courses: SWK 2240, SWK 3000, SWK 3362, and SWK 3370.

SWK 3385 - Social Work Research and Evaluation - 4 cr.
Qualitative and quantitative approaches to building evidence-based generalist social work practice. Students acquire knowledge and develop skills necessary for assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of practice interventions and social service programs. Course goals are to prepare students to be competent consumers, producers, and communicators of social science research. Course content includes: steps in practice research; ethnic-sensitive research practice; empirical research strategies for assessing micro, mezzo and macro social work interventions; developing and implementing a research project; and effective use of computer technology as an integral part of both research and human service practice.

SWK 3390 - Understanding Immigration/Refugee Issues in Social Work Practice - 0-4 cr.
Through the utilization of "participatory action research" learning, students will be immersed in social work practice issues and methods of service delivery with refugee and immigrant populations in present day Minnesota. Professional helping methods will focus on the unique aspects and challenges necessary for effective, culturally sensitive interventions. A bio-psycho- social-spiritual model of system assessment is infused. Students participate in classroom, community and service-learning opportunities. Students have the option to participate in a more in depth service experience through registering concurrently in SWK 3555 with permission of the instructors. Prerequisites: SWK 3362 and SWK 3370, or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite Courses: completion or concurrent enrollment in SWK 3362 and SWK 3370, or permission of the instructor.

SWK 3395 - Social Work and Health Care - 4 cr.
This course extends and elaborates on the generalist approach to social work practice in the field of healthcare. Students are introduced to social work practice in the health care field. The course is designed to expose students to the environment, terminology, culture, and nature of work in health care organizations. Students will examine the roles and duties of social workers in a variety of health care settings, i.e., clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, mental health clinics, rehabilitation centers, and community agencies. Through class discussions, readings, site visits, case studies, and presentations from area health care professionals, students will learn about practice modalities for populations with various diseases/conditions. Topics related to relevant health care and institutional policy issues will also be covered. Skill development will focus on psychosocial assessment, case planning, intervention strategies and documentation utilizing an electronic medical record, and working with the health care team. This course emphasizes ethics and human diversity related to age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability.

SWK 3500 - Integrated Lab - 1-2 cr.
This integrative laboratory course facilitates students' understanding of their learning experience through critical reflection, lecture, experiential learning, small group interactions with faculty and peers, and community-centered experiences. Specific lab curriculum will address topical themes related to content from social work core courses in which students are concurrently enrolled. The laboratory also serves as an opportunity for the organization and development of a professional portfolio. Students work with specific frameworks and templates, but individualize the content of their portfolios and capture their unique learning experiences and professional goals.

SWK 3555 - Field Practicum I - 1-16 cr.
This course is designed to provide students an entry-level opportunity to work in a social service agency, institution or organization in the role of a social work intern, 8-15 hours per week (120-280 total hours) during spring semester of their junior year. In placement, students prepare for effective social work practice within a pluralistic society including sensitivity to race, color, gender, age, creed, ethnic or national origin, handicap, or political or sexual orientation. Learning contracts are individually designed to meet the specific needs of each student and the requirements and opportunities available in each human service organization. Students participate in a weekly 100 minute small group seminar which emphasizes student-centered learning, personal/professional introspection and an opportunity to exchange information on agency placement experiences. Various general practice skills will be explored, including values, ethics, professional documentation, and intervention strategies. Students will be graded on a P/F basis. Prerequisites: SWK 2240, 3362, 3370, and 3339, or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite Courses: SWK 2240, SWK 3362, SWK 3339, and SWK 3370, or permission of the instructor.

SWK 3600 - Social Work and Technology - 2 cr.
Social Work and Technology is an online course for social work majors with any level of experience in the digital environment. Modern social workers use computers, internet, and software to meet the demands of their practice. Technological competency in social advocacy, privacy, confidentiality, use of critical thought, professional boundaries, and ethics will be applied. This course prepares learners for academic, professional, and practical success in emerging areas of practice.

SWK 3777 - Topics in Social Work - 1-4 cr.

SWK 3999 - Independent Study - 1-8 cr.

SWK 4000 - Integrated Lab III - 1-2 cr.
This integrative laboratory course facilitates students' understanding of their learning experience through critical reflection, lecture, experiential learning, small group interactions with faculty and peers, and community-centered experiences. Specific lab curriculum will address topical themes related to content from social work core courses in which students are concurrently enrolled. The laboratory also serves as an opportunity for the organization and development of a professional portfolio. Students work with specific frameworks and templates, but individualize the content of their portfolios and capture their unique learning experiences and professional goals.

SWK 4440 - SWK Intervention with Groups - 4 cr.
This course is the third sequenced course of four practice courses required for all Social Work majors. The course incorporates knowledge and skill content developed in SWK 3370 and SWK 3383. Students examine the nature and development of social work group practice within task and treatment groups. Specific attention is given to group dynamics theory, leadership and group facilitation skills, stages of group development, theories and techniques adapted to a variety of treatment and task group settings, ethical standards for group practice, and cultural and ethnic consideration in social work group intervention. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate group facilitation and memberships skills in group labs. In addition, students receive instruction in implementing empirically based interventions in evaluating practice effectiveness. Prerequisites: SWK 2240 and SWK 3370, or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite Courses: SWK 2240 and SWK 3370, or permission of the instructor.

SWK 4441 - Social Work/Community Systems - 4 cr.
Fourth course of the social work practice sequence. This course emphasizes the theories and skills necessary for beginning social work practitioners to bring about effectively planned change in community groups, organizations and institutions. The course content addresses: community theory and community practice skills; organizational and inter-organizational practice theory and skills; community organizing in a diverse society; macro social work research; and, theories and skills for professional development and macro level interventions. It provides students experiential learning opportunities. Prerequisite: SWK 2240.
Prerequisite Course: SWK 2240.

SWK 4449 - Preparation for Field II - 1 cr.
Designed for senior social work students in preparation for their senior field experience. Students have the opportunity to assess their interests and abilities, familiarize themselves with available field placement sites, complete necessary paperwork and interview with at least three field placement supervisors. Prerequisite: SWK 3555, or permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite Course: SWK 3555, or permission of the instructor.


SWK 4470 - Independent Professional Project - 2-4 cr.
Senior project integrating coursework and field placement experience of the student's social work education. The project must address these nine basic foundation areas: values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, work with populations at risk, human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policies and services, social work practice, research, field practicum and internship. Prerequisite: SWK 3385 and admission to the Social Work Program.

Prerequisite Course: SWK 3385 and admission to the Social Work Program.

SWK 4500 - Integrated Lab - 1-2 cr.
This integrative laboratory course facilitates students' understanding of their learning experience through critical reflection, lecture, experiential learning, small group interactions with faculty and peers, and community-centered experiences. Specific lab curriculum will address topical themes related to content from social work core courses in which students are concurrently enrolled. The laboratory also serves as an opportunity for the organization and development of a professional portfolio. Students work with specific frameworks and templates, but individualize the content of their portfolios and capture their unique learning experiences and professional goals. Prerequisite: SWK 4000.
Prerequisite Course: SWK 4000.

SWK 4555 - Senior Field Practicum - 1-16 cr.
A 450 to 560 hour social work internship in a social service agency, institution or organization during the senior year. The practicum provides students the opportunity to integrate direct practice with acquired theoretical knowledge and skills. A bi-weekly seminar facilitates the integration of classroom content and direct practice experience. Attention is given to the relationship between the purposes, values, and principles expressed in the NASW Code of Ethics and the professional practice of social work. Prerequisites: all social work courses except SWK 4470, and admission to the field sequence.
Prerequisite Courses: All other required social work major courses.

SWK 4777 - Topics in Social Work - 1-4 cr.
Courses not a regular part of Social Work curriculum but taught because of special need, interest or opportunity. Topics vary.

SWK 4999 - Independent Study - 1-4 cr.
Students select a particular topic of study with instructor. Individual student learning goals and method of evaluation are designed. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.