Curriculum

The design of the social work program at Xavier as an accredited program is grounded in the vision of social work education as set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Following the overarching CSWE principles, schools of social work are encouraged to develop their own programs as unique entities grounded in the mission of their institutions.

Threrefore, majors take required courses that reflect the following ten core competencies outlined by CSWE (see accreditation section for complete listing).

  1. Identify and conduct oneself as a professional
  2. Apply ethical principles to practice
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
  4. Engage diversity
  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
  9. Respond to context that shape practice
  10. Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

Requirements

  • Total minimum hours required for the Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) degree is 120 credit hours. This includes meeting core curriculum requirements as well as those for the major. Several courses required by the social work department fulfill the core curriculum requirements.
  • Major in social work: 53 credit hours.
  • Social Work Required Courses:
    • SOCW 167 Survey of Society in Social Work
    • SOCW 206 Intro to Gender & Divesity Studies
    • SOCW 208 Economics of Society
    • SOCW 299 Child Welfare & Development
    • SOCW 300 Adolescence-Older Adulthood
    • SOCW 315 Values, Poverty & Society
    • SOCW 316 Social Policy
    • SOCW 320 Communication Skills Seminar
    • SOCW Upper Level Diversity Course (Choose from SOCW 318 Race Relations, SOCW 325 Women/Men, or SOCW 338 LGBTQ)
    • SOCW 352 Research Methodology
    • SOCW 392 Practice I: Individuals
    • SOCW 393 Practice II: Groups & Families
    • SOCW 394 Practice III: Communities & Organizations
    • SOCW/THEO 404 Religion, Ethics & Professional Practice
    • SOCW 417 Field Instruction I
    • SOCW 418 Field Instruction II
    • SOCW 419 Seminar I
    • SOCW 420 Seminar II
    • SOCW 424 Research Paper
  • Non-Social Work Courses Required by the Major (also satisfy core curriculum requirements and are required by most graduate social work programs):
    • BIOL 120/125 Life: Ecology & People Lecture/Lab
    • BIOL 102/127 Life: Human Biology Lecture/Lab
    • MATH 116 or 156 Elementary or General Statistics
    • PSYC 101 General Psychology
    • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 
  • Courses Approved as Social Work Electives (3 courses/9 credit hours required):
    • SOCW 204 Social Problems
    • SOCW 300 Community Organizing
    • SOCW 318 Race Relations 
    • SOCW 325 Women/Men
    • SOCW 330 Community Organizing 
    • SOCW 338 LGBTQ
    • SOCW 402 Child Abuse & Family Violence
    • SOCW 444 Addictive Behaviors
    • CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (SOCW 101)
    • CJUS 260 Current Issues in Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 321 Juvenile Justie
    • COMM 101 Oral Communications
    • COMM 209 Group Dynamics
    • POLI 140 American Government and Politics
    • POLI 301 Political Philosophy
    • PSYC 261 Social Psychology (SOCW 261)
    • PSYC 277 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 367 Psychology of Aging 
  • View a general framework for the flow of courses throughout the four year program »