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).
- Identify and conduct oneself as a professional
- Apply ethical principles to practice
- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
- Engage diversity
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being
- Respond to context that shape practice
- Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
- Total minimum hours required for the Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) degree is 120 credit hours. This includes meeting core curriculum requirments as well as those for the major. Several courses required by the social work department fulfill the core curriculum requirements. Core Curriculum see catalog.xavier.edu/preview_program.php.
- 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
6 Cool Classes
Survey of Society in Social Work (SOCW 167) [open to non-majors]
This course offers a beginning knowledge and historical understanding of the profession of social work, as well as the social institution of social welfare and health. Basic social welfare concepts and social and behavioral theories are studied analyzing current events through a social justice lens using critical thinking skills. In addition to engaging diversity, students are introduced to a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, policy analysis, generalist social work practice, resolving ethical dilemmas, and the variety of roles social workers perform and the settings in which they practice.
Course attributes include: Core Curriculum Social Science elective, Diversity Curriculum Requirement, and Gender & Diversity Studies minor elective.
Child Welfare & Development (SOCW 299) [open to non-majors]
This course provides the student knowledge of human development in the social environment from conception through fetal development, birth, infancy, early childhood, and middle childhood. An overview of both healthy and non-healthy development through the lens of diversity and within the context of social institutions, most notably the child welfare system and the family is presented. Students will learn about developmental niche, family pluralism with specific focus on grandparents parenting grandchildren, disproportional repressentation and disparity of outcomes for children of color in the child welfare system, and racial and gender identity development in childhood. Foundational theories and concepts are presented to prepare the student with knowledge for viewing development and human transitions through social interactions. Students will learn about child maltreatment, the child welfare system and services. This course is appropriate for many disciplines, especially in health related disciplines.
Course attributes include: Core Curriculum Social Science elective, Diversity Curriculum Requirement, Gender & Diversity Studies Minor elective, and Peace Studies minor elective.
Values, Poverty and Society (SOCW 315) [open to non-majors]
This course offers students basic knowledge and understanding of the overall concept of social welfare in our society, including its historical development from religious roots. The social institution of social welfare, and how its services and systems are implemented, is examined and analyzed in relationship to the five other social institutions considered to be the pillars of any society: the political, economic, education, religious, and family institutions. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of the influence of society values as well as student exploration of individual values. Theories of power, privilege, and poverty are examined as they relate to the evolution of social welfare policies and programs nationally and internationally.
Course attributes include: Core curriculum social science elective, Gender and Diversity studies minor elective, Diversity curriculum requirement elective, and an Ethics/Religion & Society fourth course elective.
Women/Men: Myth & Reality (SOCW 325) [open to non-majors]
In this course, students examine the changing roles of men and women in American culture, sex roles, sex stereotyping, and socialization of the sexes. This course will also look at the social conditions and attitudes which affect the role and status of women and men in the institutions of society are explored.
Course attributes include: Core curriculum Social Science elective, Peace Studies minor elective, Gender & Diversity studies minor elective, Diversity Curriculum Requirement elective, and Cultural Diversity elective.
Religion, Ethics, and Professional Practice (SOCW/THEO 404) [open to non-majors]
Designed for majors entering practice professions such as social work, nursing, psychology, criminal justice, medicine, and education, the primary goal of this course, team taught with theology faculty,is for students to understand and use a justified reasoning process for ethical decision making that recognizes the role of religion and/or spirituality for both clients and professionals using intriguing and complex real-life case studies. Emphasis is on the importance of cultural competence and diversity when interpreting ethical dilemmas.
Course attributes include: Gender & Diversity Studies minor elective, Core curriculum theology, and E/RS requirements.
Social Work Field Instruction (SOCW 417/418) [majors only]
This course provides the student an opportunity to work directly with client systems in an approved social service agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. Students will have an opportunity to integrate the knowledge, values and skills acquired in the classroom with real life practice experiences, and thus prepare themselves as generalist practitioners. This course will focus on the processes of intake, engagement, and assessment with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities utilizing a generalist practice approach. As the student progresses in field, the course will focus on the processes of planning, intervention and evaluation of clients. The course will increase the student's awareness and understanding of both their personal and professional selves within their role as a social work student and soon to be professional through the use of reflection and discernment.