Degree Requirements

Social Work:
Degree Requirements

Students who complete the Social Work Program at Eastern Connecticut State University earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work. Course requirements for the Baccalaureate of Arts in Social Work degree at Eastern conform to curriculum standards set by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for social work education. Eastern’s program is accredited at the baccalaureate level by CSWE. CSWE curriculum standards require that social work education be grounded in the liberal arts and contain a coherent, integrated professional foundation in social work. Students will achieve ten competencies of professional social work practice as the result of completing the social work major. Download program information here.

Pre-Social Work Major (Freshman and Sophomore years)
Pre-social work majors are expected to work on the University’s general education requirements, the Social Work Program liberal arts foundation areas (SOC 100, PSY 100, PSC 110, ANT 106, and BIO 202, or equivalent courses) and SWK 200 – Introduction to Social Work.

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Requirements:
Eastern’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LAC) is the core rquirement for all Eastern students. Tier I Natural Science will be fulfilled by completing BIO 202, Tier I Social Science fulfilled by completing LAC courses such as SOC 100, PSY 100 or PSC 110, Tier II Applied Information Technology fulfilled by completing SWK 333, and Tier II Individuals and Society by completing SWK 311. See the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum website and your advisor for more information.

Social Work Program Liberal Arts Foundation Courses:

  • Sociological foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding the organization and functioning of human societies, social institutions, and groups. Typical courses used to fulfill this requirement include: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, SOC 300 Sociological Theory
  • Anthropological foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding of, and appreciation for the diversity of human ways of life and cultural perspectives. Typical courses used to fulfill this requirement include: ANT 106 Cultural Anthropology, ANT 337 Urban Anthropology
  • Human biology foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding the biological bases of human physical development and behavior. The course typically used to fill this requirement is: BIO 202 Human Biology.
  • Psychological foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding the psychology of individual perception and behavior. The typical course used to fulfill this requirement is PSY 100 General Psychology
  • American government foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding the American political system and government. Typical courses used to fulfill this requirement include: PSC110 American Government and Politics, PSC 200 State and Local Politics and Government.

Completion of at least four of the five Social Work Program liberal arts foundation areas is required for program admission but all five foundation courses must be completed.

Substantial completion of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LAC) is expected by the end of the junior year. All liberal arts foundation and professional foundation courses must be completed prior to admission to senior year practice and seminar courses.

Sophomore year: (Fall semester) and continuation of social work major professional foundation courses
SWK200Introduction to Social Work3
An overview of the social services and the profession of social work introducing students to the history of the field; knowledge, values and skills necessary for social work practice; and the variety of social service programs and agencies characterizing the field today. Human rights principles are explored. Includes a twenty hour field experience.
Note: Required for admission to the social work major. Complete program foundation requirements.

Junior year: (Fall semester)
SWK311The Social Environment and Human Behavior3
SOC 100 and ANT 106 must be completed prior to, or concurrently with, SWK 311
Provides the theoretical and empirical foundation for understanding the influence of macro systems on human behavior. Examines sociological, social psychological, economic, and cultural theories that are relevant to understanding organizations, communities, social institutions, society and the world at large. Highlights the forces of social exclusion and the consequences of social injustice. Develops students' awareness of self and others as shaped by these forces.

SWK325Social Welfare Policy3
PSC 110 must be completed prior to, or concurrently with enrollment in SWK 325.
Exploration of the use of social policy for meeting human needs and achieving social ideals. Introduction to the process of policy making and implementation emphasizing the impact of the political, economic, and cultural climate on social welfare policy and the roles of the public and private sectors in the delivery of social welfare services.

SWK330Research for Social Work 1X
Note: Open only to social work majors
Introduction to research methods in social work, with particular emphasis on the ethics of social work research, single system design, experimental design, surveys, program evaluation, and professional writing. A research proposal for studying an aspect of community practice is developed. To be carried out the following semester in SWK 333.

Junior year: (Spring semester)
SWK312Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
PSY 100 and BIO 202 must be completed prior to, or concurrently with SWK 312.
An overview of micro-level empirical and theoretical perspectives for understanding human behavior across the life cycle including the biological, psychological, and social factors which shape human lives. Includes discussion of individual, family, and group systems and evaluation and practical application of theory for generalist social work practice.

SWK300Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations3
Prerequisites: SWK 325, SWK 311
Co-requisite: SWK 333
Note: Open to social work majors only
Generalist social work knowledge for practice with communities and organizations is integrated with professional values and skills. The skills of assessment, goal setting, intervention, termination, and evaluation are taught. Major themes include social justice, social change, and empowerment. Includes a forty-hour macro practice field experience.

SWK333Research for Social Work II3
Prerequisites: SWK 330
Co-requisite: SWK 300
Note: Open only to social work majors
This course is a continuation of SWK 330 and is designed to give students practical, supervised experience in social work research. In this course, students will carry out research projects in a field setting using the proposals developed in SWK 330. Students will be introduced to SPSS and other data management and analysis techniques.

Senior year: (Fall semester)
SWK320Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families3
Prerequisites: SWK 200, SWK 312, SWK 300, SWK 333
Co-requisite: SWK 350
Note: Open to social work majors only
Generalist social work knowledge for practice with individuals, couples, and families is integrated with professional values and skills. The skills of assessment, goal setting, intervention, termination, and evaluation are taught. Major themes include the strengths perspective and cultural competence.

SWK350Social Work Internship and Seminar I6
Co-requisite: SWK 320
Note: Open only to social work majors
Provides a minimum of 200 hours of generalist practice experience under the supervision of a social work professional. Weekly seminar sessions integrate knowledge, values, and skills gained from classroom instruction and the field experience.

SWK475Social Work Senior Seminar3
Prerequisite: SWK 300
Co-requisite or Prerequisite: SWK 320, SWK 350
Note: Open only to social work majors. Fills writing-intensive course requirement.
Capstone seminar for social work students. Promotes critical thinking, the development of professional identity, and the integration of the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work curriculum. Content is related to central social work perspectives, systems change, human rights, the role of social work in the United States and the world, and emerging issues in the profession.

Senior year: (Spring semester)
SWK420Generalist Practice with Groups and Organizations3
Prerequisites: SWK 320, SWK 350
Co-requisite: SWK 450
Note: Open to social work majors only
Generalist social work knowledge for practice with groups and organizations integrated with professional values and skills. The skills of group development, assessment, goal setting, intervention, termination, and evaluation are taught. Emphasizes the power of the group as a mutual aid system and the use of task groups in organizational settings.

SWK450Social Work Internship and Seminar II6
Prerequisite: SWK 350
Co-requisites: SWK 420
Note: Open to social work majors only
Provides an additional minimum of 200 hours of generalist practice experience under social work supervision. Students are expected to build on their SWK 350 experience by assuming new responsibilities and challenges. Weekly seminar sessions integrate knowledge, values, and skills gained from classroom instruction and the field experience.


Social Work Electives
SWK245Social Gerontology3
Social, cultural, and physical factors which influence the process of aging. Special emphasis is given aspects of society which tend to improve or lessen the quality of life experienced by elderly people.
SWK344Substance Abuse3
Covers the causes, medical aspects, family dynamics, cross-cultural issues, and treatment modalities of drug and alcohol abuse. The course is designed with both undergraduate students and human service professionals in mind.
SWK369Working with Gambling Problems3
Covers the fundamentals for understanding gambling problems in the U.S. including an overview of the public policies for the treatment and control of gambling, an examination of the epidemiology of gambling across diverse groups, theoretical frameworks for assessing and intervention with problem gambling, and an understanding of the available research.
SWK365Special Topics in Social Work3
Note: Enrollment in some offerings may require consent of the instructor. One time offerings of social work elective courses. SWK 365 may be repeated for credit with a topic change.

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