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SW Major for students who entered Skidmore prior to fall 2014



The major leads to a bachelor of science degree. The social work major must successfully complete the following ten courses in social work for a total of 41 credit hours: SW 212, SW 222, SW 241, SW 253, SW 333, SW 334, SW 338, SW 340, SW 381, and SW 382.



WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: All social work majors will be required to complete two Writing Enhanced courses as part of the fulfillment of their major: SW 241 and SW 333. The writing requirement is intended to prepare students to write effectively for a variety of professional audiences including researchers, clinicians, and supervisors. In these courses, students will:

  1. Develop a feasible research proposal that includes a well-integrated literature review, a thorough description of the selected research methodology, a discussion of the practice/policy implications of the proposed work, and an appropriate data collection instrument (SW 241);

     
  2. Develop a clinical portfolio that includes a well-defined learning contract for field work, clear and concise progress notes, an objective and comprehensive psychosocial assessment, and a self-assessment that demonstrates the student's ability to reflect on their work with clients and connect field work to course concepts (SW 333).



SW Major - Effective for students who entered Skidmore in fall 2014 and beyond
(Class of 2018 and beyond)



The major leads to a bachelor of science degree. The social work major must successfully complete the following ten courses in social work for a total of 41 credit hours: SW 212, SW 222, SW 241, SW 253, SW 333, SW 334, SW 338, SW 340, SW 381, and SW 382.

LIBERAL ARTS REQUIREMENT FOR SOCIAL WORK MAJORS: In addition to the required courses for the major in social work, students are required to take two liberal arts courses from the following list prior to their senior year: GO 101 (meets social science requirement), EC 103 (meets QR2 requirement), EC 104 (meets QR2 requirement), SO 226 (meets QR2 requirement).



WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: All social work majors will be required to complete two writing-enhanced courses as part of the fulfillment of their major: SW 241 and SW 333. The writing requirement is intended to prepare students to write effectively for a variety of professional audiences including researchers, clinicians, and supervisors. In these courses, students will:

  1. Develop a feasible research proposal that includes a well-integrated literature review, a thorough description of the selected research methodology, a discussion of the practice/policy implications of the proposed work, and an appropriate data collection instrument (SW 241);

     
  2. Develop a clinical portfolio that includes a well-defined learning contract for field work, clear and concise progress notes, an objective and comprehensive psychosocial assessment, and a self-assessment that demonstrates the student's ability to reflect on their work with clients and connect field work to course concepts (SW 333).



Suggested Liberal Arts Courses for Prospective Social Work Majors

Students are encouraged to think carefully about how they approach the liberal arts requirement. A liberal education involves an appreciation of the relationship between the past and the present, an understanding of the social world, and the ability to communicate orally, in writing, and across cultures, as well as reasoning scientifically and quantitatively. Study in the liberal arts produces a deepened sense of self, and most profoundly, a commitment to lifelong learning. Social work practice rests on the liberal arts; the profession depends on broadly educated, reflective practitioners who integrate knowledge and ways of knowing from multiple disciplines, and who are committed to a life of curiosity, inquiry, and learning. Students considering a social work major are encouraged to consider the courses below as they fulfill the liberal arts requirement.



Expository Writing

AM 230 - Born in America



Quantitative Reasoning

EC 103 - Introduction to Macroeconomics (fulfills liberal arts requirement for social work wajors)

EC 104 - Introduction to Microeconomics (fulfills liberal arts requirement for social work majors)

MS 104 - Introduction to Statistics

SO 226 - Statistics for the Social Sciences
(fulfills liberal arts requirement for social work majors)



Humanities

AM 260A - Themes In American Culture: Civil Rights In Twentieth-Century United States

GO 102 - Introduction to Political Philosophy

RE 103 - Religion and Culture

RE 211 - Western Religions (A)



Natural Science

BI 120 - Human Biology and Medical Decisions: Food, Disease, Sex, Sleep

EX 111 - Introduction to Exercise Science

NS 101 - Neuroscience: Mind and Behavior



Social Sciences

ED 115 - School and Society

GO 101 - Introduction To American Government

GO 211 - Courts, Politics, and Judicial Process in the United States

HI 225 - Thinking about Race and Ethnicity: "Race" in America, 1776-Present

HI 261 - African-American History

SO 202 - The Individual In Society

SO 203 - Femininities and Masculinities

SO 204 - Introduction to Race, Class, and Gender



Cultural Diversity

AM 231 - Ethnic and Immigrant Experience

AM 236 - Jazz: A Multicultural Expression

AM 342 - Black Feminist Thoughts

HI 228 - Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America

RE 215 - Islam (A)






POLICIES AND PROCEDURES



Admission: Students must apply for admission to the social work major during their sophomore year. Selection is based on demonstrated academic competence, a willingness to abide by the profession's code of ethics, and suitability for beginning professional practice. Applications for admission are available from social work faculty. Students planning on going abroad should talk with the program director in their first year.



Senior-Year Field Experience: The social work major culminates in a field experience in the spring semester of the senior year. Students must complete all course prerequisites prior to enrolling in the field practicum. In addition, the nature of the field experience requires that the department reserves the right to deny enrollment in the field practicum to any student, if in the judgment of the faculty that student's scholastic or professional preparation for beginning social work practice is insufficient.



Students serve as beginning social workers four days per week for a minimum of 400 hours over the course of the semester. This experience provides them with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in an agency setting. They are integrated into the field experience as regular staff and assume the functions of beginning social work practitioners in such roles as counselors, advocates, and researchers. They receive supervision from agency field instructors and support through ongoing monitoring of the placement by the social work program. Students also meet in a weekly seminar to discuss their field experiences and professional development.

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