Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Water Tower Campus:
Professor Emerita: M. Dwyer
Associate Professors: E. Gumz (chairperson), M. Lundy, J. Rasheed, M. Vidal de Haymes
Assistant Professors: K. Gilbert, S. Grossman, T. Kilbane, J. Marley, S. Simon
Adjunct Professor: L. Laurie
The major in social work is offered at the Water Tower Campus. Courses are also available at the Lake Shore Campus. There are programs for both full and part-time students.
The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Social Work cooperatively administer an accredited undergraduate social work program which offers a bachelor of science degree with a major in social work. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The bachelorís degree prepares students to be generalist social work practitioners. This is the beginning level professional degree in social work. Faculty who teach in the undergraduate social work program are committed to educating students to work with vulnerable populations and to be sensitive to issues of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and disability. Students will receive 450 hours of field instruction with individualized supervision. Social workers can practice in many arenas including, but not limited to, health care, child welfare, social welfare policy, domestic violence, homelessness, corrections, juvenile justice, administration, and mental health.
Because of the shared value system, related educational thrust and experience in social work practice through the practicum, undergraduate students can elect to continue their education in the masterís program. The School of Social Work offers graduate studies leading to the degrees of Master of Social Work (MSW) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The MSW program includes social work in school settings and health settings, and dual degree programs in law and divinity.
Students with non-social work undergraduate majors who intend to apply for admission to the MSW program should be certain that they meet the requirements for a well rounded undergraduate preparation, preferably in the liberal arts. No academic credit is given for either life experience or previous work experience. Further information about the masterís program can be obtained from the School of Social Work, Loyola University, 820 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. (312-915-7005)
Requirements for the Major in Social Work: Eleven courses totaling 36 credit hours are required: 200, 201, 301, 302, 305, 307, 330, 340, 350, 370, and 390. The application for the social work major must be submitted to the department chairperson. Ordinarily a grade point average of 2.50 is required for admission to the major. All applications with GPAís between 2.00-2.50 will be reviewed by the undergraduate committee for a decision regarding admission on a probationary basis. A contract for raising the GPA to 2.50 will be developed by the undergraduate committee with the student whose GPA is below 2.50. The studentís academic advisor in the department is responsible for assisting the student to implement the terms of the contract. If the student is not able to raise the GPA to a 2.50 during the probationary period of two semesters, the student will not be allowed to continue in the major.
The student is assigned a faculty advisor who meets with the student at least once each semester to review progress and plan courses for the following semester.
The student is required to earn a grade of at least "C" in each social work course. If a student receives more than one course grade below "C" in social work, he/she may be withdrawn from the program. A "D"+ or "D" in a required course does not fulfill the prerequisite for any subsequent required social work course.
Seniors who have achieved a "B" average may register for 500-level elective courses in the graduate program. Graduate courses may be used to fulfill elective or major hours in the College of Arts and Sciences. With approval of the chairperson and the associate dean of the School of Social Work, six credit hours may be accepted in the masterís program. In no case may a student apply the same course to fulfill requirements for both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.
Requirements for the Field Placement: All students who plan to graduate with a major in social work must fulfill the requirement of a one-year practicum in a community agency designated and approved by the School of Social Work.
The application for admission to the social work practicum courses (330 and 340) must be submitted in writing to the director of field practice. A personal interview also is required. Students are not to contact agencies to set up a field placement without approval of the field director. Applications and interviews for the field practicum are scheduled during February and March of each year, and any students planning to begin the practicum must successfully complete the interview and the application process. Students must have satisfactorily completed or anticipate completion of SOWK 200, 201, 301, 305, and 390 prior to the fall of their senior year in order to participate in the application process for the field practicum. Ordinarily, the one-year field is designed as a two-semester (330 and 340), two full days each week, 450 hours a year placement, in which students are required to assume the duties of a professional social worker. The field courses (330 & 340) must each be passed with a grade of "C" or above. If a student receives a grade below "C" in either course, both field courses must be repeated at a different field site.
Related Course Requirements for Social Work Majors: PSYC 101, SOCL 101, PLSC 101; six hours of social science electives; a three-credit human biology course (Natural Science 103, 104, 108 or 109).
Requirements for the Minor in Social Work: Students interested in a minor in social work should consult the chairperson of the Social Work Department regarding a sequence of six courses (totaling 18 hours) which must include SOWK 200 201, 305, and 390. Grades of "C" or better must be earned in all minor courses. An application for the social work minor may be obtained at the departmental office.
*Approved by the chairperson of the Social Work Department.
Sequence of Courses: SOWK 200, 201, and 301, 305 and 390 are prerequisites for the social work practice courses.
Requirements for the Honors Program: Candidates for the honors degree must meet the general requirements for collegiate honors. In fulfilling the requirements of their major department, candidates must take two honors tutorial classes.
Requirements for Departmental Honors in Social Work: Candidates are expected to achieve a 3.50 or higher cumulative academic average, and for all courses in the major, both social work and ancillary requirements, totaling forty-five semester credit hours.
COURSES OF INSTRUCTION
200. Introduction to Social Work. (3)
201. Social Welfare Policy and Services I. (3)
205. Child Welfare Services. (3)
301. Social Work Methods I. (4)
302. Social Work Methods II.
303. Group Process. (3)
305. Human Behavior and the Social Environment.
307. Social Welfare Policy and Services II.
308. Children, Families and the Law. (3)
330. Social Work Practice I. (4)
340. Social Work Practice II. (4)
350. Integrative Practice Seminar.
360. Independent Study. (1-3)
361. Special Topics. (3)
370. Cultural Diversity. (3)
390. Introduction to Research Methods. (3)
391. Statistics. (CRMJ
394H. Honors Reading Tutorial I. (1)
395H. Honors Reading Tutorial II. (2)