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About the School of Social Work
The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program at Loyola University Chicago is to prepare students for entrance into the profession as beginning-level generalists in social work practice.
Founded in 1914 and accredited since 1921, Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work is the oldest Catholic School of Social Work in the United States. It provides undergraduate social work education (B.S.W.) and graduate social work education (M.S.W. and Ph.D.). The curriculum addresses contemporary practice, community and social issues encountered by social workers in their professional work. The NASW Code of Ethics is incorporated as an integral part of the generalist practice approach, reflecting professional social work values, including the Jesuit heritage of emphasis on the worth and dignity of individuals, as well as on social and economic justice.
Office of the Dean
Dean: Jack C. Wall, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: James Marley, Ph.D
Assistant Dean: Stephanie Chapman, MSW
Director of Internships, Programs, and Student Services: James Fogerty, A.M.
B.S.W. Program Director: Jeanne Sokolec, Ph.D
Academic Advisor Coordinator: Yolanda Golden, MSW
First-year and second-year students are advised through the Office of University Advising.
Prospective students: Students seeking information about the Bachelor of Social Work degree can meet with meet with the program’s director to discuss specific program requirements and schedule planning. Advising appointments take into account the student's work schedule.
Current students: School of Social Work advisors work with enrolled students on degree plans as well as offer support and advice about academic issues and problems. To make an appointment with an academic advisor, contact the School of Social Work at 312.915.7706.
School Requirements2 Writing Intensive Courses:
- 1 in the Major - either SOWK 201 or SOWK 305
- 1 Writing Intensive elective
Students must pass social work courses (ex. SOWK 201) with a grade of “C” or higher. Students can receive a grade of “C-“ for core classes or courses related for major.
University Core Curriculum
For specific information, please refer to the University Core Curriculum section in Academic Rules and Regulations or visit the University Core Curriculum Website at www.luc.edu/core. Specific suggestions on how to fulfill the Core through the School of Social Work are detailed below.
|Knowledge Areas||School Recommended Courses|
|College Writing Seminar (3 credit hours)||UCWR 110 (Required as a prerequisite for writing-intensive courses)|
|Artistic Knowledge (3 credit hours)|
|Historical Knowledge (6 credit hours)|
|Quantitative Analysis (3 credit hours)||STAT 103 and PSYC 304|
|Literary Knowledge and Experience (6 credit hours)|
|Philosophic Knowledge (6 credit hours)||PHIL 182 or 184 or 186 (3 hours)|
|Scientific Literacy (6 credit hours)||PSYC 101 and (NTSC 103 or 104 or 108 or 109)|
|Societal and Cultural Understanding (6 credit hours)||SOCL 101 and PLSC 101|
|Theological and Religious Studies (6 credit hours)|
|Ethics (3 credit hours)||PHIL 182 or 184 or 186|