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Social Work, B.S.

About the Program

Council on Social Work Education Accredited

The social work program prepares students for social work practice at the first professional level. Consistent with accreditation standards, the social work courses cover the following areas: human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, intervention methods, research, values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, populations at risk, and field instruction.

Social work is an upper-division major that builds on a liberal arts base. Academic evaluation includes GPA, class performance, and conduct that is ethical and professional. Interested students should contact the department for specific information on these academic standards.

About the Social Work Department

354 Caudell Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5705
Fax: (716) 878-3539

Admission Requirements

At the time of application, students are required to have:

1. Completed 45 credit hours
2. Attained a minimum GPA of 2.5.
3. Successfully completed the SUNY Buffalo State required college Writing (CWP 101/102 with a "C" or better), Introduction to Statistics (Math 311) or Social Statistics (SOC 301) or Statistics in Psychological Research (PSY 306), in addition to Human Biology (BIO 101).
4. Progress toward completing the liberal arts foundation (a recommended course in each of the following areas: sociology, psychology, political science, anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, literature, and the arts). However, at a minimum, must have a course in Sociology and Psychology; SPF 302.

*Evening courses are available. Evening and weekend field practicum is available on an extremely limited basis.

*The Social Work program is designed to begin in the fall semester. The program may accept a student in the spring or summer semesters.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33-39 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in Social Work 51 cr
SWK 220 Introduction to Social Work
SWK 301 Poverty and Public Policy
SWK 307 Human Behavior and Social Environment I
SWK 308 Human Behavior and Social Environment II
SWK 317 Research Methods in Social Work
SWK 320 Social Services Organizations
SWK 419 Social Welfare Policy
SWK 422 Assessment and Engagement
SWK 423 Intervention Methods
SWK 424 Groups
SWK 429 Policy Practice
SWK 493-494 Practicum I and II (12 cr)
SWK 496 Integrative Seminar I
SWK 497 Integrative Seminar II

All College Electives 30-36 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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