Coursework for Social Work
Satisfactory progress in the social work major
To be considered a candidate for graduation with the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree, you must meet the requirements for satisfactory progress in the program, including earning a minimum of a C grade in each social work course and maintaining an overall 2.5 GPA. Complete information about other satisfactory progress requirements and about program policies and procedures are set forth in the Student Handbook of the Social Work Department. Students may review the handbook at any time and will receive a personal copy when they are formally admitted to the program.
Four-year curriculum plan
Liberal Arts Foundation
Study in the liberal arts is the foundation for the social work major. During the first two years (before admission to the social work program), you should complete the general education basic communication and lower-level distribution requirements set forth for all Bethel College students in the course catalog. Upper-level general education requirements are completed in the junior or senior year.
The following required courses provide a foundation in human biology and the behavioral and social sciences. They may also meet some distribution requirements for general education.
|Fall semester||SWK220||Introduction to Social Work and the Social Welfare Institution (Policy I)|
|Spring semester||ECON211||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Fall semester||SOSC222||Principles of Sociology|
|Spring semester||PSY251||Life-Span Development|
|Above courses are prerequisites for SWK355.|
|MAT300||Applied Statistics (May also be taken in fall semester of 3rd year)|
Elective: A minimum of one additional course in the social sciences
Social Work Courses
The following courses are offered by the social work department and are required for the major. Together they make up a total of 40 credit hours.
|Fall semester||SWK220||Introduction to Social Work and the Social Welfare Institution (Policy I)
(May be taken year 1-3)
|Fall semester||SWK310||Skills for Human Service Work|
|SWK355||Human Behavior in the Social Environment|
|Spring semester||SWK312||Research Methods for Social Work|
|SWK360||Assessment of Human Systems (Practice I)|
|SWK420||Social Welfare Policy Analysis (Policy II)
(May also be taken in spring semester of year 4)
|Fall or spring semester||SWK372||Field Experience|
|Interterm||SWK364||Social Development and Social Justice
(on campus or in Mexico)
|Fall semester||SWK460||Intervention in Human Systems (Practice II)|
|SWK481||Pre-practice Seminar I|
|Spring semester||SWK482||Pre-practice Seminar II (Senior Thesis)|
- Major requirements:
- 62 hours
For course descriptions, see the course catalog.
Social work may not be taken as a minor — instead, see the Human Services option.