Social Work (BS)

Health and Behavioral Sciences
Social Sciences
HEGIS Number: 2104

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YORK COLLEGE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM

Mission Statement

The York College Social Work Program is committed to the undergraduate social work education of the highest academic rigor and professional relevance with a particular emphasis on serving diverse urban populations in the global context. The cohesive curriculum of the Program, built on a strong and well-integrated liberal arts base, is designed to educate students in the knowledge, skills and values for generalist social work practice. The York College Social Work Program prepares students for successful professional employment and advancement as well as graduate study in the field of social work.

Learning Goals and Competencies

Upon completion of the Bachelor's degree in Social Work, graduate will be able to:

GOAL #1: Develop professional social work attitudes, behaviors, and communication skills based on the foundation of professional social work values and ethical principles.

Competencies:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice

GOAL #2: Will develop a strong intellectual foundation of analytical skills and research methods to understand the existing knowledge and develop new models of professional intervention.

Competencies:

  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.

GOAL 3 #: Develop culturally-competent empowerment-based practice skills to promote understanding, sensitivity and social justice for marginalized and oppressed client systems.

Competencies:

  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social economic justice.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

GOAL #4: Integrate the knowledge of scientific theories into the bio-psycho-social and political systems approaches in order to understand human systems on micro-, mezzo, and macro-levels of social work practice

Competencies:

  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Advance human rights and social economic justice.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

GOAL #5: Demonstrate competence in the generalist social work practice skills of engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation skills in working with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

Competencies:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, such as:
  • Engagement - Use empathy and other interpersonal skills
  • Assessment - Assess client strengths and limitations
  • Intervention - Help clients resolve problems
  • Evaluation - Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions

The Social Work Program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, prepares students for the beginning level of professional social work practice and for graduate school. The curriculum provides students with a solid liberal arts foundation and a generalist social work education, including professionally supervised training in agencies. Two admission procedures are required in order to advance to the upper division (SCWK 360 and above) and to the fieldwork portion of the Social Work Program: admission to the Social Work Program; and admission to Social Work Field Education. Students also must satisfy retention criteria.

Effective Fall 2014

 

Social Work BS

 

Major Discipline Requirements

 
Support Courses* 30 
ANTH101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
BIO130 Biology of the Brain and Behavior 
ENG125 Introduction to College Writing 
HE312 Health and Disease 
POL103 Politics and Government in the United States 
PSY102 Introductory Psychology 
PSY215 Human Development I 
PSY216 Human Development II 
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 
WRITE303 Research and Writing for Professional Purposes 

Human Diversity Requirement

Choose two of the following courses
ANTH243 The Caribbean 
BLST202 The Black Experience in the Caribbean 
PSY333 Black Psychology 
SOC235 Ethnicity 
SOC333 Social Stratification 

Social Work Courses

42 
SCWK101 Introduction to Social Work 
SCWK203 Social Welfare Programs and Policies 
SCWK293 Social Work Practicum 
SCWK300 Social Work Generalist Practice I 
SCWK350 Social Research I 
SCWK360 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 
SCWK370 Social Work Generalist Practice II 
SCWK400 Social Work Generalist Practice III 
SCWK410 Field Placement and Seminar I 
SCWK470 Social Research II 
SCWK480 Social Welfare Policy 
SCWK492 Field Placement and Seminar II 

* Some of the credits of support courses can be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

Admission to the Social Work Program

Students must apply for admission to the Social Work Program. The Program admits applicants each semester. The deadline for applications is posted in the Social Sciences wing.

The criteria for admission are as follows:

  1. Matriculation at York College with a major in Social Work
  2. Completion of 61 or more credits
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better
  4. A grade of "C" or better for all social work courses
  5. A completed application form
  6. Adherence to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and to the York College Code of Conduct
  7. Successful completion of the following courses:
    Academic Computing 101; Anthropology 101; Biology 130; English 125; Health Education 312; Political Science 103; Psychology 102, 215, 216; Sociology 101; Social Work 101, 203, 293,300
  8. A letter of acceptance into the Social Work Program from the Director of the Social Work Program.

Retention in the Social Work Program

The criteria for retention in the Social Work Program are:

  1. A grade of "C" or better in each Social Work course. Students who earn an unacceptable grade in a Social Work course have one chance to repeat the course and earn an acceptable grade. Faculty permission is required to repeat Social Work 410 or 492.
  2. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better. (In order to graduate, Social Work majors must have a GPA of 2.50 or better).
  3. Adherence to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and to the York College Code of Conduct.

Failure to meet any one of the criteria listed above may be grounds for the student's dismissal by faculty.

Admission to Social Work Field Education

Field Education comprises SCWK 410 and SCWK 492. Students must apply for admission to Social Work Field Education. Admission to Social Work Field Education is a prerequisite for SCWK 410 and successful completion of SCWK 410 is a prerequisite for SCWK 492.

The Program admits applicants each semester. The deadline for applications (available in 3A11) is posted in the Social Sciences wing. Criteria for admission to Field Education are:

  1. Admission to the Social Work Program
  2. A cumulative York College GPA of 2.50 or better
  3. A grade of "C" or better for all social work courses
  4. Successful completion of 94 or more credits by the end of the semester in which the student applies
  5. A completed application form
  6. Successful completion of all courses required for admission to the Social Work Program and successful completion of the following courses: Social Work 350, 360, 370 Writing 303

Two courses from the following:

  • BLST 202
  • ANTH 243
  • PSY 333
  • SOC 235, 333

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