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Think you might be interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s of Social Work at UGA? The information below provides “next steps” that you can take, whether you’re ready to declare Social Work as your major, or if you are just trying to see if the BSW Program is the best fit for you.

Ready to change your major?
Follow these instructions to begin the process of changing your major to Social Work:

Are you interested in helping people, but you’re not sure if social work is right for you?

  • SOWK 2154 – The Profession of Social Work (3 credits) 
    Intro to the profession of “helping people." History and current status of the profession of social work. The role of the social worker in various fields of practice. The profession's commitment to social and economic justice for vulnerable and oppressed populations. The person-in-environment perspective. Communication and interviewing skills lab.

  • SOWK 2154S – Service Learning in Social Work (1 credit) 
    What is it like to be a social worker? Students will observe and analyze how social service agencies empower individuals and social well-being of clients/people and how community agencies attempt to alleviate social and economic injustices. Course includes a service-learning project during the semester that either employs skills or knowledge learned in the course or teaches new skills or knowledge related to course objectives. Students will be engaged in the service-learning component for approximately 50-75% of overall instructional time. Students volunteer 25 hours at social/human service agencies. Experiential learning with reflective and analytical components. 

  • SOWK 2155 – Communication in the Helping Process (3 credits) 
    Communicating across borders. A study of the values, knowledge, and skills of effective human communication and interpersonal relations as necessary for planned change with individuals, groups, families, and communities. Includes observation, collection, and description of data, verbal and non-verbal communication, and their relevance to social work practice. Issues in communication regarding minority and oppressed populations. 

  • SOWK 2156 – Social Work with Diverse Populations (3 credits) 
    Diversity and social justice. Exploration of the complex concerns that emerge in diverse environments in order to understand the historical, political, and sociological realities of perceived and genuine differences that can lead to ethnocentrism, biases, prejudice, discrimination, exploitation and oppression within, among, and between groups. Students will be challenged to expand their visible and invisible perceptions of those who are different from themselves.

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