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MSW Program Curriculum

Effective for students entering in Fall 2017

The MSW program offers three concentrations or areas of specialization:

  1. Micro Practice Concentration
  2. Macro Practice Concentration, and
  3. Integrated/Combined Practice Concentration.

Students have the option of completing one of these three concentrations. The Micro Concentration prepares students with knowledge and skills for advanced practice primarily focused on individuals, families, and groups in diverse settings. The Macro Concentration provides students with knowledge and skills in an array of advanced practice roles in the areas of program and policy development, administration, supervision, political advocacy, and community practice. The Integrated/Combined Concentration pools the core curriculum of both the Micro and Macro Practice Concentrations. All concentrations prepare graduates for future professional leadership positions, and they are augmented by a selection of electives [EP 2.1.1].

The three concentrations are preceded by the Generalist curriculum which prepares students for generalist practice. The MSW program requirements include course work, and Generalist and concentration field practicum experiences. The requirements may be completed in the two-year full-time offering, the three- or four-year extended-time offering, or the one-year+ Advanced Standing option. As noted, there are additional opportunities for dual degrees as well as certificates.

Students may undertake their graduate education in the School of Social Work (SSW) as traditional two-year, advanced standing, or as extended-time students. Extended-time and some advanced-standing students are admitted and complete the program at the Gwinnett campus. Advanced standing students are qualified graduates of a Bachelor of Social Work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Traditional students are required to complete sixty (60) credit hours of graduate study. Forty-four (44) of these credits hours come from classroom course work; the remaining sixteen (16) credit hours come from field educational courses.

Field placements consist of four semesters of supervised practice in approved settings such as youth programs, hospitals, mental health clinics, or schools, to name a few. The field experience is a combined 912 hours of professionally supervised field experience and a professional field-integrating seminar that introduces students to professional social work practice.

The Generalist year includes 312 combined hours of professionally supervised field practice experience in conjunction with a field-integrating seminar [72 in the fall (SOWK 7115) and 240 in the spring (SOWK 7125)]. In the concentration year, there is a total of 600 hours (SOWK 7225) of supervised field practice; there is no field-integrating seminar in the concentration year and students infuse their field experience into the classroom. For advanced standing students, 600 combined hours of professionally supervised field practice are required at a minimum. The School of Social Work does not approve academic credit for prior work or life experience. For those interested in using their work place as an internship site, please contact the Field Office for clarifications.

In order to achieve the behaviors mentioned above, students complete Generalist (this does not apply to Advanced Standing students) and concentration courses. Generalist courses are designed to meet Generalist behaviors while concentration courses are designed to meet concentration behaviors. The courses are arranged in specific programs of study. Students choose a program of study at the beginning of their program and are expected to adhere to its timeline. Failure to follow a chosen program of study may lead to delays in matriculation. In order to be able to graduate, MSW students complete a total of sixty (60) credit hours while advanced standing students complete a total of forty (40) credit hours.

Full-Time and Extended-Time Options

Students are admitted to either the full-time (two-years or Advanced Standing) option or the extended-time options (three years or four years). Course offerings for the full-time program are scheduled in Athens, primarily between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Course offerings for the extended-time program are scheduled at the Gwinnett campus, primarily between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Only full-time students may pre-register for courses scheduled for full-time students, and only extended-time students may pre-register for courses scheduled for extended-time students. At late registration, any student may register for any courses with vacant seats.

A Generalist or concentration student may transfer from the full-time program to the extended-time program or vice versa with the approval of her/his advisor, the MSW program director, and the associate dean. Approval is subject to the availability of space in the program requested. Since the cycle of courses for extended-time and full-time programs varies greatly, students requesting a transfer to extended-time or full-time should anticipate significant delays in moving into the new cycle of courses. Requests must be made in writing and endorsed by the student’s academic adviser in Athens or Gwinnett coordinator for extended-time students.

MSW Programs of Study

Full-Time Two-Year Program of Study

Generalist Year

Year 1 - Fall Semester Year 1 - Spring Semester
SOWK 7112 [3 credits]
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 7116 [3 credits]
Social Work with Groups
SOWK 7114 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SOWK 7121 [3 credits]
Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Issues
SOWK 7115 [3 credits]
Introduction to the Social Work Profession and Field Education
SOWK 7125 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7117 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
SOWK 7126 [3 credits]
Social Work Research Methods
SOWK 7118 [3 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity (PrOSEAD)
Elective [3 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 15 Total Semester Credits: 15

Micro Concentration Year

Year 2 - Fall Semester Year 2 - Spring Semester
SOWK 7212 [3 credits]
Assessment and Psychopathology
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Evaluation of Professional Practice
SOWK 7121 [3 credits]
Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Issues
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
Elective [3 credits]
Elective [3 credits] Elective [3 credits]
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 14 Total Semester Credits: 16

Macro Concentration Year

Year 2 - Fall Semester Year 2 - Spring Semester
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
Electcve [3 credits] SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Evaluation of Professional Practice
SOWK 7211 [3 credits]
Advanced Policy Practice and Analysis OR
Elective1
SOWK 7133 [3 credits]
Community Organizing and Social Action OR
Elective1[3 credits]
SOWK 7236 [3 credits]
Community Engagement and Assessment OR
Elective1 [3 credits]
SOWK 7237 [3 credits]
Theory of Management and Nonprofit Organizations OR
Elective1 [3 credits]
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 14 Total Semester Credits: 16

Combined Concentration Year

Year 2 - Fall Semester Year 2 - Spring Semester
SOWK 7212 [3 credits]
Assessment and Psychopathology
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7214 [3 credits]
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Evaluation of Professional Practice
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7133 [3 credits]
Community Organizing and Social Action OR
SOWK 7237 [3 credits]
Theory of Management and Nonprofit Organizations
SOWK 7211 [3 credits]
Advanced Policy Practice and Analysis or Elective OR
SOWK 7236 [3 credits]
Community Engagement and Assessment
Elective [3 credits]
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 14 Total Semester Credits: 16

1Students must choose a minimum 2 of 4 core courses in their concentration year. These core courses are: Advanced Policy Practice and Analysis (Fall); Community Engagement and Assessment (Fall); Community Organizing and Social Action (Spring); Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (Spring). These 4 core courses cover 3 Macro focus areas: (1) Community Organizing and Social Action, (2) Advanced Policy Practice, and (3) Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. Students can also take core courses as their electives. Combined Concentration students must take 2 micro requirements and 2 macro requirements, therefore they only get one elective in the 2nd year in the spring.


Extended-Time Three-Year Program of Study
for students entering Fall 2017
Field Replacement for Two Semesters

Year One

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7112 [3 credits]
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 7117 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7114 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SOWK 7121 [3 credits]
Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Issues
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7118 [3 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity (PrOSEAD)
SOWK 7126 [3 credits] Social Work Research Methods
Total Semester Credits: 9 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6

Year Two

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7116 [3 credits]
Social Work with Groups
SOWK 7125 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Field Education
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7115 [3 credits]
Introduction to Social Work Profession and Field Education
SOWK 7212 [3 credits]
Assessment and Psychopathology
Elective [3 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6

Year Three

Fall Spring
SOWK 7214 [3 credits]
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Evaluation of Professional Practice
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 8 Total Semester Credits: 10

Extended-Time Four-Year Program of Study
Three Semesters of Concentration Field

Year One

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7114 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SOWK 7117 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7118 [3 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity (PrOSEAD)
SOWK 7121 [3 credits]
Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Issues
Elective [3 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6

Year Two

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7112 [3 credits]
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 7126 [3 credits]
Social Work Research Methods
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7116 [3 credits]
Social Work with Groups
SOWK 7212 [3 credits]
Assessment and Psychopathology
Elective [3 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6

Year Three

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7115 [3 credits]
Introduction to the Social Work Profession and Field Education
SOWK 7125 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [2 credits] Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7214 [3 credits]
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOWK 7226 [3 credits] Evaluation of Professional Practice
Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 2

Year Four

Fall Spring
SOWK 7225 [4 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [4 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 4 Total Semester Credits: 6

Extended-Time Four-Year Program of Study
Block Placement

Year One

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7114 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SOWK 7117 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7118 [3 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity (PrOSEAD)
SOWK 7121 [3 credits]
Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Issues
Elective [3 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6

Year Two

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7112 [3 credits]
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 7126 [3 credits]
Social Work Research Methods
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7116 [3 credits]
Social Work with Groups
SOWK 7212 [3 credits]
Assessment and Psychopathology
Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 3

Year Three

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7115 [3 credits]
Introduction to Social Work Profession and Field Education
SOWK 7125 [3 credits]
Foundation Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7214 [3 credits]
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Evaluation of Professional Practice
Elective [3 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 3

Year Four

Fall
SOWK 7225 [10 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 12

Advanced Standing – Micro Concentration

Summer Fall Spring
SOWK 7218 [4 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity for Advanced Standing Students (PrOSEAD-AS)
SOWK 7212 [3 credits]
Assessment and Psychopathology
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
Elective [3 credits] SOWK 7214 [3 credits]
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Evaluation of Professional Practice
Elective [3 credits] SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
Elective [3 credits]
Elective [3 credits] Elective [3 credits]
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 10 Total Semester Credits: 14 Total Semester Credits: 16

Advanced Standing – Macro Concentration

Summer Fall Spring
SOWK 7218 [4 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity for Advanced Standing Students (PrOSEAD-AS)
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
Elective [3 credits] SOWK 7211 [3 credits]
Advanced Policy Practice and Analysis or Elective
OR
Elective1 [3 credits]
SOWK 7226 [3 credits] Evaluation of Professional Practice
Elective [3 credits] SOWK 7236 [3 credits]
Community Engagement and Assessment1
OR
Elective1 [3 credits]
SOWK 7133 [3 credits]
Community Organizing and Social Action
OR
Elective [3 credits]
Elective [3 credits] SOWK 7237 [3 credits]
Theory of Management and Nonprofit Organizations
OR
Elective [3 credits]
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 10 Total Semester Credits: 14 Total Semester Credits: 16

Advanced Standing – Combined Concentration

Summer Fall Spring
SOWK 7218 [4 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity for Advanced Standing Students
SOWK 7212 [3 credits]
Assessment and Psychopathology
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Field Work Education
Elective [3 credits] SOWK 7214 [3 credits]
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Evaluation of Professional Practice
Elective [3 credits] SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Field Work Education
SOWK 7133 [3 credits]
Community Organizing and Social Action
OR
SOWK 7237 [3 credits]
Theory of Management and Nonprofit Organizations
SOWK 7211 [3 credits]
Advanced Policy Practice and Analysis
OR
SOWK 7236 [3 credits]
Community Engagement and Assessment
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 10 Total Semester Credits: 14 Total Semester Credits: 16

1Students must choose a minimum 2 of 4 core courses in their concentration year. These core courses are: Advanced Policy Practice and Analysis (Fall); Community Engagement and Assessment (Fall); Community Organizing and Social Action (Spring); Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (Spring). These 4 core courses cover 3 Macro focus areas: (1) Community Organizing and Social Action, (2) Advanced Policy Practice, and (3) Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. Students can also take core courses as their electives.

Combined Concentration students must take 2 micro requirements and 2 macro requirements, therefore they only get one elective in the second year in the spring.