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The College of Liberal and Applied Arts

School of Social Work:
Curriculum Design

The M.S.W. program curriculum consists of foundation and advanced-level content. The first full-time year of the program is generalist in perspective and emphasizes a problem- solving method in the helping relationship. The first year provides the social work professional foundation similar to that provided in a B.S.W. program and serves as a base upon which the advanced-level content builds knowledge and skills.

The M.S.W. program offers one concentration, which is completed during the second full- time year of the program. The concentration offered is advanced generalist practice in a rural context. Advanced generalist skills are applied to practice within the rural context and with people having rural lifestyles.

Professional foundation courses include content in the following areas: human behavior and the social environment, social work policy and services, generalist social work practice, social work values and ethics, rurality, and agency-based field instruction.
Concentration (advanced generalist practice in a rural context) courses include content in advanced generalist practice methods, policy analysis and evaluation, research, and 500 clock hours of agency-based field instruction.


AC = Advanced concentration
F = Professional foundation
T = Transition course

Non-Advanced Standing Full-Time (two-year plan)
Fall Semester
  • SWK 501 - Introduction to the Social Work Profession [F] (3)
  • SWK 502 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I [F] (3)
  • SWK 504 - Introduction to Rurality [F] (3)
  • SWK 505 - Generalist Practice I [F] (3)
  • SWK 519 - Field Instruction I [F] (4)
Spring Semester
  • SWK 500 - Applied Research Methods [F] (3)
  • SWK 507 - Social Welfare Policy and Services [F] (3)
  • SWK 512 - Rural Behavior and Environments II [F] (3)
  • SWK 515 - Generalist Practice II [F] (3)
  • SWK 529 - Field Instruction II [F] (4)
Fall Semester
  • SWK 517 - Rural Social Policy Analysis [AC] (3)
  • SWK 520 - Social Work Research Process [AC] (3)
  • SWK 525 - Advanced Generalist Practice [AC] (3)
  • SWK 535 - Seminar in Advanced Rural Practice [AC] (3)
  • SWK 558 - Advanced Practice with Groups [AC] (3)
Spring Semester
  • SWK 530 - Research Practicum [AC] (3)
  • SWK 539 - Field Instruction III [AC] (3)
  • SWK 540 - Field Instruction IV [AC] (4)
  • SWK 541 - Field Instruction V [AC] (4)
  • Elective [AC] (3)

Total Credits: 64

Advanced Standing Full-Time (one summer session and two semesters)

Advanced standing students must take SWK 504 - Introduction to Rurality and SWK 514 - Advanced Standing Seminar, four credits (T), in the summer preceding the fall semester. A thesis option (SWK 589 and SWK 590) may be substituted for SWK 530.

Summer Session II
  • SWK 504- Introduction to Rurality [F] (3)
  • SWK 514- Advanced Standing Seminar [T] (4)
Fall Semester
  • SWK 517 - Rural Social Policy Analysis [AC] (3)
  • SWK 520 - Social Work Research Process [AC] (3)
  • SWK 525 - Advanced Generalist Practice [AC] (3)
  • SWK 535 - Seminar in Advanced Rural Practice [AC] (3)
  • SWK 558 - Advanced Social Work with Group [AC] (3)
Spring Semester
  • SWK 530 - Research Practicum [AC] (3)
  • SWK 539 - Field Instruction III [AC] (3)
  • SWK 540 - Field Instruction IV [AC] (4)
  • SWK 541 - Field Instruction V [AC] (3)
  • Elective [AC] (3)

Total Credits: 39

Non-Advanced Standing Part-Time (three-year plan)
Fall Semester
  • SWK 501 - Introduction to the Social Work Profession [F] (3)
  • SWK 502 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I [F] (3)
  • SWK 504 - Introduction to Rurality [F] (3)
  • SWK 505 - Generalist Practice I [F] (3)
  • SWK 519 - Field Instruction I [F] (4)
Spring Semester
  • SWK 500 - Applied Research Methods [F] (3)
  • SWK 507 - Social Welfare Policy and Services [F] (3)
  • SWK 512 - Rural Behavior and Environments II [F] (3)
  • SWK 515 - Generalist Practice II [F] (3)
  • SWK 529 - Field Instruction II [F] (4)
Fall Semester
  • SWK 517 - Rural Social Policy Analysis [AC] (3)
  • SWK 520 - Social Work Research Process [AC] (3)
  • SWK 558 - Advanced Practice with Groups [AC] (3)
Spring Semester
  • SWK 525 - Advanced Generalist Practice [AC] (3)
  • SWK 530 - Research Practicum [AC] (3)
Fall Semester
  • Elective [AC] (3)
  • SWK 535 - Seminar in Advanced Rural Practice [AC] (3)
Spring Semester
  • SWK 539 - Field Instruction III [AC] (3)
  • SWK 540 - Field Instruction IV [AC] (4)
  • SWK 541 - Field Instruction V [AC] (4)

Total Credits: 64

Advanced Standing Part-Time (two-year plan)
Summer Session II
  • SWK 504 - Introduction to Rurality [F] (3)
  • SWK 514 - Advanced Standing Seminar [T] (4)
Fall Semester
  • SWK 517 - Rural Social Policy Analysis [AC] (3)
  • SWK 520 - Social Work Research Process [AC] (3)
  • SWK 525 - Advanced Generalist Practice [AC] (3)
Spring Semester
  • SWK 530 - Research Practicum [AC] (2)
  • SWK 535 - Seminar in Advanced Rural Practice [AC] (3)
  • SWK 558 - Advanced Practice with Groups [AC] (3)
Fall Semester
  • SWK 549 - Advanced field Instruction III [AC] (5)
  • Elective [AC] (3)
Spring Semester
  • SWK 559 - Advanced field Instruction II [AC] (6)

Total Credits: 39