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Social Work

First year

Fall:
One of the foundations courses listed below#
SOC 101*

Spring:
One of the foundations courses listed below#
SOC 101*

Sophomore year

Fall:
One of the foundations courses listed below#
SOC 260*
SOWK 201

Spring:
One of the foundations courses listed below#
SOC 261*
PYSO 221

COMMENTS:

SOWK 201 should be taken first semester, freshman or sophomore year. (See notes below.)

#Students should have completed at least 9 credits of the foundation courses by the end of the sophomore year: BIOL 138, ECON 205, SOC 101, and SOC 215.

*Students interested in SOWK should consider taking SOC 261 to satisfy the Computation Core requirement. SOC 260 is the prerequisite for SOC 261 and SOC 101 is the prerequisite for SOC 260.

For questions regarding the major, call Dr. Joy Ernst, 301.696.3754, or Dr. Lynda Sowbel, 301.696.3878.

Any student who wishes to take SOWK 201 in the freshman year should have some volunteer experience and high school sociology and/or psychology.

Students considering the major should be advised that the social work program is structured so that courses must be taken in sequence beginning with 201, which is offered only in the fall semester.

Students who major in social work must also apply for and be accepted into the program to go into the field practicum senior year. Each spring, assessment of student qualifications is conducted by the social work faculty. Each student must have completed SOWK 201 with a grade of C+ or better and have an overall minimum g.p.a. of at least 2.5. Students are evaluated on the basis of their emotional maturity and stability, as evidenced by a personal statement, an in-person interview, and an evaluation by a supervisor for the volunteer experience (required for SOWK 201). Students who do not wish to major in social work or who are not accepted into the program may choose the minor, Pre-professional Practice in Social Work.