2000-2001 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs

Social Work

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Social Work
(907) 474-7240
Chukchi Campus (907) 442-3400
Kuskokwim Campus (907) 543-4500
Northwest Campus (907) 443-2201

Degree: B.A.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: B.A.: 120 credits

Graduates in social work qualify for beginning practice positions in child welfare, mental health, services for the aged, family agencies, youth programs, health services, Native corporations and other social agencies. Social work applies knowledge in the behavioral sciences to deal with the emotional and social problems of individuals, families and communities.

The curriculum includes a liberal arts base, foundation requirements in the behavioral sciences, and sequences in social policy and services, practice methods and field instruction. A major emphasis is the preparation of the student for beginning social work practice with rural and Alaska Native populations.

Students learn to work with people on a personal level and are placed in a social agency as part of their coursework during the senior year. A Title IV-E entitlement grant provides stipends to senior students doing practicums in child protection.

The UAF baccalaureate social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Undergraduate Program


Social Work -- B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: SOC 100X; BIOL 103X and 1 other breadth natural science course, or BIOL 105X and BIOL 106X.)
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements. (As part of the B.A. degree requirements, complete: ANTH 242, PSY 101 and PSY 240.)
  3. Compete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete the following:
      SOC 242 -- The Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 credits)
      SOC 250 -- Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (3)
           or STAT 200 -- Elementary Probability and Statistics (3) (3 credits)
      SOC 473W -- Social Science Research Methods (3 credits)
      SWK 103 -- Social Work in the Human Services (3 credits)
      SWK/HST 215 -- Individual Interviewing (3 credits)
      SWK 306W -- Social Welfare: Policies and Issues (3 credits)
      SWK 320 -- Rural Social Work (3 credits)
      SWK 342O -- Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 credits)
      SWK 460 -- Social Work Practice I (3 credits)
      SWK 461 -- Practicum in Social Work I (6 credits)
      SWK 463 -- Social Work Practice II (3 credits)
      SWK 464 -- Practicum in Social Work II (6 credits)
    2. Complete 2 courses from the following special problems areas:
      HST 120 -- Cultural Diversity in Human Service (3 credits)
      HST 205 -- Basic Principles of Group Counseling (3 credits)
      HST 210 -- Crisis and Grief Counseling (3 credits)
      HST 250 -- Current Issues in Human Service (3 credits)
      HST 301O -- Ethics in Human Service (3 credits)
      HST 305 -- Substance Abuse Counseling (3 credits)
      JUST 310 -- Principles of Corrections (3 credits)
      JUST/WMS 335W -- Gender and Crime (3 credits)
      JUST 340 -- Rural Justice in Alaska (3 credits)
      JUST 358 -- Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)
      PSY 255 -- Foundations of Counseling (3 credits)
      PSY 345 -- Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
      PSY 360O -- Psychology of Women Across Cultures (3 credits)
      PSY 445W -- Community Psychology (3 credits)
      RD 325 -- Community Development Strategies (3 credits)
      RD/WMS 375 -- Women and Development (3 credits)
      SOC 201 -- Social Problems (3 credits)
      SOC 310 -- Sociology of Later Life (3 credits)
      SOC 335 -- Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3 credits)
      SOC 363 -- Social Stratification (3 credits)
      SOC/PSY 370 -- Drugs and Drug Dependence (3 credits)
      SOC 408 -- American Minority Groups (3 credits)
      SWK 350W -- Women, Society and Social Welfare (3 credits)
      SWK 360 -- Child Abuse and Neglect (3 credits)
      SWK 484 -- Seminar in Social Work Practice Areas (3 credits)
      All HMSV courses
  4. Minimum credits required (120 credits)

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.


  1. Complete the following:
    SWK 103 -- Social Work in the Human Services (3 credits)
    SWK/HST 215 -- Individual Interviewing (3 credits)
    SWK 306W -- Social Welfare: Policies and Issues (3 credits)
    SWK 320 -- Rural Social Work (3 credits)
    SWK 342O -- Human Behavior in the Social Environment* (3 credits)
  2. Minimum credits required (15 credits)

* If prerequisites are not met for SWK 342O, then a course from group 3b (special problems) may be substituted.

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