The University of Alaska Fairbanks

1997-98 UAF Catalog

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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

Degrees: B.A.

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

Graduates in social work qualify for beginning practice positions in child welfare, mental health, services to the aged, family agencies, youth programs, health services, Native corporations, and various other social agencies. Students learn to work with people on a personal level and are placed in asocial agency as part of their coursework during the senior year. 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.

The UAF baccalaureate social work program has attained national accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Social Work -- B.A. Degree

1. Complete the general university requirements and B.A. degree and requirements. (Note: BIOL 103X and one other breadth natural science, or BIOL 105X and 106X must be taken to meet natural science requirement and SOC 100X must be taken as part of the baccalaureate core.)
2. Compete the following departmental core requirements:
*PSY 101 -- Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
*SOC 100X -- Individual, Society, and Culture (3 credits)
SOC 250 -- Introductory Statistics for Behav. Sci (3 credits)
*PSY 240 -- Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
SOC 473 -- Social Science Research Methods (3 credits)
*ANTH 242 -- Native Cultures of Alaska (3 credits)
3. Complete the following courses:
HST/SWK 215 -- Individual Interviewing (3 credits)
SWK 103 -- Social Work in the Human Services (3 credits)
SWK 306 -- Social Welfare: Policy and Issues (3 credits)
SWK 320 -- Rural Social Work (3 credits)
SWK 342 -- Human Behavior and 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)
SOC 242 -- The Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 credits)
4. Complete 6 credits from the following Special Problems areas:
SWK 350 -- Women, Society, and Social Welfare (3 credits)
SWK 360 -- Child Abuse and Neglect (3 credits)
SWK 484 -- Seminar in Social Work Practice (3 credits)
SOC 310 -- Sociology of Later Life (3 credits)
SOC 335 -- 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)
PSY 255 -- Foundations of Counseling (3 credits)
PSY 345 -- Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 355 -- Foundations of Counseling II (3 credits)
PSY 360 -- Psychology of Women Across Cultures (3 credits)
PSY 445 -- Community Psychology (3 credits)
RD 325 -- Community Development Strategies (3 credits)
RD 375 -- Women and Development (3 credits)
JUST 258 -- Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)
JUST 310 -- Principles of Corrections (3 credits)
JUST 340 -- Rural Justice in Alaska (3 credits)
HST 120 -- Cultural Diversity in Human Services (3 credits)
HST 205 -- Basic Principles Group Counseling (3 credits)
HST 210 -- Crisis and Grief Counseling (3 credits)
HST 250 -- Current Issues in Human Service (3 credits)
HST 301 -- Ethics in Human Service (3 credits)
HST 305 -- Substance Abuse Counseling (3 credits)
All HMSV courses.
Minimum credits required for degree (120 credits)
*May be used toward B.A. general degree requirements where applicable.

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