Rhode Island College

2015-2016 Catalog


Social Work B.S.W.

Learning Goals

Roberta Pearlmutter

Dean, School of Social Work

B.S.W. Program Chair: Scott Mueller

B.S.W. Program Faculty: Professor Weisman; Associate Professor Becker; Assistant Professors BattleMueller, Thayer, Watson

The B.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Students must consult with their assigned academic advisor before they will be able to register for courses.


The social work major prepares students for bachelors-level generalist practice. That is, students graduate having completed sixteen months of placement in an internship agency recruited and approved by the faculty of this program and having learned the skills necessary for employment by an agency serving the elderly, children and families, the mentally ill, those with health challenges, or for immediate application to graduate school.

This is the largest social work program in the state, large enough to ensure that the resources are there to support your success and small enough to ensure that you will know each of the faculty and each of the students in your graduating class.

College is not without its stress and pressure, and so we make an effort to create supports that encourage our students to describe the program as feeling “like a family.” We have high expectations and we are prepared to provide the support necessary to help you meet them.

Admission Requirements

  1. Enrollment in SWRK 326.
  2. Evidence of a combination of personal qualities considered essential to professional social work practice. Students must be capable of working with clients and communities with populations different from themselves, with people of different faiths, sexual orientations, and cultural norms. We seek students who can demonstrate responsiveness and sensitivity in relationships, commitment to improving social conditions, and the ability to function both independently and collectively with others.
  3. A completed application form during the first semester of the junior year, while enrolled in SWRK 326.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in undergraduate course work, and a minimum GPA of 2.67 in 300-level social work courses.

Students will complete the application with support from their instructor while enrolled in SWRK 326. Applications and support materials will be distributed during the meetings for this course. All students planning to proceed in the social work major and planning to enter the internship during the spring semester must complete an application. The application is a noncompetitive process. Students are not competing against other students for a limited number of seats. Rather, students are asked to demonstrate that they meet the selection criteria listed above. Additional information and materials are available from the chair of the department.

Retention Requirements

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in undergraduate course work, and a minimum GPA of 2.67 in all 300-level social work courses. No student will be allowed to enter a subsequent semester if their GPA falls below these standards.
  2. Students who receive a grade of C- or below in any required social work course must retake that course and receive at least a grade of C in order to proceed in the major. Students who receive a C- or below twice in the same course will be dismissed from the major. For additional information, see the School of Social Work B.S.W. Academic Manual available at the B.S.W. Office or on the School of Social Work Web site: www.ric.edu/socialwork/bswprogram.php.
  3. Students who receive an F in any required social work course or an initial grade of C- or below in any two required social work courses will be dismissed from the major.
  4. Student performance and behavior must be in conformity with the school’s policy on professional behavior and the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. The policy is available in the B.S.W. Academic Manual and the B.S.W. Field Manual (www.ric.edu/socialwork/field.php). The Code of Ethics is also discussed in courses. A copy of the B.S.W. Academic Standing Policy, including appeal procedures, is made available to students in the B.S.W. Academic Manual and the B.S.W. Field Manual.

Fieldwork

Social work majors enroll in fieldwork in both the junior and senior years. The first B.S.W. fieldwork experience takes place during the spring semester of the junior year. In the senior year, students may fulfill their 480-hour field requirement in one of the following ways:

  1. Students may take SWRK 436 in the fall semester (minimum of 4 credit hours) and SWRK 437 in the spring semester (minimum of 4 credit hours). Credits are calculated on the basis of 4 hours per week for each credit hour; hence, students are in the field for 16 hours per week over the two semesters (total 480 hours).
  2. Students may take the “extended field option”: SWRK 445 in the summer (120 hours of fieldwork plus 16 hours of seminar, for 3 credit hours), SWRK 446 in the fall semester (180 hours of fieldwork at 12 hours per week for 3 credit hours), and SWRK 447 in the spring semester (180 hours of fieldwork at 12 hours per week for 3 credit hours).
  3. Students may take the “extended field option”: SWRK 445, SWRK 446, and SWRK 447 at the discretion of the department.

Honors

A Departmental Honors program is offered in social work. See Honors and Awards.

Course Requirements

First through Third Semesters

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
BIOL 103Human Biology

3

Fall, Spring, Summer.
ECON 200Introduction to Economics

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
POL 202American Government

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
PSYC 215Social Psychology

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
PSYC 230Human Development

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
SWRK 240Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

3

Fall, Spring, Summer.
ONE COURSE in sociology at the 200-level

4

Third through Fifth Semesters

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
SWRK 324Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Individual, Family, and Small Group

3

Fall, Spring, Summer.
SWRK 325Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Social System, Institution, and Organization

3

Fall, Spring, Summer.

Fifth Semester

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
SWRK 326Generalist Social Work Practice

3

Fall, Spring.

Fifth or Sixth Semester

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
SWRK 302Social Work Practice Evaluation and Research

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
SWRK 320Policy Analysis

3

Fall, Spring, Summer.

Sixth Semester

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
SWRK 327The Helping Process

3

Spring, Summer.
SWRK 338Introduction to Fieldwork

2

Spring, Summer.

Note: SWRK 327 and SWRK 338 can also be taken during the summer.

Summer Semester

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
SWRK 445Summer Extended Fieldwork

3

Summer.

Note: SWRK 445: Optional

Seventh Semester

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
SWRK 426Creating Change through Social Work Practice

3

Fall.
 

SWRK 436Fieldwork

4-7

Fall.
-Or-

SWRK 446Fall Extended Fieldwork

3

Fall.
 

SWRK 463Fieldwork Seminar

3

Fall.

Eighth Semester

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
SWRK 437Advanced Fieldwork

4-7

Spring.
-Or-

SWRK 447Spring Extended Fieldwork

3

Spring.
 

SWRK 464Senior Seminar in Social Work

3

Spring.

Total Credit Hours: 73-79