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The sociology major requires a minimum of 28 credits. This must include a) Sociology and Social Problems (Sociology 101); b) Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology (Sociology 261); c) Methods of Social Research (Sociology 262); d) at least two 4-credit 300-level courses; and e) Capstone Seminar in Sociology (Sociology 495). In addition, students must demonstrate competence in statistics; this is usually accomplished by completing Mathematics 210.
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The baccalaureate social work major is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students will learn that social work is a profession dedicated to assisting people to attain life satisfaction through personal, social, and environmental changes. Social work uses a variety of generalist practice methods, including direct interventions, community organization, and social welfare planning and policy development. Social work is concerned with meeting the needs of oppressed populations, including those most vulnerable and discriminated against.
Only graduates who are social work majors are eligible for licensing (LBSW) in Michigan and other states.
Social work majors alone are eligible to reduce the time in M.S.W. programs by up to two semesters through advance standing programs. Please consult the social work faculty for more details.
In addition to their classroom experiences, social work students engage in a wide variety of activities working with various client populations in their internships:
• work with community organizations
The requirements for the social work major include
the following social work courses: a) Introduction to Social
Welfare (Social Work 241); b) Social Work and Family (Social
Work 232) or Child Welfare (Social Work 242); c) Methods of
Social Research (Social Work 262); d) Human Behavior and Social Environment
I (Social Work 310); e) Human Behavior and Social Environment
All social work majors must formally apply to the Social Work Program by October 15 of their sophomore year. Admission is competitive and not guaranteed. To be eligible for admission —
A student who does not fully meet one or more of the admission criteria may be admitted to the Social Work Program conditionally, provided the student, after an interview with the Program Director of Social Work, agrees in writing to remove the deficiency by the end of the following semester. Conditionally accepted students should be aware that there are risks involved in pursuing the first year of the social work major on a conditional basis. A minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the social work major are required for graduation.
In addition, the following cognate courses are required: a) Introduction to Psychology (Psychology 100); b) Introduction to American Political Institutions (Political Science 100) or Political Science 110; c) Sociology and Social Problems (Sociology 101); d) GEMS 158 or Human Physiology (Biology 221); and e) Introductory Statistics (Mathematics 210).