Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
Empowering others. At Malone, you'll learn how to help others reach their full potential.
You'll learn to understand the individual, family, group, and societal forces that affect vulnerable people and you'll be trained to seek justice in a fallen world.
"My experiences have led me to develop a new business..."
- Mary Stoudenmire
Social Work '09
The skills you'll gain as a social work major will serve you well in all areas of your life: you'll learn how to think critically, understand more about the world you live in, learn how to work with people, and learn how to navigate complicated systems.
This work prepares you for entry-level social work practice, and is a general program that will allow you to work with a wide variety of populations and client systems. All students graduating from Malone's social work program are qualified to test for a social work license in Ohio and all other states which license bachelor's degree level social workers.
A major consists of 41 hours including:
- SWK 222 - Introduction to the Profession and Practice of Social Work
- SWK 242 - Human Behavior and Social Environment
- SWK 262 - Research and Writing for Social Work Professionals
- SWK 311 - History of Social Welfare
- SWK 312 - Social Welfare Policy Analysis
- SWK 345 - Practice Skills I
- SWK 347 - Social Work Practice Skills II
- SWK 348 - Social Work Practice Skills III
- SWK 372 - Methods of Social Research
- SWK 401 - Professional Issues in Social Work
- SWK 440 - Field Instruction in Social Work
- SWK 460 - Field Instruction Seminar
- SWK 470 - Social Work Specialization Seminar
An additional 28-30 hours of social work support courses include:
- BIOL 173 - Introduction to Human Biology
- HIST 211 - American History I: Colonial Era to the Civil War or
- HIST 212 - American History II: Gilded Age to the Present
- POL 201 - Introduction to American Government
- PSYC 121 - Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 140 - Introduction to Statistics
PSYC 220 - Psychology of Human Development
- PSYC 344 - Abnormal Psychology
- SOC 310 - American Minorities
To be eligible to enter the major, a student must complete an application packet, be interviewed by a faculty member and receive permission to continue in the major. The application process is completed by a second interview and review of the student’s application as outlined in the Social Work Program Handbook.
Students must must receive a C or higher in SWK 345, SWK 347, SWK 348 and SWK 401 and maintain a 2.5 major GPA. To remain in the program, students must abide by the NASW Code of Ethics and by program policies as outlined within the Social Work Program Handbook.
The sequence of courses is complemented with a 450-hour senior practicum. This practicum is usually completed during the spring semester of the senior year.