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Social Work


The Social Work Department offers a major in social work and a minor in social justice. The Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students interested in a degree in social work must apply for admission to the Social Work Program.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

Social Work Major Requirements

The social work major consists of 11 social work courses and four supporting courses. See admission requirements. There is no requirement in the social work major to also carry a minor. 

60 credits

Required Courses — Take all (40 credits):

  • SWK 1300  Introduction to Social Justice and Social Welfare (4 credits)
  • SWK 2400  Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4 credits)
  • SWK 2600  Ethics and Leadership in a Multicultural Society (4 credits)
  • SWK 3000  Social Welfare Research (4 credits)
  • SWK 3100  Social Welfare Policy Analysis (4 credits)
  • SWK 3300  Introduction to Social Work Practice (4 credits)
  • SWK 4200  Advanced Social Work Practice (4 credits)
  • SWK 4300  Integrative Seminar (4 credits)
  • SWK 4610  Social Work Field Placement I (4 credits)
  • SWK 4620  Social Work Field Placement II (4 credits)

Required courses — choose one (4 credits):

  • SWK 2650  Wounded Hearts: Interdisciplinary Exploration of Trauma and Recovery (4 credits)
  • SWK 2700  Trauma Across Social Context (4 credits) 

prerequisiteS – complete all by the end of sophomore year (12 credits):

  • WMG  Any course offering in Women’s and Gender Studies (4 credits)
  • POL 2400  American Government: National, State, and Local (4 credits)
  • SOC 1000  Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)

choose one (4 credits):

  • ECN 1030  Issues in Economics (4 credits)
  • ECN 3250  Economics of Poverty and Income Inequality (4 credits)
  • WMG 3500  Global Poverty (4 credits)

Senior Thesis
All students will complete a senior project in SWK 4300.

Honors in the Major
Please see the department chair for details. Basic requirements are listed under All-College Programs in the catalog.

Social Justice Minor Requirements

The social justice minor is designed for students in any major (other than social work) who want to learn how to critically examine issues of equity and access in terms of “economic, political, and social rights” within a wide range of disciplines. Through this minor, students will examine the complex relationships that exist between social justice and broader cultural, economic, educational, social, environmental, and political structures, policies, and practices. Business leaders, health care providers, scientists, musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs can ground their work in an overall commitment to lead in the development of more socially just communities.

24 credits

Required courses (16 credits):

  • SWK 1300  Introduction to Social Justice and Social Welfare (4 credits)
  • SWK 2400  Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4 credits)
  • SWK 2600  Ethics and Leadership in a Multicultural Society (4 credits)
  • SWK 3100  Social Welfare Policy Analysis (4 credits)

choose two (8 credits):

Students must select two courses (8 total credits) from any discipline that includes a focus on social justice. Students will work with the Social Work Department chair to receive approval for these electives. This is not a complete or exhaustive list, but rather a sampling of 4-credit electives that could fulfill the requirement:

  • CDM 2400  Gender Communications (4 credits)
  • EDU 2340  Foundations in Urban Education (4 credits)
  • EDU 4340  Urban and Cultural Leadership (4 credits)
  • ENG 3030  Major Texts in Critical Theory (4 credits)
  • GNR 200P  Challenging White Supremacy and Practicing Anti-Racism (4 credits)
  • GNR 200R  Legacies of Race and Racism in the U.S. (4 credits)
  • POL 3110  Women’s and Gender Studies Theory (4 credits)
  • POL 3450  Global Poverty (4 credits)
  • POL 3620  Environmental Politics (4 credits)
  • PYC 3460  Psychology of Women and Gender (4 credits)
  • SOC 2530  Race and Racisms (4 credits)
  • SOC/WMG 2770  Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in a Diverse World (4 credits)
  • SOC/SWK/WMG 2800  Decoding Disney (4 credits)
  • SWK 2200  Child Welfare Policy and Practice (4 credits)
  • SWK/WMG 2210  Family Violence (4 credits)
  • SWK 2500  Engaging Multicultural Students and Families (4 credits)
  • SWK 2650  Wounded Hearts: Interdisciplinary Study of Trauma and Recovery (4 credits)
  • SWK 2700  Trauma Across Social Contexts (4 credits)
  • SWK 400T  Special Topics in Social Work (4 credits)
  • WMG 3010  Feminist Theory (4 credits)
  • WMG 4200  The Gendering of Leadership (4 credits)

Note: It is very important that all transfer students see the department chair immediately upon acceptance to Carthage. The Social Work Department does not offer course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

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