The goals of the social work profession are multi-faceted and include counseling, crisis intervention, diagnosis, evaluation and assessment of client's status and needs, and resource referral. Social workers work in a wide variety of settings that provide direct care or as referral agents for clients to locate an array of services in the community, such as substance abuse rehabilitation, healthcare, housing, eldercare, adoption services, foster care, or grief counseling.
In addition, social workers work in organizations that provide emergency or disaster relief services to individuals, families and the community. They can be found in the city, county, state, or federal agencies, as well as in non-profit organizations serving the community, such as schools, hospitals, mental health centers, corrections facilities, or other health and human services settings. Employment in for-profit private practice agencies is expanding.
Social work as a social services profession is highly rewarding and client-centered, with a strong advocacy focus. The growing field of international social work is an exciting new option in the field, which focuses on working globally to facilitate access to crucial services and resources in the developing world. A human rights foundation has become central to the social work major, applying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which advocates for human dignity and equality for all human beings in the world.
The demand for social workers is high and is projected to continue to grow into the future, particularly in the areas of healthcare, gerontology, and international social work. Our program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in social work. A high percentage of our graduates that apply to a masters in social work program are admitted, including to some of the most prestigious universities in the field, such at Columbia University, New York University, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and others.
For more information, feel free to contact me! I look forward to working with you to help make your professional aspirations come true. Social work is a dynamic, exciting profession and you truly can give back to the community and make a difference in the world!
Michelle Lagrimas, MSW
Coordinator, Social Work and Gerontology Programsmlagrimas@msmu.edu
The Bachelor of Science in Social Work prepares students for
entry-level positions in social work as well as for graduate studies in
the field. Social work is a highly awarding and client-centered, with a
strong advocacy focus; assuring that services and resources needed by
clients are provided to them.
The demand for social workers is high and is projected to continue to
grow in the future, particularly in the areas of healthcare and
gerontology. Social workers work in a wide variety of settings that
offer direct care or as referral agents for clients to locate a array of
services in the community, such as substance abuse rehabilitation,
healthcare, housing, childcare, eldercare, adoption services, foster
care, grief counseling, or job training. Social workers are employed by
cities, counties, states, federal agencies, non-profit organizations
such as hospitals, schools, mental health centers, corrections
facilities, or other health and human services settings. Employment in
for-profit organizations is expanding.
Mount graduates in social work go on to obtain masters degrees in the
field from leading universities in the nation: Columbia University,
USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Loma Linda Universities, Cal State Universities,
All upper division courses (listed below in Required Courses) for
the major can be taken online through the Mount Weekend College
program. Go to the Weekend College website for further information on
application and registration. An on-campus visit with the program
coordinator and members of the faculty is required for this track after
acceptance into Weekend College.
Required Preparatory Lower Division CoursesPSY 1 - Introductory Psychology
SOC 5 - Sociological Perspectives (aka Introductory Sociology)
MTH 38 - Statistics (or equivalent statistics course)
Required CoursesSOC 13 - Anatomy for Social Services (or anatomy course)SOC 103 - Group Therapy: Theory and PracticeSOC 104 - The Family*SOC 106 - Introduction to PsychotherapySOC 110 - Juvenile Delinquency*
SOC 10 - Youth & Crime (or equivalent)SOC 112 - Medical Sociology*SOC 117 - Quantitative Research Methods**SOC 118 - Qualitative Research Methods: Ethnography**SOC 120 - Case ManagementSOC 121 - Human Services EthicsSOC 128 - Introduction to Social Work
SOC 7 - Introduction to Human Services (or equivalent)SOC 134 - Mediation and Negotiation
SOC 130 - Organizational Communication
GER 189 - Gerontology*
SOC 197A - InternshipPlus two courses from among the following:SOC 102 - Sociology of Children
SOC 6 - The Family, Child, & Community
SOC 105 - Couples
SOC 107 - Anger Management
SOC 108 - Substance Abuse Counseling
SOC 130 - Organizational Communication
SOC 134 - Mediation & Negotiation
SOC 160 - Diversity in Society
SOC 161 - Majority/Minority Relations
SOC 180 - Social Stratification
GER 184 - Diversity and Aging in the Social EnvironmentGER 188 - Caregiving and Adaptations for EldersGER 192 - Thanatology Seminar
Total units for the Bachelor of Science in Social Work: 48 units, plus
general studies requirements, and preparatory courses, listed above,
totaling 124 semester units.
*Courses include fieldwork component.
**SOC 117 and SOC 118 require original research work and completion of a research manuscript.
The program strongly encourages more than one semester internship in junior or senior year.
Semester abroad and/or semester in Washington D.C. available through Mount Saint Mary’s University and is encouraged.
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