The social work program cultivates leadership and excellence in practice through experiences in classroom learning, field instruction, and direct engagement in action to end social and economic injustice.
The Cabrini Social Work Program and the larger College community share a commitment to the common good and strive to prepare graduates to serve their communities and the world in ways that will enhance human dignity and justice for all people.
The social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Social work courses are structured and sequenced to prepare students for entry into the social work field with the professional development of knowledge, skills, and values appropriate for baccalaureate-level positions.
Emphasis is placed on awareness of self as the primary tool in the professional relationship and on the integration of professional knowledge, values, and practice skills.
Students learn to evaluate their strengths and limitations, and to realize their motivation and aptitude for continuing in social work as a career choice.
Requirements for the Major in Social Work(all courses 3 credits unless noted)
Total Credits for Major: 54
*Students planning to major in social work must have an interview with the program director and/or field coordinator and receive approval.
Prior to enrollment in SOW 311, Field Experience in Social Work I, and SOW 310, Social Work Practice Theory I, students wishing to continue in the major must meet with the full-time social work faculty and complete a formal application to the Field Education Program of the Social Work major.
**Social work majors are required to take BIO 177, Health and the Human Body, as one of their two Scientific Literacies for the core.
Special RequirementsAll students interested in a social work major must meet with a member of the social work faculty.
Prior to declaration of major, students are required to complete a formal application for admission to the program, and demonstrate recent involvement in volunteer or human service work.
Prerequisites for a major in social work include the following courses which must be taken prior to the foundation social work courses: SOW 210, SOC 201, PSY 101, ENG 101, MAT 110 or MAT 113, SOC 302 or SOW/PSY 250, and BIO 107.
Prior to the first field practicum (SOW 311), students must participate in a screening procedure, complete a formal application for admission to the field practicum program, and submit evidence that they have completed all required courses with a minimum QPA of 2.7 in related course-work and a minimum QPA of 3.0 in social work courses.
Finally, students must complete a self-identity paper in accordance with the guidelines in the Social Work Program Student Handbook.
Learning OutcomesSocial Work majors will:
apply critical thinking skills to inform and communicate professional judgments and practices
demonstrate practice skills appropriate to the professional generalist in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
demonstrate professional social work identity and behavior, and apply social work values and ethical principles to guide professional practice
apply knowledge of and respect for diversity and difference and the ways in which, as a consequence of difference, client experiences may include oppression, poverty, and alienation, as well as power, privilege, and acclaim
demonstrate knowledge of social welfare history and the ways in which social structures interact to create and maintain social conditions, and apply this knowledge to respond to current policy issues and to the changing contexts that shape practice
apply knowledge of research methods to inform social work practice, and apply practice experience to inform scientific inquiry
use evidence-based theoretical frameworks to understand human behavior in the social environment