Social Work

Faculty
Elizabeth T. Blue, Professor
Judy Anne Dwyer, Associate Professor
Lawrence Martin, Associate Professor
Jay Wolterstorff, Assistant Professor

The undergraduate major in Social Work offers a Bachelor of Science in Social Work Degree, with an ethnic-sensitive, ecological, generalist focus, which educates and prepares entry-level generalist social workers for effective direct practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, institutions and communities. Specific areas of concern for the program are the well-being of regional American Indian people and communities as well as that of elderly persons and persons with developmental and other disabilities. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

UW-Superior Social Work Program Diversity Statement
Respecting and celebrating diversity is an inherent part of the mission of the UW-Superior Social Work program and is a central theme of service when social workers are working in the community. In promoting the dignity, worth and empowerment of the individual client while working to improve and sustain the social environment, our program seeks to strengthen students’ interest in, respect for, and skills in working effectively with diverse and vulnerable populations. Our program also seeks to sensitize and prepare students to help service systems toward constructive change when relating to diverse populations.

Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience shall not be given, in whole or in part, in lieu of any required course.

Admission to the Social Work Program
To seek formal admission to the program, the student files an application with an academic advisor before entering SOW 330, Methods of Social Work Practice I, usually by the end of the sophomore year. Admission requirements include: a grade of C or better in SOW 121 Introduction to Social Work, an overall grade point average of at least 2.3 at time of admission, and demonstration of suitability and capacity to enter the profession of social work according to "Admission/Continuation Competencies" listed in the "Social Work Student Handbook." All applicants meet with a Review Committee as a part of the admission process. The Review Committee consists of social work faculty and may also include a member of the Social Work program's Community Advisory Committee. Students transferring into the program may be granted a conditional admission while they finish the introductory course satisfactorily.

Continuation in the Social Work Program
Continuation in good standing in the program is contingent upon the following:

  1. Earning a grade of C or better or pass (P) in all required social work courses, and retaking any required social work course in which a grade below C or pass (P) was received.

  2. Maintaining an overall grade point average of 2.3 from time of admission through graduation.

  3. Maintaining a grade point within the major courses of 2.5 by the end of the junior year through graduation.

  4. Continuing to demonstrate suitability and capacity for the profession of social work as expressed in the "Students’ Rights and Responsibilities" statement in the "Social Work Student Handbook."

The Social Work Program is administered and admissions are determined without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, creed, handicap, age, sex or sexual orientation.

Transfer Students
Transfer students are expected to seek advisement with an intake advisor of the program at or before the time of their first registration. Contact the Admissions Office, the Center for Academic and Career Advisement or the Social Work program office to be referred to this advisor. The intake advisor will furnish transfer students with academic advisement and Social Work program materials, including the "Social Work Student Handbook." Transfer students seeking formal admission to the program must be enrolled at UW-Superior for at least one semester before enrolling in senior practicum. Transfer students must meet all admission and continuation standards of non-transfer Social Work majors. Procedures for grievance and appeal and continuation in the program are the same for transfer students as for other Social Work majors.

If a transfer student requests that a requirement for the Social Work major be met by a transfer credit, the request may be granted if the course content is identical and if the grade for the course is computed as part of the grade point average requirements for the major in Social Work. In addition, any social work courses transferred in must have been taught by an MSW (Masters of Social Work) who graduated from an accredited social work program or must be accompanied by documentation that essential social welfare, and/or content about the development of social work as a profession have been incorporated into the course. Practice and practicum courses above the 300 level must be taken at UW-Superior.

Reapplication to the Social Work Program
Requirements for readmission to the program include
:

  1. Enrollment for a minimum of one semester at UW-Superior before reapplication.

  2. Resubmission of an application following the standards expressed in "Reapplication to the Social Work Program" found in the "Social Work Student Handbook."

  3. Junior standing.

  4. Grades of C or higher in all required social work courses, and an overall grade point average of at least 2.3, and a grade point in the major of at least 2.5 from the end of the junior year through graduation.

Social Work Major
The Social Work Major is a comprehensive major which consists of 65-68 credits depending upon courses chosen. In effect, an interdisciplinary minor is integrated into the requirements for the major, thus no minor is required.

Basic Core (all required):
SOW   121      Introduction to Social Work
SOW   325      The Ecology of Social Welfare Policy Making
SOW   326      Social Welfare Policy Practice
SOW   330      Methods of Social Work Practice I
SOW   344      Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SOW   345      Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
SOW   360      Methods of Social Work Practice II
SOW   380      Social Work Research Methods
SOW   420      Preparation for Field Internship
SOW   422      Social Work Field Instruction I
SOW   423      Social Work Field Seminar I
SOW   427      Social Work Field Instruction II
SOW   428      Social Work Field Seminar II
SOW   480      Research Projects
BIOL   115      Human Biology
SOCI   273      Race and Ethnicity
MATH 130      Elementary Statistics
or
PSYC  301      Statistics for Psychological Research

Other Required Electives
Nine additional credits in three elective categories are required.

Social Work Category:
One three-credit course must come from any of the following social work elective offerings:
SOW   329      Crisis Interventions
SOW   350      An Introduction to Addiction and Recovery
SOW   386      Social Work Practice with American Indian Families
SOW   426      Special topics in Social Work
SOW   498      Independent Project

Micro Category:
One three-credit course must chosen jointly by the student and his or her social work advisor from a "micro" category. This allows the student to choose from a wide array of courses and disciplines, as long as the agreed upon course has a micro focus (an individual or family focus). An example might be a course with such a smaller system focus drawn from Psychology, Sociology, First Nations Studies or Women’s Studies.

Macro Category:
The final three-credit course must chosen jointly by the student and his or her social work advisor from a "macro" category. This allows the student to choose from a wide array of courses and disciplines, as long as the agreed upon course has a macro focus (an organization, community, international or societal focus). An example might be a course with such a larger system focus drawn from Political Science, Legal Studies, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, First Nations Studies or Women’s Studies.

All nine elective credits must be discussed with and approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Writing Requirement:
While most social work students are good writers, occasionally a student’s writing skills may need strengthening. Such a student may be required to complete an additional advanced writing course. When the student is interviewed for formal admission to the social work major, his or her writing will be assessed by the Review Committee as part of the process. The student will be notified at that time in writing if the additional writing course is required in his or her case. This issue is also revisited on a second occasion when the student is applying for the senior field internship. If two or more faculty members express concerns at that time about the student’s on-going writing ability, the student will be expected to complete an additional writing course before graduation.

If the student is required to complete an additional writing requirement, he or she may choose one of the following courses:
ENGL  301      Advanced Expository Writing
ENGL  302      Technical Writing
ENGL 307       English Grammar
ENGL 401       The Art of Persuasive Writing

Criminal Background Check Required
Before a social work major may enter the senior field practicum, and as part of the preparation process for the field internship, he or she must complete a Caregiver Check in Wisconsin, a Criminal Background Check in Minnesota, or both, depending upon where the student intends to intern. For more information, the prospective student may seek out information from the actual statutes covering background checks in Minnesota and Wisconsin.