Professional social work practice requires a strong foundation in the liberal arts which includes the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences — especially human biology. These are necessary for a capacity to think critically about people and their environments, an important skill for the professional practitioner. The values and ethics of the social work profession are drawn from our inherited traditions of helping to create a more just and resourceful society.
Students can meet the requirements for this foundation by selecting at least one course from each discipline below as they fill their core and elective requirements. Human Biology is mandatory; the other courses are highly recommended by advisement and normally required for graduate education in social work.
ENG 210 or 211 British Literature I: Special Topics or British Literature II: Special Topics
ENG 220 or 221 American Literature I: Special Topics or American Literature II: Selected Topics
ENG 252 British Modernism
PHI 102 Introduction to Ethics
Any course meeting the Intellectual Foundations requirement
ECO 101 The Economic System
PSC 101 Introduction to Government and Politics
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 240 Analyzing Social Problems
ANT 100 Human Origins
ANT 101 Understanding Culture
ECO 103 Economic History of the United States
HIS 107 History of American Life II
PSC 102 Introduction to American Government and Politics
SOC 350 Power, Class, and Inequality
SOC 351 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
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