Social Work (major)

Alverno prepares students who seek a Bachelors in Social Work* to use their knowledge and skills to provide social services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and the broader society. According to the National Association of Social Workers, graduates from accredited programs help people increase their capacities for problem solving and coping, obtain needed resources, facilitate interactions between individuals and between people and their environments, make organizations responsible to people, and influence social policies. Social workers may work directly with clients addressing individual, family, and community issues, or they may work at a systems level on regulations and policy development, or as administrators and planners of a large social services system. 

*Pending accreditation, students will begin in a pre-social work (PSW) program

Social Work Major Beginning
Contact the Social Work director for options for your general education elective credits and minor
SC-118
118L
Human Biology
and Human Biology Lab
4
SW-200Policies & Services for Social Work3
SW-250Human Behavior in Social Environment3
Social Work Major Intermediate
BSC-255Behavioral Science Research Methods4
BSC-256Probability & Statistics4
SW-300Soc Wrk Prac Meth: Individuals3
SW-320Families and Society4
SW-383Social Work Internship2
or SW-325 Native Am Service & Research
SW-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Social Work Major Advanced
SW-398Community Power & Change3
SW-400Soc Wrk Prac Meth: Groups & Family3
SW-450Soc Wrk Prac Meth: Commun& Organizations3
SW-483Advanced Internship9

A social work major aligns with Alverno's values and with the needs of the community here in Milwaukee. The Council on Social Work Education indicates that a BSW must teach and assess for nine "competences," which match with Alverno's eight abilities. Alverno has a strong history with teaching psychology, sociology, global studies and international affairs, as well as community leadership and development. A BSW education at Alverno is multi-faceted, well-rounded, and perfectly prepares students for a future Masters of Social Work. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
FSS-125
First Semester Seminar
or Liberal Learning for Transfer Student
2
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
FA-110
Intro to the Arts
or Express/Interpretn Human Experience
4
BSC-215 Working in Diverse Groups 2
 Credits16
Spring
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
HUM-150
Express/Interpretn Human Experience
or Intro to the Arts
4
SC-118
118L
Human Biology
and Human Biology Lab
4
SW-200 Policies & Services for Social Work 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
Science/Math General Education Requirement 3-4  
SSC-101 Introduction to Social Science 4
HFA-210 Humanities & Fine Arts Elective 2
SW-250 Human Behavior in Social Environment 3
 Credits12
Spring
BSC-255 Behavioral Science Research Methods 4
HFA-210 Humanities & Fine Arts Elective 2
PPS-229 Career & Internship Planning 1
Minor Courses 8
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
SW-300 Soc Wrk Prac Meth: Individuals 3
SW-320 Families and Society 4
BSC-256 Probability & Statistics 4
SW-398 Community Power & Change 3
HFA-310 Humanities & Fine Arts Elective 2
 Credits16
Spring
GEC-331 Glbl Cit: Native Am Serv Lrng 3
HFA-310 Humanities & Fine Arts Elective 2
General Education Elective 3
Major Elective Course 2
General Education Elective 2
SW-383
Social Work Internship
or Native Am Service & Research
2
Minor Class 4
 Credits18
Fourth Year
Fall
SW-400 Soc Wrk Prac Meth: Groups & Family 3
General Education Elective 3
Minor Class(es) 4-8
Major Elective 2
 Credits12-16
Spring
SW-450 Soc Wrk Prac Meth: Commun& Organizations 3
SW-483 Advanced Internship 9
 Credits12
 Total Credits118-122