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  Social Work Major Curriculum
The Social Work Major curriculum includes core social work major courses that enable the development of a common base of skills in the areas of:
  • Social policy and program analysis
  • Human behavior in the social environment
  • Diversity
  • Social work practice
  • Social work research

Click here to view the course descriptions of our new semester major courses.


In addition to the core curriculum, students enroll in social work electives which are designed to support and broaden their learning of generalist practice skills. Elective course work may be selected from such areas as child and family services, corrections, aging, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, and physical health care.

All students taking social work electives in the quarter system, choose from the same elective list. However, depending on your year of graduation, the number of social work elective hours required varies. Please view your curriculum checklist above to determine the number of social work elective hours required. View the approved social work electives below. Please consult your academic advisor with any questions pertaining to the social work electives.

Social Work Elective List


Your field practicum will consist of two consecutive semesters in a social service agency, beginning autumn semester of your senior year. You will spend 15 hours per week at your field agency and will receive 10 credit hours for the field practicum. Field practicum allows students an opportunity to combine theoretical knowledge with skill acquisition as they learn to conduct themselves in a professional manner in actual practice situations.


You also have the opportunity to complete an Individual Study in an area of interest not available through regular course enrollment. You and a faculty sponsor will structure, design and implement a course of study.

Access Individual Study Form here.