BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK (BSW)
St. Augustine College’s (SAC) Social Work Program is a community of dedicated faculty, motivated students, and inspiring alumni. The program prepares students to promote and support positive change for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and the world. Found within the courses is a unique focus on empowering the Latino community of Chicago through social justice.
Empowering a bilingual community through social justice
The bachelor degree in Social Work (BSW degree) is a bachelor degree preparing students for general social work practice. BSW graduates are prepared “to enhance the social functioning and interactions of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by involving them in accomplishing goals, developing resources, and preventing and alleviating distress.” (CSWE Educational Policy 1.0)
The SAC Social Work program is accredited through 2020 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This assures that the BSW curriculum at SAC meets the national standards for social work training. The accreditation also makes alumni eligible to apply for advanced standing at many graduate Social Work programs locally and nationally (advanced standing allows full-time students to complete an MSW program in a shorter time.)
Mission of BSW Program at St. Augustine College
The BSW program educates graduates for entry level into generalist social work practice with diverse urban populations. It does this with particular attention to opportunities to improve social justice, well-being, and access to resources within communities of Latino descent. It aspires to fill cultural, educational, and socioeconomic gaps, beginning with those in the multi-cultural and multi-linguistic neighborhoods of Chicago.
Careers in Social Work
A degree in social work offers a diverse range of opportunities including working in the areas of aging, child welfare, healthcare social work, justice and corrections, mental health, substance abuse, policy and planning, community organizing, international social work, military social work, and many others. The National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter provides further information on careers in Social Work at: http://www.naswil.org/social-work-practice/
Also see: http://workforce.socialworkers.org/whatsnew.asp
Graduates from the BSW program work as family specialists, youth organizers, case managers, directors of day care centers, domestic violence advocates, healthcare workers, geriatric care workers, and addiction counselors. Students who complete the BSW degree and who also fulfill the state of Illinois licensure requirements for social work may apply for the state exam to become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW): (http://www.idfpr.com/).
The student learning outcomes* for the BSW program are:
- Students identify as professional social workers and conduct themselves accordingly.
- Students apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- Students apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Students engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Students advance human rights and social and economic justice.
- Students engage in research-informed practice and practice- informed research.
- Students apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- Students engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
- Students respond to contexts that shape practice.
- Students engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
* The above 10 outcomes reflect the 10 educational policy standards identified by CSWE. The program regularly evaluates and publishes data on student competency in 41 practice behaviors associated with these 10 outcomes to meet CSWE accreditation requirements.
Acceptance to the BSW Program and Upper Level Courses
Full acceptance to the social work program requires the following:
- Completion of the BSW application (found online at www.staugustine.edu, click on Social Work, then Future Students) A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on 4.0 scale).
- Completion of the general education course requirements for the St. Augustine AA-LAS with SOC 101 and MAT 225 (or provision of official transcripts from an accredited college showing completion of an AA or AS degree).
- Completion of SWK 200, 305 and 315 with a grade of C or above.
- Completion of a writing and reading comprehension sample (provided in the SAC testing center). Applications will be formally reviewed during December and May of each year. Students are notified of their acceptance status after their files are reviewed. If accepted, they may register for upper level social work classes.
Social Work Internship
As part of the social work program, students complete a social work internship, which is also called field instruction. During the internship, students receive hands-on experience in a social service agency while under the supervision of a social worker. The goal of the internship is to provide students with the opportunity to practice the Social Work content taught in class while receiving constructive feedback from their Social Work supervisor. Students are also enrolled in a seminar class while in internship to receive additional support. The internship is a total of 420 hours, which can be completed in one or two semesters. Students can begin their internship after successfully completing 9 of the Social Work courses, elective coursework, and a field contract that is approved by the program field director.
- Students must complete 128 credit hours that include requirements that satisfy minimum general education requirements, elective requirements, and social work core course requirements. The 420 hour internship is part of the social work course requirements.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above at the time of graduation.
The social work faculty provides academic advising and registration completion assistance for all BSW students accepted to upper level courses for the program. Advisors are available Monday-Saturday during registration prior to the beginning of each semester. They are also available on a more limited walk-in basis three afternoons a week after classes begin. Any student may request an appointment by email or phone to see a Social Work advisor to discuss a career in social work.
REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
General Education Requirements
ENG 160 Composition I
ENG 162 Composition II
ENG 165 Speech
MAT 225 Introductory Statistics
BIO 102 Human Biology
CHM 115 or PHY 103
HUM 204 or HUM 205
ENG 203 or any unduplicated Humanities or Fine Arts course
SPA 222 Hispanic-American Lit.
HIS 105, or HIS 104, or PSC 103
PSY 101 General Psychology
SOC 101 Intro. to Sociology
SWK 200 Introduction to Social Work
SWK 305 Ethics & Values in Social Work
SWK 315 Human Behavior & Social Environment I
SWK 319 Human Behavior & Social Environment II
SWK 335 Social Justice and Social Action
SWK 345 Multicultural Social Work Practice
SWK 355 Research & Practice Evaluation
SWK 410 Social Work Practice I
SWK 420 Social Work Practice II
SWK 450 Field Instruction I
SWK 460 Field Instruction II
SWK 470 Integrative Seminar
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