Social Work (BA)
Viterbo’s social work program is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and provides students with the hands-on and experiential learning necessary to prepare them for a rewarding and dynamic profession. As part of this program, students will participate in a 30-hour per week, 450-hour internship in a social service setting working with a trained social work field instructor. Small classes and challenging courses are led by caring faculty who have extensive experience as social workers.
- The professional social work course sequence begins at the junior level. Students apply to the professional phase of the program by completing a formal application for admission. The application is due Feb. 1 of the sophomore year for formal admission to the junior year courses. Only applications from change of major or transfer students will be accepted after Feb. 1. The application is available online through the Viterbo social work web page.
- The applicant must satisfy the following criteria: completion of 30 credits, cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale at the time of application, B or better in SOWK 210 (this course may be repeated once), written application to the social work program, interview required at the discretion of the admissions committee, completion of the pre-professional prerequisite curriculum with grades of C or higher prior to beginning the professional sequence courses.
- Meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission to the professional social work program. The social work admissions committee may find it necessary to deny admission to a qualified applicant because of enrollment limits in the professional social work sequence and field education. Students have the right to appeal a denial of admission to the social work program according to the procedures outlined in the Social Work Student Handbook.
- The social work program will not approve academic credit given for life experience or previous work experience in whole or in part, in lieu of field education or academic course work. The social work program does not offer students an opportunity to receive credit by examination for social work courses.
- Progression in the professional phase of the social work program
- In order to progress in the professional social work program, students must maintain a 2.50 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale in SOWK 240, 280, 321, 331, 341, 442, 479, 482, and SOCL 338, receive a minimum grade of C or better in SOWK 240, 275, 280, 321, 331, 341, 442, 451, 479, 482, and SOCL 338, receive a grade of CR (credit) in SOWK 480, maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5, achieve grades of C or better in all prerequisite and support courses.
- Admission to field education
- The professional social work curriculum culminates with a one semester 450 hour field education experience in an approved agency setting. Students are required to complete an application process for acceptance to field education one semester before intended entry. Only social work majors who have completed all courses in the professional phases of the social work curriculum and all support courses for the major, except SOWK 480 and 482, and meet criteria for field education will be admitted into field education. A criminal background check is required to enter field education. Students with a history of physical violence, sexual misconduct, or any other offense which would make the student unemployable as a social worker may be denied admission to field education in a particular semester. Admission into field education is limited by the number of opportunities for placement in certified field agencies. In the event that field education applications exceed placement sites, eligible students will be accepted based on the number of credits completed.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
- Engage diversity and difference in practice
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
- Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
- Engage in policy practice
- Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
- Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
- Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
- Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities