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Social Work Major



The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Social Work Major.

Courses Credits  
PSY 101 General Psychology 3 Info

This course introduces psychology as a science and emphasizes the interaction of social, cognitive, emotional, motivational, and organizational approaches to understanding human behavior. All students participate in a service learning experience in which they apply course concepts in real world situations and organizations. Discussions within this class include Christian perspectives on current issues in human behavior, cognition, and motivation. (A section of PSY101 H Honors: General Psychology is offered fall semester in odd calendar years for members of the Honors Program.)

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3 Info

A basic course introducing the student to the concepts, theories, and methods employed in an objective scientific analysis of society, culture, social institutions and organizations, social control, deviancy, and social factors involved in personality development.

SOCI 202 Statistics 3 Info

A study of basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include graphic representations, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, and various significant tests of relationship, including measures of association, correlation, linear relationship, and means tests. This course includes an introduction to multivariate statistics and non-parametrics. Cross listed with PSY 202. Meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

SWK 205 Introduction to Social Work 3 Info

The nature, functions, and values of social work are explored. Social work is presented as a problem solving process with wide applicability in the arena of human services; thus, social work is studied within a wide spectrum of situations and institutions.

SOC 210 Reasearch Methods 3 Info

A study of problem formulation, data collection, data analysis including descriptive and inferential statistical techniques, and research report writing. Includes two or more applied projects, usually in collaboration with the entire class or with a group, and the development of a publication ready research paper.

PSY 212 Developmental Psychology 3 Info

This lifespan development course examines human growth and development from prenatal life through old age. Advances in research illumine the intellectual, emotional, social, moral, and religious developmental processes in persons across cultures and socio-economic strata. Group presentations as well as written reflections and reading reports assess student mastery of this course.

SWK 271 Professional Seminar I 1 Info

This course provides students with a seminar experience (typically a one-day retreat), and a small number of class sessions with individual appointments with the instructor, for the purpose of helping the student create the foundation for a successful professional future. Requirements include the completion of an updated resume, two professional interviews, attendance at a professional conference, service hours, and a student success plan, all included in a well-organized portfolio. Ideally this course should be taken during the fall semester of the sophomore or junior year. Cross listed with SOC 271, CRJ 271.

SWK 305 Fields of Social Work 3 Info

A course designed to develop the student's awareness of alternative methods of treatment available and to help the student develop the skills and techniques that are essential to professional competency in the "helping" processes.

SWK 361 Policies and Agencies 3 Info

The study of a variety of social organizations and of the policies enacted or pursued related to mission, structure, and social-political environments. Governmental and non-governmental agencies in the areas of social work and criminal justice will be included. Using organizational theory and real-life models, students will engage in institutional problem solving exercises. Cross listed with CRJ 361 and SOC 361.

SWK 371 Professional Seminar II 1 Info

This course begins with requirements similar to those in SWK 271, but assignments are at a higher stage of development. Additionally, each student is required to produce one of two professional products. One option would be to write an academic paper which will be submitted to a journal or professional organization, and the other would be to complete an applied leadership project which demonstrates significant and innovative leadership with a campus or community organization, including the implementation and presentation of a successful applied idea, innovation, or intervention, tailor-made to that organization. Typically taken during the fall semester of the junior or senior year. Cross listed with SOC 371 and CRJ 371.

SOC 380 Social Theory 3 (WI) Info

The development of major schools of social thought, major social theorists and their distinctive contributions to the understanding of society, culture, and modernity, are considered and analyzed. Requires three or four major papers which focus, respectively, on social philosophers of antiquity, the major founders of sociological theory, modern social theories and theoretical trends, and everyday applications of social theory. Also covers how to write a "literature review" for a research paper. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

SWK 405 Practicum Variable Info

Each student must successfully complete one or more practicum experiences, totaling 8-12 hours of academic credit, where 40 clock hours on location equals on hour of credit. Ideally, each practicum should be based at a social work agency or similar organization such as a school, church, health clinic, etc, which specializes in human services. Ideally, an on-site supervisor with an MSW degree or LCSW license will supervise the student's practicum.

SWK 471 Professional Seminar III 2 Info

This course provides students with a capstone experience in the department, and links all academic and extra-curricular experiences at Greenville College with the students' occupational and service-oriented future. Requirements include updating the academic portfolio, including academic resumes, and completion of an oral exam and research-based senior project. The senior project includes a paper and a publicized oral report. Must be completed during the spring semester of the senior year. Cross listed with SOC 471 and CRJ 471.

Career Opportunities

  • Public Health Agencies
  • Family Service Agencies
  • Foundational Work
  • Domestic Violence Shelters
  • Child Welfare Agencies
  • Drug Treatment Clinics
  • Youth Developmental Programs
  • Career Centers
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Hospices and Nursing Homes
  • Researcher
  • Counseling