Saulsberry, M.Cappel, Sharma
The Social Work curriculum involves two components, pre-social work and social work. Pre-social work includes approximately one academic year in an accredited college or university. As pre-social work majors, students must successfully complete the following courses: English Composition (6 hours), SOCL 1001 or PSYC 2001 (3 hours), MATH 1011 (3 hours), and SOCW 1001 , SOCW 1002 , can apply while enrolled in SOCW 2005 . The Social Work major consists of approximately 4 academic semesters after admission to the Social Work Program. It is concerned with courses providing a broad liberal arts base and with social work courses emphasizing the knowledge, values, and skills needed to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice.
Admission to The Social Work Major
The Social Work major offers a liberal arts base, including sociology, psychology, biology, and required social work courses in the area of human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social research, social work practice, and field practicum. Course work requires volunteer work (30 hours per semester for two courses) and a practicum (32 hours per week for one semester). The Social Work Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1977.
Applicants for admission to the Social Work major, in addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the University, and be enrolled as a pre-social work major at the time of application, must fulfill the requirements of the pre-social work major curriculum:
- A grade of “C” or above in the following courses: ENGL 1001 and ENGL 1002 , SOCL 1001 or PSYC 2001 , MATH 1011 , SOCW 1001 , SOCW 1002 , and SOCW 2005 (may be enrolled in 2005).
- A minimum average of 2.3 in all courses required for the degree.
Application forms for admission to the Social Work major may be obtained by downloading them from the ULM website/Social Work http://www.ulm.edu/socialwork. Completed application forms are to be submitted to the Admissions Committee chairperson during the first four weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters. The Admissions Committee will review applications, interview applicants, and make a decision on the status of the applicants. The head of the Social Work Department will notify the students in writing of the Committee’s decision. If for some reason a student is not admitted to the Social Work major, reapplication may be made the next semester. Those not admitted into the major will not be allowed to enroll in SOCW 3001 - Interviewing and the Helping Relationship , SOCW 3015 - Practice I , SOCW 4016 - Practice II , SOCW 4021 - Field Education in Social Work , or SOCW 4022 - Field Education Seminar .
Social Work majors are also required to apply for admission into the field practicum. An application for the practicum must be made to the Coordinator of Field Education during the first month of the Fall or Spring semesters prior to a student’s enrollment in Field Education in Social Work. Forms may be obtained by downloading them from the ULM website/Social Work http://www.ulm.edu/socialwork. To be eligible for the practicum, students must have completed all 1000- and 2000-level courses, earned a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required for a major, and earned a GPA of 2.3 in all courses required for the degree. A student must observe all prerequisites in the sequential pursuance of courses leading to a baccalaureate degree in social work. Generally, enrollment in the practicum occurs during the semester prior to a student’s graduation. The Coordinator of Field Education is required to make a reasonable effort to assist a student in securing a placement. The Social Work major, however, not the University, is ultimately responsible for obtaining and retaining a placement under the direction of the Coordinator of Field Education.
Students unable to obtain an acceptable placement or to complete a practicum successfully will not be awarded the degree and are advised to change to a curriculum in which they can meet degree requirements.
Retention in The Social Work Major
Pre-Social Work and Social Work majors who earn less than a “C” in Social Work courses required for the major will be allowed to repeat courses only one time. Failure to achieve a progressive grade the second time will result in suspension from the Social Work Program for one semester. Students, classified as Social Work majors, who are suspended from the program or the University, or who resign or withdraw from the University, will have their status reviewed by the Chair of the Admissions Committee and may be required to resubmit an application for re-admission into the program.