As a social work major, you will learn knowledge, values and skills to prepare you to:
As a BSW major, you will take courses in the General Education Curriculum (GEC), which provides you with a liberal arts foundation. An additional 32 "general" hours are taken, which are comprised of courses that extend the GEC and three introductory level courses that provide you with information about the profession, its history and human diversity.
Once you progress to the professional level courses in the BSW program, you will follow a prescribed progression plan. You will take 3 semesters of courses culminating with a 450-hour field practicum/internship and capstone seminar, where you will apply what you have learned in a practice setting.
There is one Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree available with this major.
After graduation, BSW students:
To introduce you to the profession of social work, you are required to take this introduction to social work class. Students are amazed at the contributions of social work pioneers to the world and the different fields in which they can work such as law enforcement agencies, hospitals, schools, corporations and the political arena.
Differences/similarities among various cultures and implications for social work practice are explored in this course. Students are encouraged and required to participate in activities such as the diversity dash.
To wrap up your educational experience in the BSW program, you will complete your two capstone courses, a 450-hour field practicum/internship and a seminar class. You will have your own clients under the supervision of a social worker.
Favorite Course: SWK 451: Grief and Bereavement
Expertise: Medical Social Work, School Social Work
Favorite Course: SWK 415: Human Rights and Social Justice
Expertise: Ethics, Cultural Competence, Human Rights and Social Justice
Favorite Course: SWK 315: Human Diversity in a Changing World and Methods of SWK 420: Social Work Research
Expertise: Child Welfare, Disasters, Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Asian communities, exploring minority stress theory with LGBTQ military/veteran and aging populations, culturally informed practice, intergroup contact theory, and storytelling
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.