2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog 
    
    Aug 17, 2022  
2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work, B.A.


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The BA program is a professional preparation program rooted in the liberal arts. Students develop knowledge, values, and skills to work with people from diverse cultural, ethnic, and personal backgrounds. The program is fully accredited with the Council on Social Work Education.

Social work students have opportunities to work with local agencies through a highly individualized field experience program. Students find this helpful in building skills and obtaining jobs following graduation. The program emphasis is work with rural and indigenous communities.

Potential careers: services to children, families, and the elderly; rehabilitation; health care; community practice; youth work; corrections; employment services; substance abuse, mental health, and residential treatment.

Generalist Social Work Practice

Generalist social work practitioners work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, social policies, and communities in a variety of settings in pursuit of social and economic justice. Generalist practitioners view people and systems from a strengths perspective in order to recognize, support, and build upon the innate capabilities of all human beings. They engage, assess, broker services, advocate, counsel, educate, and organize with and on behalf of individuals, families, and collections of people. Generalist practitioners engage in community development, organizational development, and evaluation in order to ensure that services are useful, effective, and ethical.

Program Admission Requirements

Lower division GE courses required for the major can be taken at a community college and can be taken CR/NC. Program faculty can advise students on courses preparing them for their transfer to Humboldt’s Social Work program. For information and/or appointments, call 707-826-4448.

To be eligible to register for junior-level courses in the social work major, students must have completed, or be in the process of completing, all prerequisites. A cumulative 2.00 GPA and a 2.00 in all social work courses is necessary to be fully accepted to the program.

Students who meet the prerequisites need to submit a “Social Work Major Application Form” with a personal statement to the department. Applications to begin the fall sequence of courses are due no later than the last Friday in January for continuing students. Transfer applicants should follow the Office of Admissions schedule due to program impaction for transfers only. Applications received after this date may not be reviewed in time for placement in the appropriate major courses. Notification of acceptance will be made prior to the registration period for fall classes. Please note that all accepted students will be required to attend a two day on campus orientation the first week of fall semester.

Full acceptance into junior year coursework requires students to meet all of the admission standards and to submit the formal application. Provisional status may be granted to any student who does not meet requirements. Students who are given a provisional status must work out a plan with their faculty advisor that identifies those areas requiring improvement and how each area will be addressed in order to be accepted as a social work major.

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below for the major, please see “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements ”.

Requirements for the Major (60 units)

The upper division general education area D requirement is met by the coursework within the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Social Work.

Courses prepare students for professional generalist social work and are sequenced to best facilitate learning and acquisition of skills. Major coursework (300-level) always begins in fall.

Prerequisite courses for acceptance to the Social Work B.A. Major:


Upper Division Courses


Seniors - Fall


Seniors - Spring


Advanced Social Work Methods Courses


Complete 6 units of advanced social work methods courses are to be taken in the senior year.

Courses include:

Field Experience


Field experience courses are restricted to social work majors. Academic credit for life experience or previous work experience shall not be given, in whole or in part, in lieu of any required social work courses.

Program Learning Outcomes


Students completing this program will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • demonstrate ethical and professional behavior, particularly with respect to work with indigenous and rural communities
  • engage diversity and difference in practice, particularly with respect to work with indigenous and rural communities
  • advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice, particularly with respect to work with indigenous and rural communities
  • engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice, particularly with respect to work with indigenous and rural communities
  • engage in policy practice, particularly with respect to work with indigenous and rural communities.
  • engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, particularly with respect to work with indigenous and rural communities
  • assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, particularly with respect to work with indigenous and rural communities
  • intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, particularly with respect to work with indigenous and rural communities
  • evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, particularly with respect to work with indigenous and rural communities
  • Humboldt’s BA program recognizes specific social work competencies and behaviors as the framework for social work education. Visit the Social Work website for information.

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