2023-2024 Catalog

Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work

(181 credits)

Program Description

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare students for generalist social work practice with diverse populations and to cultivate community leaders who will implement humane social policies, services, and programs that restore social and economic justice for at-risk children and their families. The cornerstone of the program is commitment to personal and community well-being and the cultural integrity of Native American communities.

The B.S.W. curriculum has been developed according to the educational standards established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is based on a strong liberal arts foundation that emphasizes cultural understanding, critical thinking, communication, and citizenship. The upper-level Social Work courses provide a foundational knowledge base for social work practice; promote growth in self-awareness, cultural competence, and professional ethics; and prepare students for graduate-level social work education. Supervised field experience in either tribal or non-tribal social service agencies is an integral part of the program.

Accreditation

The SKC Bachelor of Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the ­Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation.

Career Outlook

Social workers assist people to solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers, clinical social workers, also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, and private practices. They generally work full time and may need to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s ­degree and two years of post-master experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.

The median annual wage for social workers was $47,980 in 2017. Employment of social workers is projected to grow, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for health care and social services, but will vary by specialty.

(Information retrieved on April 13, 2018 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm)

Admission Criteria

A. Application and admission to SKC is a separate process from application and admission to the Social Work Program. All applicants must be admitted to SKC and meet the admission criteria listed below prior to applying to Social Work Program.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Well-developed writing and language skills as demonstrated through the Junior Writing Portfolio.

Applicants who do not demonstrate well-developed writing and language skills as specified above may be required to participate in a Writing Improvement Plan as a condition of acceptance. Students, in conjunction with the Social Work Writing Advisor, will develop the plan, and their progress will be monitored by Social Work faculty members.

Applicants who took MATH 103 and/or ENGL 202, or an equivalent course more than five (5) years ago may be required to complete the SKC placement testing in math and English and follow the placement recommendations issued by the respective departments.

Social Work professional core courses that were completed more than five (5) years ago will be subject to departmental review and may not be counted towards the degree.

Please note that all students, including the A.A. in Chemical Dependency Counseling, must complete the B.S.W. course requirements as specified in the catalog for the year for which they are accepted into the program as juniors, regardless of when they started their studies at SKC. In an event that a student discontinues his or her studies for any length of time after being accepted and subsequently returns to finish the program, he/she will have to complete the graduation requirements as per catalog year in which the re-entry occurs.

Application Process

Criminal history and Child Protection Services background that may prevent a student from being admitted into the Social Work Program include:

  • A felony conviction for child abuse or neglect, for a crime against children (including pornography), for spousal abuse, or for a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide, but not including other physical assault or battery.
  • A felony conviction for physical assault, battery, or a drug-related offense in the past five (5) years.
  • Child Protective Services history that includes substantiation of any type of child abuse and/or neglect within the past five (5) years.
  • A conviction for a crime including abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly person or a person with a developmental disability.
  • Evidence of criminal activity and/or convictions during the time of enrollment in the B.S.W. Program.
  • Knowingly withholding information of prior criminal convictions.

Background checks will be coordinated through the Internship Field Director prior to internship placement.

Other Behavioral Expectations

B.S.W. students are subject to all provisions of the SKC Student Handbook, Social Work Department Code of Conduct and Social Work Department Student Handbook, and Social Work Internship Manual during their program of study. They are expected to adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and to exhibit behavior appropriate to someone pursuing a career as a professional social worker. Violation of the stated codes may result in the dismissal from the B.S.W. program. Program and college personnel are available to advise students who feel they are in a situation that may require outside assistance, and designated college personnel may suggest counseling or other such assistance as deemed necessary. Problems affecting the B.S.W. candidate’s ability to perform the functions of a professional social worker may delay or terminate the student’s progression through the Social Work Program. 

Title IV-E Stipend

The Montana Child Welfare Training Program is federally funded by Title IV-E grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The program is designed to enhance social service delivery to children and families in Montana. Students who have been admitted into the Social Work Program as juniors and are committed to working in the child welfare field upon graduation are eligible to apply for the Title IV-E stipend. Please contact the SKC Title IV-E Committee at the Social Work Department for more information and/or an application packet.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the B.S.W. degree, the graduates are expected to:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice- informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Pre-B.S.W. Curriculum

Please note that no course credit will be given for previous life and work experience.

All courses require a minimum grade of C.

Fall (First Year)

ENGL101English Composition I

3

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

SCWK100Foundations of Social Work

1

SCWK210Working with Families and Children

3

ELECTIVEHumanities Intro General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Winter (First Year)

PSYC110Introduction to Psychology

5

ENGL202English Composition II

3

ELECTIVEOpen Elective

3

SCLG110Introduction to Sociology

5

OR

SCLG308Social Psychology

5

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring (First Year)

SPCH100Basic Communications

3

SCWK160Introduction to Addiction Studies

3

ELECTIVENASD OPEN

3

ELECTIVEOpen Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Fall (Second Year)

PSYC210Psychological Literature

3

SCWK201Introduction to Social Work

3

SCWK203Domestic Violence: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

2

BIOS101General Biology

4

BIOS102General Biology Laboratory

1

OR

BIOS108Biology of Living Systems

4

BIOS109Biology of Living Systems Laboratory

1

OR

ELECTIVENatural Science General Education from List

5

ELECTIVEOpen Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Winter (Second Year)

ARTD109Self-Expression through the Arts

3

PSYC230Developmental Psychology

5

SCWK140Suicide Awareness: Risk and Resiliency Factors

2

OR

ELECTIVESocial Work Elective

2

ELECTIVEHealth and Physical Education Open 1 cr

1

OR

ELECTIVESocial Work Emphasis

3

ELECTIVEOpen 3 cr

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Spring (Second Year)

PSYC361Abnormal Psychology

5

MATH100College Algebra

5

OR

MATH103Contemporary Math

5

CDARElective(s)

3

OR

ELECTIVESocial Work Emphasis

3

BUMG160Personal Finance

3

OR

ECON211Microeconomics

3

OR

MATH241Statistics

5

Total Credit Hours: 90

B.S.W. Curriculum

Students must be admitted into the B.S.W. ­Program or have instructor and department approval before they can enroll in 300 and 400 level SCWK core professional courses.

Fall (Third Year)

SCWK304APA Writing Style

3

SCWK310Social Work Practice I (Individuals)

3

SCWK320Social Work Values and Ethics

3

SCWK355Technical Writing for Social Work

2

SCWK303Portfolio Composition

1

Total Credit Hours:12

Winter (Third Year)

SCWK300Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

3

SCWK307Social Work Writing Lab I

2

SCWK311Social Work Practice II (Families)

3

SCWK330Race, Gender, Ethnicity and Class

5

ELECTIVEOpen Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring (Third Year)

SCWK312Social Work Practices III (Communities & Organizations)

3

SCWK352Internship Seminar

3

SCWK301Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3

SCWK308Social Work Writing Lab II

2

OR

CDAR or Social Work Elective

3

ELECTIVEOpen Elective

3

ENGL306Writing Research Papers

3

Fall (Fourth Year)

SCWK400Internship I

5

SCWK420Advanced Research Methods in Social Work

3

SCWK440Advanced Counseling Methods for the Native American Client

3

ELECTIVESocial Work Elective

2

OR

ELECTIVEChemical Dependency Focus

3

GNSD350Introduction to Grant Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Winter (Fourth Year)

SCWK315Welfare Policy and Services

3

SCWK401Internship II

5

SCWK421Social Work Capstone I

3

ELECTIVENative American Studies Advanced General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Spring (Fourth Year)

SCWK402Internship III

5

SCWK471Foster Care/Child Abuse and Neglect

5

SCWK423Social Work Action Research

3

OR

ELECTIVESocial Work Emphasis

3

ELECTIVEOpen Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 181