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Undergraduate Curriculum

The University’s requirements, approved by the Board of Trustees and accreditation standards advanced by the Council on Social Work Education define the School’s curriculum. Both sets of policies require a strong foundation in the liberal arts and competence in a your major field of study, social work.

Liberal Arts Foundation

As defined by WVU, the liberal arts foundation includes three clusters of coursework (arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences), two skill requirements (writing and mathematics), and a minority requirement, which is fulfilled by taking SOWK 147. Students must complete the liberal arts foundation by the time of admission to the major in order to enroll in the upper-level courses. 

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Professional Foundation

According to Council Social Work Education accreditation standards, the professional foundation in social work includes content on “social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, populations-at-risk, human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, research, and the field practicum.” 

Completion of the professional foundation coursework prepares you as a generalist practitioner. A generalist practitioner has a broad-based education that informs work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. A generalist does not specialize in practice with any single population, system, or field of practice; neither do they specialize in the use of any single practice method or technique.

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