School of Social Work and Sociology

Darold Bigger, Interim Dean; Emily Tillotson, B.S.W. Director; Cindee Bailey, Jim Boyd, Cheris Current, Robert Gardner, Deisy Haid, Heather Rodriguez, Susan Smith, and Heather Vonderfecht.

The School of Social Work and Sociology offers a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology. Minors are available in social welfare and sociology.

The degree in social work is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice in a variety of practice settings and graduate study. Supervised field education experience in selected social work agencies is an integral part of the program. The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Candidates for social work are selected on the basis of scholarship, ethical conduct, awareness of diverse issues, and a commitment to social and economic justice. In addition to completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work, students must be accepted into candidacy in the junior year to continue in the program. BSW Candidates will submit a resume, personal statement, and references. Criteria for acceptance include a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

Sociology broadens the student's perspective of the overall organization and function of society. A sociologist is concerned with the scientific study of social phenomena arising out of group relationships. A major in sociology is useful as pre-professional preparation for advanced research and teaching in sociology, community planning, public administration, law and medical professions, and other fields concerned with social relationships.