BA in Social Work and Community Development
What Will I Learn?
The BA in Social Work & Community Development prepares you to assist families, children and individuals with social, interpersonal, financial and medical issues. As social workers, you learn to assess clients’ needs and determine what programs or advice will help them live full, happy lives.
The major aims at acquainting you with social sciences and humanities principles, as well as the basic skills of interpersonal and inter-group communication. You learn to understand and to critically analyze current and past social policies, with a focus on their social and economic dynamics.
The program prepares you for graduate studies, or for careers in social work, based on the local and regional market demand. Some graduates tend to pursue careers in elementary and secondary schools, hospitals, nursing homes, substance-abuse centers, mental-health facilities, private and government agencies.
Most commonly, graduates become social workers or social and human services assistants. The duties of a social worker or social services assistant may include planning group therapy, assisting clients with applying for social programs, such as welfare, and maintaining accurate client records.
This program requires 92 credits:
- Major core courses: 42
- Major electives: 9 credits
- LAC Core: 6 credits
- LAC Electives: 30 credits (Arts and Humanities: min 12 to max 15 credits; Natural Science: min 3 to max 6 credits; Social Sciences min 3 to max 6 credits; Free LAC: 3 credits)
- CSC 201 Computer application: 1 credit
- Free Electives: 4 credits
Major Core Requirements (42 credits)
|SWO201||Introduction to Social Work||3|
|SWO203||Citizenship and Leadership||3|
|SWO210||Introduction to Community Development||3|
|SWO301||Sociological Perspectives in Social Work||3|
|SWO302||Psychological Perspectives in Social Work||3|
|SWO313||Family and Child Welfare||3|
|SWO320||Social Work Practice Methods I||3|
|SWO322*||Field Work Experience I||3|
|SWO350||Social & Welfare Policies||3|
|SWO411||Sustainable Community Development: Theories & Practice||3|
|SWO420||Social Work Practice Methods II||3|
|SWO422*||Field Work Experience II||3|
|SWO499||Social Work Capstone Project||3|
*The field work components of the program must be completed in Lebanon
Elective Courses (9 credits)
Students can choose any three courses or three courses from a specific emphasis.
|SOC201||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SOC311||Social Problems, Stratification and Marginalization||3|
|SOC321||Sociology in the Arab World||3|
|WOS313||Women in the Arab World||3|
|PSY201||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSY203||Psychology of Youth||3|
Political Science/Legal Studies
|POL201||Introduction to Political Science||3|
|POL231||Introduction to Human Rights||3|
|POL252||Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution||3|
|LEG201||Introduction to Legal Studies||3|
|MGT201||Introduction to Management||3|
|MGT441||Human Resources Management||3|
See the Liberal Arts Curriculum page for details.
- This program does not prepare you for the practice of Social Work in New York State
- If a graduate of this program seeks to enter a master’s level social work program, all decisions regarding advanced standing are made at the discretion of the institution offering the Masters in social work program