Division of Teacher Education & Behavioral Sciences
Leonard Decker, Ph.D., Chair

The Loras Social Work Program provides a supportive learning community that graduates competent, ethical, value-based, generalist social work practitioners who critically use their liberal arts background in service to others. Working with and in partnering agencies, students, grounded in empowerment, actively learn knowledge values and skills, reflect upon those through opportunities in and outside the classroom, adopt and adhere to ethical approaches with diverse populations, and contribute responsibly to an ever growing and changing world. Our goal is to prepare competent, ethical, value-based, generalist social workers.

Social Work Program Rationale:
The undergraduate social work major instills the values, ethics, practice strategies, communication, diversity and knowledge required for students to become effective generalist social workers. The Loras College social work program connects the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practice setting in several ways throughout the four-year curriculum.

The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Course requirements for the major usually require six semesters for completion. The social work program handbook, which further specifies program requirements, is given to students applying for formal acceptance into the program.

The social work program provides students with a liberal arts background and a strong knowledge base in generalist social work practice. Students may select opportunities to study and practice in child and family welfare, mental health, medical social work, substance abuse, legislation and policy, probation and parole, and many other fields. Additionally, graduates qualify for advanced standing in many Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs.

Senior Performance Requirement (Field Instruction)
As the capstone of their education, senior social work students complete 420 hours of actual social work practice in a social service agency. Students have a choice in completing their field instruction hours. A student can complete field part time over two semesters registering the first semester for L.SCW-446 (4.5 hours) and the second L.SCW-447 (4.5 hours), although most students complete a block placement of 9 credit hours during one semester under L.SCW-448 during the last semester of their senior year. The following are some of the agencies providing field instruction experience for social work students:

Department of Human Services            Department of Correctional Services
Juvenile Court Services                          Hillcrest Family Services
Mercy Medical Center                              Project Concern
School Liaison Services                        Big Brother/Big Sister Program
Hills and Dales                                        Multicultural Center
Lutheran Services of Iowa                     Domestic Violence Shelter and Program
Stonehill Care Center                             Riverview Sexual Assault Program
Requirements for the major in Social Work (B.A.):
In order to apply for a major in social work, the student completes L.SCW-130: Introduction to Social Welfare, submits a formal application, letters of recommendation and completes a program interview. Students apply to the program while enrolled in L.SCW-231: Human Behavior in the Social Environment. A 2.33 cumulative grade point average is required in major courses. Students must complete the following in addition to divisional requirements.
Req Course Cr's
1   L.PSY-101: Introductory Psychology 3
2   L.SOC-115: Introduction to Sociology 3
3   L.SCW-130: Introduction to Social Welfare 3
Select one from Req 4 (Human Services)
4   L.BIO-260: Human Anatomy and Physiology-AH 4
4   L.PSY-221: Abnormal Psychology 3
4   L.PSY-225: Personality-AI 3
4   L.PSY-285: Drugs & Human Behavior-AH 3
Select one from Req 5 (Culture)
5   L.EDU-265: Multicultural Education-AC 3
5   L.SCW-395: Social Work & Cultural Competency (Topics course) 3
5   L.SOC-250: Aryan Societies-AC 3
5   L.SOC-254: Race & Ethnicity-AC 3
5   L.SOC-390: Social Inequality 3
Select one from Req 6 (Interest)
6   L.BUS-230: Principles of Management 3
6   L.BUS-240: Principles of Marketing 3
6   L.CRJ-120: Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
6   L.ECO-221: Principles of Microeconomics 3
6   L.ECO-222: Principles of Macroeconomics 3
6   L.COM-131: Intro to Mass Communication 3
6   L.COM-210: Principles of Public Relations 3
6   L.POL-101: Issues in American Politics 3
6   L.POL-121: Issues in Global Politics 3
7   L.SCW-231: Human Behavior and Social Environment 3
8   L.SCW-344: Social Policy: Formulation and Analysis 3
9   L.SCW-***: Any additional Social Work Elective 3
10   L.SCW-***: Any additional Social Work Elective 3
11   L.SCW-346: Social Work Practice I 3
12   L.SCW-347: Social Work Practice II 3
13   L.SCW-348: Social Work Practice III 3
Select one from Req 14a and one from Req 14b, or both from Req 14c
14a   L.CRJ-323: Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
14a   L.SCW-345: Social Work Research 3
14a   L.SOC-332: Research Methods and Methodology 3
14b   L.BIO-274: Experimental Design and Biostatistics-AH 3
14b   L.BUS-250: Business Statistics 3
14b   L.MAT-115: Statistics-FM 4
14b   L.MAT-220: Introduction to Probability & Statistics 3
14b   L.SOC-333: Statistical Analyses 3
14c   L.PSY-211: Research Methods & Statistics I 4
14c   L.PSY-212: Research Methods & Statistics II 4
Select both from Req 15a, or Req 15b
15a   L.SCW-446: Social Work Field Instruction 4.5
15a   L.SCW-447: Social Work Field Instruction 4.5
15b   L.SCW-448: Field Instruction & Portfolio-PJ 9
54 to 63 total required credits

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