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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Courses

For a list of the current course offerings and all courses at MU, visit the MU Registrar Schedule of Courses Page.

1101 Topics in Social Work (1-3)

Special and emerging topics in social work and social welfare. Subject, content, and credit varies, depending on available faculty and student interest. For undergraduate students only.

1110 Introduction to the Social Work Major (1)

Students examine their interest in social work and other human service professions; learn of career possibilities in their interest area; and develop an educational plan to reach their goal. Prerequisite: freshman or sophomore standing.

1115 Social Welfare and Social Work (3)

Survey course that examines the history and development of social welfare in the United States and the profession of social work, as well as contemporary social issues. Fall, Spring.

1200 Criminal Justice in Social Work

This course provides an introduction to the history and development of criminal justice in our country and includes policing and law enforcement, and the adjudication and court process as well as the terminology associated with each system. Theories on crime, prison, community corrections and reentry discussions for both juvenile and adult systems will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on an overview to the major sociological and psychological perspectives on variations from normative individual and group behaviors prevalent in the U.S. society while providing a strengths perspective in which to understand them. Finally, this course will evaluate the delicate balance between community interest and personal freedom that criminal justice decision-making requires.

2000 Exploration in Social and Economic Justice (3)

This course explores issues of fairness and equality in economic, political and social systems, and applies social justice principles to major problems. Graded on A/F basis only. Course may be repeated two times for credit.

2101 Topics in Social Work (1-3)

Special and emerging topics in social work and social welfare. Subject, content, and credit varies, depending on available faculty and student interest. For undergraduate students only.

2220 Human Behavior and the Environment (3)

The first of two required courses providing an introduction to selected theories, multidisciplinary knowledge, and perspectives into human development and behavior. Prerequisite: English 20 and Social Work 25 or sophomore standing. Graded S/U basis only.

3101 Topics in Social Work (1-3)

Special and emerging topics in social work and social welfare. Subject, content, and credit varies, depending on available faculty and student interest. Prerequisite: consent required.

3310 Comparative Social Policy (2-3)

A comparative study of social policy aspects in the framework of international development. Policy areas include South Asia, as well as other regions relevant to such study. Prerequisite: consent required.

3320 Understanding Personality in a Social Context (3)

Introduces students to diverse personality theories and examines background, key concepts, motivation, structure, development dynamics and applications in a social context. Required of all undergraduate social work majors.

3330 Medical Social Problems (2)

Interrelations of biological, psychological, and social factors in understanding people with common physical illnesses. Prerequisite: junior standing; consent required.

3340 Dynamics of Interviewing (3)

Analysis of interviewing techniques employed in communication for securing reliable, valid data to modify behavior in accordance with professional objectives. Prerequisite: junior standing; consent required.

3350 Problems in Social Work (1-3)

Research and independent study projects offered on a tutorial basis to undergraduate social work students. Prerequisite: consent required.

4101 Topics in Social Work (3)
Special and emerging topics in social work and social welfare.  Subject, content and credit varies depending on available faculty and student interest. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: departmental consent required.

4310 Social Statistics (4)

No credit for graduate social work students. Descriptive, analytic techniques applied to qualitative and quantitative social data. Prerequisite: senior standing.

4320 Rural Human Services (3)

A study of the effect of rural and small community environments on the planning and delivery of social and health services. Emphasis on policy and program analyses relevant to rural issues and concerns.

4330 Addiction Treatment and Prevention (3)

Provides knowledge generic to social work and other disciplines involved in substance abuse treatment. Integrated approach to problems of substance abuse and development of self-awareness are emphasized, didactic and experiential methods employed.

4350 Deaf Culture: A Social Work Perspective (3)

An introduction to the deaf community as a linguistic and cultural minority. Examines the complexities of Deaf culture from a historical and contemporary perspective. Addresses cultural identity, communication, education, social services, civil rights, and advocacy.

4360 Working with Minority Youth (3)

Develops awareness and understanding of social/psychological and cognitive realities influencing the behavior of minority youth. Content draws upon theories, research and practice skills relevant to understanding and counseling minority youth.

4370 Delinquency, Corrections and Social Treatment (3)

Focuses on problems and causative factors in developing and maintaining delinquent and criminal behavior and attitudes; addressing critical and comparative understanding of social change strategies employed in this field.

4380 Social Work Practice with Minorities: African-American Emphasis (3)

Provides students with an appreciation of the African-American experience in the United States on a knowledge and feeling level.

4390 Helping Strategies with Children and Adolescents (3)

Theory and practice of work with children and adolescents. Focus on youth in transition, protective services and permanency planning, and special needs populations.

4400 Domestic Violence (3)

(same as Women's and Gender Studies 4400). This 3-hour course covers history of battered women's movement, violence theories, policy issues, prevention and intervention practice models for working with battered women, their children and abusers. Prerequisite: junior standing.

4410 Law and Social Work Practice (3)

Legal processes relevant to social work practice and court procedures, and study of decisions affecting social work across specializations. Prerequisite: senior standing; consent required.

4450 Introduction to Child Welfare Practice and Services (3)

Introductory course designed to develop the student’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of the field of child welfare and specifically of its most critical function: child protection.

4455 Latino/a Immigrants and Receiving communities(3)

This interdisciplinary course is designed to educate students about the Latino/a immigrants seeking better lives and the communities that receive them. Special attention is given to social justice issues; micro, mezzo, and macro systems will be used to explore content.

4480 Helping Strategies with Older Persons (3)
Focus on interdisciplinary methods of assessment and intervention strategies designed to optimize healthy functioning for older persons and their families. Prerequisite: senior standing.

4710 Social Justice and Social Policy (3)

Based on the concepts of human need and social justice, an historical and analytical approach to social welfare policies and programs. Prerequisite: first semester professional program standing; consent required. Fall.

4720 Variations in Human Behavior (3)

Basic concepts and principles regarding psychological/social dynamics of deviance; implications for social welfare policy and social interventions. Prerequisite: second semester professional program standing; consent required. Spring.

4730 Introduction to Social Work Practice (3)

Introductory, generalist practice theory course promoting students’ understanding of professional social work practice as holistic, identifiable, unique configuration of knowledge, values and skills. Prerequisite: first semester professional program standing; consent required. Fall.

4740 Introduction to Community and Organizational Processes (4)

Introduction to contextual framework of social work practice with particular emphasis on community and organization as social systems. Prerequisite: first semester professional program standing; consent required. Fall.

4750 Interaction Skills Workshop (3)

Interaction skills for generalist practice at individual, group and community levels. Group communication and social influence theories address generic and unique aspects of interaction across systems. Uses laboratory instruction. Prerequisite: second semester professional program standing; consent required. Spring.

4760 Theory and Practice of Social Group Work (3)

Focuses on small group dynamics and models of group work practice suitable in all social work fields. Emphasizes practice theory and skills. Prerequisite: second semester professional program standing; consent required. Spring.

4770 Strategies of Direct Practice (3)

Examines social structures, processes underlying assumptions/concepts of social change, client constellation, organizational arrangements, role relationships by which social workers define professional intervention. Prerequisite: 4730 and 4750; third semester professional program standing; consent required. Co-requisite: 4971 and 4970. Fall.

4951 Research for Social Work Practice (3)

The first course of a two-semester research sequence in the BSW Core. Students conceptualize the research process as it applies to social work and prepare a research proposal in an area of interest. Research concepts and skills useful in developing the knowledge base of social work practice are taught, as well as developing the ability to read and understand journal articles. Students gain hands-on experience with data collection and analysis. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: consent required.

4952 Research Methods for Social Work (3)

Survey of research methods germane to the development of the knowledge base of social work practice. Prerequisite: second semester professional program standing; consent required. Spring.

4960 Special Readings (1-3)

Extensive readings in selected area or intensive reading in a special field. Prerequisite: consent required.

4970 Senior Professional Seminar (3)

Integrative professional practice seminar for BSW students, focusing on the principles of generic social work and its application to direct practice in diverse fields, career planning and responsibilities. Prerequisites: 2220, 4710, 4720, 4730, 4740, 4750 and 4760. Co-requisite: 4770 and 4971.

4971 Undergraduate Field Practicum (6)

Supervised social work practice in a school-approved agency focusing on development of direct practice skills. Fall semester, three days per week. Prerequisite: third semester professional program standing; 2220, 4710, 4720, 4730, 4740, 4750 and 4760. Co-requisite: 4770 and 4970. Graded on a S/U basis only.