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Programs - Undergraduate Sample Plan of Study

Courses listed here provide one example of how The University of Maine General Education (GE) Requirements, Social Work prerequisites, and Social Work foundation courses might be met. SWK 101 is required for all First Year Students, and some transfer students. Many courses have prerequisites or are offered in only one semester each year. Be sure to check The University of Maine Undergraduate Catalog and the Office of Student Records’ Web site http://studentrecords.umaine.edu/ for the most current, detailed listing of classes being offered. Social Work courses marked with an asterisk (*) must be taken during the semester indicated.

First Year: Fall Semester
Course Credits
SWK 101 Opportunities in Social Work 1
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (GE Social context) 3
POS 100 American Government (GE Social context) 3
PAA 220 Introduction to Public Policy 3
ENG 101 College Composition (GE writing competency) 3
XXX ### GE Artistic and creative expression 3

Total

16
First Year: Spring Semester
Course Credits
SOC 201 Social Inequality (GE cultural diversity) 3
SWK 330 Diversity and Pluralism (GE cultural diversity)
PSY 100 General Psychology 3
PHI 100 Contemporary Moral Problems (GE West.cult.trad./Ethics) 3
OR
PHI 230 Ethics (GE West.cult.trad./Ethics)
OR
PHI 235 Medical Ethics  (GE West.cult.trad./Ethics) 3
OR
PHI 240 Social and Political Philosophy (GE West.cult.trad./Ethics)
OR
PHI 344 Theories of Justice (GE West.cult.trad./Ethics)
XXX ### General Elective 3
XXX ### GE Population and the Environment 3

Total

15
Sophomore Year: Fall Semester
Courses Credits
GE Lab Science ** 4
SWK 320 VALUES, HISTORY, PRACTICE in Social Work & Social WELFARE (GE Social Content) 3
XXX ### GE Mathematics 3
XXX ### General Elective 3
XXX ### General Elective 3

Total

16

Sophomore Year: Spring Semester

Courses Credits
GE Application Science ** 3
XXX ### General Elective 3
MAT 232 3
ORPSY 241 4
SWK 380 Biological Person in the Environment ** 3

Total

15/16
Junior Year: Fall Semester
Courses Credits
SWK 350* Human Behavior and the Environment I 3
SWK 395* Beginning Field Experience in Social Work – Part One 3
SWK 491* Methods in Social Research 3
ENG 317 Business and Technical Writing
(GE Writing int.)
3
OR
ENG 212 Persuasive and Analytical Writing(GE Writing intensive)
XXX ### General Elective 3

Total

15
Junior Year: Spring Semester
Courses Credits
SWK 361* Social Work Methods I 3
SWK 440* Social Welfare Policy and Issues (GE Writing intensive in the Major) 3
SWK 395* Beginning Field Experience in Social Work – Part Two 3
SWK 351* Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
XXX ### General Elective 3
Total

15

Senior Year: Fall Semester
Courses Credits
SWK 462* Social Work Methods II 3
SWK 495* Field Practicum in Social Work 6
XXX ### General Elective 3
XXX ### General Elective 3

Total

15
Senior Year: Spring Semester
Courses Credits
SWK 463* Social Work Methods III 3
SWK 495* Field Practicum in Social Work 6
XXX ### General Elective 3

Total

12

NOTE: 120 Credits are required for graduation. Waived courses do not earn credit hours.

**Students may choose to meet the BSW Human Biology pre-requisite by completing SWK 380: The Biological Person and the Environment OR by taking BIO 100 AND Bio 208.  You should note, however, that SWK 380 does not substitute for the General Education Science requirement. Students taking SWK 380 must complete two GE Science courses. At least one GE Science course must be a lab course.

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School of Social Work
5770 Social Work Building
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2389 | Fax: (207) 581-2396E-mail: socialwork@umit.maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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