Summary of social work graduate programs prepared by Melissa C.F. Becker, MSW, September 2000
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Howard University School of Social Work

Identity: "Leadership for America and the Global Community."

The school is committed to educating students for professional social work practice and scholarship who will be able to assist in the solution of human, organizational, policy, and social problems, particularly those affecting the African-American and other minority communities and the poor.

Here in the Howard University School of Social Work our perspectives on African American life and culture remain focused and a key element in our curriculum design. The Black Perspective is a significant framework for social work analysis and client (individual, group, organizational) and societal assessment. The Howard Black Perspective goes beyond African Americans to include all groups which have been oppressed and targets of discrimination. Ours is a global perspective.

Hours: 60 credit hours; semester system; 2 and 3 credit courses.

Pre Reqs: Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Program Structures: Full time (4 semesters/2 academic years, 15 credits per semester); Part time (basic plan: 4 academic years; or three year plan: 30 credit hours full time and 30 credit hours part time); Advanced Standing (3 semesters, 45 credit hours). Evening classes offered. Full time or part time enrollment available each semester.

Foundation Requirements: For Direct Services majors: Social Welfare Policy & Services I; Social Work Practice & Processes; Human Behavior I & II; Research Methods in Social Work; Direct Services Assessment; Data Analysis for Social Workers; Field Instruction I & II; 2 credit elective. For Social Service Management and Community Organization majors: Social Welfare Policy & Services I & II; Social Work Practice & Processes; Human Behavior I & II; Research Methods in Social Work; Macro Social Work Practice; Data Analysis in Social Work; Field Instruction I & II.

Concentrations: 3 major method concentrations: Direct Services; Social Services Management; Community Organization. In addition, students choose a specialization from the following Field of Practice concentrations: Family & Child Services; Criminal Justice; Mental Health; Health; Gerontology; Displaced Populations.

Direct Services majors: Direct Services Intervention; Psychopathology; Field of Practice I & II; Research elective; Intervention Strategies with Selected Problems; two 2-credit electives; Field Instruction III & IV.

Social Service Management and Community Organization majors: Social Service Management or Community Organization II; Systems Analysis; Field of Practice I & II; Research Elective; Resource Management or Program Development; Two 2-credit electives; Field Instruction III & IV.

Psychopathology is required of all Direct Services majors; Social Policy II and Systems Analysis is required of all Social Service Management and Community Organization majors.


Practicum: Foundation year Field Instruction (I & II) is 2 days per week; concentration year Field Instruction (III & IV) is 2 and 1/2 days per week. Current employment in a special work setting may be developed and approved by the School for field instruction credit.

Electives: 2 field of practice electives to fulfill field of practice credits; 3 electives to fulfill major credit requirements. Students may choose electives from any of the following options: 1) courses in direct service, community organization or social service management concentrations or fields of practice concentrations which are not required for their chosen majors, 2) from the list of general electives in the social work curriculum, 3) from course offerings of other schools or colleges in the University or 4) from the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Courses should be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.

Specialization Options:

Dual Degree Options:


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