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

Identity: The mission of the University of Georgia School of Social Work is to prepare professional leaders and scholars who are committed to positive change through ethical social work interventions at the individual, familial, communal, organizational, and societal or global levels.  Intervention is based upon an understanding of the ecological perspective, is driven by a commitment to social justice and diversity, and is grounded in systematic inquiry.  The University of Georgia School of Social Work is committed to the development and dissemination of relevant knowledge in support of social work practice.

As viewed by the University of Georgia School of Social Work, the profession of social work addresses social problems on a variety of levels: individual, family, group, organizational, community and legislative. Each client is envisioned as a resource in his or her own solution or problem solving process. In other words, clients are seen in terms of their strengths, not just in terms of their deficits. It has been shown that when social workers take this approach, they have a greater sense of personal efficacy in addressing the problems of their clients.

Social justice and social development are major goals in the process of addressing social problems. Cultural diversity is viewed as a key feature of the fabric of American society and is viewed as one of its major strengths. To address social problems through multi-level practices, with a strengths based perspective, pursuing social justice, social development, and cultural diversity, social workers reach out to people outside of the office. They are pro-active.

Hours: Semester system. Regular program: 60 semester hours. Advanced standing program: 40 semester hours.

Pre Reqs: Liberal arts background, including 30 quarter hours or 18 semester hours in the social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. Courses in human development and statistics are highly recommended.

Program Structures: Full time (2 year/4 semester program); Advanced Standing (3 semesters); In Metro Atlanta, the School offers a Part Time program (8 semesters) and an Advanced Standing Part Time program (5 semesters). Only the FCSWP concentration is offered in the part time programs.

Foundation Requirements: social work policy; human behavior in the social environment; direct practice methods; theory and practice with family and groups; research; cultural diversity; theory and practice with organizations & community; and foundation practicum. In addition, students take two elective courses during their first year.

Concentrations: Two concentrations: Family Centered Social Work Practice (FCSWP); and Community Empowerment and Program Development (CEPD). Students take classes in: advanced policy analysis; advanced practice in their concentration; evaluation in their concentration; concentration practicum; and five elective courses. In addition, students must complete an exit examination requirement which can be a thesis, research project, practice evaluation, or practice based paper.

Practicum: Students are in foundation practicum for 16 hours during the spring semester of their first year. Part time students spend 16 hours in their practicum during the fall semester of their second year. An integrative seminar is also required with a faculty member who serves as the students' liaison.

The concentration practicum: students focus on the integration of theory and practice in a selected area of social work services with families or communities. For full time students, the practicum extends throughout fall and spring of the second year, and is carried concurrently with academic class for the full year (24 hours per week). Part time students start practicum in fall of the third year of study with the requirement of 24 hours per week through the spring semester.

Electives: 2 electives to complete foundation year requirements; five electives to complete concentration year requirements.

Specialization Options: Certificate Programs in School Social Work; Gerontology; and Marriage and Family Therapy. Mexico Exchange Program (study in association with the University of Veracruz, Jalapa Mexico).

Dual Degree Options:


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