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  Oct 17, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Social Work, B.S.W.


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“I want to help people.” This is the quest most commonly identified by students declaring social work as a major. For those with a strong desire to promote social justice and improve the collective well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, social work is a profession with both educational and licensure requirements. Social workers are licensed professionals helping both individual people and society with complex interpersonal and social problems

Social Work at Xavier is a four-year undergraduate program grounded in the liberal arts which grants the student a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree and has been accredited continuously for over thirty five years by the Council on Social Work Education.

In order to graduate students who are prepared for beginning level social work generalist practice as well as for graduate school, the following five goals of the Social Work program are linked to the student learning outcomes of the University.

  • Critical Thinking & Research: students will apply critical thinking skills in order to engage as a consumer and producer in research informed practice and practice informed research.
  • Practice as a Professional: students will identify as professional generalist practitioner and become leaders engaging, assessing, intervening, and evaluating client systems at all levels, with an understanding of interprofessional practice.
  • Ethics & Values: students will be able to engage in a decision making process based on the ethical principles of social work and identifying personal and professional values that play a role in that process.
  • Policy & Social Justice: students will be able to engage in analysis and action regarding policy and practice standards that are informed by knowledge of institutional discrimination, oppression, and privilege and that advance social justice for all
  • Human Behavior & Diversity: students will be able to utilize social work cultural competency standards and theories of human behavior grounded in person-in-environment perspective, including bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment.

Social work majors primarily complete their university core curriculum requirements during freshman and sophomore years, including four courses required by the major that are taught outside of the department.  Most required social work courses are upper level courses taught inside the department during junior and senior years.

To be an effective beginning level generalist practitioner, social work majors must acquire knowledge of social work theory and develop skills as a practitioner under professional supervision.  During both semesters of the senior year, students are engaged 16 hours per week in a supervised Field Placement agency setting.  During spring semester of the junior year, the Director for Field Education guides students through an extensive matching process to choose their Field Placement site.

Social Work licensure requirements vary by state.  To determine the licensure requirement for each state, see www.aswb.org.  In many states, including Ohio, students graduating with a BSW can take the licensure exam to be a Licensed Social Worker.  In Ohio, the licensure exam can be taken in spring of the senior year to prepare for employment upon graduation.

Social workers who have graduated from an accredited BSW program like Xavier’s may be eligible for advanced standing admission to graduate-level MSW programs.  Through advanced standing, social work graduate students can often complete their graduate degree in only one year. 

 

Academic Performance Policy


Declaring the Major

Students may declare Social Work as a major as incoming freshmen or thereafter during their careers at Xavier as long as they are in good academic standing in the university (gpa 2.0 or higher).

  • The first step is to meet with the chair of the department.
  • After that, the official change of major through the registrar’s office will be initiated by the department administrative assistant.
  • Students will then be assigned an Academic Advisor within the Social Work Department, and are required to meet with their Academic Advisor each semester to ensure completion of the required curriculum.
  • All students declaring social work as a major enter the major at provisional status.
  • In the junior year, social work majors must have achieved a December 2.5 GPA to be eligible to complete the Field Placement Petition process in spring in order to enter field placement in fall of the senior year.  
    • Social work majors should begin their junior year with a minimum 2.5 GPA in the major as determined by the registrar (for a minimum of 3 SOCW courses taken at Xavier University). 
    • Those who have achieved a minimum August 2.5 GPA will be granted full acceptance into the major during fall semester of the junior year. 
    • Those who either have not yet achieved a minimum August 2.5 GPA or who have not yet completed 3 SOCW courses at Xavier University will be placed on provisional status as a major and have one semester, the fall semester of junior year, to meet this December GPA requirement.

 

Admission & Academic Performance Policy

  1. Students must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher) at the university to be accepted as a social work major and an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required to graduate from Xavier University.
  2. Social work course credit is not granted for life experiences or previous work experience.
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major is required to graduate with a BSW degree.
    1. This GPA is based on the 53 required social work credit hours plus the 9 credits of electives.
    2. It does not include the 12 CR of coursework required outside the department: intro to sociology, intro to psychology, human biology, and statistics.
  4. All students declaring social work as a major enter the major at provisional status.
  5. In the junior year, social work majors must have achieved a December 2.5 GPA to be eligible to complete the Field Placement Petition process in spring in order to enter field placement in fall of the senior year.  
    1. Social work majors should begin their junior year with a minimum 2.5 GPA in the major as determined by the registrar (for a minimum of 3 SOCW courses taken at Xavier University). 
    2. Those who have achieved a minimum August 2.5 GPA will be granted full acceptance into the major during fall semester of the junior year. 
    3. Those who either have not yet achieved a minimum August 2.5 GPA or who have not yet completed 3 SOCW courses at Xavier University will be placed on provisional status as a major and have one semester, the fall semester of junior year, to meet this December GPA requirement.
    4. A student may appeal the 2.5 GPA policy by submitting the request in writing to the department.  The department has the right to deny or grant any such request.
  6. The social work department has a “C or better” grade policy for all courses required by the major.  If a student receives a letter grade below a “C” , meaning a “C-” or below, in a course required by the social work major, the student must repeat the course. 
    1. This policy applies to all SOCW courses and those required courses taught outside the department. (listed in italics in the social work handbook/advising checklist)
    2. This policy DOES NOT apply to courses fulfilling the required 9 CR of social work electives.
    3. A student may appeal the “C or better” grade policy by submitting the request in writing to the department.  The department has the right to deny or grant any such request. 
  7. Students fully accepted as a major with a minimum 2.5 GPA whose GPA in the major drops below 2.5 have one semester of probationary status and one semester only to return to a minimum 2.5.  Students unable to do so will no longer be able to declare social work as a major.

 

Termination from Social Work Major

The Social Work Department at Xavier University is interested in promoting professionalism in social work.  The termination process of the Department is designed to ensure that individuals who do not meet the expectations for entry level social work do not graduate with a social work degree.

  • Prior to termination, the student will be provided with verbal and written notification of an impending action. 
  • An interview with the Chairperson and/or Director for Field Education will be scheduled with the student to discuss alternate options to termination. 
  • If an option other than termination is viable, a contract will be negotiated between the Chairperson and the student specifying steps to be taken toward resolution with a time limit for the accomplishment of the plan. 
  • A final interview with the Chairperson will be scheduled to determine if the steps in the contract have been successfully accomplished. 
  • The Chairperson may re-negotiate the contract as needed. 
  • Students who are terminated from the major are notified in writing of the decision. 

Students may be terminated from the social work major for both academic and/or professional performance issues.  Students may be terminated from the major any time after declaration of the major.  To terminate a student from the major is a serious decision that is made collectively by the social work faculty.  These reasons may include, but are not limited to:

 

Reasons for Termination:

  1. Failure to meet or maintain academic grade point requirements as established by the University.
  2. Academic plagiarism in any social work course.
  3. Failure to meet academic requirements of the program.
  4. Violation of the NASW Code of Ethics.

Requirements for the Social Work Major


Undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements:


 48-63 Credit Hours dependent on courses taken.  See Undergraduate Core Curriculum  

Courses taught outside the department required by the major that also meet core curriculum requirements.


Mathematics:

  • Take Statistics from either MATH 116  or MATH 156  and earn a grade of “C” or better; and take another math core class.
Science:

  • BIOL 102  and BIOL 132 and earn a grade of “C” or better;
Social Sciences:

  • PSYC 101  and SOCI 101  and earn a grade of “C” or better in each class.

Major requirements:


53 credit hours, as follows; and 9 credit hours of electives, as needed for a total of 62 credit hours.

Additional Major requirements:


  • In order to enter field education courses, the student must complete the petition for acceptance into field education, and receive approval for entrance into field by the department.
  • Other policies for Social Work majors are located in the departmental student handbook.
  • A grade of “C” or better must be attained in each course required for the social work major, including the nine hours of social work electives.
  • Exceptions to this requirement may be granted following petition to the department.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B.S.W. Social Work


 This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


Total (15)

Second Semester


Total (15)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total (15)

Second Semester


Total (15)

Junior Year


Total (16)

Second Semester


Total (15)

Senior Year


Scheduling Notes:


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