Feb 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalogue 
2021-2022 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work

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The Social Work major at Saint Anselm College is rooted in the Catholic commitment to social justice and the innate worth and potential of all human beings. Social Work is a helping profession aimed to improve society’s overall well-being, especially for vulnerable populations.  Grounded in the liberal arts, the Social Work curriculum focuses on the “person-in-environment,” social justice, and practice that is strength-based.  The Social Work curriculum will enable its majors to (1) develop knowledge of society, its institutions, and its structures of inequality; (2) explore the requirements of ethical behavior and social justice; and (3) develop the fundamental skills of Social Work practice in the classroom and through direct community engagement.  The Social Work majors prepares students for social work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, non-profit organizations, mental health centers, schools, advocacy agencies, and government offices.  Specific examples include child protective services, school-based social work, faith-based services, domestic violence services, crisis intervention, health and wellness services, and housing services. 

And Three Electives, one from each of the following categories:

Major Course Sequence:

Social Work students typically begin with SO150 in the first year, followed by SO211, SO212, SO255 and SO256 in the sophomore and junior years. SO357 and 359 in the junior year, are typically taken along with area electives in the junior year. SO450 and 451 are taken in their senior year.

Sample Course Sequence for Social Work Majors:

Sample Course Sequence for Social Work Majors:
Freshman Year  
Fall Spring
HU 103 - Conversatio I HU 104 - Conversatio II
SO 150 - Introduction to Social Work SO 101 - Intro to Sociology
EN 105 - Freshman English SO 256 - Social Services or Core
Language Language or Core
Sophomore Year  
Fall Spring
SO 255 - Social Welfare SO 212 - Social Statistics
SO 211 - Research Methods or Core SO 256 Social Services or Core (aesthetic engagement)
Scientific Reasoning SW Elective or Core
Language or Core (historical reasoning) Elective
Junior Year  
Fall Spring
SO 357 - Therapeutic Interviewing SO 359 - Group Work
SO 211 - Research Methods or Core SW elective
Philosophical/Theological Reasoning Philosophical/Theological Reasoning
Core/Elective Elective
Senior Year  
Fall Spring
SO 450 - Practicum I (4 credits, 120 hrs) SO 451 - Practicum II (8 credits, 240 hrs)
SO 211 - Research Methods or Core Elective
Philosophical/Theological Reasoning     Philosophical/Theological Reasoning    
SW Elective  


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