Social Work (B.S.)

Our program consists of 30 credit hours of social work coursework plus 19 to 22 credit hours of supporting coursework in areas relevant to the social work field, plus nine credit hours in a field practicum.

The mission of the Social Work Program at Nebraska Wesleyan University is to prepare students for entry into professional generalist social work practice with a commitment to promoting social justice and enhancing human well being for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Provisional Admission to the social work program may be made by contacting the program director. Provisional admission requires:

Declaration of a social work major and provisional admission to the program does not guarantee acceptance into Full Admission status. Only those accepted for Full Admission status may continue on in the program.

Full Admission status requires: 

  • a grade of “C+” or better in foundation-level social work courses (SOCWK 1150, SOCWK 2200, SOCWK 2270, SOCWK 2280), 
  • completion of a Full Admission application, and
  • interview before the Social Work Executive Council. Full Admission interviews are conducted in October and March of each year.

General admission requirements

Complete our free online application. Submit official copies of transcripts from all colleges attended and high school.

Social Work (B.S., 52-54 hours)
Required SocWk Courses 30 hours
SOCWK 1150 Introduction to Social Work* 3 hours
SOCWK 2200 Social Welfare Policy, Services, and Delivery Systems* 3 hours
SOCWK 2270 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I* 3 hours
SOCWK 2280 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II* 3 hours
SOCWK 3080 Micro Practice** 3 hours
SOCWK 3090 Group Practice** 3 hours
SOCWK 3100 Macro Practice** 3 hours
SOCWK 4650 Research Informed Practice** 3 hours
Social Work Electives* 6 hours
Required Supporting Courses 13-15 hours
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 4 hours

Statistics - select one of the following:

3 hours
POLSC 1000, POLSC 1010 Intro U.S.Govt/Politics: Civic Engagemt, or POLSC 1010FYW Intro To U.S. Govt/Politics 3-4 hours
PSYCH 1010/PSYCH 1010FYW Introduction to Psychological Science 3-4 hours
Capstone 9 hours
SOCWK 4970 Field Practicum

9 hours

 *Grade of C+ or better required.
**Grade of B- or better required.

A Pre-Field Placement Consultation (which takes place with the Program and Field Directors) is required before students may enroll in SOCWK 4970 Field Practicum. Prerequisites for the Pre-Field Placement Consultation are:

The social work program at Nebraska Wesleyan University complies with the standards of and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.).

Council on Social Work Education
1725 Duke Street, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
info [at] cswe.org

BUSAD 2100 Business and Economic Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include gathering, organizing, interpreting, and presenting data with emphasis on hypothesis testing as a method for decision making in the fields of business and economics. Procedures include z-tests, t-tests, ANOVAs, correlation, and simple regression.
Cross listed with ECON 2100.
Prerequisite(s): Demonstrated proficiency in high school algebra or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

MATH 1300 Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to statistics concepts with an emphasis on applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Mathematical Problem Solving
POLSC 1000 United States Government and Politics (3 hours)

This course will introduce students to ideas about institutional structures, political actors, and constitutional debates in U.S. government and politics. We will explore the historical development and founding of the United States, discuss major debates about the structure of our republican form of government, connect the three branches of government to contemporary politics and elections, examine the role of race and gender in American politics, and critique the American constitutional system.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Leadership Thread
POLSC 1010 Intro U.S.Govt/Politics: Civic Engagemt (4 hours)

This course will examine the context, processes, institutions, and outcomes of the U.S. political system. Through writing, building, social science skills,and examining democratic principle, this course will introduce students to basic concepts and theories central to the study of political science. A special focus will be placed on the concept of civic engagement, and the importance of citizen participation to a robust democracy.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Democracy Thread
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Leadership Thread
POLSC 1010FYW Intro To U.S. Govt/Politics (4 hours)

The emphasis of this class is understanding the way that the U.S. government and politics implements concepts and theories of democracy. This course will examine the context, processes, institutions, and outcomes of the U.S. political system. Through writing, building social science skills, and examining democratic principle, this course will introduce students to basic concepts and theories central to the study of political science. Students will engage in multiple forms of developing strong first year academic writing skills over the course of this class.

Archway Curriculum: First-Year Curriculum: First-Year Writing
Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Democracy Thread
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Leadership Thread
PSYCH 1010 Introduction to Psychological Science (4 hours)

The Introduction to Psychological Science course will engage students in a learner-centered approach to the science of behavior and mental processes by synthesizing these areas of psychology: Scientific Inquiry, Biopsychology, Development, and Learning, Sociocultural Context, Individual Variations, and Applications of Psychological Science.
This is not a First Year Writing Course.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
PSYCH 1010FYW Introduction to Psychological Science (4 hours)

The Introduction to Psychological Science course will engage students in a learner-centered approach to the science of behavior and mental processes by synthesizing these areas of psychology: Scientific Inquiry, Biopsychology, Development, and Learning, Sociocultural Context, Individual Variations, and Applications of Psychological Science.
(Normally offered every fall and spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: First-Year Curriculum: First-Year Writing
Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology (4 hours)

This course is an introduction to using the sociological perspective as a method of social inquiry. Students explore such basic concepts as culture, socialization, social structure, social interaction, and social change. They study and apply the theories and research methodologies used to investigate human social interaction. These concepts are applied to social topics such as race, class, gender, family, crime, population, environment, and others.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
SOCWK 1150 Introduction to Social Work (3 hours)

Survey of the field of professional social work, including the roles, philosophy, values, skills, and knowledge base needed. Areas of practice and career expectations are explained.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Exploratory
SOCWK 2200 Social Welfare Policy, Services, and Delivery Systems (3 hours)

This course studies the historical development of social welfare policies, services, and institutions and addresses contemporary policy and service delivery. The social, political, and value systems that create policies are studied. A systems perspective focuses on the relationship between policy, services, and institutions at the local, state, and federal levels. International perspectives on social policy are discussed for comparative purposes. Primary areas of focus are public welfare, aging, and mental health. Policy implementation and change are discussed.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Power Thread
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Leadership Thread
SOCWK 2270 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3 hours)

A course to synthesize and examine the body of knowledge concerning how the individual, group, family, and community systems interrelate with each other and the larger social context from the lifespan stages of birth through adolescence. Content will be drawn from the biological, psychological, sociological, eco-political, and cultural-environmental systems. The importance of professional ethics in the assessment process is also examined.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: U.S.
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
SOCWK 2280 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3 hours)

A course to synthesize and examine the body of knowledge concerning how the individual, group, family, and community systems interrelate with each other and the larger social context from the lifespan stages of early adulthood through aging and death. Content will be drawn from the biological, psychological, sociological, eco-political, and cultural-environmental systems. The importance of professional ethics in the assessment process is also examined.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

SOCWK 3080 Micro Practice (3 hours)

Emphasis on social work theory and practice skills. Study of communication patterns, empathic response and assessment of client situations. Experiential learning through role playing, observation, and discussion.
Prerequisite(s): SOCWK 1150 Introduction to Social Work and declared Social Work major.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

SOCWK 3090 Group Practice (3 hours)

This course provides an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings as well as the practical applications of group work as a vehicle for social work. It also explores how and why groups function and develop skills and techniques of membership and leadership.
Prerequisite(s): SOCWK 1150 Introduction to Social Work and full admission to the social work program, or permission of the social work program director. (Normally offered each spring semester.)

SOCWK 3100 Macro Practice (3 hours)

An introductory course to the administration and planning of social service organizations. Major emphasis upon community, organization, and legislative analysis; management skills; program planning; and evaluation. A practice-oriented course including simulations, in-class projects, volunteer experience, and personal introspection.
Prerequisite(s): SOCWK 1150 Introduction to Social Work and SOCWK 2200 Social Welfare Policy, Services, and Delivery Systems and full admission to social work program, or permission of the social work program director.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
SOCWK 4650 Research Informed Practice (3 hours)

An introduction and overview of research methods used in generalist social work practice. Course content includes both quantitative and qualitative methods and emphasizes critiquing research, program evaluation, methods of data collection and analysis, single-subject design, ethical considerations, and the application of evidence-based practice to improve policy and social service delivery.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, SOCWK 1150 Introduction to Social Work, full admission to social work program, and one of the following Statistics courses: SOC 2910 Social Statistics or PSYCH 2100 Psychological Statistics or ECON 2100BUSAD 2100 Business and Economic Statistics or MATH 1300 Statistics.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
SOCWK 4970 Field Practicum (1-12 hours)

Supervised learning experiences in selected social work agencies. The experience introduces a variety of social work practice roles and enables the student to apply social work knowledge, skills, and values in a real practice situation. May be taken as block placement for 9 credit hours or as a concurrent placement over two semesters for a total of 9 credit hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOCWK 3080 Micro PracticeSOCWK 3090 Group Practice, and SOCWK 3100 Macro Practice, with grades of "B-" or better, and approved Pre-Field Placement Consultation.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive