College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work

4YR Progression Plan-Classic

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff
  • Yuma

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SW220 People To People 3
Description: Introduces social work as a profession within the context of the institution of social welfare. Volunteer involvement required. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
-Option B-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. PSY101 Introduction To Psychology 3
Description: Surveys the science of psychology, including history of psychology, physiology, development, health, abnormal, learning, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, and intelligence. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SWELECTIVE Social Work Cognate 3
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
-Option B-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SWELECTIVE Social Work Cognate 3
2. PSY240 Developmental Psychology 3
Description: Surveys physical, social, and cognitive development from conception through adulthood. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Currently Scheduled: Winter 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
APPLY TO SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SWELECTIVE Social Work Cognate 3
2. CIS120 Intro To Computer Info Systems 3
Description: Introduces computer and information systems, including the development and hands-on use of applications designed for communications, decision support, and database management. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SWELECTIVE Social Work Cognate 3
2. SWELECTIVE Social Work Cognate 3
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
SOC365 Social Statistics 3
Description: Statistical techniques as they apply to the description and analysis of social data. Measures of central tendency, dispersion, and association together with appropriate inferential tests. Letter grade only.
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
-Option B-
PSY230 Intro Statistics In Psychology 4
Description: Basic concepts of statistical analysis and design in psychological research. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((PSY 101 or 101H), Math Foundation Requirement, Liberal Studies Applied and Lab Science Requirement (all with grades of C or better)) or International Exchange Student Group
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
4. SW401 Crisis Intervention Methods 3
Description: Knowledge, values, and skills for working with people in crisis. Letter grade only.
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SW320W Social Policy And Legislation 3
Description: Historical development of social policy and legislation within the context of social and economic justice. Impact on social services. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: [SW 220 and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))] or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. SW321 Generalist Practice I 3
Description: Ecological systems, strengths perspective, and planned change processes applied to generalist social work practice. Interviewing, issue identification, and data-collection skills emphasized. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: SW 220 or International Exchange Student Group Corequisite for SW majors: SW 355
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. SW355 Social Work Research 3
Description: Problem formulation, research design, data collection and analysis, and the social context of social work research, including the systematic evaluation of practice. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (SW 220 and Social Work Milestone) or International Exchange Student Group Corequisite: SW 321
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
4. SW370 Information Technology In Sw 3
Description: Presents technology in context. Provides core foundation in computer and network applications that directly affect human service delivery. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ((CIS 120 or CIS 120H) and SW 220) or International Exchange Student Group
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
5. SW450 Contemporary Topics In Sw 3 SW450 Notes
Description: Studies contemporary issues and topics relevant to generalist social work practice. Some topics include social work in health settings, social work and aging, social work with Native Americans, and child welfare services. Social Work majors must earn at least six credit hours with different content. Letter grade only. May be repeated for credit. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: SW 220
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: May take twice with different topic. May take SW 418
Students must see an academic advisor before enrollment for the 7th term in preparation for graduation.

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SW408 Field Placement 6
Description: Educationally focused and directed application of the knowledge, values, and skills of generalist social work in practice settings. Must be repeated for a total of 12 units. Pass-fail only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Social Work Milestone and Senior Status or higher and SW 321 with grade of B or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. SW422 Generalist Practice II 3
Description: Practice principles applied to intervention with micro- and mezzo-level client systems, including individuals, families, and small groups. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (SW 321 and Social Work Milestone) or International Exchange Student Group Corequisite: SW 423 and SW 427
3. SW423 Generalist Practice III 3
Description: Practice principles applied to intervention with macro-level client systems, including community and organizational change primarily in rural localities. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: SW 321 and Social Work Milestone Corequisite: SW 422 and SW 427
4. SW427 Social Work Assessment 3
Description: Integrative course that links and applies human behavior theory in biological, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental contexts to assessment in generalist social work practice. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (Human Biology cognate: one of BIO 310, BIO 372, or HS 300 (3 units)); PSY 240, SW 321, and Social Work Milestone Corequisite: SW 422 and SW 423
Submit graduation application during the 7th term.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SW408 Field Placement 6
Description: Educationally focused and directed application of the knowledge, values, and skills of generalist social work in practice settings. Must be repeated for a total of 12 units. Pass-fail only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Social Work Milestone and Senior Status or higher and SW 321 with grade of B or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. SW420 Social Welfare Policy Practice 3
Description: Examination of current social welfare policies and social welfare policy analysis and practice frameworks. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: SW 320W or International Exchange Student Group
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. SW450 Contemporary Topics In Sw 3 SW450 Notes
Description: Studies contemporary issues and topics relevant to generalist social work practice. Some topics include social work in health settings, social work and aging, social work with Native Americans, and child welfare services. Social Work majors must earn at least six credit hours with different content. Letter grade only. May be repeated for credit. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: SW 220
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: May take twice with different topic. May take SW 418.
4. SW498C Senior Seminar 3
Description: Capstone course for integrating social work curriculum into a framework for influencing change as professional generalist social workers. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Social Work Milestone and Senior Status
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The mission of Northern Arizona University Social Work Program, grounded in the history, purpose, and values of the profession, is to educate competent generalist social workers for practice with diverse populations and multi-level social systems in local, regional and global contexts. The Social Work Program is an accredited professional program where you can earn the professional designation of BSW or Bachelor of Social Work. You are required to apply to the Social Work Program after completing the freshman year. Please visit the Department of Sociology and Social Work web page for online application. The web page and contact information is noted below.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a Social Work faculty each semester in choosing
appropriate courses. Some required courses for this degree might be used to meet additional requirements
for the degree. Consult with your faculty advisor to determine which courses are eligible. You are
required to complete 12 units of Field Placement (SW 408) to complete this degree. Please consult a
Social Work faculty advisor for details and planning of this degree.

Only one grade of “D” is allowed in the professional core courses. See catalog for a complete list of the professional core courses for the Bachelor of Social Work degree.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Sociology and Social Work
Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (Bldg. 65) Room 330
PHONE: 928-523-2979 FAX: 928-523-6777
Department Chair: Dr. Kooros Mahmoudi
Phone: 523-4521  EMAIL: Kooros.Mahmoudi@nau.edu
Director of Social Work:  Dr. Rebecca Garrison  EMAIL:   Rebecca.Garrison@nau.edu
Phone: 523-9588

Office of Academic Services and Advising
Social and Behavioral Sciences West Building (Bldg. 70) Room 114
PHONE: 928-523-6540 FAX: 928-523-7185
EMAIL: sbs.advisor@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the university catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your degree progress report.

Some courses may have pre-requisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or pre-requisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.