Social work as a profession involves working with people of all ages and all walks of life in an extensive array of settings that include social services, child protection, schools, education, criminal justice, healthcare, mental health, military, and much more. Private and public agencies, both profit and nonprofit as well as governmental settings, provide the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people while advancing social policy and advocating for the needs of citizens.
As one of the fastest growing professions of the twenty-first century, social work is projected to continue its employment needs over the next few decades, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The knowledge, skills, and values from a social work minor equips students with an understanding of human behavior, advancement of interpersonal skills, enhanced professional preparation, and expanded job opportunities.
The 24-credit-hour minor in social work can be completed along with major hours in almost any field. While it benefits students with various majors, it is especially beneficial for students pursuing majors in sociology, psychology, family studies, criminal justice, political science, and public administration.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
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|Introduction to Social Welfare||3|
Course Number: SOWK 170
The course explores the foundation and principles of social welfare in American society. The spectrum of social welfare programs and issues are examined with emphasis on the contexts that shape them and the impact they have on vulnerable and underrepresented groups.
|Human Service Ethics and Experience||3|
Course Number: SOWK 172
This course presents the values and ethical principles that underlie social work and other human service professions. Course requirements include the completion of a 50 hours volunteer work experience at a human service program in the community. Students are advised to complete the course early in their program of study.
|Human Behavior in the Social Environment||3|
Course Number: SOWK 400
This course analyzes human behavior in the social environment from a life-span developmental approach from conception through adulthood. The theories, which emphasize biological, psychological, sociological, spiritual and cultural aspects of the individual are examined. A systems approach is combined with an ecological perspective to analyze social conditions and to identify problem areas in society Prerequisite: SOWK 170
|Social Policy & Programs||3|
Course Number: SOWK 410
The course examines the historical evolution of Social policy, value assumptions, as well as the social, political, and economic contexts and processes tat impact it. Students learn the skills required for analysis of policies and advocacy for social and economic justice. Prerequisite: SOWK 170
|Diversity and Social Justice||3|
Course Number: SOWK 420
The course examines cultural, social, and economic diversity; the role of social institutions and social, political, and cultural processes as they relate to discrimination and oppression based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class and disability status.
|Fundamentals of Research in Social Welfare||3|
Course Number: SOWK 440
This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of social work research methodology, educate them about the ethics and politics involved, and promote their understanding of research issues relevant to diversity, multiculturalism, as well as social and economic injustices. Prerequisite: STAT 235 or STAT 241
|Introduction to Disabilities||3|
Course Number: SOWK 468
A theoretical framework grounded in the social welfare values of self-determination and dignity across the lifespan is used to explore diverse issues in the disabilities field including demographics, etiology and policies, social welfare programs and community resources, and the role of social workers in serving people with disabilities.
|Introduction to Mental Health Issues||3|
Course Number: SOWK 469
This course enables students to develop a broader understanding of the occurrence and impact of mental illness in society and from a social work perspective. Mental health issues across race, class, gender, and culture will be examined with the goal of promoting practice skills and sensitivity to future clients.
|International Social Work Experience||1|
Course Number: SOWK 470
This summer experience takes students to foreign countries and immerses them into the social, cultural, political, and economic environment that impact citizens there. Policy issues and human rights are emphasized, compared to the American system, and assessed for support or hindrance of general wellbeing especially related to at-risk and underrepresented groups. Department Consent Required 1-6 credits Total Credits Allowed: 6.00
Course Number: SOWK 471
The common problems of the aged and their families are studied, knowledge of existing services is provided, and students are exposed to the initial theory and practice of delivering services to the aged in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.
|Child Welfare Service||3|
Course Number: SOWK 473
The common problems of children and families needing services are studied. Knowledge of existing services is imparted, and students are exposed to the initial how of doing child welfare work. Prerequisite: SOWK 172 and SOWK 400 and SOWK 410
|Child Abuse and Neglect||3|
Course Number: SOWK 475
The course prepares students for child welfare practice and provides an overview of child maltreatment. A historical perspective of child abuse is used to examine issues related to reporting, legal response, treatment, and prevention, and intervention. Prerequisite: SOWK 170
|Social Work in Legal Settings||3|
Course Number: SOWK 476
An overview of social work practice, theory, and skills for working within and with legal host agencies, and a brief examination of legal consequences of social work practice. Prerequisite: SOWK 172 and SOWK 400 and SOWK 410
|School Social Work||3|
Course Number: SOWK 477
An overview of services provided by school social workers and the interrelationships with other student services. Prerequisite: SOWK 172 and SOWK 400
|Medical Social Work||3|
Course Number: SOWK 478
An overview of social work services provided in medical and other health care settings. The relationships to other professionals are explored in all health care settings. Students are introduced to the specific recommendations for practice in medical and other health care social services. Prerequisite: SOWK 400 and SOWK 410
|Violence Across the Lifespan||3|
Course Number: SOWK 479
The course focuses on the causes, prevalence, treatment and prevention of violence that individuals may encounter throughout the lifespan. It maintains a dual focus on victims and perpetrators of violence, the impact of violence on vulnerable groups, and prevention and intervention strategies that may be used in practice, programming, policy, and research.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.