The Rutgers-Newark Department of Social Work prepares students to become BSW level generalist professionals to carry out the mandates of the social work profession with a diversity of client systems and with the most vulnerable members of society. With a focus on the urban environment, the program seeks to develop a cadre of competent generalist practitioners who:
• Have a passion and a calling for the profession.
• Understand and adhere to social work ethics and values.
• Exhibit respect for diversity, demonstrate cultural awareness and competency.
• Advocate for social and economic justice.
• Contribute to and influence policy and research.
• Engage in life long learning.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Expected student learning outcomes/competencies:
COMPETENCY 1. Identify as a professional social worker.
COMPETENCY 2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
COMPETENCY 3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
COMPETENCY 4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
COMPETENCY 5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
COMPETENCY 6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
COMPETENCY 7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
COMPETENCY 8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
COMPETENCY 9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
COMPETENCY 10. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
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• Is a proud profession with a long history of helping individuals, families, groups and communities through direct and indirect interventions.
• The major is anchored in a liberal arts foundation, social work knowledge, values and skills.
• Is an exciting career choice with many options and rewards.
• Is a growth field.; employment of social workers expected to increase by 22 percent during the 2006-16 decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos060.htm#outlook
• Salaries are competitive.
• Fields of practice include but not limited to: gerontology, child welfare, substance abuse, health, mental health, corrections, school social work, disabilities and homelessness.
A minor in Social Work/Social Welfare is NOT available.
The major requirements include course work and internships. See catalog and additional listing of courses and sequencing.
Information You Should Know
• The major is offered full and part-time; courses available in the evening and a limited number on Saturday.
• Students receive the BA degree. The transcript indicates the major as social work. The BA in social work is the same as the BSW degree.
• Curriculum consists of general education requirements, social work classes and internships.
• Transfer students are able to integrate into the program and will be advised during their orientation and registration process. Articulation agreements regarding transfer courses are in place with several community colleges. Questions relating to general transfer issues and credits should be directed to the Office of Academic Services 973-353-5800 http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/office-dean-student-affairs/forms
• Academic credit is NOT given for life or work experience.
• Declaring the Social Work major requires: minimum GPA of 2.7
• One semester at RU-N
• Grade of C or better in a required social work class (subject: 910) taken at RU-N
• Opportunities for research and involvement with special projects are available with individual faculty members and through independent study.
• Active Social Work Student Organizations.
• Supervised Internships: Junior field (one semester 100 hours); senior field 2 semesters - 420 hours. All internships coordinated through the Director of Field Education.
• Work Study and the internship: Involves utilizing current social service related employment to meet some aspects of internship requirements; considered on a case by case basis by the Director of Field Education.
• MSW Advanced Standing: available to BSW graduates applying for the MSW. Credits from the undergraduate degree are applied to the MSW course of study if accepted as an Advanced Standing student; a student is typically able to earn the MSW in approximately one year fulltime study or two years part-time study. Many schools of Social Work offer the advanced standing option. Usually the BSW graduate has up to 5 years to apply for MSW study as an advanced standing student.
Certified Social Work (NJ) (CSW) available only to those holding an undergraduate degree in social work. Certification is required by many employers for social work/human services positions at the BA level.
LSW-Licensed Social Worker and LCSW-Licensed Clinical Social Worker require the MSW degree.