Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) in Harrisburg

 Degree Completion Program at the Dixon University Center

Social Work Course Chart

Students should complete all general education requirements before beginning their field and seminar semester. If necessary, up to two courses may be completed after the completion of field. 

2013 - 2014 Academic Year


Course # 

Course Title 

Course Description 

Fall 2013

Begins the week of 9/9/13 and ends the week of 12/8/13

(13 weeks)


Human Relations Lab (3 crs.)

Develops effective generic interpersonal skills. Uses a laboratory design which has a variety of experiential and didactic experiences to understand components of effective interaction; develop self-awareness about your own strengths and limitations; gain feedback about others perceptions of you; establish personal goals for growth and development; and evaluate ongoing progress in communication competencies.



Research Techniques for Social Workers

(3 crs.)

Introduces basic research concepts, procedures for conducting research, and their application to social work practice. Basic knowledge of scientific inquiry, the ethics that guide research and the roles of social workers as researchers are also covered. Both qualitative and quantitative methods of collecting and analyzing data are given major attention. Students learn the procedure for developing a research proposal.

Prerequisite: SWK250 and College level statistics course

Spring 2014

Begins the week of 1/27/14 and ends the week of 4/27/14

(13 weeks)


Social Work Practice with Individuals (3 crs.)

Course presents entry-level social work students with basic social work principles, values, and generic skills needed for work with individuals utilizing a direct-service generalist approach to social work practice.  Also provides the foundation of generic skills that are deemed applicable to all practice contexts, i.e., individual, family, group organization, and communities.  Range of competencies and skills covered includes, but is not limited to, the use of the ecological perspective, developing the social history, problem-solving/critical thinking, an overview of the single subject design, the four phases of the Interactional Approach to Helping Model, the Dual Perspective and service planning. These skills are studied in the classroom and made operational via classroom and lab exercises, simulated experiences, and external assignments.  Professional Status necessary for higher-level social work courses. Policies and application procedures are described in the Social Work Handbook. Prerequisite: SWK102, 150 & SWK250



Gender Issues for Helping Professionals

(3 crs.)

Examines institutionalized gender socialization, current gender issues and controversies, feminist theory for understanding behavior, and guiding principles and practices for helping professionals.  Students are encouraged to develop heightened self-awareness about their gender-related attitudes and values for functioning as a helping professional.  May be for undergraduate or graduate credit.

Summer 2014

Dates to be announced


Assessing Organizations and Communities in Society (3 crs.)


Examines human behavior concepts in organization and community systems. Builds upon the ecological/system’s framework introduced in SWK250 to extend this approach to larger systems in the social environment context. Considers the implications of system resources and configuration for meeting human needs. The role and function of generalist social workers to understand and advocate for system development and change is emphasized.  Prerequisite: SWK250, SWK 360

2014 - 2015 Academic Year


Course # 

Course Title 

Course Description 

Fall 2014

Dates to be announced


Social Work Skills for Working with Groups (3 crs.)

Expands the assessment and intervention skills learned in SWK270 to working with groups. Students will learn how group theories should inform their developing of group leadership skills.  Emphasizes the planning, facilitating, and evaluating of groups often used in social work practice. Prerequisite: SWK270



Social Work Practice with Families (3 crs.)

This practice course offers skills foundation for generalist practice with families.  As mediators with families, students will learn intervention skills which enable development of family in environment processes for improving social functioning.  Prerequisite: SWK270

Spring 2015

Dates to be announced


Social Work Practice with Organizations & Communities

(3 crs.)

Content is an essential, integral part of the generalist approach to social work practice.  It extends the generic and direct service generalist frameworks learned in SWK270 Social Work Practice with Individuals, and the assessment knowledge learned in SWK340 Assessing Organizations and Communities to practice interventions with organizations and communities. Considers the prevailing social work approaches for organization and community development and changes.  The theory and skills of these approaches are studied in the classroom and made operational in simulated and field experiences. Prerequisite: SWK340 and SWK 270




Special Fields Course  (3 cr)

Topic to be determined. Extends and elaborates the generalist approach to social work practice to a specific field of practice. The special field is studied through the examination of curricular areas: human behavior, practice, policy and services, research and special populations.  



Preparation for Practicum (1 cr)

Explores some professional aspects of social work.  Combines new and practical information to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the field practicum experience.  Offers seminars and individual consultation about the field practicum process.  These will include topics about field work objectives, procedures, and roles and responsibilities of all parties involved.  Also addresses a wide range of practice issues e.g., ethical and legal issues, clinical record keeping, professional standards for behavior, stress management, and use of supervision.  All preliminary procedures for the establishment of a field practicum will be met through this course.  This course is required of all social work majors in the semester prior to registering for field practicum. Prerequisite: SWK270

Summer 2015

Dates to be announced


Social Welfare Policies & Services (3 crs.)

Presents framework for developing and analyzing contemporary social policies and programs. Focuses on current issues and social problems by examining policy and service implications with an emphasis on realist development and change strategies.

2015 - 2016 Academic Year


Course # 

Course Title 

Course Description 

Summer & Fall 2015

SWK389 &  SWK 390 & SWK391

Field Work in Social Work I (6 crs.)


Field Work in Social Work II (6 crs.)



Seminar in Social Work Methods (3 cr)

Majors in social work must take all of these (SWK389, SWK390 and SWK391) concurrently for a total of 15 credit hours.   NOTE: Students must have earned a C or better in all required social work courses before enrolling. 


Field Work I & II: Provides experience in social work practice in a community-based agency under supervision and instruction from agency staff.  Involves providing agency services while further developing and enhancing social work practice skills by supplementing and reinforcing classroom learning.  Practicum includes a minimum of 450 clock hours in placement.  The program outcomes are the evaluation criteria for successful completion of all of the field work.  Prerequisites: Social work major and successful completion of all courses in the major. 


Seminar in SW Methods: Builds on the field work experience and must be taken concurrently with Field I and II to integrate the concepts and skills constituting the program outcomes for entry-level social work practice.  Emphasis is on the generalist approach covering the basic elements of assessment and intervention as applied to field learning.  In conjunction with the field experience, integrates theory with practice across systems (i.e., individual, family group organizations, and community processes).  Major research project is required.  Prerequisites: Social work major and successful completion of all courses in the major.