Social Welfare Program

In keeping with the Sociology program's mission to serve diverse communities, the Social Welfare program affords students the opportunity to acquire a foundation in social welfare policy and service provision in preparation for a career or graduate studies in a social services field.  The UNF Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work offers two Social Welfare programs of study: a Social Welfare concentration for Sociology Majors and a Social Welfare Minor  for students majoring in other disciplines, such as Psychology or Criminal Justice.

 

How is social welfare different from social work?

The Bachelor of Social Work Program is a limited-access program, to which a maximum of 40 students are accepted each fall.  The program is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice in accordance with the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education.  To this end, students are required to complete a full-time, two-year professional program of study.  Like Social Work students, Social Welfare students have an opportunity to learn about social welfare policy, basic principles of social service provision, and the unique experiences and needs of diverse populations.  The Social Welfare concentration and minor, however, are less structured and less focused on professional preparedness.  Social Welfare students have greater choice and flexibility in selecting from a variety of courses that best suit their academic interests and career aspirations. Social Welfare students are not required to work in the field; whereas, Social Work students must complete 450 hours of field education.  Social Welfare students may still complete a practicum, but would do so by working independently with a faculty sponsor rather than as part of a required course. 

 

Recent curriculum changes

With the implementation of the new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program in fall 2013, the Social Welfare concentration and minor is changing as well so as to distinguish those programs from social work.   The Social Welfare programs will continue to provide students with background in social welfare institutions, policies, and service provision, but will no longer require the 150-hour practicum. Instead Social Welfare students will have greater choice and flexibility in selecting from a variety of courses that best suit their academic interests and career aspirations. Students may still complete a practicum, but would do so by working independently with a faculty sponsor rather than as part of a required course.  Click here  to learn more about the new Social Welfare curriculum and how changes in course offerings may affect you.

 

Practicum

The Social Welfare Practicum is being phased out and will no longer be required of Social Welfare students.  The final sections of SOW4511 (Community Agency Practicum) and SOW4510 (Practicum Seminar) will be offered in spring 2014. If you will have successfully completed your practicum prerequisites (i.e., SOW3203, SOW4302, SOW4322) by the end of fall 2013, and you complete the practicum and seminar the following term, the changes to the Social Welfare curriculum will not affect you. If taking the practicum course is important to you, please be sure that you successfully complete your prerequisites by the end of fall 2013.

 

Students who wish to enroll in SOW 4511 and SOW 4510 during the spring 2014 semester should complete a  Practicum Application and submit it to Professor Ross McDonough no later than October 18, 2013. Check out the Agency Placement Directory to learn about local social services agencies that regularly host UNF Social Welfare practicum students.  More information about the practicum application and placement process can be found in the Social Welfare Program Practicum Handbook.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the Social Welfare or Social Work programs, please contact:

Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, Ph.D., MSW
BSW Program Director
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
1 UNF Drive 
Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645

(904) 620-1640
j.spaulding-givens@unf.edu