Social Work Program

Mission

The mission of the University of North Florida (UNF) Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is to prepare students with the generalist knowledge, values, and skills to provide effective social work services to diverse client systems in a variety of practice settings.  Our curriculum is designed to enhance students’ understanding of and sensitivity to economic and social inequalities and foster commitment to serving and advocating for the well-being of those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed.   

  

Goals

  1. In accordance with our mission, the BSW program aims to offer a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and informed by state of the art social work knowledge that prepares students for effective generalist social work practice with diverse clients systems in a variety of practice settings; 
  2. enhance students’ understanding of and sensitivity to economic and social inequalities, fostering commitment to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed; 
  3. prepare students to engage self-critically in practice evaluation as well as lifelong personal and professional growth through the development of research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and 
  4. socialize students to the values and ethics of the social work profession.  
 
Competencies
 

As dictated by the CSWE’s (2008) Educational Policy & Accreditation Standards, all UNF BSW students will demonstrate the following ten core competencies. 

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.  
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.  
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.  
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.  
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice. 
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.  
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.  
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services. 
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.  
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.  


Program of Study

 

The UNF BSW Program is limited access program, admitting a cohort of 40 students on an annual basis for the fall semester of each academic year.  Admitted students may opt for a two-year full-time or a three-year part-time Program of Study. All required social work courses are offered on campus during the day. Some diversity or major elective courses may be available at night or online.  More information regarding the program academic requirements, policies, and procedures may be found in the BSW Student Handbook.

 

Admissions Criteria

Students who wish to be admitted to the UNF BSW program must meet the following admission requirements:  

  •  Acceptance to UNF; 
  •  An AA from a public Florida college or university or successful completion of UNF general education requirements; students transferring to UNF without an AA must have 60 credit hours; 
  •  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; 
  •  Completion of 15 hours of common prerequisites (listed below) with a C or better; 
  •  Successful participation in a panel interview conducted on campus by a committee of Social Work and Sociology faculty and community partners; and, 
  •  Acceptable performance on a writing assessment administered on campus and reviewed by a committee of Social Work and Sociology faculty. 

   

 Prior to being admitted to the BSW program, students must successfully complete 15 hours of state-mandated common pre-requisites with a C or better.  Select one course in each of the following disciplines (UNF course offerings are listed; equivalent courses from other institutions are also acceptable):  

  •  Political Science (3 credit hours) 

  POS 2041 Introduction to American Government  

  •  Human Biology (3 credit hours) 

 BSC 1005C Principles of Biology  

 BSC 2085C Anatomy & Physiology I  

 BSC 1010C General Biology I
  •  Psychology (3 credit hours) 

 PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology  

  •  Sociology (3 credit hours) 

 SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology  

  •  Economics (3 credit hours) 

 ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics  

 ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics  

 

 

Application Process

Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are due February 6, 2015.  The following steps outline the application process and important dates and deadlines.  

 

Step 1: Apply (Deadline: February 6, 2015)

Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, 60 hours of college/university credit, (junior standing), and the required prerequisites completed by the beginning of fall 2015. 

  • If you are a current UNF student who meets these requirements, you will need to meet with your academic advisor to change your major to Social Work by February 6, 2015.  Declaring your major as Social Work does not guarantee admittance; this will generate a referral that the BSW Admissions Committee will review. 
  • If you are a transfer student and will meet these requirements, you should declare Social Work as your intended major when you apply to UNF.  Your completed application, including all transcripts, is due no later than February 6, 2015. Upon completing your application, a referral will be forwarded by UNF Enrollment Services to the BSW Admissions Committee for consideration.   
  • If you are requesting special consideration based on a disability, please be sure to submit all necessary documentation to the UNF Disability Resource Center by February 6, 2015.
Step 2: Initial Review of Applications  

The BSW Admissions Committee will review applications with an eye to completion of the program prerequisites and the strength of students’ academic records (as indicated by GPA). Students who meet the minimum requirements and prerequisites (or will have met them by fall 2015) and whose academic records show sufficient merit will be given the opportunity to continue through the application process. All applicants will be emailed their application status by February 20, 2015.

  

Step 3: Admission Interview and Writing Assessment

The second step of the application process is a mandatory interview and writing assessment conducted on the UNF campus.  These allow us to gain insight into students’ preparation and suitability for social work as a profession, and their oral and written communication skills. The session will include a group interview with up to six applicants and at least two faculty and/or professional social workers, and a writing assessment conducted in a computer lab.  Applicants who require reasonable accommodation due to a documented disability must let us know in advance. All interviews and writing assessments will be conducted on March 6 or 7, 2015.  No make-up interviews will be scheduled.  

 

Step 4: Notification of Admission

Applicants who interviewed for BSW program admission will be notified of decisions via email by March 27, 2015. Applicants will be admitted, declined, or placed on a wait list and informed of their wait list rank. Admitted students must confirm their intent to enroll in the BSW program for fall 2015 by submitting their Enrollment Form by April 10, 2015, and must commit to attend the BSW New Student Orientation in August 2015 (Date and Location TBA). Failure to do either may result in forfeiture of one’s place in the program.  

 

Step 5: Wait List Admissions

Wait-listed applicants will be admitted as space becomes available. Applicants who are wait-listed and do not wish to be considered for admission should let us know that as soon as possible.  

 

Step 6: Mandatory BSW New Student Orientation

All students admitted to the UNF BSW program must attend a half-day orientation. This is an important opportunity to learn about courses, discuss program expectations and policies, and meet faculty and fellow students.  New Student Orientation for the 2014-2015 academic year will be held one morning during the week prior to the beginning of the fall semester.   The date and location are TBA.  

 

   

Field Education

All BSW students are required to complete 450 hours of field education during Year 2 of their program of study in an approved social services organization. Students must complete all required pre-requisites (SOW 3203, SOW 4101, SOW 3293, SOW 3403, SOW 4302, SOW 4102, SOW 4323, and one of the two approved diversity courses) with a “C” or better and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in their major in order to enroll in Field Education and Seminar courses. In addition to meeting these academic requirements, it is incumbent upon students to meet the eligibility criteria specified by placement agencies in order to secure a field education placement. Although criteria vary, agencies commonly require students to pass local, state, and federal background screenings as well as drug tests. Students who are not able to secure a placement due to a criminal history or the use of illicit substances will not be able to complete the BSW Program. More information about field policies and procedures may be found in the BSW Field Manual. Community social service agencies that are interested in hosting BSW students for fieldwork may complete the Field Education Host Agency Application and return it to the Field Education Director, Ross McDonough. Questions regarding Field Education should be directed to Professor Ross McDonough, LCSW, Field Education Director, at (904) 620-1653 or ross.mcdonough@unf.edu.

 

 

Program Assessment 

The BSW Program utilizes multiple measures to assess the degree to which students master the core competencies of generalist social work practice as well as the quality of the learning environment in which the program of study is delivered.  This assessment plan is detailed in the BSW Program’s Academic Learning Compact  (ALC).  The BSW assessment plan is executed by the Assessment Committee, which is chaired by the BSW Program Director and comprised of two additional BSW faculty members, in consultation with the UNF Executive Director of Assessment.  Data collected to assess the implicit and explicit curricula are analyzed and reported by June 1 of each academic year along with recommendations for continuous improvement.  

 

Results of the 2013-2014 BSW Learning Environment Survey indicate that the program is accomplishing its goals of creating a learning environment consistent with the Council of Social Work Education’s (2008) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. View full report here.  Additional outcome data will be available June 1, 2015.     

   

For More Information:  

If you have any more questions 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

  

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