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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Programs

Sociology Program

Sociology Major Program of Study

Sociology Minor Program of Study

Within UNF's Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, the Sociology program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and undergraduate minors in Sociology or Social Welfare. The Sociology program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the sociological perspective based on the systematic study of the interrelationship between the individual and larger social structural forces and institutions. The undergraduate curriculum is organized to cultivate theoretical, methodological, empirical, and critical thinking skills -- central to both sociology and a broader liberal arts education – while developing a commitment to social justice and social change. 

The teaching and research activities of the sociology faculty reflect a wide range of interests and methodological approaches in areas from religion to education, race/ethnicity to international development, sexualities to social program evaluation.

Finally, our faculty and students are committed to serving the diverse communities in which they live and work, including the University, the discipline, and the region.


As a liberal arts discipline, sociology provides students with a broad range of flexible and generic skills that can accommodate diverse career goals and aspirations.  These can include social work, management, law, public health, education, and counseling. For more information on careers for sociology majors see the resources of the American Sociological Association – Career Resources for Undergraduate Students. The major also prepares students for graduate study in sociology and related social sciences. 


In addition to the professional advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences, students should consult with the Sociology Program Coordinator on questions pertaining to the sociology curriculum, learning opportunities beyond the classroom, graduate school information, and any other issues related to the sociology program. The current Sociology Program Coordinator is Professor David Jaffee (Building 51/Room 2219) who can be reached at:  


The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) for Sociology outlines the intended learning outcomes (knowledge and skills) of the Sociology Program.

Content/Discipline-Specific Knowledge/Skills 

Understand the basic subject matter of sociology, including central structures, processes, methodologies and theoretical orientations.

Communication Skills

  • Communicate in a clear, logical style
  • Support arguments with evidence.
  • Know major forms of bibliographic citation and reference.

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Apply appropriate methods to investigate specific research questions.
  • Evaluate the merit of arguments and knowledge claims in sociology.
  • Apply sociological theory and research to social problems.

Helpful Sociology Links

What do you do with a degree in Sociology?
Check out the extensive information and materials provided by the American Sociological Association on the career experiences and options for sociology graduates.

The UNF Career Services Department is another great resource for employment & graduate school information.

Take a Sociological tour through cyberspace.
This website provides an exhaustive collection of sociology links as well as specific "tours" through various subfields in the discipline. The tours for death and dyingsocial psychologyrace and ethnicity, and demography are especially good. Spend some time with these links. You'll learn a lot. The "Sociological Tour through Cyberspace" is like an online Sociology 101 textbook!

To see how sociological analysis applies to daily life and current events visit the  Everyday Sociology Blog  and The Society Pages and Sociological Images where sociologists post their analysis of a wide range of topics

Social Science Information Gateway is another "mega site" with thousands of links to social science resources on the web that provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorized by subject specialists based at UK universities.

Anthropology Program

Anthropology Major Program of Study

Anthropology Minor Program of Study

The Anthropology Program seeks to provide a greater understanding of humankind from a holistic perspective. To account for the complexity of humankind anthropologists focus on: 

  1. Cultural adaptations and diversity in the past (archaeology);
  2. Socio-cultural institutions and symbolic constructs in a cross-cultural perspective (socio-cultural anthropology);
  3. The origin, nature, and uses of human language (linguistics); and
  4. Human biological evolution and variation (physical anthropology).

Anthropology utilizes theories and methods from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities, to examine humankind.

The program is strongly committed to excellence in undergraduate education and faculty scholarship achievements. Anthropology helps prepare students to actively apply their knowledge and skills to the challenges of living in an increasingly interconnected, diverse global society by exposing them to a systematic, scientific, and humanistic understanding of people and their cultures, including their own.

The program strives to achieve excellent teaching, scholarship, and public relevance. It does so with the support of the University and the local community and by engaging in self-reflection that leads to apt and pertinent changes.

Anthropology Student Handbook 

Helpful Anthropology Links

African Studies Association
The African Studies Association offers links to publications and information on meetings and conferences.

American Anthropological Association
AAA is a flagship organization for anthropologists in the United States. They maintain a comprehensive list of links.

Anthropology Net
This website provides a collection of anthropology resources on the internet.

Association for Asian Studies
This is the website of the Association for Asian studies, the key organization for Asian studies in the United States.

Sociocultural Theory in Anthropology
Sociocultural Anthropology has been through dramatic changes in the last 30 years. As part of their work in the Indiana University Anthropology Department's "Proseminar in Sociocultural Anthropology" students have compiled webpages covering subdisciplines within the field, important organizations and associations, changes in anthropological perspectives over time, and prominent theorists. All are valuable resources for beginning and advanced students in sociocultural anthropology.

Worldwide Email Directory of Anthropologists
WEDA is a searchable database of address and research information about anthropologists from around the world. This is a completely volunteer project, established to encourage and aid scholarly communication. Here, anthropology is taken in its widest sense, to include physical, earth, and social scientists, as well as their colleagues in the humanities. Students and scholars, applied anthropologists, professionals, and avocationalists are all very welcome! As of Nov 24, 1999, WEDA contained information on 2,020 institutions and 4,919 individuals and it is growing every day.

Anthropology in the News
Texas A&M site with links to relevant news stories published on the web by ABC, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Nando, Archaeology, university press releases, and other sources.

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.

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

Social Work Program


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.


In accordance with our mission, the BSW program aims to:

  1. 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.

BSW Program of Study

Program Curriculum

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 2022-2023.

BSW 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

BSW Application Process

Applications will soon be accepted for the BSW program for the 2022-2023 academic year, and applications are due February 12, 2022. The following steps outline the application process and important dates and deadlines.

  1. Step 1: Apply (Deadline: February 12, 2022)

    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 2022.

    • If you are a current UNF student who meets these requirements, you will need to meet with your academic advisor to ensure that you have both declared Social Work as your major and that you have been referred for consideration by the BSW Admissions Committee by February 12, 2022. 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 12, 2022. Upon completing your application, a referral will be forwarded by UNF Enrollment Services to the BSW Admissions Committee for consideration.
  2. 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 2022) 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 March 8, 2022.

  3. 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 Friday, March 25, 2022. No make-up interviews will be scheduled.

  4. Step 4: Notification of Admission

    Applicants who interviewed for BSW program admission will be notified of decisions via email by April 12, 2022. 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 2022 by submitting their Enrollment Form by April 23, 2022, and must commit to attend the BSW New Student Orientation in August 2022 (Date, Time, & Location TBA). Failure to do either may result in forfeiture of one's place in the program.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. Orientation is typically held one morning the week prior to the start of the fall semester.

Student Orientation for the current 2021-2022 academic year will be held Tuesday, August 17, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., located in the Social Sciences building, bldg. 51, room TBD. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m.

BSW 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

CSWE Assessment of Competency-Based Learning Program Assessment

The BSW Program at the University of North Florida is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and revolves around the development of nine fundamental areas of practice competencies. These competencies are further defined by practice behaviors that students cultivate while in the BSW program as they prepare for future roles in the social work profession. The nine core competencies defined by the 2015 CSWE Educational Policies and Standards (EPAS) are:

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

For More BSW Program Information:

If you have any questions, contact:

The BSW program staff at email,

or you may call

Dana McCoy

Program Assistant

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

1 UNF Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645

(904) 620-2867

Undergraduate Courses

Catalog Course List

Course ID Course Title
ANT2000 (CD) Introduction to Anthropology
ANT2423 (CD) Kinship and the Family
ANT2930 Special Topics in Anthropology
ANT3101 Fundamentals of Archaeology
ANT3212 (CD)(FC) Peoples and Cultures of the World
ANT3243 (FC) Comparative Muslim Cultures
ANT3311 FC - Indians of the Southeastern U. S.
ANT3312 (CD)(FC) North American Indians
ANT3355 The African Diaspora
ANT3414 Principles of Socio Cultural Anthropology
ANT3462 Health, Illness and Culture
ANT3514 Principles of Physical Anthropology
ANT3610 Linguistic Anthropology
ANT3933 Seminar in Anthropology
ANT4025 The Anthropology of Death
ANT4034 Survey of Anthropological Theories
ANT4083 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
ANT4115 Archaeological Research Strategies
ANT4158 Florida Archaeology
ANT4180 Archaeological Lab Methods
ANT4241 Anthropology of Religion
ANT4352 (FC) Peoples and Cultures of Africa
ANT4444 Cities and Globalization
ANT4497 Ethnographic Methods
ANT4620 Language, Culture, and Society
ANT4821 Archaeological Field Methods
ANT4905 Directed Independent Study in Anthropology
ANT4931 Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology
ANT4970 Honors Thesis in Anthropology
SOW2031 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work
SOW3203 Social Welfare Institutions
SOW3213 Social Welfare Policy
SOW3293 Social Work Communication
SOW3403 Social Work Research Methods
SOW3620 Social Work with Diverse Groups
SOW4101 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SOW4102 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SOW4122 Inside the Asylum
SOW4302 Social Work with Individuals and Families
SOW4322 Social Work with Organizations and Communities
SOW4323 Social Work Practice with Groups
SOW4352 Principles of Social Service Provision
SOW4511 Field Education I
SOW4512 Field Education II
SOW4522 Field Seminar I
SOW4523 Field Seminar II
SOW4602 Social Work in Health Care
SOW4651 Child Abuse and Neglect
SOW4700 Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice
SOW4724 Child Welfare Practice
SOW4794 Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees
SOW4905 Directed Independent Study - Social Work
SOW4930 Special Topics in Social Welfare
SOW4944 Child Welfare Practicum
SYA3300 Sociological Research Methods
SYA3310 Qualitative Research Methods
SYA3450C Social Science Data Analysis
SYA4010 Sociological Theory
SYA4654 Sociological Approaches to Program Evaluation
SYA4905 Directed Individual Study
SYA4914 Sociological Research Experience
SYA4930 Special Topics in Sociology
SYA4943 Sociology Internship
SYD3020 Social Demography
SYD3410 Urban Sociology
SYD3700 (CD) Racial and Ethnic Minorities
SYD3800 (CD) Gender and Society
SYD4510 Environment and Society
SYD4702 Race, Place and Inequality
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology
SYG2013 (CD) Sex, Race and Social Class: A Sociological Examination of Culture and Diversity
SYO3110 Sociology of Sexualities
SYO3530 Social Stratification
SYO4100 Sociology of the Family
SYO4200 Sociology of Religion
SYO4300 Political Sociology
SYO4370 Sociology of Work
SYO4400 Health, Illness and Society
SYO4500 Sociology of Organizations
SYP3440 Social Change and International Development
SYP3570 Deviance and Social Control
SYP4050 The Sociology of Human Interaction
SYP4351 Social Movements and Social Change
SYP4730 The Sociology of Aging