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Agenda Item FA 12-30

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

COAS - Sociology & Anthropology

New Degree Program Request: Proposal for a Bachelor of Social Work - Social Work Major

09/06/12: Passed

09/12/12: Approved

10/16/12: UBOT

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Log Number: 201201-58

Proposal for a Bachelor of Social Work - Social Work Major - Undergraduate

The University of North Florida (UNF) Department of Sociology and Anthropology proposes to launch a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree during the 2013-2014 academic year. This degree was added to UNF's New Degree Master Plan in January 2011. The BSW degree will require 120 credit hours, 54 of which will be earned through Social Work courses. This includes 450 hours of field education in accordance with the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). To maintain program quality and meet the faculty student ratio mandated by CSWE, this will be a limited access program admitting 40 students per year. 

The mission of the UNF BSW program is to prepare students with the generalist knowledge, values, and skills to provide effective social work services to diverse client systems, such as individuals or families, in a variety of practice settings (e.g., schools, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies). 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 wellbeing of those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has offered a minor and concentration in Social Welfare for a number of years, but a BSW degree from an accredited program offers students several advantages. Students who earn a BSW degree will have the option of entering an Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW) program, in which they can complete their graduate education in approximately one year (compared with 2 or more years without a BSW). Additionally, the BSW degree is the minimum requirement for entry-level social worker positions, which commonly entail case management and victim advocacy services. In 2009, the State of Florida adopted a statute granting title protection to the social work profession, increasing the demand for undergraduate and graduate social work degrees from accredited institutions. Individuals who do not hold a BSW or MSW from an accredited institution are prohibited from calling themselves "social workers" or working in many social work positions. Concurrent with the New Degree process, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is pursuing accreditation with the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for the field.

Additional Resources: Because UNF's library has supported the Social Welfare program for many years, its holdings are sufficient to support the BSW program so long as current journal subscriptions, and book and reference acquisitions, are maintained. The Dean of the Library has signed the New Degree Program Application. The faculty necessary for delivering program courses were hired in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Accreditation fees have been set aside by the College of Arts & Sciences.  

(Bachelor of Social Work Proposal Attachment)