Social Work, B.A.

Students intending to major in Social Work must choose one of the following two options:

Option 1: Social Work, B.A. (55 Credit Major)

The following credits and courses are required of all Social Work majors:

36 credits in social work:

Credits
SWK 237Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

3

SWK 239Social Welfare Institutions

3

SWK 305Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3

SWK 306Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3

SWK 311Social Work Practice I

3

SWK 312Social Work Practice II

3

SWK 440Fieldwork Seminar I

2

SWK 441Fieldwork Seminar II

2

SWK 443Social Welfare Policy

3

SWK 446Social Work Research

3

SWK 470Fieldwork I

4

SWK 471Fieldwork II

4

SWK 470, SWK 312: Majors are expected to register for SWK 470 for the Fall semester after completing SWK 312

Prior to applying for Fieldwork I (SWK 470), all students must complete the New York State mandated 2-hour “Training in Child Abuse Identification and Reporting” online at http://www.nysmandatedreporter.org. The training and a Certificate of Completion are provided at no cost. A copy of the Certificate of Completion must be submitted together with the application for Fieldwork (SWK 470). Students who have taken this training previously are not required to repeat it if they provide the Social Work Department with a copy of their Certificate of Completion.

One elective:

One 3-credit 300-level SWK elective course above SWK 312, OR one 3-credit 300-level SOC elective course above SOC 303.

16-20 credits in other disciplines:

Credits
SOC 166Fundamentals of Sociology

3

PSY 166General Psychology

3

POL 166The American Political System

3

 

ENW 300-level course - 3 credits

 

BIO 181Anatomy and Physiology I

4

Or

BIO 182Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Or

BIO 183Human Biology

4

Or

BIO 166Principles of Biology: Cells and Genes

4

And

BIO 167Principles of Biology: Organisms

4

Social Work may not be selected as a minor.

According to New York State Education Department regulations, students receiving a B.A. degree must complete 90 credits in liberal arts courses. SWK 311, SWK 312, SWK 440, SWK 470, SWK 441 and SWK 471 do not qualify as liberal arts courses.

Courses

Students should note that the following year-long sequences begin only in the Fall semester:

Option 2: Social Work, B.A. - CASAC-T (58 Credit Major)

By agreement of the Lehman College Social Work Department with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Lehman students who fulfill the following will have completed all educational requirements for the CASAC-T (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor-Trainee) and will be issued the OASAS CASAC 350-Hour Standardized Certificate of Completion by the Lehman College Social Work Department:

  • Successful completion of all requirements for the Social Work Major – Option 1 (55 credits)

  • Successful completion of the following two social work courses:

SWK 251: Substance Abuse and Urban Society (3 hours, 3 credits) 

SWK 351: Theoretical Perspectives of Substance Abuse (3 hours, 3 credits)

NOTE: SWK 351 can fulfill the 300-level elective requirement in the Social Work Major – Option 1.

Additional requirements for the CASAC will include the following:

  • Work experience in an OASAS-approved substance abuse agency; Successful completion of the N.Y. State CASAC credentialing examination; Submission of an application and required fee to OASAS Credentialing Unit staff.

  • Arrangements to meet those requirements will be made individually by the student with the N.Y. State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).