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Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work/Master of Arts in Pan-African Studies

Dual Degree Program

The dual MSSW/PAS program recognizes the value of professional education in two interrelated fields and encourages students who have an interest in both Pan-African Studies and Social Work to pursue these degrees simultaneously. Dual degree programs provide opportunities for students that otherwise might not exist. Social workers and Pan-African studies scholars often seek to address identical or related societal concerns, albeit from different perspectives; understanding both disciplines enhances one’s effectiveness in both the analysis of and engagement with contemporary social and cultural issues.  Pan-African Studies courses strengthen the social worker’s understanding of the historical foundations for policies and structures that have an impact on social institutions and human conditions; social work courses help Pan-African scholars or activists to better understand human behavior, conflict resolution and social welfare institutions. A Pan African Studies and Social Work combination provides the tools of social change for an historic problem of racial injustice.

Separately, the two degrees require 93 credit hours, 60 for Kent and 33 for PAS. Students who participate in the dual program may earn both degrees by completing 69credit hours, reducing the aggregate credit hour requirement by 24 hours. Included in these hours are the two year-long Kent School practicum experiences, with the second practicum tailored to focus on issues of African Americans, adding that content and experience for the student.

A student planning to pursue the dual degree must submit a separate application to and be admitted by both the Kent School of Social Work and the Master of Arts program in the Pan-African Studies Department. Please click this link: http://louisville.edu/a-s/pas/gprograms.html for criteria for admission to Pan-African Studies.

Curriculum Plan for Kent School/Pan African Studies Dual Degree†

Year 1

Fall

SW 601 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)

SW 602 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services (3)

PAS 615 Seminar on Race and Racism (3)(Replaces SW 603 Human Diversity)

SW 604* Social Work Practice I (3)

SW 670* Foundation Social Work Practicum I (3)

Spring

SW 605* Social Work Practice II (3)

SW 619 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II(3)

SW 622 Issues in Policy and Service Delivery (3)

SW 626 Research Methodology and Design (3) (Replaces PAS 601 Graduate Research Methods)

SW 671* Foundation Social Work Practicum II (3)

*SW 604 & SW 670 (Fall) and SW 605 & SW 671 (Spring) must be taken simultaneously.

Year 2

Fall

SW 641 Advanced Social Work Practice I (3)

SW 640** Advanced Social Work Practice II (3)

SW 668 Advanced Research Practice I (3) (with SW 669, replaces PAS Master’s thesis requirement)*

SW 672** Advanced Social Work Practicum I (Determined in collaboration with PAS)

Two day a week placement (3)

*PAS course (3) (Replaces SW elective)

Spring

SW 677** Advanced Social Work Practice III (3)

SW 669 Advanced Research Practice II (3) (with SW 668, replaces PAS Master’s thesis requirement)*

SW 673** Advanced Social Work Practicum II (Determined in collaboration with PAS)

Two day a week placement (3)

*PAS course (3) (Replaces SW elective)

*PAS course (3) (Replaces SW elective)

**SW 640 & SW 672 (Fall) and SW 677 & SW 673 (Spring) must be taken simultaneously.

*Additional Requirements: 6 credit hours in Pan-African Studies taken summers or fall of third year.

*Courses from Pan-African Studies must include:

3 core credit hours in Historical Studies,

3 core credit hours in Social Studies, AND

9 concentration credit hours in either African Americans or Africa and the Diaspora distributed as follows:

  • 3 credit hours in Historical Studies,
  • 3 credit hours in Cultural Studies,
  • 3 credit hours in Social Studies, AND

PAS 602 Theories and Issues in Pan-African Studies (3crds).

SW 672/673 Advanced Social Work Practicum I and II

These two courses represent six credits of academic work over the course of two semesters.  The Kent School will work with PAS to place a student in a social work context in an agency or organization that has impact on African Americans, and the learning contract will designate the work to focus on that group.

SW 668/669 Advanced Research Practice I & II

These two courses represent six credits of academic work over the course of two semesters.  It is a year-long evidence based practice project related to practice in the agency of placement.  The Kent School will require all students in the dual degree program to develop an evidence based practice project that relates to African Americans, and this work will substitute for the PAS thesis requirement.  The Kent School will work with the PAS Chair to ensure the scope of intent meets the program’s plan.

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Alternative part time curriculum plan available. Contact Dr.Yankeelov via email.