EDUCATING MINDS, EMPOWERING CHANGE

Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work/MA Women’s and Gender Studies

Dual Degree Program

The dual MSSW/WGST program recognizes the value of professional education in two interrelated fields and encourages students who have an interest in both Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Work to pursue these degrees simultaneously.   Social workers and Women’s and Gender 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.  Women’s and Gender 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 Women’s and Gender Studies scholars or activists to better understand human behavior, conflict resolution and social welfare institutions. A Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Work combination provides the tools of social change for an historic problem of gender inequality and injustice.

Separately, the two degrees require 96 credit hours, 60 for Kent and 36 for WGST. Students who participate in the dual program may earn both degrees by completing 79 credit hours, reducing the aggregate credit hour requirement by 17 hours. Included in these hours are the two year-long Kent School practicum experiences, with the second practicum tailored to focus on issues of gender and women, 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 Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Please see http://louisville.edu/wgs for criteria for admission to Women’s and Gender Studies.  Students may begin the dual degree in either program. The Kent School curriculum begins only in the fall semester.

The following is only an example of a Full-Time 3 year plan. The advanced practicum (672 and 673) is determined in collaboration with WGST.  The Kent School will work with WGST to place a student in a social work context in an agency or organization that has an impact on women and gender issues, and the learning contract will designate the work to focus on that group.  Collectively with the advanced practicum, the advanced research practicum replaces the WGST requirement for a Master’s thesis.  The Kent School will require all students in the dual degree program to develop a research project that relates to women & gender issues.  The Kent School will work with the WGST Chair to ensure the scope of intent meets the program plan.

 


First Year

Fall

Spring

Summer

SW 601 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I

SW 602 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies & Services

SW 603 Human Diversity

***WGST 603: History of American Feminism

***WGST 600: Research/Writing (1-hour course)

SW 619 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II

SW 622 Issues in Policy and Service Delivery

***WGST 602 Feminist Research & Theory in the Social Sciences

***WGST course from one of four core areas

No Courses

Second Year

Fall

Spring

Summer

SW 604 SW Practice I*

SW 670 Foundation SW Practicum I*

***WGST course from one of the four core areas

***WGST course from one of the four core areas

SW 605 SW Practice II*

SW 671 Foundation SW Practicum II*

***WGST course from one of the four core areas

***WGST elective

SW 626 Research Methodology & Design

SW 641 Adv SW Practice I

Third Year

Fall

Spring

SW 640 Adv SW Practice II**

SW 668 Adv Research Practice I

SW 672 Adv SW Practicum I**

***WGST elective

SW 677 Adv SW Practice III**

SW 669 Adv Research Practice II

SW 673 Adv SW Practicum II**

***WGST elective

Graduate with MA in WGST and MSSW in May

The following is only an example of a Full-Time 4 year plan.  The advanced practicum (672 and 673) is determined in collaboration with WGST.  The Kent School will work with WGST to place a student in a social work context in an agency or organization that has an impact on women and gender issues, and the learning contract will designate the work to focus on that group.  Collectively with the advanced practicum, the advanced research practicum replaces the WGST requirement for a Master’s thesis.  The Kent School will require all students in the dual degree program to develop a research project that relates to women & gender issues.  The Kent School will work with the WGST Chair to ensure the scope of intent meets the program plan.


First Year

Fall

Spring

Summer

SW 601 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I

SW 602 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies & Services

SW 619 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II

SW 622 Issues in Policy and Service Delivery

SW 603 Human Diversity

 

 

Second Year

Fall

Spring

Summer

SW 604 SW Practice I*

SW 670 Foundation SW Practicum I*

***WGST 603 History of American Feminism

***WGST 600 Research/Writing (1-hr course)

SW 605 SW Practice II*

SW 671 Foundation SW Practicum II*

***WGST 602 Feminist Research and Theory in the Social Sciences

***WGST course from 1 of 4 core areas

No Courses

Third Year

Fall

Spring

Summer

***WGST course from 1 of 4 core areas

***WGST course from 1 of 4 core areas

***WGST elective

SW 626 Research Methodology & Design

***WGST course from 1 of 4 core areas

***WGST elective

***WGST elective

SW 641 Adv SW Practice I

Fourth Year

Fall

Spring

SW 640 Adv SW Practice II**

SW 668 Adv Research Practice I

SW 672 Adv SW Practicum I**

SW 677 Adv SW Practice III**

SW 669 Adv Research Practice II

SW 673 Adv SW Practicum II**

Graduate with MA in WGST and MSSW in May

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

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

***The following is a list of WGST core courses and elective options required for the dual degree:

Foundation Courses:

One of the following courses in Women’s/Gender History:  WGST 630: Feminism in Western Civilization, WGST 631: Women in Europe and the U.S. in the 20th Century, WGST 633: Women in 19th-Century America, WGST 532: History of American Sexualities, or WGST 591/691: Topics in WGS [example: Latin American Women]

One of the following courses in Gender, Race, and Colonialism (choose 1 not chosen in another category): WGST 643: Black Women's Voices, WGST 640: Women's Health in Africa, WGST 558: Women and Leadership in Developing Nations or WGST 591, 593, 691, 692: Topics in WGS [example, Southern Women, Black and White]

One of the following courses in Humanities Perspectives on Women/Gender (choose 1 not chosen in another category):  WGST 622: The Body in Popular Media, WGST 520: Women's Personal Narratives, WGST 560: Feminist Philosophical Literature, WGST 571: Francophone Women Writers and Critics, WGST 593/692: Topics in WGS [example, Feminist Theology]

One of the following courses in Social Science Perspective on Women/Gender (choose 1 not chosen in another category):  WGST 656: Feminist Theory, WGST 612: Gender, Race, Work and Welfare, WGST 615: Sociology of Disabilities, WGST 538: American Women in Sports, WGST 535: Women's Health Issues, WGST 643: Black Women's Voices, WGST 640: Women's Health in Africa, WGST 558: Women and Leadership in Developing Nations, WGST 591/691: Topics in WGS [example, Gender & the Law]

Concentration courses: Three concentration electives in WGST

(Graduate Women & Gender Studies website: https://louisville.edu/wgs/)