Course List

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work online graduate certificate program at the University of Louisville Online

The bachelor in social work program is a 120-121 credit-hour program including 20 upper-division courses (see chart below), as well as the University general education requirements.

Cardinal Core Requirements: 37 credit hours

Beginning in Fall 2018, the University will implement its new general education requirements. Courses that meet Cardinal Core requirements are designated in the catalog using the codes in parentheses in the chart below.

    Minimum Credit Hours
Skills Written Communication (WC) 6
Oral Communication (OC) 3
Quantitative Reasoning (QR) 3
Disciplinary Perspectives Arts & Humanities (AH) 6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (SB) 6 (3 must be in Historical Perspective-SBH)
Natural Sciences (S, SL) 7 (including 1 hr. lab)
Diversity U.S. Diversity (D1) 3*
Global Diversity (D2) 3*
Total credit hours: 37

* The Diversity requirements will be met by taking courses in other Cardinal Core categories that also carry the D1 or D2 designation. This requirement, therefore, does not add hours to the total Cardinal Core Program


Diversity Requirements: 6 credit hours

Lower Division General Electives: 10 credit hours
General Electives may be any combination of college credit hour courses)

Supporting Requirements: 13 credit hours prior to enrolling in the Upper Division

Course Code Course Title Credit
SW 201 ** Introduction to Social Work 3 hours
SW 301 Human Behavior & Social Environment I 3 hours
SW 302 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies & Service 3 hours
SW 303 General Practice I 3 hours
SW 304 General Practice II 3 hours
SW 319 Human Behavior & Social Environment II 3 hours
SW 322 Issues in Policy & Service Delivery 3 hours
SW 405 General Practice III 3 hours
SW 426 Introduction to Social Work Research 3 hours
SW 470 Practicum I 6 hours
SW 472 Practicum Seminar & Lab I 3 hours
SW 406 General Practice IV 3 hours
SW 471 Practicum II 6 hours
SW 473 Practicum Seminar & Lab II 3 hours
BSW Upper Division Electives * (Please see advisor for approval of courses) 12 hours
TOTAL UPPER DIVISION HOURS REQUIRED 60-61 hours
TOTAL MINIMUM HOURS TO GRADUATE 120-121 hours

* Drug and Alcohol Counseling track requires the following electives with a practicum in a substance use treatment setting:

  1. SW 361 Special Issues in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  2. SW 362 Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
  3. SW 415 Mental Health OR SW 442 Psychopathology
  4. SW 460 Motivation and Change

** SW 201 Introduction to Social Work: If course has been taken prior to the upper division, the student will need to take another 3 credit hour course to be on target with 120-121 total graduation credit hours.



Course Descriptions

SW 201 Introduction to Social Work

This course introduces students to the profession of social work, its Code of Ethics, values base and commitment to social justice and working with vulnerable and oppressed groups. Students are exposed to the profession's history as well as current social issues and trends. The course provides an introduction to the roles of the generalist social work practitioner within a theoretical framework that includes systems theory, an ecological perspective, a problem-solving model, and the value of diversity. The course stresses self-awareness in determining suitability for a career in social work.


SW 301 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Prerequisite: Gen Ed requirements and Admission to BSW program. Focuses on society at large (social movements, social institutions and social structure), larger environments (physical environment, communities, and formal organizations) and small groups.


SW 302 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services

Prerequisite: Gen Ed requirements and admission to BSW program. Explores the historical context and evolution of social welfare policy, and how dominant values and contextual factors shape policy in a broad range of social welfare arenas.


SW 303 Generalist Practice I

Prerequisite: Gen Ed requirements and Admission to the BSW program. Orients students to the helping process and the generalist perspective. Emphasizes systems theory, the ecological model and strengths based perspectives and explores methods of interventions to enhance social functioning.


SW 304 Generalist Practice II

Prerequisite: SW 303. Addresses the development of the knowledge and skills necessary for generalist social work practice with individuals, maintaining the context and relationship with the environment.


SW 319 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

Prerequisite: SW 301. Focuses on families, dyads, and the individual person (biological person, psychological person, spiritual person and the lifespan development).


SW 322 Issues in Policy and Service Delivery

Prerequisite: SW 302. Emphasizes the interrelationship between problem conceptualization, policy options, and their impact on social work practice and clients and analyzes these interrelationships in fields of child welfare, health, mental health and aging.


SW 405 Generalist Practice III

Prerequisite: SW 303 and SW 304; SW 470 (or concurrent) and SW 472 (or concurrent). Focuses on mezzo systems. Applications of social work values, knowledge and methods with families and small groups is emphasized.


SW 426 Introduction to Social Work Research

Prerequisite: SW 304. Provides students the foundation knowledge for scientific inquiry, covering all aspects of the research process from problem formulation to writing of the research report.


SW 470 Practicum I

Prerequisite: SW 405 (or concurrent) and SW 472 (or concurrent). Provides an educationally supervised practicum within a human services organization, developing a social work perspective and skills with a range of client systems;: individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities.


SW 472 Practicum Seminar and Lab I

Prerequisite: SW 405 (or concurrent) and SW 470 (or concurrent). Supplements through class discussion, readings, and role play the experiences of the practicum, creating an arena for integration of practice theory and content.


SW 406 Generalist Practice IV

Prerequisite: SW 405; SW 471 (or concurrent) and SW 473 (or concurrent). Engage social work skill development and practice in the application of knowledge, skills, and methods to the macro systems of professional practice including neighborhoods, communities and organizations.


SW 471 Practicum II

Prerequisite: SW 470; SW 406 (or concurrent) and SW 473 (or concurrent). Provides an educationally supervised practicum within a human services organization, developing a social work perspective and skills with a range of client systems: individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities.


SW 473 Practicum Seminar and Lab II

Prerequisite: SW 472; SW 406 (or concurrent) and SW 471 (or concurrent). Supplements through class discussion, readings, role play the experiences of the practicum, creating an arena for integration of practice theory and content.


SW 361 Special Issues in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work Bachelors. This course includes highly specialized and advanced topics in addiction treatment to prepare students to begin practice in Alcohol and Drug Counselor training. Content will round out and complete a basic course of study for alcohol and drug counselors that was not adequately addressed in substance abuse and motivational interviewing classes. These advanced topics will 1) generally aid students in submitting the application for certification as alcohol and drug counselors, 2) provide students with required case management training for working in a licensed alcohol and other drug treatment facility, and 3) prepare students for working within multidisciplinary teams and gain familiarity with clinical supervision methods utilized in substance abuse treatment programs. 4) Students will become familiar with the use of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) a very common assessment tool widely used in substance abuse treatment settings. The complexity and demonstrated efficacy of specialized treatment for substance abuse disorders is well documented and preparation to work with this problem will be valuable across a range of populations; including, but not limited to individuals treated in traditional and non-traditional treatment settings. Evidence based knowledge is progressively improving the effectiveness of treatment. This course will utilize a convergence of knowledge to prepare students for their role in advancing the treatment of alcohol and other drug dependency.


SW 362 Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

Prerequisite: Restricted to Kent School of Social Work Bachelors. Examines current issues associated with substance abuse. Prevailing paradigms related to substance abuse are explored and pragmatic intervention strategies for dealing with those abusing substances are presented and applied.


SW 415 Mental Health

This course is designed to familiarize the students with the body of knowledge and the service delivery system known as "mental health." The factors of human experience that promote mental health or serve as a barrier to healthy functioning will be examined.


SW 460 Motivation and Change

The course focus is on theory and evidence based practice methods aimed at engaging resistant people in the process of change: Motivational interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, yet directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation for change. BSW Upper Division Elective.



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