UTC Social Work Curriculum

Students are expected to refer to the UTC CATALOG for specific general education course and degree requirements.  This program sheet does not take the place of academic advisement - all pre-social work and BSW social work majors must seek regular academic advisement each semester.

Suggested Program of Study for BSW Degree

Fall/Freshman Hours Spring/Freshman Hours
 English 1010 3  English 1020 3
 Mathematics 3  Psychology 1010 3
 Behavioral Sciences (Recommended: SOCW 2050- Intro to Social Policy) 3  Literature 3
 SOCW 1100- Intro to Social Work 3  Natural Sciences 3 or 4
 Elective (Recommended: SOCW 2100- Matters of Ethnicity) 3  Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15-16


Fall/Sophomore Hours Spring/Sophomore Hours
 Historical Understanding 3  Thoughts, Values, & Beliefs 3
 Natural Sciences 3 or 4  Visual & Performing Arts 3
 Anthropology 1200 3  POLS 1010 3
 Statistics 3  SOCW 2070- Interviewing Skills 3
 Elective 3  Elective 3
Total 15-16 Total 15


Fall/Junior Hours Spring/Junior Hours
 SOCW 3060- SW Practice with Individuals & Families 3  SOCW 3070- SW Practice with Groups 3
 SOCW 3080- Pre-Field Seminar I 2  SOCW 4080- Pre-Field Seminar II 3
 SOCW 3120- HBSE I 3  SOCW 3420- HBSE II 3
 SOCW 3330- Diversity & Cultural Competence 4  SOCW 3760- Intro to Research 3
 SOCW Upper Division Elective 3  SOCW Upper Division Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15


Fall/Senior Hours Spring/Senior Hours
 SOCW 4070- SW Practice with Communities and Organizations 3  SOCW 4100- Policy & Practice 3
 SOCW 4170- Applied Research 3  SOCW 4760- Data Analysis 3
 SOCW 4120- Field I 5  SOCW 4420- Field II 5
 SOCW 4130- Field Seminar I 1  SOCW 4410- Field Seminar II 1
 SOCW Upper Division Elective 3  SOCW 4900- Leadership Seminar 3
Total 15 Total 15

* You will need to accrue a minimum of 120 hours in order to meet the requirements for graduation at UTC.  This will equate to about 30 hours each academic year.

* Pre-Social Work majors are required to take SOCW 1100-Intro to Social Work and SOCW 2070-Interviewing Skills (as a substitute for SOCW 2070, THSP 1090-Public Speaking can be taken).  It is recommended that you also take SOCW 2050-Intro to Social Policy (counts as a Behavioral Sciences general education course) and SOCW 2100-Matters of Ethnicity.

* If you are considering a minor, you will need to use your electives or take extra credit hours to meet the requirements for the minor you have chosen.

* All pre-social work majors will need to apply for the BSW program in the Spring semester of their sophomore year. **Late applications will only be considered if there are spots remaining in the program.

* Social Work majors who participate in the TN Child Welfare Stipend and Certification Program will be required to take SOCW 3230-Child Welfare I and SOCW 4230-Child Welfare II, which are required courses as part of the program's certification process.


UTC Social Work Program Teaching Method

"Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much by just sitting in class listening to teachers, memorizing pre-packaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences, apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves." (Chickering and Gamson, 1987, p. 3)

The UTC Social Work Program teaches using an Ability-Based Learning form of curriculum design, teaching strategies, and evaluation methods that differs from traditional didactic teaching methods.

  • Learning is designed around student interests and is contextual in nature meaning there are a variety of experiences where students are exposed to “real life” learning (interviews, volunteer experience, guest speakers, field trips, etc.).
  • Students learn in teams and use peripheral learning.
  • Instructors structure learning around real problems, encouraging students to also learn in settings outside the classroom.
  • Student assessment should allow students to understand their own learning styles and preferences. This way, students monitor and enhance their own learning process through the develop of self-assessment and reflection skills.
  • Assessment should be implemented through a variety of mechanisms including self-assessment, instructor assessment, peer evaluation, etc.
  • The use of the Social Work Ability Seminars and the Integrative Field Seminars support this model of curriculum design and student-centered learning.
  • The integration of assignments into a core E-Portfolio process provides a mechanism for students to develop self-assessment skills, critical thinking skills, and analytical skills.
  • This curriculum model supports the issues identified in the needs assessment which indicates employers want entry-level professionals who have “real world” experience and a higher sense of confidence and competency in skill development and implementation.