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Social Work

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Faculty

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Associate Dean

Carolyn Tice

Assistant Dean

Andrea Judson

Professors

Carolyn Knight
Betsy Vourlekis

Associate Professors

James Bembry
Joshua Okundaye
Laura Ting

Assistant Professors

Jayshree Jani
Shelly Wiechelt

Shady Grove Program

Kathleen Leiser
Katherine Morris

Clinical Instructor

Jane Rockwood

Professional Emeritus

Gust Mitchell

Courses in this program are listed under SOWK.

The social work major prepares students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities at the beginning level. Students learn a range of skills and helping techniques that will enable them to intervene effectively in addressing social problems.

UMBC's Social Work Program meets the highest professional standards. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, a national organization founded to promote and improve the quality of education in social work. Based on this accreditation, students are assured that the quality of education at UMBC meets national standards and prepares them for employment at the bachelor's level, for graduate study and for meeting the various state licensing and employment requirements for social work practice. Social work students and graduates are also eligible for membership in the National Association of Social Workers. Graduates qualify to take the state examination to become licensed social work associates in Maryland, and they are qualified for examination in all other states that license baccalaureate practice.

Major Program

Social work builds on and is integrated with a liberal arts base that includes knowledge in the humanities and the social, behavioral and biological sciences. The course of study in social work at UMBC includes: technology in social work, social work practice methods, social welfare policy and services, human behavior and the social environment, statistics and social research and participation in direct services through an intensive field education placement in a community-based social service department or agency.


Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Core courses:

  • SOWK 240 Information Technology in Social Work [3]
  • SOWK 260 Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Policy and Social Work I [3]
  • SOWK 360 Social Welfare, Social Policy and Social Work II [3]
  • SOWK 388 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I [3]
  • SOWK 389 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II [3]
  • SOWK 397 Social Work Methods I: Introduction to Practice [3]
  • SOWK 470* Social Work Research [3]
  • SOWK 480 Field Instruction I [6]
  • SOWK 481 Social Work Methods II: A Generalist Approach to Practice [3]
  • SOWK 482 Field Instruction II [6]
  • SOWK 483 Social Work Methods III: Selected Intervention Strategies Research and Evaluation [3]
  • SOWK Elective [3]
  • 300- to 400-level social work course

* A list of approved courses is available in the program office.


The following are additional requirements for completion of the social work major:

1. Completion of the following courses:

  • Human Biology*
  • PSYC 100
  • ECON or POLI
  • SOCY 101
  • STAT 121*


* A list of approved courses is available in the program office.

2. A second area of concentration of at least 18 credit hours, such as another major, a minor or an approved plan. At least six credits of the area of concentration must be upper-level.

Note: The minor in social welfare cannot be used in conjunction with the social work major.

3. Recommendation of the faculty to complete the required field and methods courses (SOWK 480, 481, 482, 483).

4. Completion of the general university requirements and other degree requirements.



Minor in Social Welfare

The minor in social welfare provides the student with a comprehensive background of study in social welfare in the United States; its relationship to the market economy; and the historical, political and cultural factors that shape its course. The minor also offers the opportunity to explore, in depth, some of the challenging issues confronting society in the alleviation of poverty and the delivery of health and welfare services to families and children, older people and individuals with mental and physical challenges. This knowledge will be of particular importance to students planning careers in government, the private sector, law and health. To earn a minor in social welfare, students must complete the following 18 credits of course work with a grade of C or better in all courses to be applied to the minor. Courses are divided as follows:


A. Core requirements [9]


  • SOWK 260 Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Policy and Social Work I [3]
  • SOWK 360 Social Welfare, Social Policy and Social Work II [3]
  • SOWK 388 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I [3]

B. Any of the following courses [9]


  • SOWK 200 Social Issues-Social Action [3]
  • SOWK 240 Information Technology in Social Work [3]
  • SOWK 311 Introduction to Field Experience in Social Work [3]
  • SOWK 386 Strengthening Family Structure [3]
  • SOWK 387 Policies, Programs and Services for Children [3]
  • SOWK 389 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II [3]
  • SOWK 371 Social Work Practice in Aging [3]
  • SOWK 372 Social Work and Health Care [3]
  • SOWK 373 Demystifying the DSM: A Social Work Perspective [3]
  • SOWK 374 Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees [3]
  • SOWK 377 Women and Social Policy [3]
  • SOWK 390 Special Topics in Social Welfare [3]
  • SOWK 395 Addictive Behavior Patterns [3]
  • SOWK 470 Social Work Research [3]
  • SOWK 499 Independent Study [1-3]