The curriculum includes a liberal arts base, which consists of physical sciences, the humanities and social sciences. Social Work courses build upon this liberal arts base by developing entry-level professional skills. Content on racial, ethnic, cultural, rural settings, and social diversity is integrated within the curriculum.
The sequential nature of the courses affords students a learning process that shifts from knowledge development to utilization of knowledge and abstract reasoning. During the first two years, the curriculum focuses on familiarity with basic concepts. These concepts are built upon, enriched, and tested during the third and fourth years. In the third and fourth years, courses are taken in sequence, which foster the development and utilization of helping skills. The sequential nature of the Social Work courses assures non-repetitive, social work practice knowledge and skill.
The curriculum is evaluated on a continuous basis by faculty, students, external consultants, and agency representatives; through curriculum development workshops; other professional social work workshops; and an advisory committee composed of practitioners in the community. Their role is to provide input regarding the curriculum and current practice trends. An on-going assessment of the curriculum is necessitated in response to our desire for a program of quality.