Bachelor of Social Work


Social Work Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The University reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at

Major Requirements

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Social Work, an overall 2.33 (C+) cumulative GPA is required in major courses. Students wanting to pursue a Masters in Social Work in advanced-standing status must earn a 3.0 (B) in all social work courses. Course requirements for the major usually require six semesters for completion. The social work program handbook, which further specifies program requirements, is given to students applying for formal acceptance into the program. Students complete 36 semester hours, including:

  • Major courses:
    • SW 101 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work
    • SW 225 Issues in Social Work Practice
    • SW 231 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    • SW 360 Practice I: Social Work with Individuals
    • SW 375 Practice II: Social Work with Groups and Families
    • SW 381 Advanced Issues in Social Work Practice
    • SW 385 Practice III: Community Organization
    • SW 400 Social Work Research
    • SW 481 Social Policy: Form and Analysis
    • SW 497 and SW 498 Social Work Field Capstone OR
    • SW 499 Social Work Field Capstone
  • Required supporting courses:
    • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    • BIOL 102 Biology of the Human Body or BIOL 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology
    • SOC 202 Race and Ethnicity
    • MATH 220 Statistics
    • PSYCH 221 Abnormal Psychology (added as a supporting course)


To apply for a major in social work, the student completes SW 101 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work, submits formal application, letters of recommendation and completes a departmental interview. Students complete the application process while enrolled in SW 231 Human Behavior in the Social Environment.


Field Practicum

As the Capstone of their education, senior social work students complete 440 clock hours of actual social work practice in a social service agency.

Students have a choice in completing their field instruction hours. A student can complete field instruction part-time over two semesters, registering the first semester for SW 497 Field Instruction (4.5 hours) and the second SW 498 Field Instruction (4.5 hours). A student may also choose to complete a block placement of 9 credit hours during the summer of SW 499 Field Instruction.

The following are some of the agencies providing field instruction experience for social work students:

  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Correctional Service
  • Juvenile Court Services
  • Hillcrest Family Services
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Eastern Iowa Housing Authority
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Program
  • Substance Abuse Services Center
  • Lutheran Services of Iowa
  • Maria House-Shelter for Women and Children
  • Stonehill Care Center
  • Manor Care
  • Support Clarke - Spring
  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015