Work With Clients From Your Very First Social Work Course!

Learn to take action while showing compassion

With a proven curriculum that includes 450 hours of field internship experience, the Marian University Bachelor of Social Work program equips graduates to immediately pursue careers as certified social workers or, if desired, an advanced degree.

Experiencing direct client contact in your very first social work course, you’ll be exposed to a variety of topics, including human behavior theory, research, policy analysis, social work practice, and ethics and values.

Those in the program are prepared for the state and national certification examinations and graduate equipped to embark on lives defined by empowering individuals, families, groups, and communities anywhere.

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Learn More About Being a Social Worker

Dr. Leslie Jaber-Wilson, the Director of Social Work at Marian University, shares her insights into why social workers are critical for our society as they positively affect people from infancy to old age. She encourages those with a caring spirit to consider a career in social work. Social workers make an impact wherever social change is happening from hospitals and nursing homes to foster programs and correctional facilities. Marian is a unique program that provides you firsthand experience working with clients from your very first class!

Internships to Prepare You for the Real World

The Marian University Bachelor of Social Work program is respected because of the relationships we’ve developed with leading organizations, resulting in 92% of our graduates finding immediate employment as social workers or entering graduate school.

Students will facilitate skill building groups with children placed in foster care and meet with clients served by the local nursing homes and mental health centers. Not to mention, our faculty are individuals still practicing in the field and are able to expose students to their perspectives related to all levels of practice.

Students have interned at agencies such as Winnebago County Department of Human Services, Waupun Correctional Institute, Agnesian Hospice Home of Hope, and Fond du Lac High School. Graduates have found successful careers in child and youth services, corrections, mental health agencies and hospitals.

FINDING YOUR FIT

92% of our graduates find immediate employment as social workers or enter graduate school

RANKING RECOGNIZED

We’re the No. 5-ranked best college for social work majors in Wisconsin, according to Zippia

A CONTINUOUS IMPACT

Our students experience direct client contact from their very first social work course, and as seniors complete 450 hours of field internship experience

“The social work program taught me to strive to my utmost potential when working with diverse populations. Everyday, I will forever value the experiences I obtained within my classes as well as my internship. The knowledge I gained is irreplaceable and has made me into the person I am today.”

Erica Wiese - 2020 Marian University Graduate

“Marian University's Social Work Program granted me a multitude of opportunities that I will be forever grateful for. The more involved I became at Marian, the more confident I became in my ability to be a good social worker. Marian provided me the opportunity to grow through SSWA, internship opportunities, and volunteering. The professors truly cared about me and my future.”

Katelyn Schueffner - 2019 Marian University Graduate

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The Program

The Marian University Bachelor of Social Work program is about empowerment. We empower students through a curriculum designed to prepare them to empower individuals, families, groups and communities everywhere. In your community, throughout your state and across our country, there are countless families and individuals who need the kind of help and support that can only come from a caring and skilled social worker. And for decades now, the Marian University Bachelor of Social Work program has been educating and training social workers who truly understand those needs and know how to go about finding solutions.

If you have completed a two-year degree in Human Services, AODA, contact the program director to learn about the opportunity to complete your Bachelor’s degree in two years.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

Marian University Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Sample Course Plan:
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The social work program is 57 total credits. We require 15 credits in the following cognate courses that are central to establishing a foundation for the content covered in the social work courses.

An introduction to the science of psychology through a survey of the biological, intra-psychic, and social bases of behavior. Major topics include cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, behavior disorders, and social elements of behavior.

A survey of the changes which occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social-emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables which affect the course of development is emphasized.

Prerequisites:

This course explores the major types of psychopathology to include anxiety disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, organic brain disorders, substance-related disorders, somatoform disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, mental retardation, adjustment disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, impulse control disorders and delirium, dementia and amnestic disorders. Emphasis is given to the issues surrounding classification, etiology and treatment.

An introductory course which studies the nature and purpose of national, state, and local government, the Constitution, and the institutions and pressures of American society.

Prerequisites:

MAT 001 Basic Algebra, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 001 with grade of C or higher

An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one/two/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, time series comparison, quality control charts and probability distributions as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.

Social Work Required Courses (42 credits)

Freshman Year (offered both Fall and Spring semesters)

A general survey course introducing students to social work and human services in contemporary society. Professional knowledge, values, and skills for intervention and the nature of interdisciplinary approaches to complex problems and issues are included. It further explores the special concerns of those most vulnerable and discriminated-against. At issue is the professional mandate of social work to join in a concerted effort with other human service professionals to influence the social welfare institution and its social programs to become more responsive to these special populations. Teaching methodology includes interviews with practicing professionals and field trips to a variety of social agency settings.

Sophomore Year (offered Fall semester)

In-depth exploration of the social work and related social science codes of ethics, professional codes of conduct, and ethical decision-making models within a variety of contexts and situations. Development of professional practice behavior, examining ethical standards with diverse populations, groups, communities and organizations.

Fall Junior Year

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:

A course incorporating theories derived from the liberal arts base, including physical science, biology, sociology, and political science. An ecological systems framework is used to integrate these various theories in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of person and environment dynamics. This understanding is then used to develop a holistic assessment approach, which is a distinguishing feature of generalist practice. Course emphasis is on the application of this integrated systems framework in the assessment phase of work with individuals, families, and small groups. The course content is linked to other foundation content through its application in the problem-solving process. Teaching methodology includes lecture-discussion and exercises in applied assessment.

Prerequisites:

Admission to the major

Corequisites:

Examination of theory, knowledge, and practice skills needed to understand and engage with individuals. Emphasis placed on viewing human behavior and social problems as multi-casual. The planned change process for addressing individual challenges and assets will be stressed with an emphasis on evidence-based intervention. Students will develop an understanding of how human diversity and ethics impacts the functioning of individuals. Teaching methodology includes modeling, observation, simulation, role-play, structured exercises, video role-play, and peer or instructor feedback.

Prerequisites:

Examination of the theory, knowledge and practice skills needed to understand and work within groups in mezzo level generalist practice. Emphasis will be placed on viewing and assessing human behavior and social problems within group work practice. The planned change process will be applied to group processes with focus on strengths and empowerment practice. Students will develop an understanding of how human diversity and ethics impacts group functioning.

Spring Junior Year

Prerequisites:

Admission to the major

Corequisites:

Examination of theory, knowledge, and practice skills needed to understand and engage with communities from a macro level generalist practice perspective. Emphasis is placed on viewing human behavior and social problems as multi-casual. The planned change process for addressing organizational, community and societal challenges and assets is stressed with an emphasis on evidence-based organizational, community and societal intervention. Students develop an understanding of how human diversity and ethics impacts the functioning of organizations, communities and society.

Prerequisites:

An examination of frameworks for analyzing social welfare policies and programs, and the social worker’s role in policy development and implementation. Special emphasis is placed on a policy’s differential on women, minorities of color or other vulnerable groups who may be discriminated against by age, social class, sexual orientation, geographic location, etc. Selected policies related to income assurance, health, mental health, family-child welfare, and older adults are examined in detail. Skills are developed for involvement in policy analysis and advocacy.

Prerequisites:

This course presents the basic principles and methods of social science research. Students are introduced to techniques for critical analysis of the professional practice literature and how, as consumers, they can incorporate research findings into practice. Students also acquire knowledge and skills for applying research with their social work practice as well as in the area of program evaluation. Students conceptualize research questions, determine appropriate designs and methodologies, and incorporate qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Professional values and ethics, as well as sensitivity to human diversity, are subsumed within the conduct of research.

Fall Senior Year

Prerequisites:

Admission to degree candidacy

Examination of theory, knowledge, and practice skills needed to understand and engage with families from a generalist practice perspective. Emphasis placed on viewing human behavior and social problems as multi-casual. The course begins by reviewing issues of diversity in family forms and backgrounds, and significant historical changes in the structure and functions of American families. The planned change process for addressing family challenges and assets is stressed with an emphasis on evidence-based family intervention. Students develop an understanding of how human diversity and ethics impacts the functioning of families.

The first course in a two-course sequence, the field internship provides an educationally guided generalist social work experience in an approved community social services agency. It consists of a minimum of 225 clock hours or approximately 16 hours of applied practice per week in the agency. Learning contract focuses on expectations, applied practice activities, a time frame for their accomplishment, and the suggested means for their evaluation. Students participate in weekly seminar for sharing practice accomplishments and practice issues which have arisen during the field internship. Teaching methodology incorporates a seminar format for the discussion of weekly logs, field learning contract assignments, and other experiential learning. Discussion directed toward strengthening the integration and refinement of generalist practice knowledge, values, and skills. An initial focus is on the expanded range of roles required of generalist practice in the assessment and intervention planning with clients, the agency, and others associated with practice activities.

Spring Senior Year

Prerequisites:

Permission

A course integrating both classroom and applied learning for entry-level practice. A central component of the seminar is the development of a comprehensive paper about a contemporary social issue or concern currently impacting on social work practice. In keeping with a generalist perspective, the paper will address policy, research, and practice dimensions of the issue. It will be presented and defended on the basis of its relevance, scholarship, and creative thinking. As a concomitant activity, students also engage in reflective analysis of their professional development, complete resumes, and prepare for professional employment search. The teaching methodology emphasizes self-directed inquiry.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:

The second course in a two-course sequence, the field internship provides a continuation of an educationally guided generalist social work experience in the same approved community social services agency. It consists of a minimum of an additional 225 clock hours or approximately 16 hours of applied practice per week in the agency. The Learning contract is continued as a means of assuring a generalist approach to practice and a systemic plan for the application of learning. Provides a continuing forum for sharing practice accomplishments and issues that have arisen during the field experience. Students discuss weekly logs, field learning contract assignments, and other experiential learning. This discussion is directed toward strengthening the integration and refinement of generalist practice knowledge, values, and skills. An additional focus is on agency-specific policy analysis, as well as termination and evaluation activities with clients and the service delivery system.

The Marian University Social Work program’s standards are derived from the CSWE Competencies for Social Work Practice and the National Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics.

Marian Social Work Graduate will Demonstrate these CSWE Core Competencies
• Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
• Engage diversity and difference in practice
• Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
• Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
• Engage in policy practice
• Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
• Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
• Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
• Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective:

  • Service
  • Social justice
  • Dignity and worth of the person
  • Importance of human relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence

Mission

The Marian University Social Work program is dedicated to educating students for ethical, competent, culturally responsive, and innovative generalist social work practice that addresses the well-being of the most vulnerable in society. Our educational experiences, research, and community outreach promote social and economic justice, program and policy change, and evidence-based strategies for the challenges facing diverse client systems of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Everyday Marian University Bachelor of Social Work program graduates are making a real difference in the world. As a graduate of the program you’ll be prepared to work in a wide range of settings, including health care, mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, child and youth services, correctional facilities, agencies for the elderly and colleges and universities.

The Marian University Bachelor of Social Work program received initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work (CSWE) in 1987 and has received continuing reaffirmation since that time.

Council on Social Work Education
1725 Duke Street, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
(703) 683-8099
www.cswe.org

MARIAN UNIVERSITY BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM
ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES LAST COMPLETED ON 05/01/2019

Social Work Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

 

“I was so thankful for the authentic social work instruction and guidance I received at Marian and being a part of the social work classes was an extreme highlight for me. The faculty were always dependable and had faith in, and they did their part to help me get to where I am today. I am eternally grateful and couldn’t have become a social worker without them.”

Rachel Giese, 2019 graduate, CPS Ongoing Social Worker with Dodge County Human Services

Leslie Jaber-Wilson, D.S.W. 
Professor
920.923.8730
lejaberwilson02@marianuniversity.edu

Anie Rosenow, M.S.W.
Assistant Professor
920.923.7643
arosenow93@marianuniversity.edu

Brenda Stueber, M.S.W.
Associate Professor
920.923.8131
bjstueber00@marianuniversity.edu

 

 

In the Marian University Bachelor of Social Work program, you’ll explore the broad range of areas related to the field, including human behavior, policy analysis, social work practice and ethics and values. And you’ll enhance this study through the program’s extensive offering of hands-on learning experiences, including internships at social service agencies and other organizations throughout the state. This well-rounded approach, in addition to the opportunities to develop leadership and team-building skills in Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Alpha and the Student Social Work Association, will distinguish you in the eyes of employers and graduate schools.

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