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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK
 
Chair: J. Steven Picou (251) 460-6347
Graduate Coordinator: Roma S. Hanks
Professors: Daley, Fornaro, Gartman, Johnson, Moberg, Picou, Thomas, Waselkov
Associate Professors: P. Carr, Hanks, Matre
Assistant Professors: N. Carr, Hudson, Marshall, McAdory
Instructor: Barnard
 
 
UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
Sociology is the scientific study of human social patterns and processes. Broad questions which are addressed include: how are patterns (institutions, group structures and procedures) derived, maintained and changed; how do patterns interrelate and what are the implications of these patterns for the human condition?
Anthropology is the study of human biological and cultural variation, both past and present. It seeks to establish principles and generalizations about societies and their cultures, and to increase understanding among people.
 
All first-time freshmen with less than 15 semester hours are required to successfully complete CAS 100: New Student Seminar.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY
A minimum of 35 semester hours in Sociology, including SY 109, SY 376, SY 381 and SY 382. All sociology majors are also required to take AN 100 or 101, and ST 210. At least 17 of the 35 semester hours required for a major must be taken in upper division courses (300-400 level). SY 475 is recommended for students contemplating graduate work. No more than six semester hours of Directed Studies may be used in meeting the major requirements. Students pursuing a degree in Sociology also must have a minor in another discipline.
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SOCIOLOGY MAJORS
General Education Requirements for Sociology majors are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that Area IV is partially satisfied by the major requirements specified above.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY
A minimum of 18 semester hours in Sociology, including SY 109. No more than six semester hours of Directed Studies may be used in meeting the minor requirements.
 
All first-time freshmen with less than 15 semester hours are required to successfully complete CAS 100: New Student Seminar.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY
A minimum of 34 semester hours in Anthropology, including AN 100, AN 101, AN 210, AN 345, AN 454, a 300 or 400 level Archaeology course, and a 300 or 400 level Cultural Anthropology course. Majors must complete 15 of the 34 semester hours required in Anthropology at the 300 level or above. All Anthropology majors are also required to take SY 109. Students pursuing a degree in Anthropology also must have a minor in another discipline.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM
Students will work with a faculty mentor from the Anthropology Program and two other faculty members while pursuing an Honors Senior Thesis. Students must apply for the program, during any year of attendance at the University.
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ANTHROPOLOGY MAJORS
General Education Requirements for Anthropology majors are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that Area IV is partially satisfied by the major requirements specified above, and that Area III is partially satisfied by AN 210.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY
A minimum of 18 semester hours in Anthropology, including AN 100 and AN 101.
 
GRADUATE STUDIES
The Master of Arts degree program in sociology provides the student with training in advanced methods of sociological analysis and increased knowledge of specialized areas in sociology. The student may choose either the basic research or the applied research program. The basic research program is designed to prepare students for admission to doctoral programs in sociology. The applied research program is designed for students whose current situations or immediate goals involve careers in teaching, government, industry or social services. The program offers specialized training in a number of areas of sociology, including Applied, Maritime, Environmental, Family Studies, Criminology and Gerontology. Students may be enrolled in the University's Gerontology Certification program while pursuing the M.A. in sociology.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission).
 
REGULAR ADMISSION
1. Undergraduate major in a social science from an accredited institution of higher education.
2. "B" average in undergraduate courses in social science theory, research methods, and statistics.
3. Score of 1000 or better on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.
4. Submission of a statement of purpose, written by the applicant, which provides a brief intellectual autobiography of the student, an indication of special areas of interest within sociology, and a description of career goals. Statement should be typed, single spaced, and 1 to 1.5 pages in length.
5. Submission of recommendation that documents the student's ability and willingness to work cooperatively and productively with faculty, students and staff.
 
PROVISIONAL ADMISSION
Applicants who do not meet all the requirements for full standing may be admitted provisionally. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 and submission of GRE scores are required for provisional admission to the program. Admission decisions are based on the applicant's entire application package. Applicants with lower GPA's or GRE scores below 1000 may be admitted only when other outstanding credentials warrant exception.
Students meeting requirements for Provisional Admission will be required to remove all deficiencies in undergraduate theory, methods, and statistics before change of status to Regular Standing is considered. Provisional students will be eligible for Regular status after accruing a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of course work taken at the University of South Alabama for graduate credit toward a degree requirements, provided at least a "B" average is maintained in all such work attempted. Per Graduate School and Departmental requirements, no more than 15 semester hours of graduate credit earned as a Provisional Admission student may be approved for change of status to Regular Admission. The Provisional student who does not have the required "B" average upon completing 15 semester hours of graduate credit will be subject to dismissal from the graduate program and the Graduate School. Undergraduate courses in sociological theory and/or methods may be required upon Provisional Admission to the Sociology master's program. These courses are considered by the Department to be remedial and will not satisfy requirements for the master's degree. In order to change from Provisional to Regular status, a student must have satisfied all provisions stated in the admission letter.
 
NON-DEGREE ADMISSION
Students holding baccalaureate degrees from accredited institutions of higher education who are not interested in earning graduate degrees in Sociology or who need to complete prerequisites for particular graduate degree programs may enroll as Non-Degree graduate students. A suitable background for the courses to be taken is expected, i.e., at least one undergraduate course (or equivalent) in sociological theory and at least one undergraduate course (or equivalent) in sociological research methods. Because of limited class size and resources, the Sociology Department may limit the enrollment of Non-Degree students. After admission, permission to enter each course is obtained from the Graduate Director/Coordinator in the Department. Unless a non-degree applicant's academic record demonstrates prior mastery of sociological theory and methods, a minimum of one graduate-level sociological theory course and one graduate-level sociological methods course must be taken while pursuing non-degree studies at USA.
Non-Degree students subsequently seeking admission into the Sociology master's program must submit a formal application through the Office of Admissions to the Graduate Director/Coordinator of the Department. Students must meet departmental admissions criteria described under regular or provisional admissions. Students may be subject to further conditions, such as the completion of necessary undergraduate background courses and/or specific graduate-level courses. The student's record in graduate courses taken while in the Non-Degree status may be applied toward a graduate degree if the student is later admitted to a graduate program of study. Please refer to the Graduate School Requirements for non-degree admission.
 
ACADEMIC STANDARDS
Any student who receives two grades lower than "B" in graduate courses will be recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School for academic dismissal. Provisionally admitted or non-degree students must meet the conditions stated in their admission letter.
 
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAM
1. A minimum of thirty-six semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree with a grade of "A" or "B". At least twenty-five of these hours must be in sociology.
2. Completion of core requirements: SY 500, SY 505, SY 506, SY 508 and SY 509. SY 505 may be waived for students based on extent of background in undergraduate sociology and performance on a diagnostic test. If waived, student will be required to complete one additional elective course (three hours) in sociology.
3. Successful completion of a comprehensive written examination in theory and methods in the semester immediately following completion of core courses. For full time students, comprehensive exams will normally be taken in their third full semester. Comprehensive exams typically will be scheduled during the first month of classes in Fall and Spring semesters. If the student fails the examination, it may be retaken during the next scheduled exam period. The comprehensive examination may be taken no more than two times.
4. Completion of SY 594, a directed studies course focused on the area of research interest and resulting in a thesis prospectus. This course must be taken after the comprehensive written exam.
5. Completion of a thesis representing original research. Six semester hours will be granted for the thesis. A thesis proposal and the subsequent thesis must be approved by a committee that includes at least three members of the graduate faculty, including at least one member from outside the student's department or program.
6. An oral defense of the thesis.
 
BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAM SUMMARY
Core Courses (SY 500, SY 505, SY 506, SY 508 and SY 509) ........................................................
15
Directed Study (SY 594) ........................................................
3
Thesis (SY 599) ........................................................
6
Elective Courses (400 level or higher as approved by the graduate advisor). As many as twelve semester hours my be at the senior (400), undergraduate level. ........................................................
12
Total Credit Hours ........................................................
36
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, APPLIED RESEARCH PROGRAM

1. A minimum of thirty-six semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree with a grade of "A" or "B". At least twenty-five of these hours must be in sociology.
2. Completion of core requirements: SY 500, SY 505, SY 506, SY 508 and SY 509. SY 505 may be waived for students based on extent of background in undergraduate sociology and performance on a diagnostic test. If waived, student will be required to complete one additional elective course (three hours) in sociology.
3. Completion of SY 512 (Applied Sociology) and SY 596 (Internship).
4. Successful completion of a comprehensive written examination in theory and methods in the semester immediately following completion of core courses. For full time students, comprehensive exams will normally be taken in their third full semester. Comprehensive exams typically will be scheduled during the first month of classes in Fall and Spring semesters. If the student fails the examination, it may be retaken during the next scheduled exam period. The comprehensive examination may be taken no more than two times.
5. Completion of Sociology Internship (SY 596), in which a student spends 200 hours working in a local agency under an on-site supervisor and with a USA faculty member as academic supervisor.
6. Completion of Applied Research Project (SY 595). Prerequisites: Pass in comprehensive exam and approved research proposal. The project proposal and the subsequent research project must be approved by at least two members of the Sociology graduate faculty: the student's advisor and a second reader.
7. An oral presentation of the Applied Research Project in a professional forum (such as a professional meeting, a university lecture, or community or agency presentation).
 
APPLIED RESEARCH PROGRAM SUMMARY
Core Courses (SY 500, SY 505, SY 506, SY 508 and SY 509) ........................................................
15
Applied Sociology (SY 512) ........................................................
3
Internship (SY 596) ........................................................
3
Research Paper (SY 595) ........................................................
3
Elective Courses (400 level or higher as approved by the graduate advisor). As many as twelve semester hours may be at the senior (400), undergraduate level. ........................................................
12
Total Credit Hours ........................................................
36
 
SOCIAL WORK
Social work is a profession devoted to helping people solving problems and issues in their lives. The social worker is guided by a professional code of ethics in assisting people to achieve an effective level of psychosocial functioning and effecting social change to improve the well being of everyone. Social work is founded on the principles of service; social and economic justice; personal dignity and worth; the importance of human relationships; integrity; and competence.
USA offers the Bachelor of Social Work program which prepares students for the entry level practice of social work. The bachelor's degree in social work prepares students for membership in professional organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers, and to sit for state licensing examinations.
The program has been granted candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education.
 
All first-time freshmen with less than 15 semester hours are required to successfully complete CAS 100: New Student Seminar.
 
OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM
The BSW program at USA utilizes a generalist method of practice.
The program mission for Social Work at the University of South Alabama is to prepare competent, effective entry level social work professionals to address the social welfare needs of the Gulf Coast and Southwest Alabama regions. The program has a strong commitment to provide professional leadership to the region in terms of social work education, service to the community and in scholarly endeavors. In order to be attuned to the community context of exploration of both urban and rural community practice, the curriculum covers the foundations of the social work profession, the person-environment perspective, liberal arts preparation, diversity, poverty, social and economic justice, and a strong value base for practice.
Social work goals based on its mission are:
  • Program graduates will be prepared for competent, entry level generalist professional social work with diverse groups and populations-at-risk in both urban and rural communities, and who are effective in enhancing human well-being.
  • Program graduates will be able to employ critical thinking skills and research knowledge in order to ethically evaluate policy and practice, and advocate for change in organizations and communities, and add to social work knowledge.
  • Program graduates will be capable of integrating social work knowledge, values and skills into entry level ethical social work practice with systems of all sizes with an emphasis on the needs of the Gulf Coast and Southwest Alabama.
  • Program graduates will have the demonstrated capacity to identify with the profession and take an active role in professional leadership.
  • The program faculty will be active in service to the broader Mobile and Southwest Alabama community and social work profession and contribute to the knowledge base of the profession, particularly in relation to regional issues.
 
SOCIAL WORK ADMISSION POLICY AND PROCEDURES
The social work program has a policy and procedures for admission to the major that are consistent with the goals and objectives of the BSW program. The policies and procedures insure that students have a liberal arts base, demonstrate a beginning knowledge of social work and identification with the profession, have content in diversity, populations-at-risk, and social and economic justice, and can demonstrate effective communication skills prior to entry into the professional foundation.
 
ADMISSION POLICY
Students who want to major in social work are admitted to the pre-professional social work major and remain in the pre-professional major until they meet requirements to be admitted into the social work major. The policy is applicable to all students: new freshmen, transfer students, and students changing their major. In order to be admitted into the social work major, students must meet the following criteria:
 
  • Have a 2.50 overall GPA in courses taken at USA.
  • Have completed SW 101, SW 212, and SW 214 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Have completed the Biology requirement with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Have completed EH 101 and EH 102 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Have completed the Math requirement.
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Meet all requirements specified by the program for demonstrating behavior consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics.
 
Students who are considering pursuing a major in social work should consult with a social work advisor at the earliest opportunity. There may be factors in a student's past that could affect the ability to obtain a professional social work license. Examples of factors that may need to discussed with the advisor might include conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or the revocation or surrender of another professional license.
 
ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Once the student has completed the specified requirements, the student must make application for admission to the social work major. Students are encouraged to consult with their social work advisor prior to submitting this application.
The student's application for admission to the major will be reviewed by the BSW program faculty and a determination will be made on whether or not the student will be admitted to the major. Following this determination the student will be notified in writing concerning the faculty decision.
Once the student is admitted to the major, the program will initiate a change of major to the university. The student will then need to meet with his/her advisor to sign off on a form indicating student understanding of the criteria for continuation as a social work major. The criteria for continuation as a major include:
 
  • Maintain a 2.50 grade point average in social work courses.
  • Maintain an overall 2.50 grade point average at USA.
  • Demonstrate acceptable professional conduct, personal integrity and emotional stability requisite for effective social work practice.
  • Demonstrate identification with the profession of social work.
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Code of Ethics for the National Association of Social Workers.
 
Students who have not been admitted to the major may not enroll for SW 302, SW 310, SW 401, SW 402, SW 412 or SW 414.
 
Four Year Curriculum for the Social Work Program
 
Freshman Year
 
Fall Semester Spring Semester
EH 101 or exemption EH 102
CA 110 Oral Communication Fine Arts *
Foreign Language * Foreign Language *
CAS 100 (2) SY 109 Introductory SY
Biology (BLY 101) Biology (BLY 102)
Semester Cred. Hrs.: 15 Semester Cred. Hrs.: 16
 
Sophomore Year
 
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Math (3 or 4 cr) * PHL 131 Intro Ethics *
Literature * HY 136 Amer. Hist.
HY 135 Amer. Hist. Statistics 210 (C)
AN 100 Intro to Cultural AN SW 212 Intro to Social Welfare
SW 101 Intro to Social Work PSC 130 US Government
SY 112 Social Problems SW 214 Field Experience (2 cr.)
Semester Cred. Hrs.: 18 Semester Cred. Hrs.: 17
   
 
Junior Year
 
Fall Semester Spring Semester
SW 201 Human B. & Soc Envir I SW 202 H.B. & Social Envir II
SY 381 Socio Research Methods I SY 382 Socio Research Methods II
SW 301 Social Welfare Policy SW 401 Generalist Practice I
AFR 101 * or Humanities SW 310 Community Context
PSY 120 General Psychology SY 220 Marriage & the Family
Semester Cred. Hrs.: 15 Semester Cred. Hrs.: 15
 
Senior Year
 
Fall Semester Spring Semester
SW 402 Generalist Practice II SW 412 Field Instruction (12 cr)
Electives (6-8 cr) SW 414 Senior Seminar (3 cr)
SY 445 Maj/Min Relations Elective (2-3)
SW Field of Practice Elective
Semester Cred. Hrs.: 15-17 Semester Cred. Hrs.: 15-17
 
Total Semester Cred Hrs.: 128
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SOCIAL WORK MAJORS
General Education requirements for social work majors are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section.
** Students must complete 4 additional hours of elective credits taken anytime throughout course of study to reach a total of 128 credit hours. Students must also complete two Writing Intensive (W) courses, one of which must be in Social Work or minor field. Students must meet the general education proficiency requirement. Students completing BSW requirements automatically complete the requirements for a minor in Sociology.
 
SOCIAL WORK AS A SECOND BACHELOR'S DEGREE
Students who already have an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue the Bachelor of Social Work as a second degree must meet the following requirements.
 
  • Meet the general education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Meet the general education requirements specific to Social Work including:
    • Biology
    • Statistics
    • Diversity
    • Ethics
  • Complete the following courses in the major:
    • SW 101
    • SW 212
    • SW 214
    • SW 201
    • SW 202
    • SW 301
    • SW 401
    • SW 402
    • SW 412
    • SW 414
    • SW Elective
    • SY 220
    • SW 381 & SW 382
    • SY 445
 

Total: 56 Semester Credit Hours

 
TRANSFER STUDENTS
In order to receive a degree in social work from the University of South Alabama, the student must complete SW 310, SW 401, SW 402, SW 412, and SW 414 and meet the university residency requirements.
Social work course credit will only be granted for courses transferred from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or in CSWE Candidacy. The program director will evaluate social work transfer credits to determine equivalency. No credit will be given for life or prior work experience.
 
 
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL ANTHROPOLOGY (AN) COURSES
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL SOCIAL WORK (SW) COURSES
 
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