The University of Maryland School of Social Work, a nationally CSWE-accredited institution in Baltimore, offers BSW, MSW, and PhD programs to its students. The University of Maryland offers undergraduate students interested in majoring or minoring in social work a great deal of support and resources. To earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, including a B.A. in Social Work, students are required to complete a curriculum with a strong background in liberal arts. BSW students must take general education requirements for the first two years, and are then permitted to enroll in social work coursework for their junior and senior years. Within the social work curriculum, BSW students must take a variety of courses focusing on social welfare policy, human behavior and the social environment, research, social work practice methods, and technology in social work. Students must also complete a field assignment consisting of placement two days (16 hours) each week for the entirety of the senior year. A minor in Social Welfare is offered through the School of Social Work as well, and it requires 18 hours of credit, or 6 additional classes through the social work department.
The MSW program offered by the University of Maryland School of Social Work is divided between Foundation courses and Concentration courses. The Foundation courses are meant to educate students on the generalist social work practice, while Concentration courses allow students to become more specialized in either Clinical Practice or Community Organization. Students also choose a specialization, including Aging, Families and Children, Health, Mental Health, and Social Action and Community Development. Sub-specializations are also offered and include Employee Assistance Programs, Child, Adolescent, and Family Health, and Substance Abuse. The Advanced Standing option, a one-year program, is also offered for students with a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree. (more…)