SOCIAL WORK

Program Learning Outcomes

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

 

Master of Social Work

 

Faculty

Mekada Graham, Department Chair

Maria Avila, Susan D. Einbinder, Mitchell T. Maki

Lynn Harris, CalSWEC Project Coordinator

Lynn Harris, CalSWEC Field Consultant

Nyora Higgs, University Consortium for Children and Families Project Coordinator

Nicole Vazquez, Director of Fieldwork

Sharon Chun Wetterau, Assistant Director of Fieldwork

Program Office: WH B-385, (310) 243-3170

 

Program Description 

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at California State University, Dominguez Hills is intentionally designed to address the diverse social service needs, issues, and problems particular to a large metropolitan area such as Los Angeles County.  Building on the diversity of the various ethnic groups and cultures residing in the area, the program will prepare social work students for contextually competent social work practice, inclusive of the issues of culture, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, class, sexual orientation, and gender.  The effects of bias, prejudice, and institutionalized racism are examined so that students understand how these issues can affect social work practice, policy development, and program implementation.  Students learn a variety of perspectives and ways of identifying strategies and interventions for addressing these concerns and other problems in social work practice with individuals, families, and communities. 

The Department of Social Work promotes a psychosocial, ecological, and cross-cultural approach to social work practice with Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality serving as the theoretical framework for contextually competent practice.  The curriculum is developed and organized as a coherent and integrated whole, consistent with program goals and objectives.  California State University, Dominguez Hills offers one concentration: Social Work Practice in Communities (SWPC) and three specializations that students can choose from: Children, Youth and Families; Community Mental Health; and Community Capacity Building.  

The MSW program requires completion of 60 semester credit hours which can be accomplished through the following program options:  A two-year, full-time program with classes that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the day, with fieldwork hours on Monday, Wednesday, and some Fridays; or a three-year, part-time program with year-round classes held in the evenings and weekends and fieldwork occurring in the second and third years during normal business hours.  The curriculum is organized around the following core areas: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Practice, Policy, Research, and Field Education.  At the end of the foundation year, students are expected to have acquired a sense of professional responsibility and the ability to use knowledge on behalf of the individual, the group, and the community.  In the advanced year, the curriculum is planned to combine the concentration around major intervention systems, or specializations that build on a generalist base obtained in the first year of study.  This combination enables graduates to move into the social work community with a combination of knowledge and skills in a broad area, as well as in-depth knowledge and skills in a particular method or area of service.

Academic Advisement

Interested students should contact the Department of Social Work at (310) 243-3170 or visit www.csudh.edu/hhs/sw for more information. Students and applicants should consult the website for updated information.

Admission to the Master of Social Work Program

Applicants must apply to both the University and the Department of Social Work.  Applications for admission to CSU Dominguez Hills may be obtained on-line at www.csumentor.edu. Applications for the Department of Social Work can be found on our website at www.csudh.edu/cps/hhs/sw. Completed applications and supporting documents for the Department of Social Work should be mailed to:

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing
Master of Social Work Program 
Welch Hall A-385
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

 

Admission Requirements

1.  Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four year institution with a liberal arts foundation preferred and a GPA of 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0) or better in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units. Applications with a lower GPA may be considered based on their meeting certain other criteria.

2.  Following is a list of eight courses that span four educational areas that a successful applicant should have satisfactorily completed:

  • Elementary Statistics (students must pass the course)
  • Human Development or its equivalent (students must pass the course)
  • Three courses in the behavioral sciences (social work, sociology, cultural anthropology, psychology, economics, political science, gender or ethnic studies)
  • Two courses in the humanities (philosophy, history, literature, religious studies, performing or visual arts, etc.)
  • One course in English composition.

    Students without this background are encouraged to apply and may be admitted to the MSW program but will likely be required to complete certain liberal arts requirements prior to matriculation.   

3.  Official transcripts of all previous college work submitted to the Social Work Department as well as to the Office of Admissions.

4.  Good standing in the last institution attended.      

5.  Students must submit a 4-6 page personal statement (guidelines found in the supplemental application).

6.  Submission of three recommendation forms from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for graduate study (guidelines found in the supplemental application).

7.  Completion of the CSUDH Graduate School application.

 

Master of Social Work

Total Course Requirements for the Master's Degree (60 units)

The students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to remain a student in good standing in the Social Work program.  A student will be placed on academic probation if, in any term, he or she fails to earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for work taken through that term.  During a subsequent probationary term of one semester, the student must achieve a grade point average sufficiently high enough to bring the cumulative grade point average to 3.0 or better.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the program.

Students may not earn social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

See the "Requirements for the Master's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

A.  Foundation Year (30 units):

MSW 500. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)

MSW 501. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3)

MSW 510. Social Welfare Policy I (3)

MSW 511. Social Welfare Policy II (3)

MSW 520. Generalist Social Work Practice I (3)

MSW 521. Generalist Social Work Practice II (3)

MSW 524. Critical Race Studies in Social Work Practice (3)

MSW 530. Social Welfare Research (3)  

MSW 540. Fieldwork Practicum I (3)

MSW 541. Fieldwork Practicum II (3)

 

B.  Concentration Year (27 units)

1.  Children, Youth and Families Specialization (CYF):

MSW 523. Social Justice in Social Work Practice (3)

MSW 550. Advanced Social Work Practice in Communities (3)

MSW 555. Advanced Practice in Administration and Leadership (3)

MSW 560. Social Welfare Policy III (CYF) (3)

MSW 570. Fieldwork Practicum III (3)

MSW 571. Fieldwork Practicum IV (3)

MSW 580. Seminar in Child Welfare Issues (3)

MSW 598. Directed Research (3)

MSW 599. Thesis or Project (3)

 

2.  Community Mental Health Specialization (CMH):

MSW 523. Social Justice in Social Work Practice (3)

MSW 550. Advanced Social Work Practice in Communities III: (CMH) (3)

MSW 555. Advanced Practice in Administration and Leadership (3)

MSW 561. Social Welfare Policy (3)

MSW 570. Fieldwork Practicum III (3)    

MSW 571. Fieldwork Practicum IV (3)

MSW 582. Seminar in Mental Health Issues (3)

MSW 598. Directed Research (3)

MSW 599. Thesis or Project (3)

 

3. Community Capacity Building Specialization (CCB):

MSW 523. Social Justice in Social Work Practice (3)

MSW 550. Advanced Social Work Practice in Communities (3)

MSW 555. Advanced Practice in Administration and Leadership (3)

MSW 551.Social Welfare Policy III (CCB) (3)

MSW 570. Fieldwork Practicum III (3)    

MSW 571. Fieldwork Practicum IV (3)

MSW 581. Seminar in Community Capacity Building (3)

MSW 598. Directed Research (3)

MSW 599. Thesis or Project (3)

 

 

C. Electives (3 units)

MSW 522. Clinical Interventions with Youth, Children and Families in Social Work Practice (3)

MSW 592. Diagnostic Assessment in Social Work Practice (3)

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Graduate

MSW 500        Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3).

Co-requisites: MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523, and MSW 540.

Focus on individual and family life span. Examine individual and family development in the context of social, political, historical, and cultural variables. Individual and family behavior is examined for its unique expressions of strength and abilities in the course of achieving psychosocial, cognitive, moral, and spiritual developmental tasks.

MSW 501        Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3).

Prerequisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523, and MSW 540.  Co-requisites: MSW 511, MSW 521, MSW 530, and MSW 541.

Human Behavioral and Social Environment II, the second of two companion courses, examines the interrelationships among social institutions, social structure and social processes, on the one hand, and the realities of the lives of individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and societies, on the other.

MSW 510        Social Welfare Policy I (3).

Co-requisites: MSW 500, MSW 520, MSW 523 and MSW 540.

The structure, functions, and components of US social welfare policy are identified and critically analyzed to reveal its scope, reach and limitations; current and historically successful approaches and tools to improve policies, increase social justices and reduce inequalities are reviewed.

MSW 511        Social Welfare Policy II (3).

Prerequisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523 and MSW 540. Co-requisites: MSW 510, MSW 511, MSW 530 and MSW 541.

Preparation to engage in policy practices advancing social and economic well-being of individuals, families, organizations and administrative and legal aspects of policy provisions and advancing social justice.

MSW 520        Generalist Social Work Practice I (3).

Co-requisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 523, and MSW 540.

The course will focus on theories, models, and interventions of generalist social work practice when working with individuals and families. Emphasis is placed on effective and equitable multicultural and contextual service delivery and interventions with poor, vulnerable, and oppressed populations.

MSW 521        Generalist Social Work Practice II (3).

Prerequisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523, and MSW 540. Co-requisites: MSW 501, MSW 511, MSW 530, and MSW 541.

This course focuses on theories, models and principles for generic social work practice with groups, communities, and organizations. Emphasis is placed on effective and equitable multicultural and contextual service delivery and interventions with poor, vulnerable, and oppressed populations.

MSW 522         Clinical Interventions with Youth, Children and Families in Social Work Practice (3)

Prerequisites: MSW 500, MSW 501, MSW 510, MSW 511, MSW 520, MSW 521, MSW 530, MSW 540, MSW 541

This course examines theories, principles, and practices of family counseling, the life cycle, and role of counselor in promoting change in families, utilizing CRT and Intersectionalty. Ethical, legal, and other professional issues related to family counseling will be covered.

MSW 523        Social Justice in Social Work Practice (3).

Prerequisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 530 and MSW 540.  Co-requisites: MSW 501, MSW 511, MSW 521 and MSW 541.

This course examines the history and consequences of different definitions of social justice. Social justice within human rights, culture, values, and ethics will be explored including related theory, social policy and movements and development of effective strategies promoting social justice.

MSW 524        Critical Race Studies in Social work Practice (3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to MSW program; admission to the MSW program or Instructor consent.

In-depth overview of Critical Race Studies (CRS) in social work fields. Examination of the causes and symptoms of structural racism and social/racial hierarchies in underserved communities. Analysis of the history and development of CRS’ application to practice issues.

MSW 530        Social Welfare Research (3).

Co-requisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520 and MSW 540.

Critical assessment and mastery of research methodologies to evaluate systematically one’s own social work practices, focusing on those used to evaluate published research studies, assess service and program delivery, and participate in conducting research as a professional social worker.

MSW 540        Fieldwork Practicum I (3).

Co-requisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, and MSW 523.

Supervised agency experience designed to develop generalist practice skills in working with individuals, families, groups, and communities with emphasis on cross cultural practice. Two hours weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement. CR/NC grading.

MSW 541        Fieldwork Practicum II (3).

Prerequisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523, and MSW 540. Co-requisites: MSW 501, MSW 511, MSW 521, and MSW 530.

Supervised agency experience designed to apply the knowledge, skills, and values learned in MSW 520 and MSW 521 and activities of MSW 540. Two hours of seminar and 16 hours in agency placement. CR/NC grading.

MSW 550        Advanced Social Work Practice in Communities (3).

Prerequisites: Completion of foundation year courses. Corequisite: MSW 570 and MSW 581.

This course provides in depth overview of Social Work from a Community Practice perspective.  It highlights contextual models of practice with communities as well as developmental, organizing, and planning approaches that are applicable to diverse populations.  It will examine skills used by social workers to conduct culturally competent interventions.

MSW 551        Social Policy III: Community Capacity Building (3).

Prerequisites: Advanced year status and declaration of Community Capacity Building as specialization. Corequisite: MSW 570.

Community Capacity Building’s growing influence on social policies and achievements improving the well-being of individuals and families in poor urban neighborhoods are described and analyzed to prepare professional social workers to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. 

MSW 555        Advanced Practice in Administration and leadership (3).

Prerequisites: MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 521, MSW 550, MSW 540, MSW 541, MSW 550, MSW 570. Corequisite: MSW 571.

This course introduces the concepts and theories involved in leadership, administration, and management of a human services organization. Leadership styles will be examined, paying close attention to those who recognize diverse cultural styles and incorporate contextually competent approaches to administration.

MSW 560        Social Welfare Policy III: Children, Youth and Families (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to Candidacy and completion of foundation year courses.  Co-requisites: MSW 550, MSW 553, MSW 570 and MSW 598.

This course is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of key issues, concepts and skills associated with policy analysis and development of policy alternatives and political action on behalf of children, youth, and families.

MSW 561        Social Welfare Policy III: Community Health/Mental Health (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to Candidacy and completion of foundation year courses.  Co-requisites: MSW 550, MSW 553, MSW 570 and MSW 598.

Community mental health policies, programs, services, and initiatives identified and critically assessed for quality, utilization, social justice considerations, and social work impact, using specialized policy analyses, professional activities, and political actions, focusing on populations-at-risk within and across affiliated organizations.

MSW 570        Fieldwork Practicum III (3).

Prerequisites: Completion of foundation year courses. Co-requisites: MSW 550 or MSW 551.

Continued supervised agency experience at an advanced level in both direct and administrative program development areas within the student's area of concentration, with an emphasis on cross-cultural practice. One hour weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement. CR/NC grading.

MSW 571        Fieldwork Practicum IV (3).

Prerequisites: Completion of foundation year courses and MSW 550 or MSW 551, MSW 553, MSW 570, and MSW 598. Corequisite: MSW 555.

Continued supervised agency experience at an advanced level in both direct and administrative program development areas within the student's area of concentration, with an emphasis on cross-cultural practice. One hour weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement. CR/NC grading.

MSW 580        Seminar in Child Welfare Issues (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy.

This course identifies and critically analyzes a broad range of welfare issues related to children, youth, and families, such as child maltreatment, poverty, race, gender, sexual orientation, and gang violence, focusing on contributing factors, recent research, policies, and treatment modalities.

MSW 581        Seminar in Community Capacity Building (3).

Prerequisite: Advanced year status and declaration of Community Capacity Building as Specialization.  Co-requisites: MSW 550 and MSW 570.

Focus is on the collaboration, assessment, implementation, and evaluation of various strategies utilized to build capacity within communities. Students will apply the tenets of Asset and Social development to support/aid in the development of families, neighborhoods, and communities.

MSW 582        Seminar in Mental Health Issues (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy.

This course examines mental health from a community perspective. Cast in the context of the recovery model, theoretical perspectives examine assessment, treatment planning and approaches to recovery and wellness. Critical Race Theory, cultural implications, and outcomes will be examined.

MSW 592        Diagnostic Assessment in Social Work Practice (3).

Prerequisite: Restricted to major.

Overview of assessment for contextually and culturally competent social work practice using the DSM 5. A principle goal is to address from a social justice standpoint issues of social hierarchies and power in the use of diagnosis of mental health disorders.

MSW 594        Independent Study in Social Work (3).

Independent pursuit of a topic or project which is proposed by the student. Study must be interdisciplinary and must be approved in advance by faculty member supervising study.

MSW 595        Special Topics (3).

Advanced course of special interest for Social Work graduate students.  Topic and content will vary as announced.

MSW 598        Directed Research: Preparation for Culminating Experience (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy and consent of program coordinator.  Co-requisites: MSW 551 or MSW 551, MSW 553, MSW 560 or MSW 561, and MSW 570.

Extensive research on a subject related to the student's area of concentration under the guidance of a faculty member. Designed to prepare students for the Project, Thesis, or their Comprehensive Examination. CR/NC grading.

MSW 599        Project or Thesis (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy.

Students will complete a scholarly project or thesis under the supervision of an assigned faculty. To be repeated up to 6-units. This course may not be taken if the student has failed the Comprehensive Examination. CR/NC grading.

MSW 600        Project Continuation Course (0).

Students who have completed their course work but not their directed project may maintain continuous enrollment by registering for this course with permission of the program coordinator.

Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled only on a "demand" basis. Students should consult the department office for information about the next scheduled offering.

MSW 553        Multicultural Perspectives of Practice (3).

Prerequisites: Completion of foundation year courses. Corequisite: MSW 570.

Theory and practice with ethnically, racially, religiously diverse populations utilizing a multidimensional, cross-cultural framework and case materials to analyze treatment issues and empowerment strategies.