Curriculum

The work required for the MSW degree is divided into a foundation curriculum and an advanced curriculum, each of which requires the equivalent of one year of full-time study. To accommodate student needs, our MSW Program can be completed in one of three ways:

  1. The Two-Year Program:  Two academic years (6 quarters) of coursework. This option is best for students who are able to focus their time and attention to full-time, intensive study.
  2. The Three-Year Program:  Three academic years (9 quarters) of coursework. This option is best for students who have to work (or have other, similar obligations) while they are enrolled in school.  No less rigorous or intensive, but spread out over three years.
  3. Pathway Distance Education Program:  Essentially, this is the same as the three-year program, but is taught online for students who either live too far away to attend courses at the main CSUSB campus, or are in a work / personal situation that makes attendance at CSUSB impractical.

For all MSW Course Descriptions, please visit the Campus Bulletin. 

MSW Curriculum Descriptions

The foundation curriculum builds on a liberal arts base, required for admission to the MSW program, to provide a common professional core for all students as well as preparation for advanced study in the second half of the program. Initial foundation courses cover the essential knowledge, values, processes, and skills of generalist social work practice. They also introduce current issues in a range of fields of practice; thus preparing students to make informed choices regarding specialized study in the second year. Classroom-based course work in Social Work Micro Practice, Social Work Macro Practice, Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE), and Social Work Research are taught concomitant with a year-long Field Practicum.

Micro Practice (10 units)

  • SW 602A: Foundation Micro Practice I (4 units)
  • SW 602B: Foundation Micro Practice II (4 units)
  • SW 602C: Foundation Micro Practice III (2 units)

Macro Practice (10 units)

  • SW 606A: Foundation Macro Practice I (4 units)
  • SW 606B: Foundation Macro Practice II (4 units)
  • SW 606C: Foundation Macro Practice III (2 units)

HBSE (8 units)

  • SW 604A: Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Birth Through Adolescence (4 units)
  • SW 604B: Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Adulthood and Aging (4 units)

Research (8 units)

  • SW 612:Social Work Research I (4 units)
  • SW 613: Social Work Research II (4 units)

Field Work (12 units)

  • SW 608A: Foundation Field Work (4 units)
  • SW 608B: Foundation Field Work (4 units)
  • SW 608C: Foundation Field Work (4 units)

Note: A minimum of 16 field hours per week, including a 3-hour monthly field seminar.

Four units of electives, approved by advisor if taken outside the department.

Building on the generalist model in the foundation year, students move on to consideration of advanced practice in the second year. Students choose their specialization in a social issue, client population, or field of practice, and apply advanced class assignments and their research project to this chosen specialization.

Courses required of all students in the second year include the following. These are 4 unit courses of one quarter's duration except where noted.

Advanced Micro Practice

SW 645: Social Work Advanced Micro Practice I 
SW 646: Social Work Advanced Micro Practice II 
SW 647: Social Work Advanced Micro Practice III (2 units) 

Advanced Macro Practice

SW 655: Social Work Advanced Macro Practice I 
SW 656: Social Work Advanced Macro Practice II 
SW 657: Social Work Advanced Macro Practice III (2 units)

Integration of Micro Practice and Macro Practice

SW 660: Advanced Practice Integrative Seminar (2 units) 

Research

SW 625A: Research Project (2 units) 
SW 625B: Research Project (2 units)

Field Work

SW 608D: Advanced Field Work 
SW 608E: Advanced Field Work 
SW 608F: Advanced Field Work

Note: A minimum of 20 field hours per week, including a 3-hour monthly field seminar.

 

The MSW program requires one elective course. Elective courses are offered during the academic year. The particular electives offered and the term in which they are offered may vary from year to year.

Several of the MSW program's electives meet requirements for the California License for Clinical Social Work (LCSW), but these requirements may also be met through shorter workshops taken after graduation. In selecting MSW electives, students should give priority to what they most need to learn while they are in graduate school.

Elective Courses

  • SW 614: Child Abuse and Neglect
  • SW 615: Domestic Violence
  • SW 620: Social Work with Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • SW 633: Social Work Intervention with the Elderly
  • SW 638: Public Child Welfare: Policy and Practice

(Topics are subject to change)

First Year

Fall

SW 602A. Foundation Micro Practice I (4 units) 
SW 604A. Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Birth through Adolescence (4 units)
SW 606A. Foundation Macro Practice I (4 units) 
SW 608A. Field Work (4 units)

Winter

SW 602B. Foundation Micro Practice II (4 units)
SW 604B. Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Adulthood and Aging (4 units)
SW 606B. Foundation Macro Practice II (4 units) 
SW 608B. Field Work (4 units)

Spring

SW 602C. Foundation Micro Practice III (2 units)
SW 606C. Foundation Macro Practice III (2 units)
SW 608C. Field Work (4 units)
SW 612. Social Work Research I (4 units)
Elective (4 units)

Second Year

Fall

SW 608D. Field Work (4 units)
SW 613. Social Work Research II (4 units)
SW 645. Social Work Advanced Micro Practice I (4 units)
SW 655. Social Work Advanced Macro Practice I (4 units)

Winter

SW 608E. Field Work (4 units)
SW 625A. Research Project (2 units)
SW 646. Social Work Advanced Micro Practice II (4 units)
SW 656. Social Work Advanced Macro Practice II (4 units)

Spring

SW 608F. Field Work (4 units)
SW 647. Social Work Advanced Micro Practice III (2 units)
SW 625B. Research Project (2 units) 
SW 657. Social Work Advanced Macro Practice III (2 units) 
SW 660. Advanced Integrative Seminar (2 units)

First Year

Fall

SW 604A. Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Birth through Adolescence (4 units) 
SW 606A. Foundation Macro Practice (4 units)

Winter

SW 604B. Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Adulthood and Aging (4 units) 
SW 606B. Foundation Macro Practice II (4 units)

Spring

SW 606C. Foundation Macro Practice II (2 units) 
Elective (4 units)

Second Year

Fall

SW 602A. Foundation Micro Practice I (4 units) 
SW 608A. Field Work (4 units) 
SW 612. Social Work Research I (4 units)

Winter

SW 608B. Field Work (4 units) 
SW 602B. Foundation Micro Practice II (4 units) 
SW 613. Social Work Research II (4 units)

Spring

SW 608C. Field Work (4 units) 
SW 602C. Foundation Micro Practice III (2 units) 
SW 625A. Research Project I (2 units)

Third Year

Fall

SW 608D. Field Work (4 units) 
SW 645. Social Work Advanced Micro Practice I (4 units) 
SW 655. Social Work Advanced Macro Practice I (4 units)

Winter

SW 608E. Field Work (4 units) 
SW 646. Social Work Advanced Micro Practice II (4 units) 
SW 656. Social Work Advanced Macro Practice II (4 units)

Spring

SW 608F. Field Work (4 units) 
SW 647. Social Work Advanced Micro Practice III (2 units) 
SW 657. Social Work Advanced Macro Practice III (2 units) 
SW 660. Advanced Practice Integrative Seminar (2 units) 
SW 625B. Research Project II (2 units)