Social Work

Benton Hall, location of the Washburn Social Work department

Online Courses

The Department of Social Work at Washburn University offers the BSW and MSW degrees. The emphasis in the BSW Program is on generalist social work practice. The "concentration" in the MSW Program is on clinical social work practice. Given our pragmatic, practice focus, social work faculty members collectively believe that while some courses can be taught online, others should not. There is no substitute for direct observation, practice, and "hands-on" learning, particularly in social work practice courses. Perhaps as online learning technologies improve, we will be in a better position to include practice courses in the mix.

Lecture-discussion courses that social work faculty members believe can be taught online include the following:

BSW Program

MSW Program

Fall     Spring  Fall Spring     

Generalist Social Work Perspectives
(SW 250)
Online only

Generalist Social Work Perspectives
(SW 250)
Online only

Micro Human Behavior and the Social Environment
(SW 325)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Macro Human Behavior and the Social Environment
(SW 326)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Micro Human Behavior in the Social Environment
(SW 500)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Macro Human Behavior in the Social Environment
(SW 501)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Social Policy and Program Analysis I
(SW 350)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Social Policy and Program Analysis II
(SW 351)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Foundations of Social Policy
(SW 510)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Social Policy and Advocacy
(SW 511)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Generalist Quantitative Social Work Research
(SW 362)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Generalist Qualitative Social Work Research
(SW 363)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Quantitative Social Work Research
(SW 520)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Qualitative Social Work Research
(SW 521)
1 section online,
1 section seated

Clinical Practice Seminar II
(SW 656)
Online only

It should be noted that ALL social work courses are web-assisted. This simply means that instructors make the syllabus, handouts, and some other course materials available to students online. However, seated courses meet in a face-to-face format whereas online courses do not.

There are some courses, especially some electives, in which the didactic portion of the course is managed online and students also meet as a group for two all-day Saturday experiential workshops.