Social Work

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Donald P. Zingale

School of Social Work
PSY 420
Director: Robert Walker (Acting)

Undergraduate Advisers: Levy, McGill, Okazawa-Rey, Sung, Yamanaka

Graduate Coordinator: Robert G. Walker


Professors--Lemmon, Okazawa-Rey, Rivera, Sampson, Shapiro, Shipp, Sung, Walker, Yamanaka

Associate Professors--Glugoski, Levy, Takahashi

Assistant Professor--McGill


B.A. in Social Work

Master of Social Work

Program Scope

The mission of the School of Social Work is to respond to the needs and aspirations of various populations at risk in the San Francisco Bay Area and similar urban communities. The primary objectives of the program are to educate students for social work practice in a variety of social welfare settings and to teach students to function as change agents with urban, oppressed populations, while enabling these populations to act on their own behalf. These populations include ethnic and racial minorities, the poor, recent immigrants and refugees, single parents, children, gays and lesbians, the disabled, the aged, the socially isolated, the drug addicted, and the neglected.

Our graduates render direct services to people in need and, as administrators and organizers of social welfare agencies, make services more accessible and responsive to the communities they serve.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and the Master of Social Work at San Francisco State University are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

To enter the baccalaureate major, students must complete Segments I and II of the General Education curriculum or their equivalent at another college and have junior standing at the university. They are also required to have completed with a grade of C or better introductory courses in human biology, economics, psychology, and sociology. Freshmen and sophomores should consult with a school adviser before enrolling in courses which fulfill General Education requirements.

In both the B.A. and M.S.W. programs, the curriculum emphasizes the integration of knowledge, values, and skills. Commitment to professional values and ethics, to participate in constructive change, to support the right to self-determination, and to respect people's capacity to learn and grow are integrated throughout the program. Students are expected to develop a spirit of inquiry and to achieve a critical posture toward the social situation, the functioning of the profession and of social agencies, and their own performance. Practice is to be founded on a liberal arts perspective, particularly on the interaction of two dimensions: knowledge of human and social behavior, which is utilized analytically in professional relationships; and salient and comparable knowledge of the array of functions, roles, and practice skills available to the profession of social work. Particular attention is paid to the impact of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and culture.

The school offers the Master of Social Work through both full-time and part-time programs. The curriculum is designed to meet the following six areas mandated by the Council of Social Work Education: Social Welfare Policies and Services; Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Work Methods; Ethnic and Cultural Concepts; Research in Social Work; and Field Instruction. The full-time program requires two academic years with at least one year in full-time residence on this campus.

The part-time M.S.W. program is open to applicants who meet all university requirements and, in addition, are employed full-time in a recognized human services agency or community organization. By utilizing certain aspects of their employment as a field work placement, students are able to retain their jobs and complete the M.S.W. curriculum in two and one-half to four years.

The part-time M.S.W. program, therefore, is designed specifically to provide educational opportunities for students whose financial and family responsibilities make the two year full-time M.S.W. program impossible. It is based on a planned educational program developed by students and their advisers and related to their past and current experiences in the human services area, educational objectives, and personal career goals. The program requires a commitment on the part of the student's host agency to provide the educational components of a field placement. The reference letter submitted by the agency executive on application is reviewed with this criterion in mind.

Students may enter either the full-time or part-time program having completed a number of courses in the school or in other M.S.W. programs. Students cannot, however, enter Phase III of the part-time program immediately. Decisions on transfer of credit are made only after one semester of matriculated credit is completed.

Career Outlook

Students who complete the undergraduate social work major are prepared for graduate study in accredited schools of social work and social welfare; professional or graduate training in related fields such as law, public administration, public health, and psychology; and for entry-level professional positions in both public and private social welfare agencies. Examples of these agencies include local departments of social services, hospitals, and community mental health facilities; child care programs; services for the aged; drug and alcohol treatment programs; family service agencies; and community, neighborhood, and advocacy organizations. The major provides students with an opportunity to apply social science theories and social work knowledge and skills in a comprehensive field work placement during their senior year.

Graduates of the Master of Social Work program are prepared for advanced level professional positions in both public and private social welfare agencies and community organizations. Subject to the laws of the State of California, M.S.W. graduates are eligible to take the examination to become a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in two years after graduation. They are also eligible to take social work licensing examinations in other states. In addition, to prepare for advanced level professional practice, M.S.W. graduates go on to doctoral programs in social work/social welfare and in related fields such as public policy, public health, gerontology, psychology, and education, and to law schools.


Students are required to maintain a C minimum grade in all courses within the major. Students failing to do so will be dropped from the major.

All undergraduate social work courses, except S W 350 and S W 301, are restricted to junior and senior majors during touch tone registration. Registration is opened to non-majors during the first two weeks of classes, during which time students may enroll with consent of instructor and on a space available basis.

Prerequisites:completion of all GE Segment I and II requirements, including courses in human biology, macroeconomics, psychology, and sociology with a grade of C or better.

Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult the Index for page reference). NOTE:SW 503 and 505 enrollment requires consent of field director.


Junior Year--Fall Semester

SW 300	U.S. Social Welfare I: Past, 
Present, and Future 3
SW 302	Introduction to Social Service 
Organizations 2
SW 352	Gender, Sexism, and Social 
Welfare 3
SW 400	Social Work Practice I		3
SW 410	Human Development and the 

	Social Services		3
Total		14

Junior Year--Spring Semester

SW 301	U.S. Social Welfare II: Problems, 
Policies, and Programs 3
SW 401	Social Work Practice II		3
SW 402	Interviewing Skills in Social Work		3
SW 470	Social Differences and Social Work 

	Practice		3
Total		12

Senior Year--Fall Semester

SW 350	Child Welfare (may be taken in
Spring Semester, Senior Year) 3
SW 450	Introduction to Research in Social 
Work 3
SW 502	Seminar on Field Work Experience I			2
SW 503	Field Experience in the Social 

	Services I		2
Total		10

Senior Year--Spring Semester

SW 456	Urban Community Organizing		3
SW 504	Seminar on Field Work 
Experience II 2
SW 505	Field Experience in the Social

	Services II		2

Total		7
Total for major		43


Graduate Advisers--Brewer, Glugoski, Lemmon, Levy, Mahan, McGill, Okazawa-Rey, Rivera, Roditti, Sampson, Shapiro, Shipp, Sung, Takahashi, Walker, Yamanaka

Admission to Program

Applicants must first meet the general university requirements pertaining to the admission of graduate students. These include a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the last 60 units completed. In addition, applicants must demonstrate an academic and social commitment to the profession of social work, including paid or volunteer experience.

Applications are made initially through the university graduate admissions office, and then forwarded to the School of Social Work. The school will send the applicant its own application and a request for additional information and materials necessary for school judgment on admissibility. Admission to both the full-time and part-time program is competitive.

The school evaluation is based upon prior academic performance; potential for professional practice as demonstrated by previous employment/volunteer experiences; and knowledge and relationship of the applicant to oppressed and disadvantaged individuals, groups, and communities. In addition, the selection process considers the congruence of the educational objectives of individual applicants with the urban focus of the school. The significance of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate program in social work is recognized, but applicants with a B.S.W. degree are not given advanced standing.

Written English Proficiency Requirement
Level One:the first level of proficiency in written English is determined by the school in two ways: through the written essays which are a required part of the application process and through essay examinations, written assignments, and term papers during the student's first semester in the program. Level Two:the second level of proficiency in written English is determined by the student's successful completion of a research proposal during the third semester of his/her program. The proposal generally includes a problem statement, review of the literature, and a description of the methodology to be employed. The student must successfully complete the project during the fourth semester in order to receive his/her M.S.W. degree.

Advancement to Candidacy

Besides meeting all general requirements for advancement to candidacy, the school maintains the following additional requirements:

NOTE:The School of Social Work requires a minimum of 60 semester units of approved course work for the M.S.W. Prior to embarking upon the graduate program at this campus, a student may petition the Admissions Office, with expressed support of the School of Social Work, to transfer up to a maximum of 30 semester units in social work taken previously in post-baccalaureate standing in other departments or other institutions. The institutional restrictions on credit by examination, extension credit, etc., are included within this 30-unit limitation. Courses taken or used in meeting the requirements of another degree may notbe counted for the M.S.W. at this campus.

Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference). NOTE:SW 740 enrollment requires consent of field director.


Core Requirements

SW 700	History and Philosophy of Social 
Welfare 3
SW 701	Social Policy Analysis		3
SW 710	Human Behavior and the Social 
Environment 3
SW 720	Research Methods in Social Work		3
SW 721	Seminar: Evaluative Research 
Methods in Social Work or
SW 820	Seminar: Advanced Research 
Methodology in Social Work 2
SW 730	Social Work Practice Methods		3
SW 740	Field Work Instruction (two 
semesters) 4
SW 741	Graduate Field Seminar		2
SW 770	Ethnic and Cultural Concepts and 
Principles I 3
SW 771	Ethnic and Cultural Concepts and 
Principles II 3
SW 895	Research Project in Social Work or

SW 898	Master's Thesis		3
Minimum core units		32
Program emphasis total (one area chosen from 

the emphases listed below)		28
Minimum total		60


Each student is admitted into one of the following three emphases and begins work in this selected area after completion of the first year urban generalist curriculum.

Developmental Enhancement

Rather than assuming a perspective of pathology or problem, those who perform such roles as case worker, case manager, counselor, enabler, broker, expediter, or group leader and resource persons such as child welfare workers, probation and parole officers, school social workers, family service workers, medical social workers, public health social workers, group and community workers do so from a perspective of enhancing individuals' growth and transformation. The goal of such practitioners is to work with people to improve the course and quality of their personal development. Developmental enhancement skills are closely associated with developmental and interpersonal theory. Maintaining a focus upon enhancement necessitates a thorough knowledge of the processes and circumstances under which development occurs. It requires the ability to facilitate a fair exchange between the individual and his/her interpersonal environment.


SW 810	Health, Illness, and Disordered 
Behavior 3
SW 740	Field Work Instruction (two 
semesters) 6
SW 741	Graduate Field Seminar1		2
SW 800	Planning and Program Develop-
ment or
SW 801	Change Strategies and Professional 
Values or
SW 835	Social Development Methods I or
SW 850	Human Services Administration I			3
SW 830	Seminar: Social Casework		3
SW 832	Seminar: Social Group Work		3
SW 831	Seminar: Advanced Social Case-
work or
SW 833	Seminar: Advanced Social Group 
Work 3

Electives on advisement		5
Minimum emphasis units		28

Administration and Planning

The focus of the Administration and Planning Emphasis is on the development and sustenance of responsive, ethnically sensitive, effective, and efficient social service agencies and community organizations. The emphasis includes knowledge from the areas of social development and developmental enhancement, as well as a distinct knowledge base rooted in planning and organizational theory. Courses emphasize program development and evaluation, budget and personnel management, staff training and supervision, fundraising, and proposal writing.


SW 740	Field Work Instruction (two 
semesters) 6
SW 741	Graduate Field Seminar		2
SW 800	Planning and Program Development			3
SW 811	Organizations, Institutions, and 
Communities 3
SW 850	Human Services Administration I		3
SW 864	Human Services Administration II		3
SW 880	Computer Utilization in Human 
Services Administration 2

Electives on advisement		6
Minimum emphasis units		28

Social Development

This emphasis focuses upon policy-making and analysis, advocacy, interest group organization and development, and institution building. Its theoretical roots are in organizational and community theory. Students are prepared to influence existing institutions, develop new systems of service delivery, help create new or different institutional arrangements, and mobilize resources.


SW 740	Field Work Instruction (two 
semesters) 6
SW 741	Graduate Field Seminar1		2
SW 800	Planning and Program Development			3
SW 801	Change Strategies and Professional 
Values 3
SW 811	Organizations, Institutions, and 
Communities 3
SW 835	Seminar: Social Development 
Methods I 3
SW 836	Seminar: Social Development 
Methods II 3

Electives on advisement		5
Minimum emphasis units		28

Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Graduate social work students may pursue the Pupil Personnel Services Credential simultaneously. They are required to take the Developmental Enhancement Emphasis with field work placements in school settings. The joint program generally takes five semesters of full-time enrollment. Although, under certain circumstances, it can be completed in four semesters and 1-2 summer sessions. In addition to the above social work requirements, the following Counseling courses are required.


Professional Seminars for School Counseling

COUN 716	Professional Seminar I--Structural 
Elements in School Counseling 3
COUN 717	Professional Seminar II--Functional 
Elements in School Counseling 3
COUN 718	Professional Seminar III--Profes-
sional Issues in School Counseling 3

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