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Department Chair

Peggy Black, Ph.D. FACULTY

Professors: Peter Benekos, Ph.D.; Laura Lewis, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., L.S.W. Associate Professor: Peggy Black, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., L.C.S.W. Assistant Professor: Bora Pajo, Ph.D.

In addition to the 6 core requirements students complete: SOC 230/CRJS 230 Criminology 3 credits SOC 337/CRJS 337 Sociology of Law 3 credits SOC 204 Diversity in Society 3credits SOC350/CRJS 350/PSYC 350 Antecedents of Aggression 3 credits SOC 352/CRJS 352 Seminar: Political Crime and Terrorism 3 credits (2) Criminology Electives


Adjuncts: Ed Brennan, MA Mandy Fauble, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Melissa Russiano, LCSW


The program in Sociology maintains an educational philosophy characterized by the sharing of learning between professor and student. Students with sociological research and theoretical skills will find themselves with a critical vantage point to prepare for the emergent occupational roles our rapidly changing society is bringing forth. The department offers senior students options for a thesis, local internship, or Washington, DC internships. A Criminology concentration is offered to sociology majors interested in the study of crime and criminals. The courses emphasize skills in research, analysis, and evaluation. Minors are offered in Gerontology and Gender Studies. The Gender Studies Minor is interdisciplinary and listed separately in the catalog.


The Sociology major must achieve at least a 2.5 GPA in major courses. SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits SOC 101 Contemporary Social Problems 3 credit SOC 300 Sociological Research Methods 3 credits SOC 301 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 credits SOC 330/POLI 330 Introduction to Social Statistics 3 credits Or PSYC 290 Statistics for Psychology 3 credits Or MATH 109 Statistics 3 credits SOC 490 Senior Project SOC 475/476 Sociology Internship 3/6 credits Six (6) electives

The Sociology Minor must achieve at least a 2.5 GPA in minor courses. SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits SOC 101 Contemporary Social Problems 3 credits SOC 112/ANTH 112 World Cultures 3 credits OR SOC 204 Diversity in Society 3 credits SOC 301 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 credits (3) Electives


SOCIOLOGY/SOCIAL WORK The credentials of Social Work majors are reviewed by the Social Work program faculty at the end of the sophomore year and at the completion of the Social Work Practice I course, prior to submission of the request for placement form. Students whose academic performance is satisfactory, but who do not have the personal or professional aptitude will be helped to select another major. Students with a major GPA lower than 2.5 may be asked to discontinue the program. A 2.5 GPA is necessary for placement in field work. Students must receive a C or better in all social work (SOCW) courses and are allowed to repeat a course only one time.


Students must apply for admission to the Department during the third term of their sophomore year, or after completion of 60 credits. A formal application, references, grade point average, and an interview form the basis for selection of majors. Application packets are available from the Program Director.


Students are required to complete a competency paper during their field placements. The specifics are delineated in the Social Work Field Work Manual.


Introduction to Social Work 3 credits The Gerontology Minor must achieve at least a 2.5 GPA SOCW 107 SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits in minor courses. Contemporary SOC 107 Introduction to Gerontology 3 credits SOC 101 Social Problems 3 credits SOC 214 Grief and Loss 3 credit SOC 204 Diversity in Society 3 credits SOC 312 Services and American Government 3 credits Resources for the Aged 3 credits POLI 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits SOC 475/SOC 476 Sociology Internship at an approved PSYC 101 Human Behavior and the site serving older adults 3/6 credits SOCW 220 Social Environment I 3 credits OR SOCW 221 Human Behavior and the SOCW 485/SOCW 486/SOCW 487 Social Environment II 3 credits Social Work Internship at an approved Social Welfare Analysis 3 credits site serving older adults 3/6/9 credits SOCW 304 SOC 300 Sociological (3) Electives (Must support content on aging and be Research Methods 3 credits approved by advisor.) SOCW 307 Social Work Practice I 3 credits SOCW 330 Social Work Practice II 3 credits SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM SOC 330/POLI 330 Introduction to The Mercyhurst Social Work Program is accredited at Social Statistics 3 credits the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social SOCW 430 Social Work Practice III 3 credits Work Education. SOCW 440 Social Welfare Policy and Procedures 3 credits The primary objective of the Social Work program is to SOCW 480 Social Work Seminar 3 credits prepare the student for beginning generalist SOCW 485/SOCW 486/SOCW 487 professional social work practice. The sequence of Social Work Internship 3/6/9 credits courses provides a core of knowledge, skills and social work values as well as distinctive professional (1) Major Elective competencies required for social work practice. Emphasis is placed on furthering knowledge and skills **It is recommended that Social Work Majors take to aid people of diverse backgrounds to achieve meaningful, productive lives building on their strengths Human Biology as the Core V, Natural Science course, Introduction to Social Statistics for the Core V by utilizing an empowerment process. Mathematics course, and American Government for Core IV. Social Work requires both academic and interpersonal relationship skills. Respect for human dignity, SOCIAL WELFARE MINOR knowledge of self and integrity, together with a Contemporary commitment to social work values and ethics, and social SOC 101 Social Problems 3 credits and economic justice are necessary personal and SOC 204 Diversity in Society 3 credits professional attributes.

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