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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) PROGRAM Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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About the School The School of Social Work is committed to turning passionate, dedicated students into leaders who serve society and promote social justice in policy, academic, clinical, and corporate settings. As part of a leading public research university since 1954, the School is setting standards of excellence in the helping professions. Our faculty are not only inspiring teachers, they are also researchers who are generating new knowledge in the field of social work. In addition to nationally-recognized faculty, we offer outstanding field education opportunities throughout the region and the world. Rutgers School of Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

About the Program Rutgers offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, a major through the School of Social Work and the Camden College of Arts and Sciences and the New Brunswick School of Arts and Sciences. This outstanding professional degree program prepares graduates for foundation-level social work practice. The major in social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). We also offer a minor in Social Work & Social Justice on the Camden campus.



BASW Program Mission The mission of the overall program emphasizes building solutions to social problems and strengthening individuals, families, groups, organizations, and community well-being. Consistent with the mission of the School of Social Work, the goals of the BASW program are to prepare students to empower individuals, families, and communities within a variety of agency and community settings in the state of New Jersey and beyond. Students in the BASW program will acquire the knowledge, skills, and values associated with the social work profession to serve various populations with a specific focus on underserved, marginalized, and oppressed groups. Upon graduation, students will be adept at the use of the generalist intervention model and proficient in the skills of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

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Admissions Students apply to the BASW program in the spring semester of their sophomore year for admission to the major and begin classes at the beginning of their junior year. The early decision application deadline is February 15. Applicants will be considered on a rolling admission basis until spaces are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged and will be given priority.

1. Complete prerequisite courses 2. Finish approximately 60 credits of coursework, including general education requirements 3. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 4. First apply and gain acceptance to Rutgers University through Undergraduate Admissions.



• Basic Psychology

Following acceptance into the program, all social work majors are assigned a faculty advisor within the School of Social Work. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in social work courses. In order to graduate, students must have grades of C or better with a cumulative gradepoint average of 3.0 in all social work core-content courses and a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average in the courses making up the liberal arts foundation.

• Introduction to Sociology • Human Biology or Facts of Life (Camden) • Statistics for Social Science or Elementary Applied Statistics • Two liberal arts courses from the following: Art, communications/ speech, or history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, or theater


Prior to entering to the program, students need to:


Our Curriculum

Our Electives

Junior Year Term I Introduction to Social Work & Social Services Social Welfare Policy & Services I Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

Introduction to Human Sexuality

Junior Year Term II Human Behavior in the Social Environment II Methods of Social Work Research I Social Welfare Policy & Services II Professional Development Seminar

Social Work and Social Justice Minor

Senior Year Term I Field Practicum I Diversity and Oppression Generalist Practice I Senior Year Term II Field Practicum II Integration Seminar Generalist Practice II

Global Health Perspectives: Vulnerable Human Health and Well-being Child Welfare Services and Practices This minor strives to offer students an understanding of the basic principles of social work, including an introduction to generalist social work principles such as the use of policy, practice, and diversity to approach clients on an individual, group, and community level. A discussion on social justice approaches will inform how clients from various groups (i.e. children, families, and organizations) can be addressed. The minor will include 18 credits – with three required courses and the choice of three electives. Opportunities for Global Education and Service Students may choose to participate in global education opportunities in order to experience and better understand other cultures, one’s own culture, and emerging practice models that address vulnerable populations across borders. Currently, the School offers organized study abroad courses to China, Israel, Mexico, and Romania.

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Field Education

Advanced Standing Program

School of Social Work students have ample opportunity for hands-on experience in a wide range of settings. The School is affiliated with more than 900 agencies throughout the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area as well as the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia area.

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in social work from an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be eligible for advanced standing admission. Advanced standing students may complete the program in one (full-time) or two years (part-time). Advanced standing options are available on the Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses. The Advanced Standing program is also available through the Intensive Weekend and 100% Online programs.

BASW students are required to complete 450 hours of field education in one placements over two semesters. Students are directly supervised by experienced social workers who have completed a special training program designed to maximize their abilities to supervise and mentor our students.



Careers Our graduates are employed in the public domain and in the private sector, influencing services and policy in such areas as children and families, health, mental health, aging, and addictions. Graduates are prepared for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, and communities and to become professional administrators in federal, state, and local agencies, and in the voluntary sector.

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Cathryn C. Potter, Professor and Dean Facebook: RutgersSSW Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 8


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Faculty Ayse Akincigil (Ph.D., Rutgers), aging and mental health, economics, HIV/AIDS Edward Alessi (Ph.D., NYU), LGBT mental health issues and clinical social work practice Mary Beth Ali (MSW, New York-Fordham), HIV, divorce & mediation, children and families

Jerry Floersch (Ph.D., Chicago), youth psychotropic treatment, case management, use of qualitative methods to evaluate practice

Beth Angell (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison), mental health services and severe mental illness

Kristen Gilmore Powell (MSW, Rutgers), immigrant rights, community organizing, mental health, substance abuse prevention, social capital

Wen Li Anthony (MSW, Ph.D., North Carolina at Chapel Hill), etiology and risk mechanisms of internet addiction and video game addiction

Emily Greenfield (Ph.D., Wisconsin – Madison), gerontology, lifespan development, social relationships, mental and physical health

Francis Barchi (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania), global health ethics, social and behavioral factors that influence women’s health in southern Africa.

Anna Haley-Lock (MSW, Ph.D., University of Chicago), low-wage or “working poverty” jobs in for-profit, nonprofit, and public settings

V. DuWayne Battle (Ph.D., Rutgers), religion and spirituality, depression and mental health, diversity and oppression

Bernardo Hiraldo (MSW, New York University) mental health services to individuals and families, working with children, adolescents and co-occurring disorders

Doug Behan (MSW, Rutgers), mental health, physical rehabilitation, adult education, domestic violence Marla Blunt-Carter (MSW, Rutgers), community planning, policy development and professional practice Emily Bosk (Ph.D., University of Michigan), youth and families, child welfare, implementation science, trauma and infant mental health Charles Clear (MSW, Boston), Southeast Asian Americans and Muslim Americans from refugee backgrounds, community development and organizing, and cultural responsiveness Stephen Crystal (Ph.D., Harvard), AIDS, long-term care, homelessness, longitudinal data analysis Laura Cuesta (Ph.D., University of WisconsinMadison), international child and family policy, poverty and inequality, parental incarceration among disadvantaged families Laura Curran (Ph.D., California-Berkeley), family and child policy and practice, welfare policy, social welfare history/theory, gender and sexuality Rebecca Davis (Ph.D., North Carolina at Greensboro), international social work, clinical practice, child welfare Ericka Deglau (Ph.D., New School), history of policy and practice, child welfare, HIV/AIDS Marian Diksies (MSW, Rutgers), child welfare and child abuse Jacquelynn Duron (MSW, Ph.D., University of Houston), children, youth, and families with emphasis on the intersection of family and justice systems Richard L. Edwards (Ph.D., SUNY at Albany), nonprofit and public management, international social work, social work education Antoinette Farmer (Ph.D., Pittsburgh), parenting behavior, kinship care, AIDS knowledge and prevention, evaluation of social work practice 10

Patricia Findley (Ph.D., Illinois at Chicago), physical disability, chronic illnesses, women’s health, veteran population

Chien-Chung Huang (Ph.D., Columbia), child support, social assistance, poverty, income redistribution Miriam Jaffe-Foger (Ph.D., Rutgers), Case/ Frame Narrative and Case Study, Philip Roth studies, and ethnic studies and cultural theory Myungkook Joo (Ph.D., Washington in St. Louis), early childhood development, analyses of policies and programs to help low-income children, effects of economic inequality on children’s outcomes Jeounghee Kim (Ph.D., Washington in St. Louis), poverty, economic inequality, low income labor markets, health disparity, policy analysis Rupa Khertarpal (MSW, Rutgers), global gender based violence, cross cultural identities, resilience in traumatized populations, treatment of complex trauma, grief, loss and mourning, Becca Klaver (MFA, Columbia, Ph.D., Rutgers) pop culture, gender identity, American cultural narratives, and writing. Mark Lamar (MSW, MBA, Rutgers), organizational cultural competence and diversity, structural income inequality and social risk, and nonprofit finance and management. Michael LaSala (Ph.D., SUNY at Albany), clinical social work, gay and lesbian issues, marriage and family therapy Jeffrey Longhofer (Ph.D., Kansas), mental health case management; social and psychological dynamics of shame and stigma in mental health practice Michael MacKenzie (Ph.D., University of Michigan), early development, developmental psychopathology, harsh parenting and maltreatment, foster care and child welfare policy Judith McCoyd (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr), perinatal health, medical decision making, bereavement, medical technology and human response Sarah McMahon (Ph.D., Rutgers), violence against women and social work education


David Mechanic (Ph.D., Stanford), organization of medical and psychiatric care, managed care, decisionmaking processes in medicine and psychiatry Cory M. Morton (Ph.D., Rutgers), child welfare, child maltreatment prevention, substance use, structural interventions, application of Geographic Information Systems in mezzo/macro Social Work Practice Felix Muchomba (Ph.D., Columbia), gender inequalities, economic development, family gender inequalities in resources Shari Munch (Ph.D., Michigan State), healthcare, women’s healthcare, perinatal ethics and bereavement, psychosocial aspects of high-risk pregnancy Lenna Nepomnyaschy (Ph.D., Columbia), child and family policy, poverty and inequality, health disparities Lia Nower (Ph.D., Washington; J.D., St. Louis), pathological gambling, substance abuse, and other addictive disorders, forensic issues in mental health N. Andrew Peterson (Ph.D., Missouri-Kansas City), community organizing, substance abuse prevention, program evaluation, and empowerment theory Sara-Beth Plummer (Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University) focus on interpersonal violence and people with disabilities, curriculum development, assessment, and online education Judy Postmus (Ph.D., SUNY at Albany), violence against women including intimate partner violence and sexual assault, impact of policies and services on abuse survivors and their children, interagency collaboration models Cathryn C. Potter (Ph.D., University of Denver), children and families at risk, especially those served in the child welfare, children’s mental health and juvenile justice systems; minority overrepresentation and service disparity in child and family serving systems Kathleen J. Pottick (Ph.D., University of Michigan), child and adolescent mental health, psychiatric service delivery systems Ronald Quincy (Ph.D., Michigan State), nonprofit, nongovernmental, and civil society leadership development; diversity, mentorships, succession planning, and executive coaching; nonprofit organizational accountability and performance

Ramesh Raghavan (MD, Ph.D., California) access to and quality of mental health services Raymond Sanchez Mayers (Ph.D., Brandeis), financial management in nonprofits, administrative issues, Hispanic issues, geographic information systems and geospatial statistics LaTessa Sampson (MSW, Kean University), cultural competence and diversity in social work practice and working with adolescents, ex-offenders, aging and addictions. Nancy Schley (MSSW, Columbia), direct practice and supervision Rachel Schwartz (MSW, Rutgers), management and administration, issues of violence against women and children. Gina Sharpe (MSW, New York), trauma work, affective disorders, workplace stress Darcy Siebert (Ph.D., North Carolina at Chapel Hill), theory and measurement of risky health behavior, particularly alcohol and other drug use, occupational/behavioral issues among helping professionals Cassandra Simmel (Ph.D., California-Berkeley), child welfare policies and services, foster youth, transitioning out of the child welfare system, child maltreatment, child and youth mental health Karun Singh (Ph.D., Columbia), nonprofit and public human services management and leadership, strategic planning, and social entrepreneurship. Amy Strickler (MSW, Columbia), child welfare and field work education. Emmy Tiderington (Ph.D., New York), recoveryoriented practices in supportive housing programs, housing and mental health Donna Van Alst (Ph.D., Columbia), consumer movements in social work, child and family policy, program evaluation and research methods William Waldman (MSW, Rutgers), administration, policy, planning Jeff Wang (Ph.D., Western Michigan), universities’ collaboration with China Helene White (Ph.D., Rutgers), causes, consequences, developmental, comorbidity, and prevention of substance use and other problem behaviors (violence, delinquency, crime and mental health problems). Allison Zippay (Ph.D., California-Berkeley), poverty and employment policy, community development, social networks Karen Zurlo (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania), global aging, poverty and social policy

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CONTACT US Visit us online at Dr. DuWayne Battle Associate Professor of Teaching, Director of Baccalaureate Program, Camden Campus Coordinator, Ph.D., MSW, Rutgers 848-932-5373 Dr. Sara Plummer Assistant Professor of Teaching, Assistant Director, BASW Program, Ph.D. 856-225-6347 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 12


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