Chatham University

Social Services Administration Curriculum

This major prepares students interested in social services and social policy for entry level administrative positions at social service agencies and for graduate school in public administration, public health, social work or related fields. The administrations of non-profit institutions as well as the impact of social policy on these institutions provide a framework for integrating a foundation of knowledge and skills for a variety of non-profit settings. Students may choose an area of specialization such as criminal justice, or social welfare to focus their elective coursework including an internship.

Program Requirements

+ Major Requirements

12 courses total including the tutorial

BUS105 Foundations of Business

The course combines the in-depth knowledge of theory and practice of business and fosters analytical and creative thinking. Students build a foundation for future learning by gaining an understanding of business organizations, their structure and functions, the global setting in which they compete, environmental components and the challenges of an increasingly dynamic, complex work environment.

3
BUS337 Managing Nonprofit Organizations

Through the use of case studies, assignments, and class projects, this course familiarizes students with the distinctiveness of nonprofit organizations and their management. Specific topics include marketing and fund raising, budgeting, personnel management and supervision, strategic planning and implementation, environmental and program evaluation, and managing interorganizational networks. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105, or SWK 101 and 102, or permission of the instructor.

3
PSY101 General Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.

3
SWK101 Introduction to Sociology

The goal of the course is to introduce students to basic sociological concepts and methods, including socialization, groups, social institutions, collective behavior, and social change. Emphasis is placed on conceptual and methodological tools necessary for the scientific analysis of human interaction and on society's fulfillment of human needs through health, education, and social welfare systems.

3
SWK102 Introduction to Social Issues, Women, and Social Work

This course examines selected social issues as well as related social welfare policies and programs. It introduces the profession of social work, key aspects of the professional knowledge base, fields of practice, and populations served by social workers.

3
SWK321 Social Welfare and Social Justice

This course examines the history, development, context, and current status of the American social welfare system. The American system is compared with policies and programs in other countries. The specifics of major welfare programs such as Social Security and Temporary Aid to Needy Families are explored.

3
INTSSA303 Internship - Social Services Administration

3
SSA498 Tutorial: Social Service Administration

4
SSA499 Tutorial: Social Service Administration

4

4 courses from the following:

MTH110 Elementary Statistics

Topics include statistical measures and distributions, decision making under uncertainty, application of probability to statistical inference, linear correlation, introduction to nonparametric statistical methods, and application to problems drawn from the natural and social sciences. Three hours of class per week. Three hours of class per week.

3
PSY213 Statistics and Research Design

This course is designed to introduce students to essential research tools. Topics include frequency distributions, indices of central tendency, variability, and various inferential statistics, including nonparametric techniques. This course also examines research design procedures with an emphasis on analysis of variance. Priority given to psychology, social work and forensics majors. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101

3
ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I

This course represents an introduction to accounting principles; including the accounting process, double-entry bookkeeping, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements. The objectives of this course are to make students aware of the importance of accounting information in every type of organization (private business, not-for-profit, and governmental).

3
BUS272 Principles of Finance

The aim of this course is to enable students to apply fundamental ideas of financial economics to problems in corporate finance. Participants will gain an overview of valuation principles, learn basic principles of corporate finance from the perspective of a financial manager, and through case studies, analyze important financial decisions made within firms.

3
PSY214 Foundations of Behavioral Research

This course examines the scientific method employed by psychologists. Topics include sampling, validity and reliability, experimentation, and field research. Students also conduct laboratory assignments on areas within learning, cognition, and social psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and 213 or permission of the instructor.

3
CRM101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course provides an introduction to the criminal justice system of the United States. Coverage includes the steps from criminal investigation through prosecution, corrections, and parole. Also emphasized are professional roles of law enforcement, court, and correctional agents.

3
SWK224 Juvenile Justice

Examination of biological, psychological, sociological, and ecological theories of juvenile delinquency; its historical and current legal definitions and enabling legislation; statistical resources and activity patterns; and methods of prevention, control, and treatment of juvenile delinquency. Cross-listed as CRM 224.

3
FOR224 Juvenile Justice

Examination of biological, psychological, sociological, and ecological theories of juvenile delinquency; its historical and current legal definitions and enabling legislation; statistical resources and activity patterns; and methods of prevention, control, and treatment of juvenile delinquency. Cross-listed with SWK224

3
SWK322 Social Welfare: Women and Policy

This course is designed to examine current issues and policies that impact the lives of women and to explore methods of creating or modifying policies. This course wil utilize a comparative policy framework to explore the strengths and weaknesses of current interventions regarding their promotion of social and economic justice.

3
WST322 Social Welfare: Women and Policy

This course is designed to examine current issues and policies that impact the lives of women and to explore methods of creating or modifying policies. This course will utilize a comparative policy framework to explore the strengths and weaknesses of current interventions regarding their promotion of social and economic justice.

3
PSY333 Abnormal Behavior

A study of definitions of normality and abnormality, functional and organic syndromes, theories of causation, and procedures for the diagnosis and modification of disturbed behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or by permission of instructor.

3
SWK351 Practice 1: Interviewing and Assessment with Individuals

This course introduces generalist social work practice, including its philosophy, domains, and values. The role of the practitioner and an overview of the helping process provide the foundation for the study and practice of basic interviewing skills. Prerequisite(s): SWK 102. Open only to social work and psychology majors, or with permission of the instructor.

3
One approved SWK, CRM, or BUS course

+ Minor Requirements

6 courses, including:

BUS105 Foundations of Business

The course combines the in-depth knowledge of theory and practice of business and fosters analytical and creative thinking. Students build a foundation for future learning by gaining an understanding of business organizations, their structure and functions, the global setting in which they compete, environmental components and the challenges of an increasingly dynamic, complex work environment.

3
BUS337 Managing Nonprofit Organizations

Through the use of case studies, assignments, and class projects, this course familiarizes students with the distinctiveness of nonprofit organizations and their management. Specific topics include marketing and fund raising, budgeting, personnel management and supervision, strategic planning and implementation, environmental and program evaluation, and managing interorganizational networks. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105, or SWK 101 and 102, or permission of the instructor.

3
SWK101 Introduction to Sociology

The goal of the course is to introduce students to basic sociological concepts and methods, including socialization, groups, social institutions, collective behavior, and social change. Emphasis is placed on conceptual and methodological tools necessary for the scientific analysis of human interaction and on society's fulfillment of human needs through health, education, and social welfare systems.

3
PSY101 General Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.

3
SWK102 Introduction to Social Issues, Women, and Social Work

This course examines selected social issues as well as related social welfare policies and programs. It introduces the profession of social work, key aspects of the professional knowledge base, fields of practice, and populations served by social workers.

3
SWK321 Social Welfare and Social Justice

This course examines the history, development, context, and current status of the American social welfare system. The American system is compared with policies and programs in other countries. The specifics of major welfare programs such as Social Security and Temporary Aid to Needy Families are explored.

3

One of the following:

SWK322 Social Welfare: Women and Policy

This course is designed to examine current issues and policies that impact the lives of women and to explore methods of creating or modifying policies. This course wil utilize a comparative policy framework to explore the strengths and weaknesses of current interventions regarding their promotion of social and economic justice.

3
SWK351 Practice 1: Interviewing and Assessment with Individuals

This course introduces generalist social work practice, including its philosophy, domains, and values. The role of the practitioner and an overview of the helping process provide the foundation for the study and practice of basic interviewing skills. Prerequisite(s): SWK 102. Open only to social work and psychology majors, or with permission of the instructor.

3
INTSWK303 Internship - Social Work

3