Chatham University

Social Services Administration Curriculum

Minor Requirements

The Social Service Administration minor provides a structured interdisciplinary foundation for understanding the historical roles, importance, and administration of social service and nonprofit organizations in contemporary American society. The minor includes content on the development of social service organizations, the many human needs that they meet and the social problems they address. The minor also provides students with administrative skills and knowledge that will prepare them to work with other professionals in social service and nonprofit organizations.

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 Credits
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 Credits
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 Credits
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 Credits
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 Credits
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 Credits

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 Credits
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 Credits
INTSWK303 Internship - Social Work 3 Credits