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Ph.D. Course Listings

All courses are not offered every semester or every year. Students will receive a schedule each semester that identifies the course offerings. 

Students are also able to satisfy social work electives through taking approve courses in other graduate programs on campus and through the consortium.

A growing number of courses are offered online or as a hybrid courses (sessions online with some in class sessions).  Blackboard is used to support online, hybrid and many in class courses.

Examines the development of social welfare in the United States, including the evolution of social welfare from the Colonial Period to the present and its social, historical and economic impact. Examines the factors that contribute to the knowledge base, practice models and social contexts. Considers a welfare system's relevance to a modern industrial society with highlights on the contributions of African-Americans and women.

Reviews the fundamentals of scientific methods. Familiarizes students with quantitative and qualitative research methods; research design and measurement; instrument development, validity and reliability; principles and types of sampling; essentials of program evaluation; demographic and secondary data analysis; and practicum in survey research.

Familiarizes students with the various theories, perspectives, and methodologies used to study the structure and functioning of families. The focus is on conceptual models used in family analysis. The major theoretical approaches covered include: family structure and functionalism, conflict theory, interaction approach, exchange theory, and the family developmental perspective.

Enables students to develop skills in designing and implementing research projects on problems and issues related to social work. Students will design a research project and select statistical procedures appropriate for the design. The resulting research proposal will address social work, theoretical and practice issues in the student's special area of interest, usually related, but not limited, to people of color.

Critically examines the theoretical essays and empirical studies conducted on black families. Existing family theories tested against existing data sets. Students will be involved in empirical research on black families.


Prereq: Successful completion of a graduate course in family theory or family sociology.

Focuses on theories and conceptual approaches used as the knowledge base for social work practice with individuals. Theories covered draw from biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives. Emphasis given to enhancing the student's reasoning repertoire with respect to articulating a rationale for selecting a theoretical perspective for a social work purpose. Critical variables related to social work theory identified, assumptions assessed, values examined, and empirical evidence analyzed. With an interest in developing the theoretical knowledge base of social work practice with individuals, especially people of color, emphasis is placed on integrating selected and related constructs, e.g., empowerment and world views, into theory and knowledge for ethnically sensitive and culturally competent practice.

Examines communities and organizations as a level of intervention for solving social problems, with emphasis on analyses of existing theory, research, and models. Special attention paid to issues of concern to African Americans. Implications for other minorities and for women also examined.

Introduces students to contemporary features of American social work education. Special emphasis given to Black perspectives in social work education. Attention provided to women's issues and issues relevant to other diverse and frequently oppressed populations. Includes the structure of the educational system, aspects of the learning-teaching process, issues of curriculum and accreditation, recent research about social work education, and the place of social work education in higher education.

Study under guidance of a faculty member with special competence in an area.

Study under guidance of a faculty member with special competence in an area.

Study under guidance of a faculty member with special competence in an area.

Examination of traditional concepts and approaches to the study of social policy, emphasizing issues and legal aspects of mental health policies and practices. The culmination is the development of a frame of reference for analysis of mental health policy for blacks and other minorities.

Examination of the development of knowledge relative to the range of significant policy issues in the mental health field. Addresses such issues from the policy analyst and management perspectives.

Extended, written and approved treatment of subject submitted for doctorate degree.