Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Degree Programs

Essential Studies

The Essential Studies requirements for Chadron State College are available on a separate page for easy reference.

The CSC Social Work program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Accreditation since 1993. Students who graduate from Chadron State College in Social Work are prepared for social work practice in a multicultural context within the region, as well as nationally and globally. The challenges of and capacities for addressing human diversity are integrated throughout the social work curriculum. The social work curriculum is also designed to encourage the development of knowledge and skills in collaboration, collegiality, and networking. Graduates of CSC Social Work program are prepared to provide professional leadership within the region.


The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Chadron State College provides an undergraduate experience that fosters student development of practice behaviors, and competencies including the knowledge, skills, and values in order to function as generalist Social Workers. The acquired competencies prepare social workers who demonstrate practice abilities that enhance the capacities and quality of life for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities within the region of western Nebraska, southwest South Dakota, southeast Wyoming, and northeast Colorado.

In order to carry out the Social Work Program mission of Chadron State College, the Social Work faculty strive for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Social Work faculty teach foundation curriculum with a sensitivity to student needs and with an awareness of the requisite practice behaviors and values appropriate to a competent social work practice at a baccalaureate level. To maintain student learning, Social Work faculty use innovative technology, experiential and active learning approaches, and outcome-based learning that individualize curriculum and instruction to the needs of individual learners.

Social Work faculty continually evaluate courses through student process evaluations, course evaluations of teaching and objective attainment, peer reviews of teaching, assessment of written assignments, and tests of student learning and evaluation of student demonstration of competencies through practice behaviors identified by the Council on Social Work Education. Social Work faculty seek to integrate scholarship with student learning through presentations at regional and national conferences, special projects, and community consultation. Social Work faculty provide service to the College, community, and professional associations by serving on local and regional boards and committees and participating in projects with local human service systems.


To carry out the mission of the Social Work Program and Chadron State College, the Social Work Program seeks to prepare Social Work Professionals who will, upon completion of the Program, be able to:

  1. Critically engage, assess and intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities using multidimensional theories and strategies that enhance the social functioning and interactions of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by involving them in recognizing assets and strengths, accomplishing goals, developing resources, and preventing and alleviating distress. Monitor and evaluate intervention efficacy. Apply knowledge of human development across the lifespan and age appropriate prevention interventions.
  2. Utilize the skills and knowledge to successfully practice within the context of rural settings with diverse cultures, reflected by, but not limited to age, gender, mission/orientation, sexual preference, racial or ethnic background, disability, marital status, religious orientations, and life style. Communicate the value of diversity in all social institutions. Recognize the impact of societal values that marginalize or grant privilege to individuals and groups on local and global levels.
  3. Utilize knowledge of basic human rights, the forms and mechanisms of oppression/social/economic injustice, integrate a value-base that fosters commitment to advocacy, and develop social skills, practice behaviors, and political skills necessary to alleviate oppression/social/economic injustice.
  4. Critically analyze and implement social welfare policies, services, and programs through political and organizational processes in order meet basic human needs and support the development of human capacities. Demonstrate understanding of historical and current social policies and services.
  5. Work collaboratively within rural human service agencies and human service delivery systems with supervisors and professional colleagues and develop personal/professional/political support systems.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice. Utilize the knowledge and skills of research, evaluate professional practice using qualitative and quantitative research methods, use and solicit collegial feedback, and apply existing knowledge to advance Social Work practice.
  7. Practice Social Work with an ethical orientation compatible with the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and to apply strategies of ethical reasoning, and act professionally and intentionally in situations with ethical dilemmas. Conduct one’s personal life ethically by recognizing and managing personal values in order to allow professional standards of ethical practice to guide practice.
  8. Develop an identity as a professional Social Worker and practice Social Work with the highest regard for the strengths/capacities, integrity and value of all beings whether as individuals or in families, groups, organizations and communities. Demonstrate application of the value base of the profession and relevant laws to practice.
  9. Apply critical thinking, logic, scientific inquiry, and discernment. Demonstrate creativity and ability to communicate relevant information to others.
  10. Enter a graduate program in Social Work with advanced standing.

The Social Work Program consists of pre-professional studies in the freshman and sophomore years and the professional major which is usually completed during the student’s junior and senior years of study. Except for some transfer students, incoming students who want to major in Social Work are given the status of a Pre-Professional Social Work major. The Pre-Professional Social Work major is determined by the student indicating Social Work as an area of interest when first enrolling in college. Identifying an interest in Social Work permits the School of Education, Human Performance, Counseling, Psychology, and Social Work to assign the student to a Social Work faculty advisor. Pre-requisite courses to the Professional Social Work Program include the following courses: BIOL 121/121L; ECON 130; PSYC 131, 242 or MATH 232; SW 231, 251, 252, 271; PS 231, 321, or 369; and LS 236.

Students considering Social Work should consult the Social Work faculty early in their academic career to insure that the necessary prerequisite coursework is completed prior to admission to the Professional Social Work program.

Admissions Policy (Professional Social Work Program)

Please refer to the Admissions Policy (Professional Social Work Program) for further details.

Transfer Students

Students transferring into CSC may upon completion of pre-requisite Social Work courses or upon enrollment in pre-requisite Social Work courses, apply for admission to the Professional Social Work Program. Before a student can be admitted to the Professional Social Work Program, the application process must be completed.

In situations where students are applying to the Professional Social Work Program while finishing pre-requisite courses, students may pre-enroll in Professional Social Work courses on a conditional basis with permission of the Director of the Social Work Program.

Students wanting to transfer credits from another institution must submit an official transcript to Chadron State College for evaluation. Unless an articulation agreement related to Social Work courses exists between Chadron State College and the institution, students must submit syllabi from prior Social Work courses to the Director of the Social Work Program. For Social Work Program courses, the final decision concerning content and acceptability of transferred courses rests with the Director of the Social Work Program.

Termination from Social Work Program Policy

Please refer to the Termination from Social Work Program Policy for further details.

The Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Comprehensive Major in Social Work

A student must complete the following program in addition to all coursework required by Chadron State College. Students pursuing this comprehensive major must complete the following: BIOL 121/121L, ECON 130, and PS 231 or 321.

Number Course Title Hours
LS 236 Family Law 3
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
PSYC 242 Measurement and Research Designs 3
SW 231 Professional Social Work 3
SW 251 Human Behavior in the Soc Environ I 3
SW 252 Human Behavior in the Soc Environ II 3
SW 271 Social Welfare Hist & Serv Delivery Sys 3
SW 330 Diversity in the Rural Environment 4
SW 332 Services to Elderly & Disabled 2
SW 343 & 343L Research Methods & Lab 4
SW 431 Generalist Methods Lab 1
SW 432 Methods I: Individuals & Families 3
SW 433 Methods II: Therapeutic & Task Groups 3
SW 434 Policy Analysis & Advocacy 3
SW 435 Methods III: Org & Communities 3
SW 459 Pre-Field & Orientation 1
SW 463 Professional Seminar 2
SW 464 Social Work Field Practicum 10
Total hours 57

Depending upon student’s future practice interests, Social Work students are encouraged to consider one or more of the following Social Work electives in course planning: SW 331, 338, 339, 340, 430, 436.

Social Work faculty may offer special topics courses under SW 230 or 430, Topics in Social Work.

Students who plan to Social Work in the Nebraska Panhandle service area are encouraged to take Spanish and Lakota culture and language courses (i.e. WLAN 100).

Students interested in the following fields of Social Work practice, may want to consider taking elective courses in ONE OR MORE of the following recommended electives:

  • Disability Services: PSYC 435, SPED 435; SW 332
  • Policy Analysis: CA 346; ECON 231, 232; LS 333
  • Mental Health Services: AIS 334; PSYC 433, 435; SW 340
  • International Social Work: AGRI 423; PS 332; SW 371
  • Adolescent - School Services: AIS 334; CJ 338, 432; LS 432; SOC 332; SPED 331, 339
  • Administration: AIS 334; BA 337; LS 235, 435; MGMT 230
  • Child Welfare Services: AIS 334; SPED 331; SW 331
  • Gerontology Services: PSYC 234, 430, 433; SW 339.

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