Curriculum

Foundation Year

In the foundation year of the MSW program, all students, including those who are interested in PAC, will complete the foundation MSW curriculum. In addition to the regular MSW curriculum, PAC provides seminars on aging-related issues, which are open to foundation year students and the wider community audience.

Advanced Year

In the advanced year, the PAC MSW students will enroll in a specialized curriculum with in-depth content on gerontology and services for older persons. The PAC curriculum includes two required courses: SWRK 794: Practice with Older Adults and SWRK 769: Aging: The Intersection of Policy & Practice.

Sample Curriculum

Advanced Year – Fall Semester

  • SWRK 704 or SWRK 708:  Advanced Clinical or Macro Social Work Practice I
  • SWRK 7xx: Research Option: (choose one that is offered)
    • SWRK 744: Direct Practice Research
    • SWRK 743: Action Research
    • SWRK 745 Policy Research
    • SWRK 774 Program Evaluation
    • SWRK 781 Qualitative Research
  • SWRK 794  Practice with Older Adults (Clinical Practice Elective)*
  • SWRK 7xx  Elective of student’s choice

Advanced Year – Spring Semester

  • SWRK 714 or SWRK 718 Advanced Clinical or Macro Social Work Practice II
  • SWRK 769  Aging: Policy & Practice (Macro Practice Elective)*
  • SWRK 713 Understanding Social Change
  • SWRK 7xx: Elective

*Note: SWRK 794: Practice with Older Adults and SWRK 769: Aging: The Intersection of Policy & Practice are required courses for all students in the PAC program.

The following courses are not required for PAC students, but students in the PAC program may be interested in these courses due to their content and its relevance to practice with older adults:

  • SWRK 702: Social Work Practice in Healthcare
  • SWRK 726: Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention
  • SWRK 738: Anxiety and Depression
  • SWRK 757: Loss through the Lifecycle
  • SWRK 771: Social Work Values and Ethics
  • SWRK 777: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • SWRK 786: Social Work Practice and Trauma
  • SWRK 798: Evidence-Based Problem Solving Therapy