Administration and Economic Development Certificate

The Certificate in Administration and Economic Development offers students the advantage of an additional professional credential that supports employment and advance graduate study opportunities.

Required Courses

  • SWK 100

    Introduction to Social Work


    This course introduces students to the profession of social work and its fields of practice. It provides an introduction to social work theories, values, and skills and defines how generalist social workers use their professional expertise to help people solve a variety of problems and improve their lives. The history of social work and its linkage to social justice issues and social welfare policy will be explored.

  • SWK 110

    Human Behavior and the Social Environment

    3 credits

    This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of human behavior and development across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on investigation and application of bio-psychosocial and systems theories, strengths perspectives, empowerment, and resiliency on human development and behavior within the scope of generalist social work practice. Attention to dimensions of diversity related to culture, race/ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status on human development and behavior are stressed.

  • SWK 380

    Strategies for Evaluating Social Service Programs

    3 credits

    This course will explore research skills and resource information that will be useful in conducting program evaluations. It will focus on understanding and using research and evaluation methods in the interpretation and improvement of social work practice. The primary purpose of this course is to guide students to the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate their own practice and the effectiveness of social service programs. Students will analyze evaluations of the effectiveness of a variety of programs through exercises and case studies.

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  • SWK 280

    Fundraising and Grant Writing

    3 credits

    This course focuses on methods of fundraising for nonprofit and social service agencies. Specific course content includes procedures for researching funding opportunities, development of a grant proposal, and communication with funders.

  • SWK 361

    Law and Social Work Practice

    3 credits

    Social workers in all fields of practice need to understand how legal issues impact the concerns their clients face. This course will explore common legal issues such as income, food, and shelter; victims of violence; school social work and the law; abuse and neglect; mental health and addiction issues; criminal justice system; and immigrants, refuges and victims of human trafficking. Areas of emphasis will be on the interfacing of social work and the legal system when working with diverse populations.

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  • SWK 494

    Financial Asset Capacity Building

    3 Credits
  • SWK 395

    Rural America: People, Policy, and Social Service

    3 credits

    The study of social and economic forces impacting rural America. Examination of farm policies, housing, education, workforce, aging, health, safety, and poverty. Emphasis on the role of federal and state policies and social service delivery systems.

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  • SWK 480

    Social Service Administration


    This course presents principles and practice of social service management. Areas of emphasis include environments of social service agencies, planning and program design, organizational design, managing human resources, supervisory relationship, finances, and program goals. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.

  • SWK 390

    International Social and Economic Development Policy

    3 credits

    This course examines international social and economic development issues as they relate to poverty, social service practices, and business. Students will discuss and understand the social, economic, and cultural factors that often pose a challenge to international social service practice, globalization, and economic development.

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