Social Welfare Concentration

This is the applied emphasis within the Sociology program. Students choosing this route are generally seeking a professional career in social work or more generally the social welfare arena. This includes a variety of disciplines–social work, direct therapy/counseling, public safety (law enforcement, parole/probation, corrections, juvenile justice), crisis response, advocacy for domestic violence survivors, sexual assault response, community development, child welfare, victims’ assistance, refugee assistance, hospice work, veterans’ assistance programs, school-based counseling and youth-in-transition programs, self-sufficiency programs and case work, public health worker, etc.

The following requirements exist for Anth/Soc students with a Social Welfare concentration (see Social Welfare checksheet):

  • Required lower-division courses: Soc 204, Soc 205, ANTH 101
  • Required Anthropology course work: 20 credits total (includes Anth 101)
  • Required Soc courses: Soc 315(5cr), Soc 420(5), Soc 409(at least 5 credits), Soc 327(5), Soc 454(5), Soc 499(1)
    • Soc 315 is also offered online
  • A total of 35 upper-division Soc credits (including those above–that means another 9-10 credits of Soc. Students usually take more courses than the minimal requirements, in areas of interest–you can take up to 90 credit hours in anth/soc)
  • Soc 409–this is the senior practicum. Students seek placement with an organization in the social welfare field. This is treated as a pre-professional experience, students keep journals and write a paper. A minimum of 5 credits (most students do more, and it is possible to have multiple practica experiences–this is critical to gaining practical experience, making professional contacts, building a network, and identifying specific interests within the social welfare field).
  • A statistics course (either STAT 243 or PSY 327)
  • Institutional requirements include:
    • College-level math course for BS (MATH 105, 211, 212 provide SMI gen-ed credit)
    • Two years foreign language for a BA degree (Spanish)
    • Diversity (DPD) requirement (Soc 204, 333, 445, complete list here)
    • University Writing Requirement (UWR) requires four approved courses:
      • WR 121 (or equivalent),
      • lower-division Soc (204), and
      • two upper-division Soc (327, 454, 338, 306, 350, 360 all qualify)
  • Recommendations/suggestions for social welfare students (for getting to 180 credit hours–which excludes any math courses numbered under 100–think of this as a pool of potential courses to choose from when trying to fill out your schedule with electives):
    • at least one course on gender (Soc 360, Soc 350, Anth 372, PSY 231, HIST 330)
    • Psych courses (for those pursuing a therapy or counseling career), neuropsychology, personality, child development, etc.
    • Drug and alcohol sequence (HWS 431-432-433) for those considering case work/counseling/therapy
    • HWS (online) courses on aging and gerontology (for those considering working with the elderly, a growing population in all industrial societies)
    • Upper-division Soc courses of particular value: Soc 338 (Soc of Families), Soc 306 (Social Psychology), Soc 345 (Media, Politics and Propaganda); online offerings include Soc 318 (Death and Dying), Soc 222 (Child Abuse and Neglect), Soc 333 (Soc of Disabilities), Soc 445 (Inequality and Diversity), Soc 480 (Social Movements), Anth/Soc 460 (Women in Poor Countries)
    • Upper-division Anth courses include Anth 312 (Native Peoples of North America), Anth 375 (Food and nutrition), Anth 335 (Culture, Health and Illness), Anth 380 (Native Peoples of Oregon), Anth 420 (Encountering the Other), Anth 430 (Medical Anthropology)

A student pursuing the Social Welfare concentration can graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. BA is preferable because of the foreign language requirement (at least two years)–students who are bilingual, especially with Spanish as a first or second language, have certain comparative advantages on the job market. However, many students pursue the BS as well (which requires a college-level math course). To finish in four years, without going summer terms, students must average 15 credits per term, 45 credits per year (4 x 45 = 180, the minimum required to graduate). As a four-year degree program the Social Welfare concentration generally looks something like this:

  • Year one:
    • General education requirements (recommendations for social work include introductory courses in psychology (SSC, PSY 201), communication (AEH and GTW), writing (GTW and APC), Spanish (AEH), information literacy (GTW Lib courses), economics (SSC, especially 115).
  • Year two:
    • Introductory Soc (204 and 205) and Anth (100 or 203)
  • Year three:
    • Soc 315, Soc 327, Soc 454, upper-division Anth and Soc electives
  • Year four:
      • Soc 454, Soc 420, Soc 499, Soc 409, upper-division Anth/Soc electives

What are students doing?

Currently, in 2013, just in La Grande and Baker City, we have students working in the following areas: