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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 23, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Social Work - Community, Organization, and Social Action Concentration, Social Administration Track, MSW

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Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA) Concentration Curriculum Requirements

COSA offers concentration courses in Human Behavior and the Urban Environment, Organizational Policy Analysis, and a social work research course related to either of the two COSA specialization tracks from which students may choose: Community Organization or Social Administration. Students must take one of the required specialization core skill courses; however, many students prefer to pursue both COSA specializations. Students fulfill their remaining credits from a range of COSA skill elective courses, which include such topics as Supervision and Personnel Management, Financial Management, Public Relations/Marketing, Issue-Based Organizing, Community and Economic Development, and Grants, Proposals and Social Work, Social Work and the Law, and Race and Social Problems. Students may also pursue elective courses in other related professional schools. All students must complete six credits of foundation field work followed by twelve credits of concentration field placement in a range of organizational settings across an array of social work issues and program areas.

Second-Level Research Course

Select one of the two courses below based on your specialized track (CO or SA)

Electives and Field Placement

  • COSA Skill Electives - 6 credits (two courses related to CO or SA track - see below)
  • General Electives - 6 credits
  • SWCOSA 2099 - FIELD WORK - 12 credits (related to CO or SA track)

Social Administration Electives


*Courses required for Human Services Management Certificate (COSA or DP)

** Courses can count for either Social Administration or Community Organizing

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