The certificate in Social Services provides a focus on key foundational knowledge and skills needed in helping professions. Students will learn key principles of interacting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and with a variety of needs. This certificate is available to all students, regardless of major. Sociology courses taken to receive this certificate will also count toward the Sociology major or minor.

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  • Overview

    The certificate in Social Services provides a focus on key foundational knowledge and skills needed in helping professions. Students will learn key principles of interacting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and with a variety of needs. This certificate is available to all students, regardless of major. Sociology courses taken to receive this certificate will also count toward the Sociology major or minor.

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required:

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    General

    Requirements:
     Students must receive a grade of C or higher in all coursework applied to the certificate.
      SOCI-1101 Introductory to Sociology 3 Credit Hours
      Upper Level Sociology: 12 Hours

    Total: 15 hours

    • SOCI-3134 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

      This course will provide an overview of the social work profession, and of the field of social welfare, including the history, philosophy, and values of each. Students will examine the agencies and organizations which provide social welfare services, as well as the various methods, processes, and skills of social work practice.

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    • SOCI-3293 - Sociology of Family

      A sociological analysis of the family as a social institution. Considers key concerns for contemporary families such as communication and power, household labor, marriage and cohabitation, parenthood, and domestic violence. Addresses the role of social institutions and social inequality in shaping family norms and constraints on family behavior.

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    • SOCI-3733 - Social Psychology: The Sociological Tradition

      Focuses on sociology's contributions to the development of social psychology as they relate to identity, emotion, face-to-face interaction and group dynamics.

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    • SOCI-3804 - Death, Grief and Caring

      This course requires an exploration into the emotional and sociological aspects of loss, grief, dying and death--from the perspectives of the individual, the society, and the culture. This is done through lectures, guest speakers, exercises, and writing daily in a personal journal.

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    • SOCI-3954 - Aging: Past, Present, and Future

      A theory and survey course designed to provide the student with a background in the issues facing individuals as they age. Instruction offers theory, survey of field of aging and discussion.

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    • SOCI-4300 - Housing and Homelessness

      Sociological examination of the places in which we live, how we are housed, and what it is like to live without a place to call home. The focus is housing development in the United States throughout the twentieth century with special attention to its association with economic, gender, race, and family relations, along with public policy. Consideration is given to problems and controversies surrounding 'the American dream': segregation, overcrowding, affordability, urbanization/suburbanization, accessibility, and alternative housing. Special attention will be given to the problem of homelessness.

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    • SOCI-4386 - Internship

      The internship provides students an opportunity to gain supervised work experience in an agency in their major area of study. Permission of the instructor is also required for this course.

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    • SOCI-4440 - Medical Sociology

      This course includes the sociological study of physical health and illness, therapy, rehabilitation and the organization of health care systems. It will examine help-seeking behaviors, utilization of health care services, issues of bioethics, and health care service provider roles, as well as race, class and gender stratification within the health care system.

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    • SOCI-4445 - Sociology of Youth

      This course will examine the influence of societal structure in the social construction of youth and the sociological theoretical framework for the study of youth. Students will be introduced to the complexity and diversity of sociological issues related to childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood.

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    • SOCI-4734 - Social Work Skills

      This course is intended to: 1) help students learn the complexity and diversity of social work practice; and 2) help students learn the basic skills necessary to carry out social casework and social group work. Students must come to class prepared to participate in individual and/or group exercises designed to develop these skills.

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    • SOCI-4915 - Violence Against Women

      This seminar explores the intersections of gender and violence. We shall analyze dynamics between men/boys and women/girls and situate them within the context of US society and culture. Our aim is to understand their origins, forms and effects and to identify changes that can be made to reduce and prevent their occurrence.

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    • SOCI-4999 - Special Seminars

      Detailed study of topics not currently included in course catalog. Specific titles will be announced for semester offered and will be entered on transcripts. Repeatable under different titles.

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