WNMU’s Social Work Department offers the coursework designed to lead to a Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) degree to students living in the Gallup area, and surrounding parts of Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Forty semester hours are required in social work (SWK) courses. Twelve of those hours are earned in the student’s senior year, by completing Field Practicum in a human services agency. Field Practicum I and Field Practicum II both require twenty hours per week to be spent in the agency, and each is accompanied by Field Seminar which meets an hour per week, allowing the students to discuss issues that arise in their agencies.
Most of the coursework is offered on the Gallup campus through courses that meet once each week in the evening, or three times during the semester for the entire weekend starting Friday evening. A few courses are offered by ITV (interactive television), in which the faculty member teaches from one of WNMU’s sites ( Silver City, Gallup, TorC, and Deming). The class is broadcast to the other sites, allowing students to interact with each other and with the faculty member. Exams are proctored on site.
Many elective courses are offered on-line. In these course, faculty members and students use a Learning Management System such as Canvas (or you may be familiar with its forerunner, BlackBoard) to interact asynchronously (not at the same time). With this method of instruction, class members leave each other messages and share files to learn the material.
Advising is provided on the Gallup campus.
In the Gallup area, students have the opportunity to apply for the Title IV-E stipend. This stipend is a financial support which requires the BSW graduate to work for New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department upon graduation.