Social Welfare

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

An international leader in social work practice and social policy, Berkeley Social Welfare has prepared over 11,000 social work professionals and social welfare scholars for a range of leadership, research, teaching, and advanced practice roles. Since 1942 we have offered the undergraduate major in Social Welfare leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, under the jurisdiction of the College of Letters & Science. Berkeley Social Welfare's B.A. degree program was ranked #1 by USA Today College Factuals in 2016.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Welfare

The Social Welfare undergraduate major emphasizes an educational experience that is grounded in the liberal arts rather than specialized training in the profession of social work—thus its designation as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and not the professional Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. 

The Undergraduate Social Welfare major reflects Berkeley Social Welfare’s goal to provide Berkeley undergraduate students with a broad-based introduction to America’s social welfare problems and social policies within a social science context. Students gain knowledge of organized networks of public and private social services, and the basic practice methods associated with the social work profession. In doing so, students acquire the knowledge needed to understand, address, and actively participate in the amelioration of critical social problems in American society.

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Major Requirements

Declaring the Social Welfare Major

Students interested in declaring the Social Welfare major should thoroughly explore the Social Welfare field as a major; become familiar with the curriculum and its required sequence; and complete the prerequisite entry requirements as soon as possible.

Social Welfare is a high-demand major. Prerequisites are strictly enforced and enrollment controls are in place for required courses to manage student demand. There are also limitations on the number of major declarations we are able to accommodate each year. 

Prerequisite Entry Requirements

Before petitioning to declare the Social Welfare major, students must complete all of the prerequisites listed below. Prerequisites should be completed as soon as possible since student demand for the Social Welfare major currently exceeds the total number of majors we are able to accommodate.

All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a minimum letter grade of C. Prerequisites can be satisfied at Berkeley, or through IGETC or UC Reciprocity for transfer students. High school AP scores that are high enough to provide credit for university units can be accepted in place of a prerequisite class.

  1. Fulfillment of the L&S Reading and Composition (R&C) Requirement:
    The College of Letters & Science (L&S) requires two semesters of lower division work in composition, Reading and Composition (R&C), parts A and B, in sequential order. All undergraduates must complete the R&C requirement by the end of their fourth semester. 
  2. Fulfillment of the L&S Quantitative Reasoning Requirement OR a Berkeley Data Science Course:
    All L&S students must complete a minimum of three (3) units of approved Quantitative Reasoning coursework in math, statistics, or computer science. This requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course. The prerequisite entry requirement for the Social Welfare major may also be satisfied by taking a Berkeley Data Science course.
  3. Introductory Psychology:
    PSYCH 1 or PSYCH 2, or equivalent.
  4. Introductory Sociology:
    SOCIOL 1 or SOCIOL 3AC, or equivalent.

When and How to Declare the Major

Students must be accepted into and declared in the Social Welfare major in order to be eligible for enrollment in the introductory course SOC WEL 110. Because enrollment in SOC WEL 110 is restricted to majors, students should be declared by the time the pre-enrollment period begins ahead of the semester in which they plan to take SOC WEL 110.

Students may petition to declare the Social Welfare major as soon as they have completed the prerequisite entry requirements. Students who enter UC Berkeley as freshmen and intend to major in Social Welfare should complete prerequisites and declare the major as soon as possible. Past trends indicate a student should complete the prerequisites by the end of their 3rd semester to declare the major in a timely manner for graduation within eight semesters at Berkeley. ALL students must declare a major before the beginning of their Junior year, or the College of Letters and Science may block registration. Also, because Social Welfare is currently a high-demand major, all students must petition to declare the Social Welfare major by the time they have accrued 80 units, including work in progress (AP, IB, and college units earned before high school graduation are excluded from the 80-unit accrual total). Transfer students must declare a major by the start of their second semester at Berkeley, or the College of Letters and Science may block registration.

To seek approval to declare the Social Welfare major once prerequisites are completed, students should make an appointment with the Undergraduate Major Adviser in Haviland Hall. Students should bring a completed Social Welfare Major Requirements and Declaration Worksheet, along with updated copies of  Berkeley and/or other transcripts (unofficial is OK) showing courses taken at other institutions.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare, students must satisfy all requirements of the University of California, the Berkeley campus and the College of Letters & Science (see College Requirements tab), in addition to the requirements for the Social Welfare major.  

Social Welfare majors must complete four required upper division social welfare courses and a minimum of five approved social science electives, totaling at least 18 units, from other departments.

All courses used to fulfill major requirements must be taken for a letter grade. In order to graduate. Social Welfare majors must earn a minimum 2.0 GPA in all courses taken to fulfill major requirements.

Upper Division Core Course Requirements

Required Core Courses
SOC WEL 110Social Work As a Profession3
SOC WEL 112Social Welfare Policy3
SOC WEL 114Practice in Social Work3
SOC WEL 116Current Topics in Social Welfare (or Approved Upper-Division or Graduate Course in Social Welfare)2
Social Science Electives
Select a minimum of five approved, upper-division social science electives, totaling at least 18 units (see below)

Social Science Electives

All Social Welfare majors must complete 5 approved electives that will total a minimum of 18 units. All social sciences elective courses used to fulfill this requirement for the Social Welfare B.A. major must be selected from the Master List of Approved Social Sciences Courses for Social Welfare Majors. There are no restrictions on what departments may be chosen from the Master List, except that at least 3 elective courses MUST come from the Primary Social Sciences. The remaining two electives may come from either the Primary or Secondary Social Sciences.

Supplemental Elective Units

Students who choose five social science electives which do not total 18 units will need additional coursework to supplement the five electives. Supplemental units can be chosen from the approved courses in either a primary or a secondary social science department, from elective Social Welfare coursework, group study, or community service units. Courses for supplemental units may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

College Requirements

College of Letters & Science Requirements

The Social Welfare B.A. major is under the jurisdiction of the College of Letters & Science (L&S), which is the degree-granting college. 

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide.

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Academic Opportunities

Academic Opportunities

Berkeley Connect in Social Welfare

Berkeley Social Welfare is a participating department in the Berkeley Connect academic mentoring program for undergraduate majors. Undergraduate students are paired with a graduate student mentor from the Social Welfare doctoral program. Participants are grouped by declared or intended major to allow students to discover mutual academic interests. Over the course of a semester, enrolled students participate in regular small-group discussions facilitated by a graduate student mentor (following a faculty-directed curriculum), meet with their graduate student mentor for one-on-one advising, attend lectures and panel discussions featuring department faculty and alumni, and go on field trips to campus resources.

Social Welfare Undergraduate Honors Program

The honors program in social welfare provides an opportunity for qualified undergraduates to investigate thoroughly an area of interest, to work closely with a faculty member, and to produce a paper of some magnitude. Students who meet the eligibility requirements, which include a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) overall and in the major core courses, and completion of SOC WEL 110 and SOC WEL 112, are invited to apply to the Senior Honors Program. Selected students enroll in the Senior Honors Course (SOC WEL H195) in their senior year. The fall H195 (one unit) is a two-hour biweekly seminar addressing topic identification, library research, and the preparation of an annotated bibliography and essay prospectus. The spring H195 (three units) is an individual tutorial in which students prepare the honors thesis essay under the supervision of a faculty adviser.

Courses

Approved Primary Social Sciences Courses for Social Welfare Majors

Anthropology
ANTHRO 112Special Topics in Biological Anthropology4
ANTHRO 115Introduction to Medical Anthropology4
ANTHRO 119Special Topics in Medical Anthropology4
ANTHRO 121CHistorical Archaeology: Historical Artifact Identification and Analysis4
ANTHRO 137Energy, Culture and Social Organization4
ANTHRO 139Controlling Processes4
ANTHRO 141Comparative Society4
ANTHRO 142Kinship and Family4
ANTHRO 147AAnthropology of Gender4
ANTHRO C147BSexuality, Culture, and Colonialism4
ANTHRO 149Psychological Anthropology4
ANTHRO 156BCulture and Power4
ANTHRO 157Anthropology of Law4
ANTHRO 158Religion and Anthropology4
ANTHRO 189Special Topics in Social/Cultural Anthropology4
Economics
ECON 100AEconomic Analysis--Micro4
ECON 100BEconomic Analysis--Macro4
ECON 101AEconomic Theory--Micro4
ECON 101BEconomic Theory--Macro4
ECON 105History of Economic Thought4
ECON C110Game Theory in the Social Sciences4
ECON 113American Economic History4
ECON 115The World Economy in the Twentieth Century4
ECON 119Psychology and Economics4
ECON 121Industrial Organization and Public Policy4
ECON C125Environmental Economics4
ECON 131Public Economics4
ECON 151Labor Economics4
ECON 152Wage Theory and Policy4
ECON 153Labor Economics Seminar4
ECON 155Urban Economics3
ECON 157Health Economics4
ECON C171Economic Development4
ECON 174Global Poverty and Impact Evaluation4
ECON C175Economic Demography4
Political Science
POL SCI 102The American Presidency4
POL SCI 103Congress4
POL SCI 104Political Parties4
POL SCI 105The Politician4
POL SCI 106AAmerican Politics: Campaign Strategy - Media4
POL SCI 118ACThree American Cultures4
POL SCI 122APolitics of European Integration4
POL SCI 123MConflict Management4
POL SCI 124CEthics and Justice in International Affairs4
POL SCI C131AApplied Econometrics and Public Policy4
POL SCI C135Game Theory in the Social Sciences4
POL SCI 137ARevolutionary Change4
POL SCI 138EThe Varieties of Capitalism: Political Economic Systems of the World4
POL SCI 147GThe Welfare State in Comparative Perspective4
POL SCI 150The American Legal System4
POL SCI 157AConstitutional Law of the United States4
POL SCI 157BConstitutional Law of the United States4
POL SCI 161Public Opinion, Voting and Participation4
POL SCI 164APolitical Psychology and Public Policy,Political Psychology and Involvement4
POL SCI 166Latinos and the U.S. Political System4
POL SCI 167ACRacial and Ethnic Politics in the New American Century4
POL SCI 171California Politics4
POL SCI 175AUrban and Metropolitan Government and Politics4
POL SCI 181Public Organization and Administration4
POL SCI 186Public Problems4
Psychology
PSYCH 106Psychology of Dreams3
PSYCH 109History of Psychology3
PSYCH C120Basic Issues in Cognition3
PSYCH C129Scientific Approaches to Consciousness3
PSYCH 130Clinical Psychology3
PSYCH 131Developmental Psychopathology3
PSYCH 133Psychology of Sleep3
PSYCH 136Human Sexuality3
PSYCH 139Case Studies in Clinical Psychology3
PSYCH N140Developmental Psychology3
PSYCH 141Development During Infancy3
PSYCH 146Developmental and Biological Processes in Attachment3
PSYCH 150Psychology of Personality3
PSYCH 156Human Emotion3
PSYCH 160Social Psychology3
PSYCH 164Social Cognition3
PSYCH 166ACCultural Psychology3
PSYCH 167ACStigma and Prejudice3
PSYCH 180Industrial-Organizational Psychology3
Social Welfare
SOC WEL 105Introduction to Child Welfare in California and the U.S.2
SOC WEL 107Foundations, Philanthropy, and the Social Services: Grant Writing for Program Development3
SOC WEL 148Substance Abuse Treatment2
SOC WEL 150ACRace, Ethnic Relations, and Social Welfare in the United States3
SOC WEL 150LSexuality and Social Work2
SOC WEL 151Social Work with an Asian American Perspective2
SOC WEL 155Finding Individual Donors for Human Service Agencies2
SOC WEL 181Social Science and Crime Prevention Policy3
SOC WEL 185ACPrison4
SOC WEL 186Domestic Violence2
Sociology
SOCIOL 110Organizations and Social Institutions4
SOCIOL 111Sociology of the Family4
SOCIOL 111ACSociology of the Family4
SOCIOL 111CSociology of Childhood4
SOCIOL 111PFamilies, Inequality and Social Policy4
SOCIOL 113ACSociology of Education4
SOCIOL C115Sociology of Health and Medicine4
SOCIOL 114Sociology of Law4
SOCIOL 116Sociology of Work4
SOCIOL 117Sport As a Social Institution4
SOCIOL 120Economy and Society4
SOCIOL 121Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context4
SOCIOL 124Sociology of Poverty4
SOCIOL C126Sex, Death, and Data4
SOCIOL 127Development and Globalization4
SOCIOL 130Social Inequalities4
SOCIOL 130ACSocial Inequalities: American Cultures4
SOCIOL 131Race and Ethnic Relations: The United States Experience4
SOCIOL 131ACRace and Ethnic Relations: U.S. American Cultures4
SOCIOL 131FFour Centuries of Racial Vision and Division in the U.S.4
SOCIOL 133Sociology of Gender4
SOCIOL 135Sexual Cultures4
SOCIOL 136Urban Sociology4
SOCIOL 137ACEnvironmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment4
SOCIOL 139Selected Topics in Social Inequality4
SOCIOL 140Politics and Social Change4
SOCIOL 145Social Change4
SOCIOL 145ACSocial Change: American Cultures4
SOCIOL 145LSocial Change in Latin America4
SOCIOL 146Contemporary Immigration in Global Perspective4
SOCIOL 148Social Policy4
SOCIOL 150Social Psychology4
SOCIOL 151Personality and Social Structure4
SOCIOL 152Deviance and Social Control4
SOCIOL 160Sociology of Culture4
SOCIOL 165Social Networks4
SOCIOL 166Society and Technology4
SOCIOL 167Virtual Communities/Social Media4
SOCIOL 169Selected Topics in Sociology of Culture4
SOCIOL 180CComparative Perspectives on U.S. and European Societies: Culture4
SOCIOL 180IComparative Perspectives on U.S. and European Societies: Inequality4
SOCIOL 185Global Sociology3
SOCIOL 186American Society4
SOCIOL 189Selected Topics in Comparative Perspectives4

Approved Secondary Social Sciences Courses for Social Welfare Majors

African-American Studies
AFRICAM 107Race and Public Policy3
AFRICAM 109Black and Male in American Life3
AFRICAM 111Race, Class, and Gender in the United States3
AFRICAM 116Slavery and African American Life Before 18654
AFRICAM 117African Americans in the Industrial Age, 1865-19704
AFRICAM 121Black Political Life in the United States4
AFRICAM 122African American Families in American Society3
AFRICAM W124The Philosophy of Martin Luther King3
AFRICAM 125History of the Civil Rights Movement4
AFRICAM 131Caribbean Societies and Cultures3
AFRICAM C133ARace, Identity, and Culture in Urban Schools3
AFRICAM 137Multicultural Communities3
AFRICAM 138Black Nationalism4
AFRICAM 139Selected Topics of African American Social Organization and Institutions1-4
American Studies
AMERSTD 101Examining U.S. Cultures in Time4
AMERSTD 102Examining U.S. Cultures in Place4
Art Practice
ART 165Art, Medicine, and Disabilities4
Asian-American Studies
ASAMST 121Chinese American History4
ASAMST 122Japanese American History4
ASAMST 123Korean American History4
ASAMST 124Filipino American History4
ASAMST 125Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S4
ASAMST 126Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation4
ASAMST 127South Asian American Historical and Contemporary Issues4
ASAMST 128ACMuslims in America4
ASAMST 141Law in the Asian American Community4
ASAMST 145ACPolitics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities4
ASAMST 146Asian Americans and Education4
ASAMST 150Gender and Generation in Asian American Families4
ASAMST 151Asian American Women: Theory and Experience4
Business Administration-Undergraduate
UGBA 107The Social, Political, and Ethical Environment of Business3
UGBA 170Ethical Leadership in Business2
Chicano Studies
CHICANO 135ALatino Narrative Film: to the 1980s4
CHICANO 135BLatino Narrative Film Since 19904
CHICANO 150BHistory of the Southwest: Mexican-United States War to Present4
CHICANO 159Mexican Immigration4
CHICANO 161Central American Peoples and Cultures4
CHICANO 165Cuba, the United States and Cuban Americans4
CHICANO 172Chicanos and the Educational System4
CHICANO 174Chicanos, Law, and Criminal Justice4
CHICANO 176Chicanos and Health Care3
CHICANO 180Topics in Chicano Studies1-4
City & Regional Planning
CY PLAN 110Introduction to City Planning4
CY PLAN 111Introduction to Housing: An International Survey3
CY PLAN 113BCommunity and Economic Development3
CY PLAN 114Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation3
CY PLAN 118ACThe Urban Community4
CY PLAN 119Planning for Sustainability3
CY PLAN 120Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability3
Demography
DEMOG 145ACThe American Immigrant Experience4
DEMOG C164Impact of Government Policies on Poor Children and Families4
DEMOG C165Family and Household in Comparative Perspective3
DEMOG C175Economic Demography4
Education
EDUC 114AEarly Development and Education4
EDUC 140ACThe Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World4
EDUC C181Race, Identity, and Culture in Urban Schools3
EDUC 182ACThe Politics of Educational Inequality4
EDUC 185Gender and Education: International Perspectives3
EDUC 186ACThe Southern Border4
EDUC 188FLanguage, Race, and Power in Education3
EDUC 189Democracy and Education4
EDUC 190Critical Studies in Education4
EDUC 191BGender Issues in Education3
EDUC C193AEnvironmental Education3
Environmental Science, Policy & Management
ESPM 161Environmental Philosophy and Ethics4
ESPM 163ACEnvironmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment4
ESPM C167Environmental Health and Development4
Ethnic Studies
ETH STD 126Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality4
ETH STD 130The Making of Multicultural America: A Comparative Historical Perspective4
ETH STD 135Contemporary U.S. Immigration4
ETH STD 136Immigrant Women4
ETH STD 141Racial Politics in America4
ETH STD 144ACRacism and the U.S. Law: Historical Treatment of Peoples of Color4
ETH STD 147Women of Color in the United States4
ETH STD 150People of Mixed Racial Descent4
ETH STD 159ACThe Southern Border4
ETH STD 181ACPrison4
Gender & Women's Studies
GWS 100ACWomen in American Culture3
GWS 103Identities Across Difference4
GWS 111Special Topics (Requires advance approval)1-4
GWS 130ACGender, Race, Nation, and Health4
GWS 132ACGender, Race, and Law4
GWS 139Women, Gender, and Work4
GWS 143Women, Proverty, and Globalization4
GWS C146ACultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Literary Culture4
GWS C146BCultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Visual Culture4
GWS 155Gender and Transnational Migration4
Global Poverty & Practice
GPP 115Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes in the New Millennium4
Health & Medical Sciences
HMEDSCI C133Death, Dying, and Modern Medicine: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives4
History
HISTORY 111BTopics in the History of Southest Asia: Modern Southeast Asia4
HISTORY 111CTopics in the History of Southest Asia: Political and Cultural History of Vietnam4
HISTORY 114BIndia: Modern South Asia4
HISTORY 120ACAmerican Environmental and Cultural History4
HISTORY 125AHistory of African-Americans and Race Relations in the United States: The History of Black People and Race Relations, 1550-18614
HISTORY 125BHistory of African-Americans and Race Relations in the United States: Soul Power: African American History 1861-19804
HISTORY 127ACCalifornia4
HISTORY 131BSocial History of the United States: Creating Modern American Society: From the End of the Civil War to the Global Age4
HISTORY 136Gender Matters in 20th Century America4
HISTORY 137ACThe Repeopling of America4
HISTORY C139BThe American Immigrant Experience4
HISTORY C139CCivil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History4
HISTORY C139DFrom Civil Rights Era to the New Gilded Age: Struggles for Racial Equality and Economic Equity from 'Double Victory' to 'Occupy'4
HISTORY 140BMexico: Modern Mexico4
HISTORY 141BSocial History of Latin America: Social History of Modern Latin America4
HISTORY 146Latin American Women4
HISTORY C191Death, Dying, and Modern Medicine: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives4
Interdisciplinary Studies Field
ISF 100AIntroduction to Social Theory and Cultural Analysis4
ISF 100BIntroduction to Social Theory and Cultural Analysis4
Legal Studies
LEGALST 102Policing and Society4
LEGALST 132ACImmigration and Citizenship4
LEGALST 145Law and Economics I4
LEGALST 147Law and Economics II4
LEGALST 151Law, Self, and Society3
LEGALST 155Government and the Family4
LEGALST 160Punishment, Culture, and Society4
LEGALST 163Adolescence, Crime and Juvenile Justice4
LEGALST 168Sex, Reproduction and the Law4
LEGALST 170Crime and Criminal Justice4
LEGALST 181Psychology and the Law4
LEGALST 182Law, Politics and Society4
LEGALST 183Psychology of Diversity and Discrimination in American Law4
LEGALST 184Sociology of Law4
LEGALST 185ACPrison4
LEGALST 187Diversity, Law & Politics4
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies
LGBT 100Special Topics (Requires advance approval)4
LGBT 145Interpreting the Queer Past: Methods and Problems in the History of Sexuality4
LGBT 146Cultural Representations of Sexuality4
LGBT C146ACultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Literary Culture4
LGBT C146BCultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Visual Culture4
LGBT C147BSexuality, Culture, and Colonialism4
LGBT C148Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality4
Native American Studies
NATAMST 100Native American Law4
NATAMST 101Native American Tribal Governments4
NATAMST 149Gender in Native American Society4
NATAMST 176History of Native Americans in the Southwest4
NATAMST 178ACAfricans in Indian Country4
NATAMST 190Seminar on Advanced Topics in Native American Studies1-4
Peace & Conflict Studies
PACS 125ACWar, Culture, and Society4
PACS 126International Human Rights4
PACS 150Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice3
PACS 154Multicultural Conflict Resolution4
PACS 164AIntroduction to Nonviolence3
PACS 170Conflict Resolution, Social Change, and the Cultures of Peace4
Public Health
PB HLTH 103Course Not Available2
PB HLTH 105Course Not Available3
PB HLTH 107Violence, Social Justice, and Public Health2
PB HLTH 112Global Health: A Multidisciplinary Examination4
PB HLTH 113Course Not Available3
PB HLTH 126Health Economics and Public Policy3
PB HLTH 150AIntroduction to Epidemiology and Human Disease4
PB HLTH 150DIntroduction to Health Policy and Management3
PB HLTH 150EIntroduction to Community Health and Human Development3
PB HLTH C155Sociology of Health and Medicine4
PB HLTH 180Course Not Available2
PB HLTH 181Poverty and Population3
PB HLTH 183Course Not Available3
Public Policy
PUB POL 101Introduction to Public Policy Analysis4
PUB POL 103Wealth and Poverty4
PUB POL 117ACRace, Ethnicity, and Public Policy4
PUB POL 156Program and Policy Design4
PUB POL C164Impact of Government Policies on Poor Children and Families4
PUB POL 179Public Budgeting4
PUB POL 190Special Topics in Public Policy (Requires advance approval)1-4
Rhetoric
RHETOR 152ACRace and Order in the New Republic4
Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies
UGIS 110Introduction to Disability Studies3
UGIS 112Women and Disability3
UGIS C135Visual Autobiography4

Social Welfare Courses

SOC WEL 10 An Introduction to American Social Welfare in World Context 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2013 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2012 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2011 Second 6 Week Session
This course will consider the U.S. social welfare system in comparison with systems in other parts of the world, including Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. It will examine the history and role of "welfare," "the welfare state," and the social work profession in the U.S. and in other countries and will consider key issues in contemporary social work
practice. Topics such as discrimination, economic deprivation, and oppression and their effects on people of color, women, and gay and lesbian people will be highlighted.
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SOC WEL 20 Confronting America's Social Problems 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 10 Week Session, Summer 2014 Second 6 Week Session
America's recognition of and response to major social problems usually involves a mix of hyperbole and denial, inaction and innovation, volunteerism and professionalization, feasts and famines of resources, media applause and attack, and unsustained successes and long-term failures. What is usually lacking is a consistent, thoughtful effort. Yet help is given and lives are changed
, for better and sometimes worse. Social Welfare 20 considers the American approach to social problems through an examination of issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, poverty and inequality, homelessness, family violence, and child maltreatment. Each area will be explored in terms of history, causes and dimensions, and human service and social policy responses.
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SOC WEL 98BC Berkeley Connect in Social Welfare 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Berkeley Connect is a mentoring program, offered through various academic departments, that helps students build intellectual community. Over the course of a semester, enrolled students participate in regular small-group discussions facilitated by a graduate student mentor (following a faculty-directed curriculum), meet with their graduate student mentor for one-on-one academic advising, attend lectures and panel discussions featuring department
faculty and alumni, and go on field trips to campus resources. Students are not required to be declared majors in order to participate.
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SOC WEL 105 Introduction to Child Welfare in California and the U.S. 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session
This course introduces students to the purpose, functions, and programs of the public child welfare system in the United States, with a particular focus on California, in a historical context, and with an emphasis on social justice and diversity concerns in policy-making and service delivery. The course explores U.S. child welfare history/historical traumas, cultural and diversity
issues, ethical considerations, mandated reporting of suspected child maltreatment, family and kinship supports, allied community services, causes for child removals and returns to families, judicial involvement, sibling-group placements, foster care, emancipation from the system, first-person guest speaker accounts, and policy-level interventions.
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SOC WEL 107 Foundations, Philanthropy, and the Social Services: Grant Writing for Program Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Course explores the role of philanthropy, foundations, and proposal development in American society. A grant writing exercise in a Bay Area community agency is required.

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SOC WEL 110 Social Work As a Profession 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
This course examines social work as a profession: the practice of the profession, the organizational context of professional practice, and the ethics of the profession.

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SOC WEL 112 Social Welfare Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Analysis of social welfare policies and programs including public assistance, social insurance, social services, and health and mental health.

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SOC WEL 114 Practice in Social Work 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
This course introduces students to basic social work practice skills through the generalist intervention model. Both direct and indirect practice methods are introduced. Students are exposed to both theory and research that informs understanding of client system’s strengths, problem development, and intervention. Biophysical, psychological, environmental, social, and cultural contributions to effective and ethical social work
assessment and intervention with individuals, families, and communities experiencing a range of challenges will be examined. Requires concurrent enrollment in discussion section.
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SOC WEL 116 Current Topics in Social Welfare 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Course examines current problems and issues in the field of social welfare.

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SOC WEL 148 Substance Abuse Treatment 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session
Provides an overview of theoretical perspectives and practice models in the substance abuse field. Addresses issues of misuse and addiction, impacts on the family, and the range of intervention modalities including prevention and treatment. Students will also become familiar with alcohol and drug related problems including mental disorders, HIV/AIDS, and criminal behavior.

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SOC WEL 150AC Race, Ethnic Relations, and Social Welfare in the United States 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 1996, Fall 1995
Course examines the development of race and ethnic relations in the U.S., emphasizing relevant social welfare themes.

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SOC WEL 150L Sexuality and Social Work 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 First 6 Week Session
This course introduces the developmental, psychological and environmental issues related to sexuality at different stages in life, and in different social service venues. It includes an introduction to the strengths perspective, exploration of heterosexist aspects of society, policies related to a person’s sexuality and gender, and ethics and diversity issues often arising in work
with sexual minorities. Variability within sexual culture is addressed, introducing students to the strengths of the LGBT community, the experience of growing up and discovering sexuality, and how research and practice models define homosexuality in relation to human sexuality and development. Issues of sexuality in specific social work settings are addressed.
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SOC WEL 151 Social Work with an Asian American Perspective 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2002, Fall 2000
Asian Americans are among the fastest growing minorities who originate from vast and diverse regions of Asia. This course provides an overview of their histories of migration, and examines their cultural values, adaptation and ethnic identity formation, and major psychosocial challenges they face in American society. Understanding these psychosocial influences will enable students to begin applying cultural humility, and
inform their social work practice with various groups of Asians living in the U.S. Research and evidence-based support will be infused and threaded throughout readings and discussions. Shared common values and experiences will be explored with unique cultural values and practices highlighted.
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SOC WEL 155 Finding Individual Donors for Human Service Agencies 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session
Students will leave this course understanding how nonprofits decide what fundraising strategies to pursue and will have a broad knowledge of a variety of fundraising strategies with particular emphasis on raising money from individual donors. Students will be familiar with the most common strategies employed by human service agencies such as personal solicitation, direct mail, on-line, and special events.
In addition, they will be briefly introduced to planning giving and capital campaign fundraising. In addition students will understand the psychology of giving and receiving and feel more comfortable asking for money in person. Each student will apply the knowledge they learn in class to a nonprofit where they work or volunteer.
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SOC WEL 181 Social Science and Crime Prevention Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
In this interdisciplinary course students examine the relationships among social science, law, and crime prevention policy. Emphasis is placed on how psychological science (clinical, developmental, social) can inform decisions about individuals at high risk for repeated involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Topics of focus include risk assessment, adolescent development and juvenile justice, and prevention/intervention/correctional
psychology. Students will have an opportunity to master a specific problem area. Broadly, goals are for students to a) become comfortable in translating crime prevention problems into social scientific questions, and b) specifically understand how research findings can inform law and policy.
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SOC WEL 186 Domestic Violence 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 First 6 Week Session
This course will investigate the phenomenon of domestic violence in the United States from historical, psychological, sociological, anthropological, legal, feminist, and cross-cultural perspectives. We will study the impact this social problem has on families, relevant theories of causation, the merits of related services and interventions, and the experiences of diverse populations.

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SOC WEL 198BC Berkeley Connect in Social Welfare 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Berkeley Connect is a mentoring program, offered through various academic departments, that helps students build intellectual community. Over the course of a semester, enrolled students participate in regular small-group discussions facilitated by a graduate student mentor (following a faculty-directed curriculum), meet with their graduate student mentor for one-on-one academic advising, attend lectures and panel discussions featuring department
faculty and alumni, and go on field trips to campus resources. Students are not required to be declared majors in order to participate.
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SOC WEL H195 Senior Honors Course 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Preparation of an honors thesis.

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Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Adrian Aguilera, Assistant Professor. Culture and SES and mental health, mental health services research in low-income populations, Latino & minority mental health, health disparities, cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression, mobile technology (mHealth) and mental health, digital health.
Research Profile

Michael J. Austin, Professor. Strategic planning, social welfare, social service management, organizational development.
Research Profile

Jill Duerr Berrick, Professor. Family policy, child and family poverty, child abuse and neglect, foster care, kinship care, Child welfare services.
Research Profile

Julian Chow, Professor. East Asian studies, social welfare, community practice and service delivery in urban poverty, ethnic, and immigrant neighborhoods, community analysis and needs assessment, program planning and development, and cultural competency services.
Research Profile

Jeffrey Edleson, Professor. Program evaluation, family violence, child maltreatment, engaging men, violence prevention.
Research Profile

Neil Gilbert, Professor. Social welfare, comparative welfare state analysis, child welfare, evaluation research, family policy, social security.
Research Profile

Anu Gomez, Assistant Professor. Reproductive health, violence against women, health disparities.
Research Profile

James Midgley, Professor. Development, social development, social policy, community development, International social welfare, global poverty and inequality.
Research Profile

Kurt C. Organista, Professor. Social welfare, race/ethnicity, HIV prevention, social behavior.
Research Profile

Tina K. Sacks, Assistant Professor.

Andrew E. Scharlach, Professor. Aging, social welfare, family issues, aging-friendly communities, long-term care policies.
Research Profile

Steven P. Segal, Professor. Psychiatry, methodology, social welfare, mental health and social policy.
Research Profile

Valerie Shapiro, Assistant Professor. Social work, prevention, mental health, intervention, effective, preventive, sustainability, adoption, community, coalition, collaboration, strength, school, assessment, screening, resilience, translation, dissemination, implementation, doctoral, education, communities that care, social emotional, youth, children, DESSA.
Research Profile

Jennifer Skeem, Professor. Psychology, mental health, criminal justice, risk assessment, intervention.
Research Profile

Paul R. Sterzing, Assistant Professor.

Susan Irene Stone, Associate Professor. School-based psycho-social services, school-effects, archival data analysis.
Research Profile

Field Consultants

Robert H. Ayasse, Field Consultant.

Luna Calderon, Field Consultant.

Andrea I. Dubrow, Field Consultant.

Christina Feliciana, Field Consultant.

Susana C. Fong, Field Consultant.

Jennifer L. Jackson, Field Consultant.

Gregory S. Merrill, Field Consultant.

Catharine J. Ralph, Field Consultant.

Lecturers

Sarah Accomazzo, Lecturer.

Claudia L. Albano, Lecturer.

Jamie Bachman, Lecturer.

Sevaughn Banks, Lecturer.

Caroline R. Cangelosi, Lecturer.

Eveline Chang, Lecturer.

Elizabeth Horevitz, Lecturer.

Barbara L. Ivins, Lecturer.

Jennifer Lawson, Lecturer.

Richard J. Nizzardini, Lecturer.

Amanda E. Reiman, Lecturer.

John Peter Shields, Lecturer.

Stanley B. Taubman, Lecturer.

Keshia Williams, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Anne-Therese Ageson, Professor Emeritus.

Bari Cornet, Professor Emeritus.

Eileen Gambrill, Professor Emeritus. Social welfare, professional ethics and education, social learning theory, behavioral methods.
Research Profile

Jewelle T. Gibbs, Professor Emeritus.

Bart Grossman, Professor Emeritus.

Rafael Herrera, Professor Emeritus.

Ralph M. Kramer, Professor Emeritus.

Peter G. Manoleas, Professor Emeritus.

Mary Ann Mason, Professor Emeritus. Law, social welfare, family and children policy.
Research Profile

Lorraine T. Midanik, Professor Emeritus. Social welfare, research methodology, health behavior and policy.
Research Profile

Henry Miller, Professor Emeritus.

Leonard S. Miller, Professor Emeritus.

Robert Pruger, Professor Emeritus.

William M. Runyan, Professor Emeritus. Human behavior, social welfare, life history.
Research Profile

Paul Terrell, Professor Emeritus.

Yu-Wen Ying, Professor Emeritus. Social welfare, race/ethnicity, immigrant and refugee family relationships, mental health disorders.
Research Profile

Contact Information

School of Social Welfare

120 Haviland Hall

Phone: (510) 642-4341

Fax: 510-643-6126

socialwelfare@berkeley.edu

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