Ph.D. in Social Work and Anthropology (SWAN) curriculum

Our program aims to inspire and develop leaders in research and practice dedicated to improving human life, for all, in local, national and global contexts. SWAN (social work and anthropology) students will receive outstanding training in knowledge, theories and skills in anthropology and in social work needed to become effective scholars, advocates and administrators.

Theories and interventions will be taught with an appreciation for multiple aspects of the social-ecological context. Students will gain a rich understanding of how diverse social-cultural and political-economic forces both shape the lives of individuals, groups, communities and institutions as well as foster inequalities.

Students will be educated on how values, beliefs and practices affect the development of policies, programs and the utilization and design of service delivery systems. The SWAN graduate will combine scholarly training with expert-level skills in order to effectively advance culturally informed and aware practice through teaching, scholarship and the development of social programs and policies.

Curricular goals

  • Develop a thorough understanding and ability to appropriately utilize contemporary theories of culture and human behavior in their many manifestations, e.g., gender, ethnicity, structural violence.
  • Understand the nature of social and political inequities, their sources and effective strategies for intervention.
  • Learn the skills needed for qualitative and quantitative research, interpersonal and collaborative work.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use theory to guide research development, proposal writing, data analysis, interpretation of findings and publishing of results.

Required courses

Students with a master of social work

Social work: Research/theory

Course Title Credits
SW 9100 Social Statistics & Data Analysis 3
SW 9210 Theories for Practice & Research with Individuals 3
SW 9220 Theories for Social Work Research & Practice with Families/Groups  3
SW 9230 Theories for Practice & Research with Communities/Organizations 3
SW 9300 Applied Regression and Linear Models 3
SW 9410 Quantitative Research in Social Work 3

SWAN: Theory

Course Title Credits
SW 9697 Integrative Seminar in Social Work and Anthropology 3
ANT 7780 Conceptualizing the Dissertation 3

Anthropology: Research/theory

Course Title Credits
ANT 5060 Urban Anthropology 3
ANT 5140 Biology and Culture 3
ANT 5320 Language and Society  3
ANT 5700 Applied Anthropology 3
ANT 7005 Anthropology Proseminar I 3
ANT 7010 Anthropology Proseminar II 3
ANT 7200 Qualitative Research I 3
ANT 7210 Qualitative Research II 3
ANT XXXX Two ANT electives in student's research area 3-4
  SWAN capstone course 3

The capstone course focuses on interdisciplinary theory and research and the attendant challenges in implementing these goals, competing successfully for funding and publishing findings emerging from interdisciplinary research. The course will feature extensive reading in the interdisciplinary theory and epistemology, guest lecturers by faculty currently conducting inter-disciplinary research and attention to the process and substance of individual student interdisciplinary research projects intended for the dissertation.

Students without a master of social work

Social work: Practice/policy courses (foundation)

Course Title Credits
SW 7771 Field Work Seminar I/II 0.5
SW 7040 Methods of SW Practice 3
SW 7998 Concentration Field Work for Social Workers I 4-6
SW 7055 Foundations Group Theory & Practice 3
SW 7065 Foundations Macro Theory & Practice 3
SW 7720 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy in the United States 3

SWAN: Practice courses (community concentration)

Course Title Credits
SW 8048 Social Action Research and Evaluation 3
SW 8035 Techniques of Quantitative Data Analysis 1
SW 8045 Techniques of Data interpretation and Presentation 1
SW 8025 Community Assessment 1
SW 8055 Social Action Research and Evaluation 3
SW 8881 Field Work Seminar III/IV 0.5
SW 8075 Community Building/Development 4

Social work: Research/theory

Course Title Credits
SW 9100 Social Statistics & Data Analysis 3
SW 9210 Theories for Practice & Research with Individuals 3
SW 9220 Theories for Social Work Research & Practice with Families/Groups  3
SW 9230 Theories for Practice & Research with Communities/Organizations 3
SW 9300 Applied Regression and Linear Models 3
SW 9410 Quantitative Research in Social Work 3

Anthropology: Research/theory

Important: All anthropology requirements listed for students with a master of social work are also required for those students who lack a master's in social work.

SWAN: Theory

Course Title Credits
SW 9697 Integrative Seminar in Social Work and Anthropology 3
  SWAN capstone course 3

The capstone course focuses on interdisciplinary theory and research and the attendant challenges in implementing these goals, competing successfully for funding and publishing findings emerging from interdisciplinary research. The course will feature extensive reading in the interdisciplinary theory and epistemology, guest lecturers by faculty currently conducting inter-disciplinary research and attention to the process and substance of individual student interdisciplinary research projects intended for the dissertation.