DEMING AND TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES CAMPUSES
WNMU’s Social Work Department offers the coursework designed to lead to a Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) degree to students living in Deming and TorC. 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.
Some of the coursework is 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.
Other courses are offered on-line. In these course, the students and the faculty member work together on covering the course content by email and by the use of WebCT or Mustang Express 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 in many different ways. These include by faculty member visits to the various campuses, by email, and by telephone contact.
On each campus, 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.