Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA) Concentration Curriculum Requirements

Beyond the MSW generalist foundation core, COSA offers concentration-specific, second-level courses in Human Behavior and the Urban Environment and Organizations and Public Policy; in addition, COSA students can now select among all the second-level research courses at the School - however, some are recommended for the COSA specialization tracks: Community Organization or Social Administration/Human Services Management. Students take both of the required specialization core skill courses, and some students prefer pursue both COSA specializations. Students fulfill their remaining concentration credits from a range of COSA skill elective courses. Students may also pursue elective courses in the School of Social Work, as well as other related professional schools and certificate programs. All students must complete six credits of foundation field work followed by twelve credits of concentration field placement in a range of organizational settings across an array of social work issues and program areas.

Required Skill Courses

SWCOSA 2084 Social Administration (Human Services Management) 3 crs.
SWCOSA 2088 Community Organization 3 crs.

Second-Level HBSE Course

SWBEH 2008 Human Behavior and the Urban Environment 3 crs.

Second-Level Policy Course

SWWEL 2087 Organizations and Public Policy 3 crs.

Second-Level Research Course

Select from any of the Second-Level Research course (some are recommended for COSA tracks)
SWRES 2033 Evaluative Research 3 crs. (SA)

SWRES 2045 Qualitative Research 3 crs.
SWRES 2047 Community-Based Participatory Research 3 crs. (CO)

Electives and Field Placement

COSA Skill Electives 6 crs.(two courses related to CO or SA track – see below)
General Electives 6 crs.
SWCOSA 2099 COSA Concentration Field Placement 12 crs. (related to CO or SA track)

Social Administration Electives

SWCOSA (TBA) Human Resource/Financial Management and Supervision*
SWCOSA 2040  Grants, Proposals and Funding Development*/**
SWCOSA 2054  Leadership and Teams**  (cross-listing with GSPIA and other schools)
SWCOSA (TBA)  Social Enterprise/Marketing/Media**

Community Organizing Electives

SWCOSA 2090  Working with Group and Intergroup Relations: Facilitation, Negotiation and Mediation**
SWCOSA 2096  Community Planning and Development

*Courses required for Human Services Management Certificate (COSA or DP)
** Courses can count for either Social Administration or Community Organizing