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Comprehensive and Interdisciplinary Curriculum/ Pwogram konplè e entèdisiplinè


A comprehensive curriculum is scheduled which includes foundational courses, extensive foreign language offerings, social science education, and a rigorous series of social work classes. Foundation courses are designed to introduce the student to social work study and practice while developing essential skills in written and oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative methods as a foundation for further study.

Yon pwogram konplè ki etabli ki gen ladann anpil kou fondamental, yon vas ofrann lang etranjè, ansèyman sou syans sosyal ak yon seri de klas rigoure. Klas de baz yo fet pou entwodwi etidyan a etid travay sosyal epi pratike pandan l’ap devlope kèk konpetans esansyèl an kominikasyon ekrit ak oral, panse kritik ak kèk metòd kantitatif antan ke fondman pou yon etid pi apwofondi.

Social Science education requirements are designed to develop understanding of the domains of social science learning (anthropology, psychology, sociology, public policy, political science, economics) and relationships among them, increase understanding of the importance and interdependence of theory and practice. Social science classes also help the student develop appreciation and understanding of the richness of Haiti’s heritage as well as the cultural, religious, and social diversity of the Caribbean.

Egzijans fomasyon an travay sosyal yo vize devlope konprayansyon domèn aprantisaj syans sosyal :( Antwopoloji, sikoloji, sosyoloji, politik piblik, syans politik, ekonomi) e relasyon yo gen ant yo menm. Ogmante konpreyansyon enpotans ak entèdepandans teyori ak pratik genyen. Klas syans sosyal yo ede etidyan egalman devlope apresiyasyon ak konpreyansyon richès patrimwàn Ayiti yo menm jan ak divèsite kiltirèl, relijye ak sosyal nan karayib la.

Language classes are offered in order to assist students in achieving fluency in a foreign language. Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing at an advanced level in a foreign language is required for completion of the degree. Students have opportunities to practice language skills in social work and social science lectures as well, as most are offered in English and French in addition to Creole.

Nou ofri klas lang afen ke noue de etidyan yo reyalize metrize yon lang etranje. Demontre abilite pou pale oralman epi ekri nan yon nivo avanse nan yon lang atranje se yon obligasyon pou ka jwenn diplòm. Etidyan yo gen posiblite pou pratike konpetans lengistik yo genyen an travay sosyal ak nan klas syans sosyal yo e an kreyol an plis.

Social Work courses are taken during all four years of the program. Lower division (100-200 level) courses are designed to lay the foundation for social work practice and understanding of social work theory. Upper division courses (300-400 level) generally build on existing social work knowledge and focus on advanced applications of theory or development of specialized practice skills.

Kou travay sosyal yo bay pandan katran pwogram nan. Klas divizyon ba yo ( nivo 100-200) fet pou kapab fikse baz pratik travay sosyal la epi konprann teyori travay sosyal la. Klas divizyon siperyè yo (nivo 300-400) generalman konstwi sou baz konesans ki egziste epi konsantre sou aplikasyon avanse teyori ou devlopman pratik konpetans espesyalize yo.

Klas travay sosyal yo gen ladan yo travay sou teren, yon eksperyans daprantisaj entegre kote etidyan ap pratike nouvo konpetans nan mond reyèl la pandan yap fe staj nan kad byennèt sosyal, gouvènman an oubyen òganizasyon non gouvènmantal.

The curriculum includes participation in five areas of learning:

Pwogram nan gen ladan senk domèn daprantisaj:

Learning.jpg Class Sessions: Students attend courses year round in 10-13 week cycles known as “terms”. Every course includes weekly class lecture sessions; lectures usually last between 1-2 hours and meet weekly. Students are expected to prepare for lectures in advance by reading course materials, preparing a list of their questions, and arriving on time and ready to learn.

* Sesyon klas yo: Etidyan yo swiv kou pandan tout ane a nan yon pwogram 10 a 13 semèn nou rele « sesyon ». chak klas yo enkli klas ebdomadè yo ; Kou yo abityèlman rankontre chak semèn pandan 1è a 2èd tan. Etidyan yo dwe prepare pou klas yo nan lekti yap fe, kesyon yap prepare avan klas la, lè yo rive a lè epi pare pou aprann.

Students should attend every scheduled lecture unless a serious medical emergency prevents them from coming. In such events, an absence may be excused; however, a student who misses more than one class may be required to retake the lecture at their own cost the next time it is offered.

Etidyan yo dwe asiste a tout klas ki prevwa yo. A mwen ke ta gen yon ijans medical grav ki ta anpeche yo vini. Nan ka sa a, yon absans ka jwenn eskiz, men yon etidyan ki manke plis pase yon klas ka nesesèman bezwen repran klas anko pwochenn fwa yo ofri klas sa a ankò Study Sessions: Many courses also have an assigned study session in which students review the material learned in previous classes and prepare for their next class meeting. Some study sessions are facilitated by a tutor or teaching assistant, while others may be facilitated by a trained student assistant. Study sessions generally last between 1-2 hours and may include lecture review, small group activities, workshops, discussions, and the presentation of supplementary material. Attendance is mandatory and will be recorded.

Independent Study: Independent study is the preparation, reading and review that a student completes outside of formal class or study sessions. This can include reviewing notes, writing papers, summarizing lessons learned or any other number of activities. Student should plan on spending at least two hours of independent study for each hour of in-class time. The nature and content of some courses may require more independent study.

Field Work: Students are required to work a minimum of 1700 documented hours in a social work practice internship or as an employee in an approved social work job before they may graduate from the degree program. This can done in any combination of hours (e.g., 10 per week every week of the year, 15 hours per week for most of the year, etc.). Students who do not have paid employment will be given the option of an internship at a nongovernmental organization, government agency, international organization, charity, school or similar institution.

Research: Each student will complete one original social work research project prior to completion of the program. This is typically initiated at the end of year two and completed and written up by the beginning of year four. Research projects are mentored by a faculty member.

Degree Programs and Planning


Each student is responsible for fulfilling all of the requirements for the degree program being pursued and for following the procedures and regulations as stated in the Catalog in effect when entering the Institute. The Catalog is valid for seven years. Students should keep a copy of the Catalog they enter under until they graduate. Assistance from an advisor is helpful in planning the program of studies and in selecting the specific courses to be taken for each academic term.

The guidelines below will be helpful in planning.

 Read the Catalog to investigate what options are available.
 Consult with your advisor to explore what Social Science majors which are of interest to you.
 Become familiar with the academic regulations section of the Catalog; determine the grades that are needed to insure retention and graduation as well as honors classifications in the University and in individual programs.
 Once a Social Science major has been chosen consult with your advisor to determine the degree requirements.

The following degree programs and certificates are currently offered:

• Bachelor of Social Work (required for all students)
• Bachelor of Art in Anthropology
• Bachelor of Art in Political Science
• Bachelor of Art in Psychology
• Certificate in Haitian Creole Language and Society
• Certificate in Quantitative Research Methods
• Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods

Degree Requirements


Students must meet the following requirements to graduate:

1) Complete all required coursework for one’s degree program and Social Science major area.
2) Complete at least 130 credit hours of coursework. Generally, 13 hours of classroom instruction is equal to one credit hour.
3) Complete at least 40 credit hours in Social Work.
4) Complete at least 30 credit hours in Social Science.
5) Complete at least 10 credit hours in Research Methods with at least a C in each course.
6) Attain a minimum 5 GPA on a 10 point grading scale.
7) Demonstrate fluency in oral, written and spoken French as demonstrated by completion of advanced French classes and authorization of an Institute director, or by passing a comprehensive examination.
8) Pass a comprehensive examination in the English language (Only required of non-native speakers of English).
9) Pass a comprehensive examination in Haitian Creole language (Only required of non-native speakers of Haitian Creole).
10) Complete the Social Work Portfolio and demonstrate mastery of Social Work practice skills.
11) Complete a substantive research project which was defended and accepted by at least two readers from the faculty.
12) Complete 1700 hours of Social Work field education with a passing grade.
13) Demonstrate sound writing, research and computer skills as demonstrated by course grades, completed research projects, field placement work, examination, demonstration or a combination of these assessment methods.
14) Fulfill any and all outstanding obligations, financial or otherwise, to the Institute.

Social Work Requirements


All degree students are required to complete the Bachelors in Social Work.

The interdisciplinary BSW/BA program prepares Social Workers in four core areas: Engagement, Assessment, Intervention and Evaluation. Each student must take at least two classes that address the theories associated with the core area and at least two classes that address the practices associated with the core area.
AAll graduating students must demonstrate that they:

• Substantively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities;
• Use empathy and other interpersonal skills;
• Are able to develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes with client(s).

• Collect, organize, and interpret client data
• Assess client strengths and limitations
• Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives; and
• Select appropriate intervention strategies.

• Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals;
• Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities;
• Help clients resolve problems;
• Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients; and
• Facilitate transitions and endings.

• Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions.

Each student completes a portfolio detailing their work during the program and assessing knowledge and practice skills. This materials included in this portfolio are one of the methods used to assess student learning and preparation for a professional social work career. The student portfolio must be completed and formally reviewed for acceptance by at least two members of the social work faculty before a student may apply for graduation.

Social Science Requirements


All students in the undergraduate degree program are required to complete at least three social science courses outside of their social science major area; these courses must be selected from at least two different social sciences other than ones major. This assures that all graduates have taken coursework in at least three social sciences.



Anthropology is literally the study of ourselves (anthro- = humans, -ology = study of). It is a holistic discipline in that it tries to give as a broad an understanding of humans from the cultural, historical, physical and symbolic perspectives. Anthropology is relativistic in that it aims to suspend prejudice and achieve understanding of behavior within specific cultural context in which it occurs. And anthropology is cross-cultural in that it examines human behavior throughout the world, from prehistory to today.

Anthropology is commonly broken into four sub-disciplines:

Cultural Anthropology - the study of living and past social systems in their entirety.

Archeology – the study of material culture including architecture, ceramics, tools, weapons, etc., settlement patterns and the like; this sub-discipline tends to focus on past societies.

Biological Anthropology (also known as Human Biology) – study of the human body with particular emphasis on how it has adapted to the environment.

Linguistics – study of language and communication

Anthropology core requirements for a joint degree:

Intro to Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Anthropology of Sex and Gender
Anthropology and Development
Medical Anthropology
History of Anthropological Theory
History of Haitian Anthropology
Anthropology of Haiti
Computing for Anthropology
Anthropological Research Methods
Anthropology and Electronic Media
Supervised Research in Anthropology

Political Science & Public Policy/Syans Politik & Politik Piblik


Focusing on the way people are governed and govern themselves in a variety of settings, political science is the systematic study of politics and its connection to human society. Not only does political science examine how organization and governance happens at different levels including the international community, the state, the local community, the workplace, and schools, it also looks at how governance in those settings shapes the lives of individuals.

Courses in this social science examine the organization of the world system including the United Nations, the relationships between law and political institutions, economic and political power, and culture and political identity. This social science major prepares students for social work related to economic issues, public policy creation and evaluation, and in practice related to macro social work issues.

Degree requirements:

PS100 – Introduction to Political Science (1 Credit Unit)
PS201 – Public Policy Issues in Social Work (2 Credit Units)
PS202 – International Organizations (2 Credit Units)
PS413 or three units from PS414-PS419 PS208 or PS403
Two of the following: PS101, PS102, PS103
One of the following: PS104, PS105, PS106, PS107, PS200, PS203, PS204, PS300, PS302, PS402
Additional elective courses until at least 30 credit units have been completed in Political Science.

Konsantre sou fason moun ap gouvène e gen yo gouvène tèt pa yo nan yon varyete anviwònman, syans politik se etid sistematik politik ak koneksyon li gen nan sosyete imèn nan . Se pa sèlman syans politik ki egzamine kòman òganizasyon e gouvèneman rive nan diferan nivo nan kominote entènasyonal la, leta , kominote lokal la, nan travay, ak nan lekòl, li voye je tou sou fason gouvènans nan anviwònman sa yo fòme lavi moun yo.

Kou syans sosyal sa yo egzamine sistèm òganizasyon nan lemonn tankou Nasyon Zini , relasyon yo gen ant lwa ak enstitisyon politik yo, pouvwa ekonomik ak politik, e kilti ak idantite politik . Syans sosyal sa prepare etidyan pou travay sosyal ki gen rapò ak pwoblem ekonomik, politik piblik ak evalyasyon, e nan pratik ki lye ak macro pwoblèm nan travay sosyal.

Nivo kondisyon yo:

PS100 – Entwodiksyon a Syans Politik (1 kredi inite)
PS201 – pwoblèm politik Piblik nan Travay Sosyal (2 kredi inite)
PS202 - òganizasyon entènasyonal (2 kredi inite)
PS413 oswa twa inite nan PS414-PS419
PS208 oswa PS403
De nan bagay sa yo: PS101, PS102, PS103
Youn nan bagay sa yo: PS104, PS105, PS106, PS107, PS200, PS203, PS204, PS300, PS302, PS402
Kou adisyonèl elektif yo jouk o mwens 30 kredi inite yo te konplete nan kou syans politik yo .