Social Work: CurriculumSocial Work: Curriculum

Social Work: Curriculum

Full admission into the upper-division skills classes of the social work program requires that you apply for degree candidacy after you've completed a minimum of 50 credit hours: completed SOW 150 and ENG 101 and 102 with a minimum grade of C (2.0); achieved an overall GPA of 2.0. You also need to maintain a 2.5 GPA in the major to remain in good standing and to graduate from the program.


We require the following courses as general education menu options:

  • ENG 101 and 102 English Composition I and II (with grade of C or better)
  • SOW 208 Minority Group Relations (multicultural category)
  • SOW 303 Human Sex and Society (wellness category)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (social science category)
  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (social science category)

We recommend the following as general education menu options:

  • CSC 101 Personal Productivity Software
  • PHI 100 Perspectives in Philosophy
  • BIO 103 Contemporary Issues in Biology
  • BIO 112 Biology of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • GEO 311 Geographic Information Systems
  • MAT 215 Statistics

We recommend these courses as electives:

  • GTY 100 Introduction to Gerontology
  • ECO 100 Elements of Economics
  • POS 100 Intro to Political Science
  • PSY 400 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC 205 Contemporary Social Problems

Note: You need to apply for acceptance to candidacy before enrolling in SOW 302 and need to attend the Social Work Department pre-practicum orientation the semester before you enroll in SOW 419 and 420.

Get a description of each of Cal U's social work courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree in four years.

Bachelor of Social Work: 120 Credits

First Semester – 16 credits
**ENG 101 English Composition I

        3 crs.

**UNI 100 First-Year Seminar        1 cr.

*PSY 100 General Psychology or ** SOC 100 Principles of Sociology

        3 crs.
*SOW 150 Introduction to Social Work        3 crs.
General Education Courses        6 crs.

Second Semester – 15 credits
**ENG 102 English Composition II        3 crs.
**SOC 100 Principles of Sociology OR *PSY 100 General Psychology        3 crs.
General Education Courses        9 crs.

Third Semester – 15 credits
*SOW 208 Diversity in a Changing World
       3 crs.
*SOW 315 Human Growth and Behavior: Birth to Young Adult        3 crs.
General Education Courses        9 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
*SOW 302 Social Work Practice with Individuals        3 crs.
*SOW 316 Human Growth and Behavior: Young Adult to Late Life

        3 crs.

General Education Courses/**Electives        9 crs.

Fifth Semester – 15 credits
*SOW 304 Social Work Practice with Families
        3 crs.
*SOW 360 Social Welfare Philosophy, Policy Analysis and Social Service Delivery
        3 crs.
*First Social Work Special Interest
        3 crs.
General Education Courses/**Electives        6 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
**SOW 303 Human Sexuality and Society        3 crs.
*SOW 345 Social Work Practice with Groups
        3 crs.
*SOW 370 Policy Practice in Social Work        3 crs.

*Second Social Work Special Interest

        3 crs.
General Education Courses/Electives       3-6 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15 credits
*SOW 405 Social Work Research Methods        3 crs.
*SOW 349 Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities                                    3 crs.
General Education Courses/Electives        9 crs.
Pre-Practicum Orientation        0 crs.

Eighth Semester – 15 credits
*SOW 425 Field Education
       12 crs.
*SOW 435 Field Education Seminar

       3 crs.

* Required major and related courses
** Required and recommended General Education courses