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Bachelor of Social Work – 120 Credits

Full admission into the upper-division skills classes of the social work program requires that the student apply for degree candidacy prior to entering SOW 302.  By the start of this class (SOW 302), students must have:

  1. completed a minimum of 45 credit-hours;
  2. completed SOW 150, 208, ENG 101 and 102 with a minimum grade of C; and
  3. achieved an overall GPA of 2.0.

Students need to maintain a 2.5 GPA in the major to remain in good standing and to graduate from the program.

To earn the B.S.W. degree, students are required to take the following courses to complete their general education requirements:

  •         ENG 101 and 102 (with grades of C or better)
  •         SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (social science menu)
  •         Any PHI (ethics preferred), ENG literature or foreign language (humanities menu)
  •         Any natural science with lab (anatomy/physiology or BIO preferred) (natural science menu)
  •         Any HIS course (U.S. history recommended) (General Education options)
  •         Any POS course (American government recommended) (General Education options)

To earn the B.S.W. degree, students must take the following courses as related courses and related electives:

  •         PSY 100 General Psychology
  •         Any two ANT, ECO, GTY, POS, PSY, SOC, SOW or WST courses, one 200 level or above, one 300 level or above

The Department of Social Work recommends that students in the major choose from the following courses for other General Education requirements OR for free electives:

  •         BIO 103 Contemporary Issues in Biology
  •         BIO 112 Biology of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  •         CSC 101 Personal Productivity Software (technological literacy menu)
  •         ECO 100 Elements of Economics
  •         GEO 311 Geographic Information Systems
  •         GTY 100 Introduction to Gerontology
  •         MAT 215 Statistics (math menu)
  •         PSY 400 Abnormal Psychology
  •         SOC 205 Contemporary Social Problems
  •         SOW 303 Human Sex and Society (wellness menu)

Social work majors need to apply for acceptance to candidacy before enrolling in SOW 302 and need to complete Social Work Pre-Practicum Orientation the semester before they enroll in SOW 425 and 435.

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Freshman Year

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.

Sophomore Year

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.

Junior Year

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.

Senior Year

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