2021-2022 Academic Catalog

BSW in Social Work

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in Social Work degree builds knowledge and skills related to the delivery of social services to individuals, families and groups. Students complete 480 hours of practicum with a social services agency or organization as part of this program. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


This BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Any Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course
Social Sciences
SOC 100  Principles of Sociology
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 102  Composition II
  • Any HIS Course (U.S. History recommended)
  • Any POS Course (American Government recommended)
Special Experience/Field Work Courses 
(pre-reqs. SOW 345, 370, 405)
SOW 425  Field Education 12
SOW 435  Field Education Seminar  3
Advanced Writing Courses 6
SOW 370  Policy Practice in Social Work (majors only; pre-req. SOW 360) 3
SOW 405  Social Work Research Method (majors only; pre-req. SOW 302) 3
Pre-Candidacy Courses 12
SOW 150  Introduction to Social Work 3
SOW 201  Interviewing for the Human Services* 3
SOW 208  Diversity in a Changing World 3
SOW 215  Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: Life Course 3
Practice Intervention Courses 15
SOW 302  SW Practice with Individuals (majors only; pre-reqs. SOW 150, 201, 208, 215 and ENG 101, 102, all courses with a grade of C or higher) 3
SOW 304  SW Practice with Families (majors only; pre-req. SOW 302 with a grade of C or higher) 3
SOW 345  SW Practice with Groups (majors only; pre-req. SOW 302 with a grade of C or higher) 3
SOW 349  SW Practice with Organizations and Communities (majors only; pre-reqs. SOW 302, 304 with a grade of C or higher) 3
SOW 316  Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Groups, Organizations and Communities  3
Social Welfare and Policy Analysis Course 3
SOW 360  Social Welfare History, Policy Analysis and Social Service Delivery (majors and minors only; pre-req. SOW 150 with a grade of C or higher for SW majors ONLY) 3
Special Interest Courses 6
Select two of the following:
  • SOW 306  SW in the Rural Environment (pre-req. SOW 150)
  • SOW 310  Trauma Informed Social Work Practice
  • SOW 330  Child Welfare
  • SOW 350  SW with the Aging (pre-req. SOW 150)
  • SOW 364  Juvenile Delinquency (pre-req. PSY 100)
  • SOW 410  SW in Mental Health
  • SOW 495  Seminar in Special Topics (Jr. or Sr. in major or permission of instructor)
Required Related Course 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
Related Electives 3
Any ANT, ECO, EDU, GTY, JUS, POS, PSY, SOC, SOW, WST 300-level or above course 3
Free Electives 17 or 18
Total 120

* Fulfills laboratory course requirement.

Program Notes: Students must have a grade of C (2.0) or better for pre-candidacy courses. Courses required for candidacy are ENG 101, ENG 102, SOW 150, SOW 201, SOW 208 and SOW 215. Students must apply for acceptance to candidacy before enrolling in SOW 302. All social work courses must be completed with a full C or higher.

Additional Requirements

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, 201, 208 and 215 and ENG 101 and 102 with a minimum grade of C; and
  3. achieved an overall GPA of 2.00.

Social work majors also need to complete Social Work Pre-Practicum Orientation the semester before they enroll in SOW 425 and 435.

Students need to maintain a 2.50 GPA in the major to remain in good standing and to graduate from the program.

Related Courses/Electives

To earn the BSW 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

General Education Recommendations

The department 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
  • GIS 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 (health and wellness menu)

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