Social Work General Program

The BSW program is designed to meet the needs of students who intend to prepare for professional generalist social work practice at the bachelor level, those who seek eligibility to register for the state licensure exam and/or advanced standing for graduate study in social work.

The four-year program leading to the BSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is subject to its accreditation standards.  Continued enrollment and subsequent graduation with a CSWE-accredited BSW degree is contingent on sustained success in meeting course objectives, which are measured in affective, behavioral and cognitive domains and referenced to professional standards of competency.  Furthermore, student violation of the NASW Code of Ethics or inability to meet or comply with explicit competencies of the program is basis for dismissal from the program.

The 124-credit program includes 60 credits of social work and related courses, in addition to an approved list of cognate and elective courses, which should be individually selected in consultation with a Social Work departmental advisor.  It is strongly recommended that 300-level courses in social work, substance abuse treatment and criminal justice be taken in the junior year, and that 400-level courses in social work be taken in the senior year.

If you're interested in the program but would like more information, please attend one of our 2014 Social Work Orientations  or our 2015 Social Work Orientations.

For more information about the BSW program, see the FAQ below or check out the catalog.

What do Social Workers do?

Professional social workers assist individuals, groups, or communities to restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, while creating seocietal conditions favorable to their goals. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior, of social, economic and cultural institutions, and the interaction of all these factors.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. The profession is expected to grow by 30% by 2010. Currently, nearly 600,000 people hold social work degrees.

Social workers are hightly trained and experienced professionals. Only those who have earned social work degrees at the bachelor's, master's or doctoral levels, and completed a minimun number of hours in supervised fieldwork, are "professional social workers."

Pre-Requisites for Social Work Program

Before being admitted into the Social Work Program students must complete these courses:

  • SWR 100: Introduction to Social Work
  • PSY 100: Principles of Psychology
  • SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
  • BIO 104: Biology: Its Human Implications
  • EHS 120 (preferred) or ENG 112 with SWR 121
  • EHS 220: Building a Sustainable Community: Teaching and Social Work
  • An additional SWR course with a passing grade of "C" or above

For more information about these courses, please see the Social Work General Program catalog page.

What must I do to be formally admitted to the Social Work Program?

Students wishing to concentrate in social work must indicate their intention by completing a Social Work Program application form. The applicant will be assigned a social work advisor and will be permitted to enroll in upper division social work classes.

In order to be formally admitted to the social work program, a student must:

  • Have completed 45 credit hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 2.40.
  • Have completed the pre-req courses listed above.
  • Complete the Social Work Program application form.
  • Complete the Social Work Program Orientation.

Any questions or concerns about the admissions process, please feel free to contact the Social Work Advisor at (810) 762-3390.

What are the Social Work General Program Requirements?

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Social Work (BSW)

Who can I talk to if I am interested in the program or have questions?

Students interested in social work as a major are encouraged to seek academic advising by a social work faculty member.

Please contact the Social Work Advisor at (180) 762-3390.