Current Students

The 124-credit BSW program includes 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.

For more information about the BSW program, check out the catalog by clicking here: Social Work General Program (BSW)


Department Advising Philosophy

Upon admission to UM-Flint, students expressing a desire to pursue a degree in social work are accepted into the major. Students are advised jointly by the Student Success Center and the Social Work Department Advisor within a two-tier model based on the accumulated number of credits. The advisor and student work together throughout the student's academic journey to meet program requirements and competencies. 

The Social Work Program embraces a strength-based developmental approach, highlighting students' strengths and creating an overall proficiency to the academic, program, and professional culture. The Department supports a culture of inclusivity, a commitment to ongoing critical reflection that positively transforms our roles and relationships with diverse communities, and excellence informed by diverse voices addressing suffering and injustices so that all human beings are treated with dignity and respect.


Advising Steps Social Work Students Must Know

  • If you have accumulated less than 54 credits, then you need to go to the Student Success Center to meet with an Advisor there. Call the Student Success Center at 810-762-3085. The Center is located at 285 University Pavilion.

Click Here to Visit Student Success Center website

  • Next, you must attend a required Social Work Orientation and sign assent to embrace the vision and mission of the Social Work Program. Contact the Department at 810-762-3390 for upcoming orientation sessions.
  • If you have accumulated greater than 54 credits, then you must meet with the Social Work Advisor within the Social Work Department. Contact Jean Liwak, administrative assistant, or Todd Womack, academic advisor, at 810-762-3390 to set up your advising appointment.

Click Here to Request an Appointment with the Social Work Advisor

  • As you progress through the program, you must schedule an appointment to meet with your academic advisor face to face at least once each semester.


Student Policies

Social Work Department Policies and Procedures

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 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics or inability to meet or comply with explicit competencies is basis for dismissal from the program. Review the NASW Code of Ethics by clicking the link below. 

The Social Work Department operates under a series of policies and procedures. It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with these procedures and policies. If you have any questions about the NASW code of ethics or the student policies please schedule an appointment to talk with us!

Student Organizations

Social Work Club

Social Work Club at the University of Michigan-Flint is an organization put together by civic-minded social work students. Club members raise money for service projects, raise awareness for social justice causes, and volunteer around the Greater Flint community.

Past events include adopt a family, rallying against child abuse, the creation of 20 rain barrels for urban gardens, Soberfest, and putting on a sock hop to raise money for the Flint homeless population. The organization consistently volunteers at the North End Soup Kitchen and Catholic Charities' Community Closet, as well as many other annual events need volunteers. The only requirement to join is payment of dues which are $5 annually or $3 per semester. 


Phi Alpha

The Zeta Lambda chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society is a University of Michigan-Flint organization that stresses community service through knowledge building opportunities. Phi Alpha puts on bi weekly educational workshops such as tutoring, service implementation to the deaf community, and relaxation and meditation. They also partner with Social Work Club occasionally as they did for Legislation, Education, and Advocacy Day (LEAD) and the creation of rain barrels to bolster Flint's community garden movement. Membership requirements are as follows:

  *   Declared Social Work as a major
  *   Achieved sophomore status
  *   Completed 9 semester hours of core social work classes such as SWR 240, SWR 270, SWR 300, SWR 301, etc.
  *   Achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  *   Achieved a 3.25 in required social work course
  *   Payment of one-time $55 membership dues

Any student interested in joining Phi Alpha who believes he/she meets the above requirements may contact Professor Womack for GPA verification at More information about Phi Alpha can also be found in the organization's bylaws.