BSW Program

Social Work General Program (BSW)

Social Work Department 

This curriculum is designed for students intending to graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.  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 124-credit program includes 77 credits of social work and complementary courses, which are individually selected in consultation with a Social Work Academic advisor.

The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is subject to its accreditation standards.

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Social Work You Are IN!

Once you declare social work as a major there is no secondary admission process. You are in! For students with less than 54 credits, you will be advised within the Student Success Center. For students with 54 credits and greater, you will be advised within the Social Work Department. Upon admittance into the Social Work Program, you will also be assigned a mentor within the department to assist you through your academic journey. 

  • Students must declare social work as a major to be admitted into the bachelor of social work program and be assigned a social work academic advisor, based on accumulated credits.
  • Students must complete a series of orientations to the program and the profession, designed to support scholarly potential and suitability for the social work profession.
  • Continued enrollment and subsequent graduation with a CSWE-accredited BSW degree is contingent on sustained success in meeting 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.
  • Grades of C (2.0) or better in all prerequisite, social work and complementary studies courses and overall UM-Flint and SWR GPAs of 2.4 or higher must be maintained to progress towards the BSW degree.

Course Calendar

This is a sample calendar, however you will need to be in contact with your academic advisor, either through the Student Success Center or through the department, at least once per semester to create and guide your own personal academic plan. 

Sample Calendar

Year 1 (30 credits)


UNV 100 - First Year Experience (3-4).

SWR 100 - Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work (3)

ENG 111 - College Rhetoric (3).

PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology (3)

SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology (3)


EHS 120 - Ecology of Teaching and Social Work (3).

Complementary Studies (3 credits)

POL 120 - U.S. National Government and Politics (3)

ECN 201 - Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics) (3)

Fine Arts (3 credits)

Year 2 (30 credits)


SWR 121 - Social Work Focused Writing and Values Clarification (1).

SWR 230 - Foundations in Social Welfare Policies, Programs and Human Services (3).

SWR 250 - Social Justice and Diversity (3).

SWR 270 - Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (4)

Complementary Studies (3 credits)


BIO 104 - Introduction to Human Biology (4)

EHS 220 - Building a Sustainable Community: Teaching and Social Work (3)

SWR 350 - Social Work Practice with Groups and Families (3).

Complementary Studies (3 credits)


Year 3 (39 credits)


SWR 300 - Policy Practice, Advocacy and Community Organizing for Social Change (3)

SWR 301 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Micro Systems (3)

Complementary Studies (6 credits)


Elective (1 credit)


SWR 302 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Macro Systems (3).

SWR 340 - Introduction to Social Work Practice Techniques (4).

SWR 360 - Integrated Field Seminar (1-3).

Complementary Studies (6 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

Year 4 (25 credits)


SWR 440 - Social Work Methods III: Micro Application (3).

SWR 460 - Field Instruction I (6).

SWR 470 - Advanced Approaches to Social Work Research (3).


SWR 441 - Social Work Methods IV: Macro Application (3).

SWR 461 - Field Instruction II (6).

SWR 490 - Integrative Seminar in Social Work, Global Justice and Diversity (3-4).


Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits