Social Work

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree prepares students to engage in entry level, generalist social work practice with individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, and communities with particular emphasis on the ecological perspective. The B.S.W. program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 2004, and our graduates are eligible to sit for the social work baccalaureate level examination.

The Social Work Program participates in the Title IV-E program. Our graduates provide social work services in a variety of fields of practice including youth and family services, mental health care, health care, criminal and juvenile justice, and services to older adults. The values of service, social and economic justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence in practice serve as our defining principles, guiding our application of social work knowledge and skills to client populations. The primary mission of our program is to prepare graduates to provide competent, entry-level, generalist social work practice to diverse client population.

Declaration of a Major in Social Work

Student admitted to the university may at any time declare social work as their major. When a student declares social work as their major, they are placed in a Pre-Social Work status. Before students are allowed to take practice-oriented coursework at the 3000 or 4000 level, they must be formally admitted to the B.S.W. degree program by the B.S.W. Program Director. As part of this process, students must formally apply to the Social Work Program and meet the prerequisite admission requirements stated below. Students cannot graduate in a Pre-Social Work status with the B.S.W. degree.

Admission Requirements

Formal admission into the B.S.W. degree program is required to register for many of the professional social work courses. The requirements are as follows:

1. Completion of 43 semester hours of coursework including the following courses, or their equivalent, with an overall college grade point average of 2.50 or better. 

  • BIOL 1106/1306 and BIOL 2401
  • ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, and ENGL 2342 or ENGL 2362
  • HIST 1301 and HIST 1302
  • POLS 2301 and POLS 2302
  • UNIV 1101 and UNIV 1102
  • University Mathematics requirement
  • University Visual and Performing Arts requirement
  • University Oral Communications requirement
  • University Global Learning requirement

2. Completion of PSYC 2301, SOCI 1301, SCWK 2331 and PSYC/SOCI 3381 with a “C” or better and a 2.50 grade point average in these courses.

3. Completion of 20 hours of social or human service work approved by the Social Work Program.

4. Submission of an acceptable personal narrative paper as outlined by the Social Work Program.

5. Submission of an Application for Admission into the B.S.W. Degree Program on forms provided by the Social Work Program and in accordance with the policies and procedures set out in the Social Work Student Handbook, which is available below.