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School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy

Department of Social Work

The main goal of the baccalaureate social work program is to prepare students for entry level generalist practice. A secondary goal is to provide a strong foundation for students who wish to pursue social work education at the graduate level. Social service and life experiences may not be substituted for any social work course. The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Social Work Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Social Work are: a) apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice; (b) understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly; (c) practice without discrimination to needs of diverse clientele; (d) apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

Students majoring in Social Work must take SOCI 3422 to fulfill part of the University General Education History requirement.

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (18-19 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

Students majoring in Social Work must take PHIL 1611 to fulfill the B.A. Mathematics/Natural Sciences requirement prior to taking SOCI 3311 and SWRK 3930 (4).

C. The Major (38 hours in addition to University General Education Program requirements)

Completion of SWRK 2010, 2911, 3902, 3903 (4), 3904, 3906, 3920, 3930, 4830, 4831(4), 4840(2), 4841(2). BIOL 1010/1011, BIOL 1020/1021, ANTH 1200 (included in the University General Education Program requirements), and SOCI 3311 are required.

NOTE: Successful student progression requires each student to earn a minimum grade of "C" in all required courses for the social work major. Students repeating two required classroom courses for the major or field instruction will have an academic review by division faculty in the term following the second course repetition. Although students may declare a social work major at any point in their matriculation, students should have a minimum of 40 hours completed including ENGL 1020, ANTH 1200, and two courses from the following list: SOCI 1010; PSYC 1030; POLS 1030; or ECON 2020 before entering the introductory social work courses, SWRK 2010 and SWRK 2911.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Social Work Minor

Completion of 18 semester hours in sociology and social work courses including SOCI 1010, SWRK 2010, and 2911, and 9 additional upper division hours in social work courses.

Typical 4-Year Social Work Sequence


Freshman Year
ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3-4 PHIL 1611 3
ANTH 1200 3 Humanities* 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
Elective 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
 Semester Totals 15-16 hrs    15 hrs 
 Sophomore Year   
 ENGL 2201 or 2202  3  History*  3
 Social Science/B.A.  3  Humanities/Fine Arts*  3
 SWRK 2010  3  Fine Arts/B.A.  3
 BIOL 1010/1011  4  BIOL 1020/1021  4
 SWRK 2911  3  SWRK 3902  3
 Semester Totals  16 hrs    16 hrs
 Junior Year   
 SWRK 3903  4  SWRK 3904  3
 SWRK 3920  3  COMM 2381  3
 SOCI 3311  3  SWRK 3930  3
 Elective  3  SWRK 3906  3
 SOCI 3422  3  Humanities/B.A.  3
 Semester Totals  16 hrs    15 hrs
 Senior Year   
 SWRK 4830  3  SWRK 4841  2
 SWRK 4840  2  UD elective  3
 Elective  3  SWRK 4831  4
 Elective  4  Elective  3
     Elective  3
Semester Totals 12 hrs   15 hrs
Total Hours: 120-120      


Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

For the Social/Behavioral Science and Social Science/B.A. - Complete 2 of the following: SOCI 1010, PSYC 1030, POLS 1030, and ECON 2020.

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