Program Requirements

School of Social Work

Bachelor of Art in Social Work

 The mission of the Bachelor of Arts degree in social work is to prepare students for entrance into the profession of social work as beginning level generalist practitioners. Generalist practice is viewed as an understanding of, and ability to, work with client systems of varying sizes, including individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a diverse society. The program fosters ongoing professional development and prepares students as critical thinkers who seek solutions to contemporary social problems.

For detailed information about the BA program, including policies, course names and descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Requirements

 Admission to the university will allow students to choose pre-social work (PSWK) as their major. Progression to the major of social work (SWRK) will occur only after the student successfully completes the following courses with a minimum grade of "C-":

·         SWRK 2010

·         SWRK 2011


Students should have a minimum of 30 hours completed, including ENGL 1020, ANTH 1200, and two courses from the following list: SOCI 1010; PSYC 1030; POLS 1030; or ECON 2020 prior to registering for the introductory social work courses, SWRK 2010, SWRK 2011.

For more detailed information on how to apply for the Social Work Program, visit  https://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/undergraduate/apply.php

Example 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 SWRK 2010   3
Semester Totals   15-16 hrs     15 hrs

Sophomore Year            
ENGL 2201 or 2202   3 History*   3
Social and Behavioral Sciences*   3 SWRK 3902   3
SWRK 2011   3 Fine Arts   3
BIOL 1010/1011   4 BIOL 1020/1021   4
SWRK 3010   3 SWRK 3920   3
Semester Totals   16 hrs     16 hrs

Junior Year            
SWRK 3903   4 SWRK 3904   3
Social Science*   3 COMM 2381   3
SOCI 3311   3 SPED 2000   3
SWRK 3930   3 SWRK 3906   3
SOCI 3422   3 SPED 3803   3
Semester Totals   16 hrs     15 hrs

Senior Year            
SWRK 4830   3 SWRK 4831   4
SWRK 4840    3 Elective   3
SWRK 4937   3 SWRK 4841   3
Concentration Elective   3 Elective   2
Elective    3      
Semester Totals   15 hrs     12 hrs

Total Hours: 120-120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120 (42 of these hours must be upper division credits)

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement


Per the requirements of the program's accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), academic credit for life experience and previous work experience cannot be given in whole or in part. This includes credit toward field instruction, volunteer work, field placement, or required or elective courses.

Social Work Minor

Completion of 21 semester hours in sociology and social work courses including SOCI 1010, SWRK 2010,  SWRK 2011, SWRK 3010 and 9 additional upper division hours in social work courses.

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