Social Work Major (B.S.)

The Department of Social Work's undergraduate program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and must meet rigorous academic standards to retain this accreditation. 

The Department of Social Work's undergraduate program offers both a major and a minor in social work. It is a specialized degree that prepares graduates for generalist social work practice with a solid foundation in the liberal arts and in the knowledge, skills, and value base of social work. Through the mastery of core competencies, social work graduates apply their education working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. In addition, the program prepares qualified students to pursue graduate education in schools of social work and related fields.

To connect the theoretical and conceptual content of the classroom with the practice world, students must complete:

  • 40 hours of volunteer service in an approved agency/program setting by the end of the semester prior to applying to the field. Twenty of the forty hours must be in the same agency/program. The remaining hours may be across multiple sites/programs. This experience may be paid or volunteer and must be pre-approved by the student's faculty adviser. The service hours must be completed post high school and by the end of the semester prior to field application.
  • Students complete a 450-hour internship over two semesters during the senior year. This is the senior capstone experience. The field placement in the final year of the baccalaureate program is arranged between the student and the field education coordinator. Students are required to pay a liability insurance fee for their off-campus field education experience. In compliance with CSWE accreditation standards, the B.S. in social work program does not grant social work course credit for life or work experience.

Social work majors earn a B.S. degree in social work. Graduates are eligible for practice in a variety of social work settings throughout the United States. In preparation for graduate school, the program offers an Accelerated Masters that qualified students can consider applying for their junior year.  In addition, qualified graduates are eligible to apply for advanced standing in M.S.W. programs that offer advanced standing. Depending upon the program, this can mean earning the M.S.W. in one calendar year versus two academic years.

Academic Program

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of the social work major. Social work majors are required to take:

Required Courses
SW 424Introduction to Social Work4
SW 525Social Welfare Policy: History of Social and Economic Justice4
SW 550Human Behavior and Social Environment I4
SW 551Human Behavior and Social Environment II4
SW 601Research Methods in Social Work4
SW 622Social Work Practice: Interventions with Individuals and Families4
SW 623Social Work Practice: Interventions with Groups, Organizations and Communities4
SW 625Social Welfare Policy in a Global Context4
Category I: Anthropology & Sociology
Select one course from the following:4
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
Peoples and Cultures of the World
Introductory Sociology
Introductory Criminology
Juvenile Crime and Delinquency
Category II: Human Biology Requirement
Select one course from the folowing:4
Human Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Category III: Diversity Requirement (2)
Required course4
Race Equity in Health and Human Services
Select one of the following4
Introduction to Race, Culture, and Power
Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
In the Groove: African American Music as Literature
Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race
I'm Old, So What! An introduction to aging in the United States
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Racial Justice
African American History
African American History
Modern Latin America
Semester in the City Becoming a Problem Solver
Philosophy and Feminism
Taking the "Dis" out of Disability
Sociology of Gender
Class, Status and Power
Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality
Exploring Social Justice and Cultural Competency Using an Experiential Learning Approach
Exploring Issues in Housing and Homelessness
Special Topics in Social Welfare
Social Action in the Dominican Republic
Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People
Introduction to Women's Studies
Gender, Power and Privilege
Trans/Forming Gender
Race Matters
On the Roads to Equality
Feminist Thought
Senior Capstone Course Sequence
SW 740Social Work Field Experience4
SW 740ASocial Work Field Experience I: Seminar4
SW 741Social Work Field Experience II4
SW 741ASocial Work Field Experience II: Seminar4
Total Credits64

Students must maintain a 2.0 and earn a C or better in the 12 social work major courses. In addition, students are expected to successfully complete four additional courses as part of a liberal arts foundation for the major. Students choose one course from an approved list of courses in two different categories: anthropology/sociology and zoology and then must choose two additional courses from an approved list of diversity courses. These four courses may also satisfy University Discovery requirements.  Lastly, students are required to complete 40 hours of advisor approved volunteer community service hours by junior year.

  • Student demonstrates ethical and professional behavior.
  • Student engages diversity and difference in practice.
  • Student advances human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Engage in practice informed research and research-informed practice.
  • Engages in policy practice.
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Intervenes with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Evaluates practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.