Jun 23, 2024  

Social Work, (B.A.)

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The B.A. program in Social Work is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entrance into the profession of social work as beginning level generalist practitioners. 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. Many social work courses have service-learning requirements and an internship is required.


Progression to the major of “Social Work” will occur only after the student successfully completes the the following course with a minimum grade of “C-“:

  • SWRK 2010  - Introduction to Social Work** Credit Hours: (3)
  • SWRK 2011  - Writing for Social Work Credit Hours: (3)

University General Education Program (41 hours)

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

SOCI 3422  and ANTH 1200  are required for the social work major. It is recommended that students also use these courses to fulfill general education requirements.

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

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

The Major (53 hours in addition to University General Education Program requirements)

Completion of


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


Successful student progression requires each student to earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses for social work majors. Students repeating two required classroom courses for the major or field instruction will have an academic review by department faculty in the term following the second course repetition.

Typical 4-Year Social Work Sequence

Freshman Year

Semester Totals 30-31 hrs

Sophomore Year

Semester Totals 32 hrs

Junior Year

Semester Totals 31 hrs

Senior Year

Semester Totals 27 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

For the General Education Social/Behavioral Science and Additional Social Science - Complete 2 of the following: SOCI 1010 , POLS 1030  and ECON 2020 .

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