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Program Information: Major Requirements

Social work major requirements

The social work major consists of 12 courses (47 semester hours) and several required courses.

Required courses

  • Social Work 240: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Social Work 250: Diversity and Inequality in the United States
  • Social Work 255: Social Science Statistics
  • Social Work 260: Global Issues and Perspectives
  • Social Work 320: Social Research
  • Social Work 350: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Work 360: Social Welfare Policy Analysis
  • Social Work 370: The Helping Interview
  • Social Work 371: Generalist Practice With Individuals, Families, and Groups
  • Social Work 372: Generalist Practice With Organizations and Communities
  • Social Work 380: Social Work Field Education
  • Social Work 381: Social Work Capstone Seminar

Core requirements

As a social work major, you have specific core requirements to fulfill in your academic program.

The core course requirements for the BSW are noted below. If no specific course is noted for a category, you are free to select from the college catalog choices for that category.

  • Prelude: IDIS 149
  • Gateway: IDIS 50/150
  • Written Rhetoric: English 101
  • Research and Information Technology: RIT 110
  • Rhetoric in Culture: one course
  • Health and Fitness: three one-hour courses
  • Foreign Language: completion through the 123 or 202 level; Spanish encouraged
  • History of the West and the World: HIST 151 or 152 Philosophical Foundations: PHIL 153
  • Biblical or Theological Foundations I: REL 121 or 131
  • Biblical or Theological Foundations II: one course (note: must do crossover)
  • Persons in Community: PSYC 151 and SOWK 250
  • Societal Structures in N. America : SOC 151 and one additional course: it is recommended students take this course from political science or economics SSNA category choices.
  • Literature: one course
  • Global and Historical Studies: one course
  • The Arts: one course
  • Mathematics: SOWK 255
  • Living World: BIOL 115
  • Cross-Cultural Engagement: met through successful completion of the BSW program
  • Capstone: SOWK 381

Model program

The various core requirements and social work major courses required for a BSW degree have been combined into the following model BSW program:

First year
Course Semester Hours
English 101 3
History core 4
Biblical/Theological Foundations 3
Philosophy 153 3
Psychology 151 3
Sociology 151 3
Language 101 and 102 8
Health and Fitness 1
RIT 1
DCM/Prelude 4

Second year
Course Semester Hours
Biology 115 4
Societal Structures in North America 3
Social Work 240 3
Social Work 250 3
Rhetoric in Culture 3
Language 201 and 202 8
Health and Fitness 1
The Arts 3
Interim Elective 3

Third year
Course Semester Hours
Literature 3
Biblical/Theological Foundations II 3
Global and Historical Studies 3
Social Work 255, 320, 350, 360, 370 17
Health and Fitness 1
Electives 3-9

Fourth year
Course Semester Hours
Social Work 371, 372, 373, 380, 381 24
Electives 3-9

Careers in social work

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