Social Work, B.S.

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


(*) When up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements, they are recommended below; only two courses within Explorations (T2) may be fulfilled by courses in the same subject.  

Major GPA  2.75 required.

SWK 200 – Introduction to Social Work ('B-' or better)
SWK 320 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SWK 321 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SWK 330 – Social Welfare Institutions and Policies I
SWK 350 – Social Work Research Methods
SWK 376 – Introduction to Social Work Practice
SWK 377 – Social Work Practice with Groups
SWK 378 – Social Work Practice with Community and Organizations
SWK 390 – Social Work Interviewing Skills
SWK 430 – Social Welfare Institutions and Policies II
SWK 490 – Field Practice Seminar 1 (6 credits) ('C' or better)
SWK 491 – Field Practice Seminar II (6 credits) ('C' or better)

Select one (required elective):
SWK 380 – Children and Families in Child Welfare: A Practice Perspective
SWK 381 – Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Practice with Adults
SWK 382 – Social Work Practice with Older Adults


Students can choose (in consultation with their adviser) to pursue any minor in the university or select six (6) courses from the list below:

Any Sociology class (including SOC transfer electives)
Any Anthropology class
Any Psychology class (including PSY transfer electives)
Any Women's Studies class
Any Public Health class
Any class from this list:
COM 150 – World of Communication
COM 210 – Human Communication
COM 225 – Interpersonal Communication
COM 300 – Organizational Communication
COM 302 – Relational Communication
COM 370 – Interpersonal Conflict and Communication
COM 375 – Family Communication
COM 387 – Communication Theory
COM 410 – Crisis and Communication
COM 440 – Cultural Influences on Communication
ENG 317 – Cross-Cultural Literatures and Contexts
ENG 383 – American Women Writers
ENG 423 – Contemporary African-American Novelists
ENG 462 – Gay and Lesbian Film and Literature
GEO 200 – Human Geography
GEO 305 – Environmental Economic Geography
GEO 405 – Environmental Justice
HMS 380 – Sport Psychology
HON 494 – Honors Thesis Proposal
HON 495 – Honors Thesis
JRN 240 – Race and the News
LIT 382 – Contemporary Latin American Literature
MGT 418 – Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
PHI 207 – The Religious Dimension of Human Existence
PHI 220 – Ethics: Know Thyself
PHI 242 – Death and the Meaning of Life
PHI 310 – Women, Philosophy, and Science
PHI 325 – Bio-Ethics of the Life Sciences
PHI 327 – Moral Problems in the Law
PHI 355 – Philosophy of Religion
PHI 375 – Philosophies of Political and Social Change
PSC 150 – Thinking about Politics
PSC 200 – Political Change and Conflict 
PSC 214 – Everyday Politics of Speaking
REC 307 – Disabilities in Society
REC 311 – Introduction to Child Life Clinical Practice
REC 312 – Therapeutic Play
REC 390 – Grant Writing
SED 225 – Intro to Exceptionalities
SED 235 – Early Child Special Ed. for the Exceptional Individual
SED 498 – Global Students in Special Ed. (Guatemala)
SHE 301 – Drug Education
SHE 302 – Mental Health Education

Note: Some cognates have prerequisite requirements that need to be met prior to enrolling in the course. Additional courses may be selected with the approval of the adviser.