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.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

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 – Social Work Practicum I (6 credits) ('C' or better)
SWK 491 – Social Work Practicum 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:
CMS 110 – World of Communication
CMS 115 – Human Communication
CMS 201 – Interpersonal Communication
CMS 300 – Organizational Communication
CMS 302 – Relational Communication
CMS 327 – Interpersonal Conflict and Communication
CMS 329 – Communication Theory
CMS 365 – Family Communication
CMS 410 – Crisis and Communication
CMS 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.


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 9 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.