Intents-To-Major in Social Work

A GPA of 2.5 or better is required for acceptance as a Major in Social Work. Students may not start taking core required Social Work classes until accepted into our program. These pre-requisites must be completed with a C or better prior to starting the major:

Required Prerequisite Courses

Three Courses (9 Credits):

  1. SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  2. PSH 110 Principles of Psychology
  3. ONE of the following biology courses:
    • BIO 281 Elements of Human Biology
      BIO 221 Survey of Anatomy/Physiology
      BIO 285 Biology of Aging
      BIO 321 Anatomy and Physiology I
      BIO 322 Anatomy and Physiology II

*Note for transfer students. It can be difficult to get into pre-requisite classes as a transfer student, unless you plan to deposit and register early. Therefore it is a good idea to finish these courses at your community college before transferring.

Note:The length of time allowed to complete the BSW degree is six years from the time that a student is accepted into the major. After six years of study, students are required to re-take courses that were taken prior to that deadline.

Plan of Study for Students Accepted for Fall

The plans below cover only the required social work classes. Electives may need to be added to reach the number of credits required for graduation (120 credits).

Standard Plan #1, with concurrent (two semester) field placement in senior year

Junior Year - FALL

Senior Year - FALL

SWO 301 (Human Behavior I)

SWO 310 (Research Methods)

SWO 341 (Methods I)

SWO 451 (Field instruction I)

SWO 323. (DEIJ)

SWO 455 (Field Instruction seminar I)

SWO 221 (Intro to Generalist Practice)




Junior Year - SPRING

Senior Year - SPRING

SWO 304. (Case Management) SWO 441 (Methods III)
SWO 342 (Methods II) SWO 453 (Field instruction II)
SWO 210 (Statistics) SWO 457 (Field Instruction seminar II)
SWO 311 (Social Policy) Elective
Elective Elective

Social Work Prerequisites

  • SWO 341 is a pre-requisite for SWO 342.
  • SWO 441 must be taken in the second semester of field.
    • Students in Block field will take SWO 441 concurrently with field instruction, unless the student is completing an international placement (in which case it is taken the previous semester)
  • FIELD (completed during senior year). All 300 level classes must be competed with a C or better prior to starting field.

Field Instruction

The standard concurrent field instruction includes 440 hours of internship over the course of two semesters. This equates to 2 days (16 hours per week, usually in two 8 hour days; total of 220 hours per semester) for both semesters, plus a biweekly seminar.

This model suits a majority of students who are employed and have other responsibilities.

Block Field Option

Block field entails completing field in one semester; i.e. 4 days a week. Students who have a GPA of 3.25 or better are eligible to apply for a possible Block field placement. Students in Block field have field four days a week (32 hours per week; total of 440 hours in semester), and have a weekly seminar. Most agencies require students to be available for field during normal daytime business hours.

Block field placement is dependent on departmental and other resources; students wishing to pursue a block field placement must notify the Field Director as soon as possible regarding which semester they would like to take field.