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Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully complete the University Studies Program (USP)

  2. Political Science 105 American Politics and Government

  3. Statistics: 3 credits from the following:  Math 201, 301; PBIS 189: Psychology 203, Sociology 281

  4. Physical Education 105 Active Lifestyles or Health Education 106 or complete the following: Physical Education 163 and one of the following: Physical Education 103, 107, 112, 114, 120, 129, 132, 133, 135, 138, 140, 142, 144, 145, 148, 154, 174, 191, 192

  5. Social Work 167, 220, and 298

  6. Prepare a plan for completion of remaining credits required for graduation

  7. Provide documentation of professional commitment to Social Work and volunteer participation

  8. Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 2.5 based on the credits outlined above in #1-4.  Earn a minimum of a grade of "C" in the courses outlined above in #5, and a minimum of 2.75 GPA in these classes.

  9. Achieve a positive recommendation by faculty teaching Social Work 167, 220, 298 regarding development of professional competency.

  10. Document understanding and acceptance of ethical standards and demonstration of ethical conduct expected of social work professionals as stipulated by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (2008).

  11. The BSW Admissions Committee may make exceptions to these standards, only upon submission of documented evidence by the applicant, which offers a convincing record of merit for reconsideration.

  • To be eligible for graduation with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, students must fulfill four additional expectations:  

  1. Meet remaining course requirements*

  2. Maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA in social work courses, with grades of “C” or better. The 2.75 GPA is to be calculated using all department courses.  
    Note:  If a Social Work student does not earn a "C" or above in a required Social Work class after two attempts, they must appeal to repeat the course for the third time to the Admission and Continuation Review Committee. The burden of proof is upon the student to demonstrate that their lack of success is due to exceptional circumstances.

  3. Be admitted to the Applied Generalist Practicum (Social Work 401)

  4. Successfully complete the Applied Generalist Practicum (Social Work 451)

  5. *Transfer students please note that this may require a completion time beyond four years

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