Bachelors Program Admission

Field Instruction:

A critical component of the undergraduate social work program is an intensive field practicum. Students are placed in agencies three days per week during their senior year for 250 clock hours each semester. Faculty serve in liaison roles to link the field experience to the classroom instructional program. Students are provided opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to work with individuals, families, groups and communities. Students must apply for field placement the spring semester of their junior year. Transportation to and from the field education agency is the responsibility of the student.


In addition to fees set by the university, the School also requires a field education fee of $50.00 for each course in field education. This fee is due at registration during the semester the student enrolls in field education.


The undergraduate social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting agency. The degree may be recognized for advanced-standing by graduate schools of social work offering advanced standing programs.

Admission Requirements:

Application for admission to the professional undergraduate program in the School of Social Work can begin after the completion of 60 semester hours (end of sophomore year) of course work. Students with less than 60 hours are considered Pre-Social Work majors. Admission requirements include:

  • Applications for Admission
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3 “C” or better in SW 200
  • Interview, if GPA is below 2.3
  • Review of the last two semesters of course work
  • Evaluation of personal characteristics defining suitability for the profession of Social Work
  • A 500 work, type-written narrative on “Why I Want to Become a Social Worker”

The student’s application and transcript are reviewed by the School of Social Work Admission Committee. The above stated criteria are the basis for formal admission to the major. Once admitted, any students failing below a 2.0 cumulative GPA will be dismissed from the Social Work major. Students have the right to appeal an adverse decision to the Dean of the School of Social Work.

Degree Requirements:

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work is awarded to:

  • Students who complete a minimum of 125 semester hours of course work as outlined in the BASW Curriculum;
  • Students who achieve a "C" or better in all social work courses; and
  • Students with an overall grade point averages of 2.0.

Second Bachelor's Degree

  • Students who choose a dual major must meet the same requirements described for social work majors.
  • Non-Social Work Major
  • Courses open to non-social work majors are SW 200, SW 308, SW 400, SW 401, SW 406, and SW 407. Admission into these courses is based on appropriate prerequisites or approval of instructor of the course.

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