Students who wish to major in Social Work must complete the following application process also found in the Social Work Student Handbook, located on the Social Work Program website. Declaring Social Work as a major does not guarantee admission to the Social Work Program. Students must meet the following requirements to be granted admission to the program:
Attain a minimum overall 2.3 grade point average in the major
Complete and submit the Social Work Program Application on the designated Moodle website
Complete the Declaration of Major form with social work faculty signature
Consult with a full-time social work faculty member and be approved by social work faculty
Adhere to the principles of the NASW Code of Ethics (2008) and the UN Declaration of Human Rights
Maintain a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in each course required in the social work major, including required courses in sociology, anthropology, and psychology.
Admission to Field Education
The Practicum of Field Placement is the heart of the Social Work Program. It is the “signature pedagogy” of the social work curriculum. Students complete a minimum of 425 hours of field placement in an approved setting that provides generalist social work practice experiences. Students who are admitted into the Social Work major are not guaranteed admission into field education. The Director of Field Education admits students into the Practicum sequence (SOWK 412-SOWK 414) who have met the following requirements:
Attainment of senior status (90 credits)
Social Work overall grade point average of 2.3 in all required social work courses
Interview with and approval from the Director of Field Education
Successfully meet the requirements of agency/field placement screening processes (i.e. background checks, drug testing and physical clearances).
The Director of Field Education provides selected field sites to each student and approves the final field site. Please note: information about field placement is located in the Social Work Field Manual on the Social Work Program website in the College Catalog.
The Social Work Program does not grant course credit for life experience or previous work experience.
Students applying to re-enter the Social Work Program must be accepted within a 5-year time frame after leaving the program.
Students may begin taking the professional foundation courses required for the major in their sophomore year. Before starting foundation courses students are required to take PSYC 100 - Introductory Psychology and one of the following SOC 200 level courses: SOC 240-SOC 245. Students will also complete one of the following courses: ANTH 210 or another related Anthropology course (ANTH 211-ANTH 214). A total of 43 credits of Social Work and related course work is required, including: