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Bachelor in Social Work (BSW)

Admission Requirements

The Social Work Program recognizes that the practice of social work requires the ability to think critically and to act ethically. For this reason, the social work program considers students' academic performance as well as evidence of their commitment to service and the promotion of social justice. Students' experience in CSE300 Faith, Spirituality, and Ethics, particularly the 20-hour service-leaning component, will provide evidence of the extent to which they demonstrate a commitment to service and the promotion of social justice.

The specific requirements for acceptance into the Social Work major are:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • At least a B in SW207 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare and a passing grade in General Education CSE300 Faith, Spirituality and Ethics, the General Education course that includes 20 hours of service learning. (Students taking either of these courses during the application process must demonstrate satisfactory progress.)
  • Satisfactory completion (or progress) of the service-learning component, which is not graded but required for completing CSE300 Faith, Spirituality and Ethics.
  • Demonstration of a commitment to social work values by sending a letter to the program director that describes the reasons for choosing the Social Work major and the student's commitment to applying the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
  • Students who do not meet requirements stated in points 1-3 above may include a discussion of any mitigating circumstances for the program to consider.

Degree Requirements (44 credits)

Required Courses (44 credits)

SW207Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

4

SW301Social Research Methods

4

SW305Social Welfare Policies, Programs & Issues

4

SW307Methods in Social Work 1:Individuals & Families

4

SW309Human Behavior and Social Environment 1

4

SW331Race, Class and Gender

4

SW403Human Behavior and Social Environment

4

SW407Social Work Methods 2: Organizations & Communities

4

SW489Field Experience I

6

SW491Field Experience II

6

Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways

To ensure that students begin and remain on track in terms of graduation and degree requirements, and to maximize student opportunities to add minors or second majors, and therefore increase their options after graduation, the College has designed the Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways.

This curricular sequencing model, which outlines all the courses taken in the first two years, will allow students to complete 75% to 90% of their General Education requirements during just their freshman and sophomore years, as well as all foundational gateway and milestone courses, both in their intended major, and in other complementary majors and minors that they may want to consider.

Students will then be able to focus their junior and senior years almost entirely on their major, as well as on potential minors or second majors.

Simply put, this curricular sequencing model allows students to get the most out of their undergraduate education at CSE.

First Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

Second Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I or II Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element II or III Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Course Sequence for BSW

Third Year

Fall Semester (12 Credits)

SW301Social Research Methods

4

SW305Social Welfare Policies, Programs & Issues

4

SW307Methods in Social Work 1:Individuals & Families

4

Spring Semester (12 Credits)

SW309Human Behavior and Social Environment 1

4

SW331Race, Class and Gender

4

SW407Social Work Methods 2: Organizations & Communities

4

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (10 Credits)

SW403Human Behavior and Social Environment

4

SW489Field Experience I

6

Spring Semester (6 Credits)

SW491Field Experience II

6