BSW in Social Work
Degree Program Description
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program is a professional program that prepares students for immediate entry into direct human service professional positions, graduate-level education, and life-long learning. BSW-level social workers assist individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities to effectively resolve problems, deal with their relationships, and function optimally within their environment. Graduates are employed in many different settings, including nursing homes, hospices, hospitals, home care agencies, family service agencies, children and youth services, aging services, residential treatment programs, domestic violence shelters, criminal justice agencies, schools, and legal services agencies.
Major Program Requirements
Required Entry-Level Courses: Specific liberal arts requirements for graduation are listed below (* denotes a prerequisite course to the BSW professional program that must be completed before beginning social work core courses).
Students must earn and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in all college-level coursework. Students must complete all BSW Program Prerequisites and BSW Program Requirements with grades of C- or higher and may have no more than two grades of C+ in the BSW courses.
Degree Core Requirements
|BSW Program Prerequisites|
|ENGLSH 1000||Writing and Rhetoric *||3|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra (or equivalent) *||3|
|or MATH 1050||Quantitative Reasoning|
|BIO_SC 1010||General Principles and Concepts of Biology *||3|
|or BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|Anthropology (student’s choice) (Recommend ANTHRO 1300, ANTHRO 1350, ANTHRO 2030) *||3|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology *||3|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology *||3|
|American History/American Government *||3|
|ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics *||3|
|or ECONOM 1015||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking *||3|
|Philosophy (student's choice) (Recommend PHIL 1000, PHIL 1100, PHIL 1200) *||3|
|BSW Program Requirements|
|Humanities (student's choice) 1||3|
|History or Political Science (student's choice, but must be selected from the subject area not chosen for American History/American Government)||3|
|PSYCH 2310||Social Psychology||3|
|or SOCIOL 3310W||Social Psychology - Writing Intensive|
|SOC_WK 3320||Understanding Personality in a Social Context||3|
|or PSYCH 2320||Introduction to Personality|
|Exploration of Power, Privilege, & Oppression coursework 2||6|
|Professional BSW Core Courses|
|SOC_WK 2220W||Human Behavior in the Social Environment - Writing Intensive (May be taken before or during the professional phase.)||3|
|SOC_WK 4710||Social Justice and Social Policy||3|
|SOC_WK 4730||Introduction to Social Work Practice||3|
|SOC_WK 4740||Introduction to Community and Organizational Processes||4|
|SOC_WK 4750||Interaction Skills Workshop||3|
|Social Work Elective (4000-level) in a field of practice||3|
|SOC_WK 4310||Social Statistics||4|
|SOC_WK 4711||Social Justice and Social Policy II||3|
|SOC_WK 4720||Variations in Human Behavior||3|
|SOC_WK 4760||Theory and Practice of Social Group Work||3|
|SOC_WK 4951||Research for Social Work Practice||3|
|SOC_WK 4770||Strategies of Direct Practice||3|
|SOC_WK 4952||Research Methods for Social Work||3|
|SOC_WK 4970||Senior Professional Seminar||3|
|SOC_WK 4971||Undergraduate Field Practicum||6|
|Recommended Courses and Related Minors|
Social Work Electives
|Introduction to the Social Work Major|
|Social Welfare and Social Work|
Social Work Minors
Criminology/Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Minors outside of Social Work
Human Development and Family Science
Leadership and Public Service
Humanities include art and music history and appreciation classes, classical studies courses, foreign civilization courses, literature courses in English or other languages and religious studies courses. Students should check the MU General Education website for a list of courses.
Exploration of Power, Privilege & Oppression: Social Work BSW majors are required to take SOC_WK 2000W to count for three credit hours of the six credit hours requirement. Students should select one additional course that reflects the cultural diversity of our society; often selected from social work, sociology, anthropology, peace studies, English, religious studies, human development and family science, black studies, and women and gender studies. Students can find a complete list on the School of Social Work website.
All students accepted into the professional BSW program must take SOC_WK 4971 Undergraduate Field Practicum and SOC_WK 4970 Senior Professional Seminar to complete their capstone requirement. Please note: As a student, if you have acquired any criminal background history which includes misdemeanors or felony charges your choices of placements may be affected. In an effort to assist you we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with the Director of the Undergraduate Program to assist in facilitating options for your completion of educational requirements.
Basic Skills Credit Limitations
No more than 4 credits may be taken from “skills” courses to count toward the required 120 credits. More skill classes may be taken, but will be in excess of the 120 credits. Examples of skills courses are applied art and music performance classes, computer skills, self-defense and first aid.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|ENGLSH 1000*||3||MATH 1100*||3|
|BIO_SC 1010*||3||SOCIOL 1000*||3|
|BIO_SC 1020||2||ANTHRO 1300*||3|
|PSYCH 1000*||3||COMMUN 1200*||3|
|SOC_WK 1110 (Elective)||1||SOC_WK 1115 (Elective)||3|
|PHIL 1100*||3||ECONOM 1014*||3|
|SOC_WK 2000W||3||SOC_WK 2220W||3|
|Political Science||3||SOC_WK 3320||3|
|SOC_WK 4710||3||SOC_WK 4310||4|
|SOC_WK 4730||3||SOC_WK 4711||3|
|SOC_WK 4740||4||SOC_WK 4720||3|
|SOC_WK 4750||3||SOC_WK 4760||3|
|Field of Practice Elective||3||SOC_WK 4951||3|
|SOC_WK 4770W||3||Power Privilege & Oppression||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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