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).
Degree Core Requirements
|English Composition (grades must be in the "C" range or higher)|
|ENGLSH 1000||Exposition and Argumentation *||3|
|Writing intensive classes 1||9|
|Humanities (grades must be in the “C” range or higher)|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|General Introduction to Philosophy|
|Introduction to Ethics|
|Logic and Reasoning|
|Additional humanities 2||3|
|Science and Math Reasoning Proficiency (grades must be in the "C" range or higher)|
|BIO_SC 1010||General Principles and Concepts of Biology (with a minimum grade in the C range)||3|
|or BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|Lab Science AND Physical or Mathematical Science||9|
|Approved for social work students: (Grades must be in the "C" range or higher)|
|Introduction to Applied Statistics|
|Introductory Statistical Reasoning|
|College Algebra (grades must be in the "C" range or higher)|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra *,3||3|
|Social science (grades must be in the "C" range or higher)|
|Economics (micro or macroeconomics) *||3|
|Anthropology (student’s choice) (Recommend ANTHRO 1300, ANTHRO 1350, ANTHRO 2030) *||3|
|Political Science *||3|
|*One course from either history or political science must meet the state government requirement; may be satisfied by|
or POL_SC 2100
|Survey of American History to 1865|
|Survey of American History Since 1865|
|Twentieth Century America|
|History of Missouri|
|Age of Jefferson|
|U.S. Society Between the Wars 1918-1945|
|Our Times: United States Since 1945|
|Behavioral science (grades must be in the “C” range or higher)|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology *||3|
|or RU_SOC 1000||Rural Sociology|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology *||3|
|SOCIOL 3310||Social Psychology||3|
|or PSYCH 2310||Social Psychology|
|SOC_WK 3320||Understanding Personality in a Social Context||3|
|or PSYCH 2320||Introduction to Personality|
|Exploration of Power, Privilege, & Oppression (6 hours) 4|
|SOC_WK 2000||Exploration in Social and Economic Justice (required course)||3|
|Choose one additional course from the list of approved options on website.||3|
|Electives to reach 120 credits 5||6|
|Social work requirements (Students must maintain a 2.5 overall cumulative and obtain no more than two (2) grades of "C+" in required foundation courses to graduate with a BSW Degree)|
|SOC_WK 2220W||Human Behavior and the Environment - Writing Intensive||3|
|SOC_WK 2220||Human Behavior and the Environment (WI)||3|
|SOC_WK 4710||Social Justice and Social Policy||3|
|SOC_WK 4711||Social Justice and Social Policy II||3|
|SOC_WK 4720||Variations in Human Behavior||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|
|SOC_WK 4760||Theory and Practice of Social Group Work||3|
|SOC_WK 4770||Strategies of Direct Practice||3|
|SOC_WK 4951W||Research for Social Work Practice - Writing Intensive||3|
|SOC_WK 4952W||Research Methods for Social Work - Writing Intensive||3|
|SOC_WK 4970||Senior Professional Seminar||3|
|SOC_WK 4971||Undergraduate Field Practicum||6|
|Social work elective (4000-level) in a field of practice||3|
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. Applied art and music performance courses do not count toward the humanities requirement. Students are urged to check with their advisor before selecting courses.
One course in humanities or biological, physical or mathematical sciences must be at the 2000 level or higher.
Exploration of Power, Privilege & Oppression: Select two courses (6 hours) that reflect 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. SOC_WK 2000 Exploration in Social and Economic Justice, is required as one of the courses. Students are urged to check with their advisor before selecting courses.
In addition to the above liberal arts requirements and the 46-credit Professional BSW Core (inclusive of SOC_WK 2220), students select electives to reach the total credit requirement. SOC_WK 1115 Social Welfare and Social Work is strongly recommended.
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, 1350, or 2030 (Preferred. May take other Anthropology course.)*||3|
|PSYCH 1000*||3||COMMUN 1200*||3|
|SOC_WK 1110 (Elective)||1||SOC_WK 1115 (Elective)||3|
|SOC_WK 2220W||3||Philosophy (any)*||3|
|ECONOM 1014 or 1015*||3||SOCIOL 3310 or PSYCH 2310||3|
|SOC_WK 2000W (Required PPO)||3||Humanities (upper level)||3|
|Power Privilege & Oppression||3||SOC_WK 3320||3|
|SOC_WK 4750||3||SOC_WK 4720||3|
|SOC_WK 4730||3||SOC_WK 4310||4|
|SOC_WK 4740||4||SOC_WK 4760||3|
|Field of Practice Elective||3||SOC_WK 4951W||3|
|SOC_WK 4710||3||SOC_WK 4711||3|
|SOC_WK 4952W||3||Power Privilege & Oppression||3|
|Total Credits: 121|
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