Social work students are usually interested in a wide variety of topics related to social justice, human rights, social policy, mental health, and community organizing. Often underlying those interests is a concern for persons who are vulnerable, oppressed, underserved, and living in poverty. Students interested in social work typically have strong oral and written communication skills, an interest in solving social problems, and an enjoyment of working with people from diverse backgrounds.

The following courses are required for the BSW degree and include University Core Curriculum requirements as well as the state’s general education requirements. Students must complete the foreign language (FL) requirement (see the Core Curriculum/General Education Requirements section of this catalog).

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General Education Courses
Select one of the following options:6
English Composition
and English Composition
English Composition
and Advanced English Composition
Foreign Language Sequence8
COM 123 or Public Speaking3
COM 122 Critical Decision Making
Select three hours of Fine arts (FA)3
Select three hours of Literature (L) 23
Select three hours of Humanities (HU) or fine arts (FA) or literature (L) electives 13
HY 101 or Western Civ To 1648 13
HY 102 Western Civ Since 1648
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
SOC 101Intro To Sociology3
BSC 108 or Intro Biology Non Maj I (with lab (N))4
BSC 109 Intro Biology Non Maj II
Select four hours of Natural science with lab4
Select three hours of Mathematics (MA) 33
Social Work Major Courses
SW 100 or Intro Fields SW Practice3
SW 105 Honors Intro Field of SW Pract
SW 200 or History Social Welfare US3
SW 205 Honors History of Social Welfare in the United States
SW 351 or Oppression & Soc Injustice3
SW 355 Hon Oppression & Soc Injustice
SW 401 or Soc Wel Policy & Services3
SW 405 Soc. Wel. Pol. & Serv. Honors
SW 410Human Behav Soc Envir I3
SW 411Human Devel Soc Envir II3
SW 420 or Research Social Work Practice3
SW 425 Research for Social Work Practice Honors
SW 440SW Pract with Indiv & Families3
SW 441SW Practice with Groups3
SW 442SW Practice with Communities3
SW 443 or Seminar in Generalist Practice3
SW 445 Social Work Honors Seminar
SW 490Field Education9
Select two approved Social Work electives6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 94
Social Work Ancillary Courses
SW 101Orientation to Social Work3
SW 310Professional Writing Seminar3
SW 444Field Preparation Seminar1
PY 358Abnormal Psychology3
Select one of the following Social Psychology Courses:
SOC 205 or Social Psychology3
PY 372 Social Psychology
Select one of the following Statistics courses:3
Educational Statistics
Elem Statistical Methods
Social Statistics
Statistical Data Analysis
Select two of the following courses in different disciplines. At least one course must carry SB designation6
Intro To Anthropology
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Discoveries In Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
People, Places, & Environment
Intro American Politics
Intro Public Policy
State & Local Govt
Honors Mentoring
Select 4 hours of free electives4
Total Hours120

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. Social workers are employed in a variety of career settings, including schools, hospitals, colleges and universities, mental health clinics, senior centers, nursing homes, elected offices, private practices, prisons, military systems, public defender and criminal court systems, corporations, and numerous public and private agencies that serve individuals and families in need.

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Sample Course Sequence

A student may choose to vary the sequence of courses outside the School of Social Work and take some electives in the freshman and sophomore years. However, EN 101 English Composition and EN 102 English Composition, the freshman composition courses, must be taken in the freshman year. SW 101 Orientation to Social Work is required for new students. A student may be able to take fewer hours than the 15–16 hours per semester by going to summer session.

First Year
EN 1013EN 102 or 1033
PY 1013SOC 1013
SW 1003HY 101 or 1023
SW 1013Foreign Language4
Foreign Language4Mathematics above MATH 1003
 16 16
Second Year
Core BSC (with lab)4COM 123 or 1223
Social Behavioral (from approved list) 3SOC 205 or PY 3723
Fine Arts 3SW 3513
SW 2003Literature3
SW 3103Core Natural Science (with lab)4
 16 16
Third Year
SW 4013SW 4113
SW 4103SW 4413
SW 4403SW 4423
Statistics3SW 4441
Social Work Elective 3Social Behavioral (from approved list)3
 15 13
Fourth Year
SW 4909HY or LI sequence 3
SW 4433Free Elective or HU/L/FA 3
SW 4203Social Work elective3
 PY 358 or SW 4153
 Free elective1
 15 13
Total Hours: 120