Bachelor of Social Work Admission & Curriculum

Bachelor of Social Work Admission Requirements

Students interested in social work as a career are encouraged to enroll in Introduction to Social Work and to continuously explore and evaluate their interest in social work profession.

Students may declare a Social Work major in their freshman or sophomore years, but must complete the following requirements to be officially admitted to the program.
Phase I Admission procedure decides a student’s formal admission to BSW Program and monitors his/her academic process and readiness of commitment to a social work career.

Phase I generally takes place in the second semester of the junior year.

Phase I includes:

  • Completion of Introduction to Social Work
  • Completion of Human Behavior and the Social Environment I, Social Work Practice I and Social Policy I courses
  • Interview with two BSW Program faculty members (the student’s assigned faculty advisor and the director of BSW Program)

 

As a result of the Initial Interview and Phase I procedure, students are able to design the Plan of Study that they need to earn a BSW degree.

Phase II Procedures evaluate a student’ s satisfactory completion of all program admission criteria as well as completion of prerequisites to field practicum in order to decide the qualification of a student’s field practicum internship. This final phase of the admission procedure may produce specific recommendations for a field practicum student that are consistent with our program’s objectives of preparing students to become generalist social work practitioner.

Phase II takes place after the second semester of the junior year and before the first semester of the senior year. Since Phase II is the final formal admission procedure, it will normally conclude with final approval of the student, including qualifying the student for enrollment in Field Instruction and Seminar I and II courses. In order to initiate this procedure, a student must submit the Statement of Interest in Field Practicum Form to the BSW director of Field Education, with whom the student will meet.

Phase II includes:

  • Completion of Phase I procedure
  • Completion of the following coursework: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II, Social Work Practice II and Social Policy II
  • Confirmation of significant recent involvement in volunteer human service work, employment in human service, or successful social work agency observation
  • Earning a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.3 and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in social work courses

 

Curriculum (semester hours)

Bachelor of Social Work (56 semester hours)
Introduction to Social Work is required of all freshman Social Work majors. The course may be waived for transfer students who completed this course from previous institutions.
All foundation courses (Practice I-II, Policy I-II, and Human Behavior and the Social Environment I-II) must be satisfactorily completed before a student begins field practicum. Research and Practice III can be taken concurrently with Field Instruction and Seminar I and II.
In fulfilling the liberal education requirements for social science, it is strongly recommended that students take Principles of Macroeconomics.

Required Courses
SWRK 116 Introduction to Social Work (3)
SWRK 241 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)
SWRK 242 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3)
SWRK 314 Social Policy I (3)
SWRK 315 Social Policy II (3)
SWRK 316 Women in Contemporary Society (3)
SWRK 333 Social Work Research (3)
SWRK 363 Social Work Practice I (3)
SWRK 364 Social Work Practice II (3)
SWRK 366 Social Work Practice III (3)
SWRK 424 Social Work in a Pluralistic Society (3)
SWRK 492 Field Instruction & Seminar I (5)
SWRK 493 Field Instruction & Seminar II (5)

Required Support Courses
BIOL 114 Human Biology (4)
MATH 105 Introduction to Statistics (3)
PSYC 111 General Psychology (3)
SOCI 111 Principles of Sociology (3)

Electives: Undergraduate level
SWRK 306 Child Welfare I (3)
SWRK 307 Child Welfare II (3)
SWRK 320 Health Care Systems (3)
SWRK 321 Legal Systems and the Helping Profession (3)
SWRK 494 Topics in Social Work (1-4)
SWRK 495 Readings in Social Work (1-3)
SWRK 496 Independent Study in Social Work (1-3)
SWRK 497 Assigned Research in Social Work (1-3)
SWRK 498 Field Practicum (1-4)

Electives: Graduate level
SWRK 650 Domestic Violence (3)
SWRK 651 Substance Abuse & Treatment (3)
SWRK 652 Practice & Policy Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect (3)
SWRK 653 Crisis Intervention (3)
SWRK 654 Spirituality & Franciscan Ideals (3)
SWRK 657 Social Work with the Elderly (3)
SWRK 661 Psychopathology (3)

*Bachelor of Social Work majors who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA will be allowed to take up to six (6) hours of graduate level electives from the Master of Social Work program at the University of St. Francis; the last semesters of their senior year. They will be expected to complete the graduate level courses as a part of the 128 semester hours required to graduate from the BSW program. The six (6) semester hours of electives will be waived in the Master of Social Work program. This option is available for traditional and transfer students. Permission must be obtained from both the BSW and MSW program directors.

 

Social Work Minor (18 hours total)

Required courses (15 semester hours):
SWRK 116 Introduction to Social Work (3)
SWRK 241 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)
SWRK 314 Social Policy (3)
SWRK 316 Women in Contemporary Society* (3)
SWRK 424 Social Work in a Pluralistic Society (3)

Elective courses (3 semester hours):
SWRK 242 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3)
SWRK 315 Social Work Policy II (3)
SWRK 306 Child Welfare I (3)
SWRK 320 Health Care Systems (3)
SWRK 494 Topics in Social Work (3)
SWRK 495 Readings in Social Work (3)

 

Psychology majors who complete PSYC 270 satisfy the requirement for SWRK 316. Psychology majors who have completed PSYC 240 Life-Span Development should choose to take either SWRK 306, 315, 320, 494, 495.

For more curriculum information

See the USF Catalog