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  Jan 20, 2018
 
CURRENT 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Work, B.S.W.


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The undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree as preparation for a number of careers from public service to work in the private sector. The undergraduate social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and its principal educational goal is to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice.

Liberal Studies Hours: 42


Liberal Studies Program Requirements 

Admission & Retention Information


Declaration of a major in social work does not guarantee admission to the program. Students are eligible to apply for admission when they have attained an overall 2.80 GPA, have completed 35 credit hours, and in addition, have completed SOCW 151, SOCW 251, and SOCW 253 (or be enrolled in SOCW 251 and SOCW 253). Students must maintain an overall 2.80 GPA each semester after admission in order to remain in the program.  Students must complete an application and submit it to the department office by the third Monday in September or third Monday of February.  The application and directions for the application process are located on the department’s website. A student in the Social Work program must maintain an overall GPA of 2.8 and adhere to the professional and technical standards of the program.  All social work required courses must have a grade of ‘C’ or above to earn credit for the course.  Students must adhere to the university maximum grade replacement allowance however only one Social Work course is eligible for grade replacement per required Social Work course.  For information on these standards and information regarding admission and termination from the program, refer to the department’s website above.  

BSW Major Requirements


42 hours Liberal Studies + 63 hours Social Work + 15 hours General Electives = 120 hours

Liberal Studies Requirements: 42 hours


Liberal Studies Program Requirements  

General Electives: 15 hours


General electives courses are considered any course whereby WCU grants course credit.  Students are at liberty to pursue other areas of interest. The Social Work Program has been continuously accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1974.

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