Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

This degree focuses on real-world experience and prepares students for professional social work careers in a variety of settings, including clinical research, community outreach and nonprofit or government organizations. 

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work helps you build your knowledge of social, political and cultural change and your skills in organizational dynamics and technological processes to help you best serve diverse communities.

As a student, you will: 

  • Hone your skills through 400 supervised on-site field practice hours.  
  • Prepare for a position in child and family social work, gerontology, mental health care, probation/correctional treatment, social and community service, or substance abuse treatment.
  • Learn to have a positive impact on the lives of others through the career of your choice.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

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Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Prior to becoming  eligible to begin field education, students must successfully complete at least 27 required prerequisite credits, with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher, successfully complete the field readiness  interview,  a  field  site  interview,  and  be  approved  to  begin  field  by  the  Field  Director.

All required documents including the practicum site agreement must be completed and students must be enrolled in field practicum seminar prior to starting any trainee hours at the approved site. Practicum hour requirements and other practicum policies are available from the BASW Field Director.

The  practicum  courses  are  graded  on  a  pass/no  pass  basis.  Practicum  courses  are  to  be  taken consecutively.

Social Work Core Requirements

SOWK 300 Social Work Foundations 3
SOWK 302 Interviewing and Assessment Skills 3
SOWK 303 Diversity and Social Justice in a Global Society 3
SOWK 304 Social Welfare 3
SOWK 306 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SOWK 307 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SOWK 309 Introduction to Social Work Research 3
SOWK 418 Social Policy 3
SOWK 421 Social Work Practice: Individuals & Families 3
SOWK 422 Social Work Practice: Groups 3
SOWK 423 Social Work Practice: Organizations and Communities 3
SOWK 493 Social Work Practicum Seminar l 3
SOWK 494 Social Work Practicum Seminar ll 3
SOWK 495 Social Work Practicum Seminar lll 3
Total Credits 42


Social Work Electives (6 credits)
Select two courses from the following:

CJCU 416 Domestic Violence 3
CJCU 418 Victim Advocacy 3
SOWK 391 Youth -at-Risk 3
SOWK 393 Child Abuse 3
SOWK 405 Military Social Work 3
SOWK 408 International Social Work 3
SOWK 445 Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Social Work 3
SOWK 482 Social Work with Older Adults 3


Total Credits 48



Minor in Social Work

A minor in social work requires a total of 18 credits chosen from the social work major and distributed as outlined below.

Minor Core: (12 credits)

SOWK 300 Social Work Foundations 3
SOWK 302 Interviewing and Assessment Skills 3
SOWK 303 Diversity and Social Justice in a Global Society 3
SOWK 304 Social Welfare 3
Total Credits 12


Minor Electives: (6 credits. All courses must be upper division.)
Any two courses from the social work major core requirements or social work electives.


Total Credits 18
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