Social Work

Degree:Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Major:Social Work
Minors:Aging Studies Interdisciplinary
Child Welfare
Social Welfare
Substance Abuse
Department:Building 85, Room 133
(850) 473-7224
College:Education and Professional Studies
CIP Code:44.0701
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The BSW in Social Work, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, prepares students to enter beginning professional social work practice. 

Program Requirements

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the BSW in Social Work must meet the requirements listed below. Consult with your academic advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Education requirements and common prerequisites.

The program requires 45 sh in social work courses and 3 sh of prescribed major-related courses and includes two field experiences. A practicum is part of the Introduction to Generalist Practice course, taken in the student’s second term. This course introduces the student to agency practice. A field placement is part of the senior Field Instruction course. Please contact the department for information on prerequisites and additional requirements.

All Social Work courses must be completed with at least a “C” to be counted toward completion of the degree requirements. No prior work or volunteer experience can be accepted for academic credit.

Because this is a professional preparation program, the department has an application for the Field Instruction courses SOW 4510 Social Work Field Instruction and SOW 4522 Senior Seminar. After declaring the Social Work major with the University, students must complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or better in both academic and practice components and complete and submit the Field Instruction application packet. 

SOW 3103Human Behavior in Social Environment3
SOW 3113Human Behavior in Organizations and Communities3
SOW 3203Introduction to the Field of Social Work3
SOW 3313Work With Individuals and Families3
SOW 3322Work With Groups3
SOW 3350Interviewing and Recording3
SOW 3503Introduction to Generalist Practice3
SOW 4232Introductory Analysis of Social Service Policy3
SOW 4233Human Diversity and Social Justice3
SOW 4403Social Work Research Foundations3

Students must have a University minimum GPA of 2.0, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major as a prerequisite to SOW 4510 Social Work Field Instruction and SOW 4522 Senior Seminar.

Social work majors who have been inactive for three years prior to field placement will be subject to faculty review and may be subject to repeating their practice courses. Students must complete courses required for graduation within five years of entry in the major (usually the junior year) with no less than nine credits completed in any one year.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "Graduation and General Degree Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

POS 2041American Politics *3
PSY 2012General Psychology *3
SYG 2000Introduction to Sociology *3
Choose one of the following:3
Principles of Economics Macro *
Principles of Economics Micro
Choose one of the following:3
General Biology for Non-Majors *
Anatomy and Physiology I *
Total Hours15

Indicates common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.9-21
Total Hours9-21