Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

College of Education and Social Work
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Must include a course in the following areas: BIO; HIS; LIT/CLS; PHI; PSC; PSY ; SOC (Students are required to take 9 semester hours of writing emphasis courses. The social work curriculum includes two (SWO 300 and SWO 351). Students need to choose an additional writing emphasis course to fulfill this general education requirement.
Language Requirements
Six semester hours of language (students may request to take culture cluster courses to meet some or all of this requirement; adviser permission is required).6
Additional Liberal Arts Foundation Course
To support the liberal arts foundation and biopsychosocial perspective in social work, these courses are also required of social work majors: PHI, PSC, PSY, SOC12
Social Work Pre-Candidacy Courses
Must earn a minimum of 2.50 GPA in these courses to be accepted into candidacy:
SWO 200Introduction to Social Welfare3
SWO 220Introduction to Generalist Practice3
SWO 225Race Relations (also meets interdisciplinary requirement)3
SWO 300Family Systems3
Social Work Professional Foundation
Students must maintain a 2.50 GPA in these courses:
SWO 320Generalist Social Work Practice I3
SWO 321Generalist Social Work Practice II3
SWO 332Social Welfare Policies and Services3
SWO 350Human Behavior in Social Environment I3
SWO 351Human Behavior and the Social Environment II3
SWO 375Field Experience I6
SWO 395Junior Seminar3
SWO 431Methods Of Social Inquiry3
SWO 432Advanced Policy Practice3
SWO 450Field Experience II6
SWO 451Field Experience III6
SWO 495Social Work Senior Seminar I3
SWO 496Social Work Senior Seminar II3
Total Minimum Credits Required120

In addition, continued matriculation at the professional level of the B.S.W. program requires that all students:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in the general education requirements

  • Maintain an average 2.50 GPA in the required liberal arts foundation courses

  • Obtain a 2.50 GPA to graduate from the social work program

  • Adhere to field practice requirements in accordance with the Undergraduate Social Work Field Manual

  • Comply with NASW Code of Ethics and the professional behaviors established by the social work program

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Year One
Semester OneCredits
Pre-Candidacy 
SWO 200Introduction to Social Welfare3
SWO 225 (I or J)Race Relations3
WRT 1201Effective Writing I3
Select approved Sociology course (SOC 200 or SOC 240 recommended)13
Foreign Language (Spanish recommended)23
 Credits15
Semester Two
Pre-Candidacy 
SWO 220Introduction to Generalist Practice3
SWO 300 (W)Family Systems3
Select one of the following:13
Critical Writing and Research 
Critical Writing: Approaches to Pop Culture 
Critical Writing: Investigating Experience 
Critical Writing: Multidisciplinary Imagination 
Critical Writing: Entering Public Sphere 
Critical Writing: Special Topics 
Select approved Psychology course (PSY 100 recommended)13
Foreign Language23
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
Pre-Candidacy 
SWO 332Social Welfare Policies and Services3
SWO 350Human Behavior in Social Environment I3
Select one approved Political Science course (PSC 100 recommended)23
Select approved BIO course (BIO 102 will not count towards this requirement)13
Select approved History course (HIS 150 recommended)13
 Credits15
Semester Four
SWO 320Generalist Social Work Practice I3
SWO 351 (W) (J)Human Behavior and the Social Environment II3
SPK 208 or 230Public Speaking3
Select one approved science class from the following:3
Concepts of Chemistry 
The Chemistry of Beer 
Fundamentals in Computer Science 
Introduction to Computer Programming 
Computer Science I 
Introduction to Geology 
Other Worlds, Other Stars 
Introduction to Our Atmosphere 
Elements of Physical Science 
Structure of the Universe 
General Physics I 
General Physics II 
Physics I 
Physics II 
Select one advised elective3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
Candidacy Application Due Sept 15 
Professional Social Work Coursework 
SWO 321Generalist Social Work Practice II3
SWO 431Methods Of Social Inquiry3
Select any Math course (MAT 104 or MAT 121 recommended)3
Select any approved Philosophy course (PHI 180 recommended)3
Elective3
 Credits15
Semester Six
Professional Social Work Coursework 
SWO 375Field Experience I6
SWO 395Junior Seminar3
SWO 432Advanced Policy Practice3
Select one advised elective3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
Professional Social Work Coursework 
SWO 450Field Experience II6
SWO 495Social Work Senior Seminar I3
Select one approved course in Art, Cinematography, Dance, Music, Photography, or Theatre3
Select one advised elective3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
SWO 451Field Experience III6
SWO 496Social Work Senior Seminar II3
Select two advised electives6
 Credits15
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General Education Requirements

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Required Liberal Arts

May take social work courses concurrently while applying for candidacy