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  Oct 20, 2017
 
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Social Work


Requirements for a Major in Social Work


The B.S.W. degree requires successful completion of 120 semester hours of college credits. The program is built on a liberal arts foundation plus 34 hours of cognate and international courses. These required courses augment, compliment, and supplement the 44 credit hours of professional social work courses, which include emphases on social work values and ethics, social and economic justice, diversity, and populations at risk in the Human Behavior and Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy and Services, Generalist Social Work Practice, Social Work Research, and Field Education Practice Sequences.

Required courses in the Major are:


The student must earn an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 in Social Work courses and not have repeated a course more than once.

  • six credits from the list of Social Work Electives
  • three credits from the list of International Program Courses

Additional Degree Requirements


In order to ensure the fulfillment of all Grand Valley State University B.S.W. degree requirements, students are urged to follow the schedule of courses indicated in the following four-year curriculum:

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Social Work Major


Fall Semester - Year One (13 Credits)


  • WRT 150 - Basic Skills  Credits: 4
  • SW 150 - General Education SS & SW Core Course Credits 3
  • SOC 201 - General Education SS & SW Core Course Credits: 3
  • General Education Course (Choose from The Arts, Philosophy & Literature, or Historical Perspectives) Credits: 3

Winter Semester - Year One (16 Credits)


  • MTH 110 (Basic Skills) Credits: 4
  • PSY 101 (General Education SS & SW Cognate) Credits: 3
  • General Education Course (Choose a U.S. Diversity) Credits: 3
  • General Education Course (Choose from The Arts, Philosophy & Literature, or Historical Perspectives) Credits: 3
  • General Education Course ( Physical Science Non-lab) Credits: 3

Fall Semester - Year Two (16 credits)


  • BIO 103 (General Education LS/Lab & SW Cognate) Credits: 4
  • General Education Course (Choose a World Perspective) Credits: 3
  • General Education Course (Choose from The Arts, Philosophy & Literature, or Historical Perspectives) Credits 3
  • PSY or SOC 360 (SW Cognate) Credits 3
  • PLS 102 (General Education SS & SW Cognate) Credits: 3

Winter Semester - Year Two (15 Credits)


  • PSY 303 (SW Cognate) Credits: 3
  • SOC 280 or SOC 384 (SW Cognate) Credits: 3
  • SOC 382 or SW 300 (SW Cognate) Credits: 3
  • ECO 210 or ECO 211 or SOC 385 (SW Cognate) Credits: 3
  • General Education Theme Course Credits: 3

Fall Semester - Year Three (15 Credits)


  • SW 317 (SW Core Course) Credits: 3
  • SW 319 (SW Core Course) Credits: 3
  • SW 340 (SW Core Course) Credits: 3
  • SW 348 (SW Core Course) Credits: 2
  • International Relations Program Course Credits: 3
  • General Elective Credits: 1

Winter Semester - Year Three (15 Credits)


  • STA 215 (General Education Mathematical Sciences and SW Cognate) Credits: 3
  • SW 316 (SW Core Course) Credits: 3
  • SW 318 (SW Core Course) Credits: 3
  • SW 341 (SW Core Course) Credits: 3
  • General Education Theme Course/General Elective Credits: 3

Fall Semester - Year Four (14 credits)


  • SW 430 (SW Core Course) Credits: 4
  • SW 490 (SW Core Course) Credits: 3
  • SW 492 (SW Core Course) Credits: 1
  • Social Work Elective Course Credits: 3
  • General Elective Credits: 3

Winter Semester - Year Four (16 Credits)


  • SW 491 (SW Core Course) Credits: 3
  • SW 493 (SW Core Course) Credits: 1
  • SW 495 (SW Core Course) Credits: 3
  • Social Work Elective Course: Credits: 3
  • Theme Course/General Elective: Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

This is a Sample Curriculum guide. It may not be applicable for every student and is not a replacement for meetings with an academic advisor.


Course Lists:


Social Work Program Description


Click here for the program description.