Students earning a bachelors
degree in social work practice in a variety of social welfare settings
and with a variety of populations. The School does not approve academic
credit for prior work or life experience.
Students who wish to enroll
in the professional curriculum in social work must first apply and be
accepted to upper-division status (candidacy) for the B.A. degree in social
work (BSW degree).
The School of Social Work reviews and approves applications for admission
to BSW upper-division status (candidacy) each October and March.
- Applications for students to begin upper division
course work in the following spring semester should apply by the first
Friday of October.
- To begin upper-division courses the following Fall
semester students should apply by the first Friday of March.
Students may apply for upper-division status (candidacy)
during the semester in which they are completing their 59-61 prerequisite
The School welcomes diversity
and invites interest and applications from persons who seek to participate
in a profession committed to helping people. Admission to candidacy for
the degree is determined by:
- Faculty evaluation of student application
- Courses required for BSW candidacy completed with
a grade of C of higher:
- ENGL 101-102
- Area I course in literature
- Three Area I courses in arts and humanities
- Area II history course
- COMM 101
- POLS 101 or 102
- SOC 230 or ANTH 209
- SOC 101
- PSYC 101
- ECON 201 or 202
- SOCWRK 101 (earning a grade of B or better)
- SOCWRK 201 (earning a grade of B or better)
- PSYC 309
- BIOL 100
- Area III mathematics course
- Area III core course
A minimum GPA of 2.5 OR a minimum GPA of 2.8 during
the two contiguous semesters of full-time enrollment of 12 or more credits
prior to application. In order to maintain candidacy status, students
must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in required social work courses.
Applications are also judged by the following
- Quality of written statement
- Recommendation letters
- Quality and quantity of work/volunteer experience
in the human services
- Overall presentation (look/feel) of application
Items to Include with Your BSW Application
All of the following items must by turned it together
when you submit your application:
- The Application Information Page--page one of the
BSW Application Packet
- A Personal Vitae or Resume (preferred) or the Personal
Information Sheet--page two of the BSW Application Packet
- Letter of Application--a three to four pages
essay addressing your interest in social work as a career, positive
life experiences that have shaped your interest in social work, professional
social work career goals, and evaluation of personal strengths and limitations
as they relate to your success as a Social Worker.
- A Filled Out Copy of the Academic Checklist--Found
on page three of the BSW Application Packet
- An Unofficial Copy of Your BSU Transcripts and/or
Transcript Evaluations from Other Colleges or Universities You Have
- Three Letters of Recommendation (one Human Services Agency
Letter and two General Letters)--Cover letters are included in the BSW Application
- Notarized Criminal Record Statement--Included in
the BSW Application Packet, the Social Work Department has a notary
on staff and will notarize the document for no charge.
- Notarized Ethical Statement--Included in the BSW
Application Packet, the Social Work Department has a notary on staff
and will notarize the document for no charge.