Undergraduate Majors

The School of Social Work offers two majors: social welfare and social work. These majors prepare the student for further academic study or for employment in selected human service arenas.

The undergraduate curriculum provides an education in the social and behavioral sciences and their application to human problems. Majors in social welfare and social work receive a liberal arts education that prepares them to be informed citizens involved in human services or social welfare problems and policies.

CURRICULUM AND MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Please see the UW Undergraduate Guide for curriculum and major requirements details.

The Guide also has a list of approved Social Science Concentration courses for:

Please also review the School of Social Work’s MSW & BSW Student Rights and Responsibilities.

ABOUT THE MAJOR

The social welfare major offers an overview of pressing, current social problems. Majors take courses in a variety of social sciences to enable them to view social welfare in its broad social, economic, and political contexts.

All undergraduate students in good standing are eligible to enter the Social Welfare major. Sophomores should be enrolled in or have taken SW 205 and/or SW 206 to declare the major, see the L&S Undergraduate Catalog.

REQUIREMENTS AT-A-GLANCE

Sophomore Year

SW 205 Introduction to the Field of Social Work (Fall or Spring)
SW 206 Introduction to Social Policy (Fall or Spring)

Junior Year

SW 457 Human Behavior and Environment (Spring)
SW 640 Social Work with Ethnic and Racial Groups (Fall)
Statistics (Fall or Spring)*
SW Elective (Fall or Spring)***
Soc. Sci. Concentration Elective (Fall or Spring)***

Senior Year

SW 650 Research Methods (Spring)
SW Elective (Fall or Spring)***
Soc. Sci. Concentration Elective (Fall or Spring)***

* May be taken in either Fall or Spring semester
*** May be taken in either Fall or Spring semester and in either the Junior or Senior years

ABOUT THE MAJOR

The Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) Program prepares students as beginning-level professional social workers. The curriculum objectives of the program are found below in the section on Professional Foundation Objectives. Typically, there are approximately 30-35 students in the program who meet the eligibility criteria below. To be admitted to the BSW Program, applicants must:

  • have completed Social Work 205 & 206
  • have completed or concurrent enrollment in an approved statistics class
  • be second-semester juniors (71 credits completed at the time of application)
  • have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA from all colleges attended

BSW students complete a year-long social work internship as part of the program. Visit our Field Education site for information about Field Units and Field Education.

REQUIREMENTS AT-A-GLANCE

Sophomore Year

SW 205 Introduction to the Field of Social Work (Fall or Spring)
SW 206 Introduction to Social Policy (Fall or Spring)

Junior Year

SW 457 Human Behavior and Environment (Spring)
SW 640 Social Work with Ethnic and Racial Groups (Fall)
Statistics (Fall or Spring)*
SW Elective (Fall or Spring)***
Soc. Sci. Concentration Elective (Fall or Spring)***
Soc. Sci. Concentration Elective (Fall or Spring)***

Senior Year

SW 650 Research Methods (Spring)
SW 612 Psychopathology for Generalist Practice (Spring)
SW 400 Field and Integrative Seminar I (Fall)
SW 401 Field and Integrative Seminar II (Spring)
SW 441 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (Fall)
SW 442 Practice III: Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations (Spring)

* May be taken in either Fall or Spring semester
*** May be taken in either Fall or Spring semester and in either the Junior or Senior years