Advisement for the major is available from the School of Social Work .
Dual-Degree Program Policies
Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore have established a dual-degree program through which UMES students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (B.A.S.W.) from SU and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in sociology from UMES.
The program, which can be completed in 120 hours, is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through SU. The program prepares graduates for entry-level professional social work positions, state licensure and graduate education. The program is made possible through the cooperative efforts of the institutions in sharing resources to expand the opportunities for students on both campuses.
UMES students in this program will complete registration for Salisbury courses by submitting an inter-institutional enrollment form available from their advisor or the Registrar’s Office.
Admission to Social Work Program
Students must apply for admission to the B.A.S.W. Program during their junior year. Prior to enrolling in upperlevel social work courses students must:
Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 45 hours with an overall grade point average of 2.50 or better, including transfer credit. The 45 credits must include the courses with grades of C or better:
Have a GPA of 2.70 in the academic major courses, including the three prerequisite courses listed above.
Complete an application for formal admission to the social work program, which includes personal statements.
Have an academic plan showing how the student can enter field instruction the following fall semester.
Pending Legal Action and Conviction Statement
Persons who indicate on the application to the major that they have pending legal action or convictions will be asked to supply documentation on the nature of the offense(s) and the disposition. Individuals admitted to the program who are facing pending legal action or convictions may have restrictions placed on the area of study and field placements they may pursue. In addition, some field placement agencies require a criminal background check.
Applicants are also advised that the Professional Standards Committee of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners may refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration to any person who has been convicted of any crime in this or any other state. Applicants may be denied admission, or if enrolled, terminated from the program if they have not been truthful or provided inaccurate information in the application.
Admission to Field Instruction
Students are expected to complete a two semester/term field instruction internship in the same social service agency. Prior to entering the field instruction, students must:
Complete the written application for internship.
Complete the minimum of 75 hours, including at least six hours of social work practice courses.
Have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 overall, including transfer credits, and 2.70 in the academic major courses.
Interns are responsible for their own transportation related to their field internship.
Life Experience Statement
No credit will be given for work or life experience.
This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.