Advisement for the major is available from the School of Social Work
Social Work, B.A.S.W. Curriculum Guide (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)
Students majoring in social work must meet the following requirements:
Complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience (transfer students must take a minimum of 23 hours in social work at Salisbury University).
Complete 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
No social work course may be repeated more than once.
Complete courses for the major with grades of C or better.
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 these courses with grades of C or better
Have a GPA of 2.70 in the academic major courses, including the three prerequisite SOWK 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.
University Undergraduate Major Policies
- Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
- Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
- All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
- Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
- Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
- Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
- It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
- Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.
General Education Requirements
Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.
Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)
A. C or Better in One of the Following
B. Select One Course From:
Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:
Group II: History (2 Courses)
A. Select One Course From:
B. Select One Course From:
Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)
A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:
B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:
C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)
- ART, COMM, DANC or THEA, MDFL, MUSC, PHIL, ANTH, CADR, ECON or FINA, EDFN, ENVR, Human GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI 3-4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 112 - Issues in the Social Sciences 4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 211 - Issues in the Humanities 4 Hour(s) Credit
Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)
A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:
BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:
B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:
C. Select One Course From:
MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:
Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)
General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major
IIIB, IIIC (Social Science)
General Education Requirements (3 Courses)
Complete 1 of the Following:
Required Core Courses (14 Courses)
Optional Electives (to complete 120 hours)
Beyond the SOWK courses listed below, students are encouraged to consider elective courses in art, business administration, communication, conflict analysis and dispute resolution, economics, language, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics. Faculty advisement in curriculum planning is required.