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2021-2022 General Catalog 
  
2021-2022 General Catalog

Social Work - BA, BS


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Department of Social Work

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Bachelor of Science Degree

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete all requirements listed in the program requirements below.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

In addition to fulfilling the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree requirements, students pursuing a (BA) Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the language proficiency requirements in one of the following ways:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent)  OR
  • Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of American Sign Language IV (COMD 4920 ) and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Deafness (COMD 4780 ), and by passing an exit interview  OR
  • Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent)  OR
  • Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  • Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students  OR
  • TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL) .

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 2.75 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ANTH 1010: Cultural Anthropology (BSS)   3     ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3    
BIOL 1010: Biology and the Citizen (BLS)  or USU 1350: Integrated Life Science (BLS)   3  or 3     HDFS 1500: Human Development Across the Lifespan (BSS)   3    
SOC 1010: Introductory Sociology (BSS)   3     PSY 1010: General Psychology (BSS)   3    
SW 1010: Introduction to Social Welfare   3     STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL)   3  or 5    
Elective Course 3   Breadth Requirement 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  
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Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3     SW 2100: Human Behavior in the Social Environment   3    
Breadth Requirement 3   SW 2400: Social Work with Diverse Populations   3    
Breadth Requirement 3   Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) Course   3  
SW Elective Course 3   Breadth Requirement 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  
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Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

SOC 3120: Social Statistics I (QI)   3     SW 4150: Practice II   3    
SW 3050: Practice I   3     SW 4160: Practice III   3    
SW 4100: Social Work Research (CI)   3     SW Elective Course 3  
SW Elective Course 3   Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) Course   3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  
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Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

SW 4870: Beginning Field Practicum   6     SW 5870: Advanced Field Practicum   6    
SW 5350: Social Welfare Policy (CI)   3     Elective Course(s) 9  
Elective Course(s) 6        
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  
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*USU’s Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and consequently meet licensure requirements in all 50 states. States differ in their licensing processes and students are encouraged to become familiar with these processes when pursuing licensure in a particular state (see the Education Licensure Compliance Table or, if interested in school social work licensure, contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at teal.usu.edu for more information).

Social Work Major


Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.75, major; 2.5, USU;

Career Additional Matriculation Requirements: Students must apply for Advanced Standing in the Social Work major by the first Friday in March of their sophomore year. Application requirements include a C or better (C+ in SW 1010 ) in all prerequisite Social Work courses and specific University Studies courses, an essay, and a passing score (70 percent or higher) on the Advanced Placement Test (APT). At the end of the junior year, social work majors apply for the practicum, which requires a passing score (70 percent or higher) on the Generalist Practice Test (GPT) and a B- or better in all practice classes.

Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75, major; 2.0, USU; 2.0, Career

Minimum Grade Accepted: C+ in SW 1010 B- in SW 3050 SW 4150 , and SW 4160 in remaining major courses. Major requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Students may declare Social Work as their major at any time. All course offerings in social work are open to all Social Work majors, with the exception of the practice courses (SW 3050 SW 4150  and SW 4160 ) and the field practicum courses (SW 4870  and SW 5870 ), which require admission to advanced standing. Social work students are expected to take courses in sequence, in order to have the professional foundation knowledge required for each class. Maintenance of a high grade point average is important as students progress through the major and continue on to graduate school. Requirements for the Social Work major are as follows:

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In their second year, students should apply for advanced standing by the first Friday in March if they have completed the required prerequisite classes.

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Students should apply for the practicum during their third year.

Elective Enrichment Courses


Nine credits of electives are to be chosen during the second and third years, prior to the practicum year. At least two electives are to be taken in Social Work, and one upper-division elective can be taken outside of Social Work.

Optional Elective (does not fulfill elective requirement)


Note:


SW 4950  requires a plan of study, approved by a social work faculty member, at least one semester prior to registration. This course is not considered to be a required elective.

Prior to enrolling in Beginning Field Practicum, students must apply for admission to the Field Practicum, take the GPT exam, and must have advanced standing status.

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