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2010-2011 General Catalog 
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Social Work, BA

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Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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:

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

Social Work Major

Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.75, major; 2.5, USU; 2.5,
Career Additional Matriculation Requirements: Students must apply for Advanced Standing in the Social Work major at the end 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 ; C in remaining major courses

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  Practice I, SW 4150  Practice II, and SW 4160  Practice III) and the field practicum courses (SW 4870  Beginning Field Practicum and SW 5870  Advanced Field Practicum), 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:


Students should apply for advanced standing during their second year.


Students should apply for the practicum during their third year.

Required 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)


1 Students must take SW 1010  before taking SW 2100  and SW 2400 .

2 Students must complete STAT 1040  with a grade of C- or better as a prerequisite to SOC 3120  and to fulfill Social Work major requirements.

3 Since SW 2100  and SW 2400  are only offered during spring semester each year, students should plan accordingly.

4 Prior to taking SW 3050 , students must apply for advanced standing, to qualify to enroll in practice courses.

5 C- or better in STAT 1040  (Introduction to Statistics), plus 6 credits in Social Work and/or Sociology courses, are prerequisites for this course. STAT 1040  and SOC 3120  must be completed in order to graduate with a social work degree.

6 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.

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

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