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2011-2012 General Catalog 
2011-2012 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Social Work, BA

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  •   (required), plus another course having CI designation, will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  •   (required) will fufill the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)

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 COMD 4920  and 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 , 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:


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 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.

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

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (10 of last 40 must be USU credits)


Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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