- Social Work
- Why Social Work
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“There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life” ~Mary Rose McGeady
The mission of the Department of Social Work is to prepare our BSW students for beginning generalist social work practice in a wide range of settings, and with diverse populations through education, research, and service with special appreciation for the peoples and institutions of West Virginia, Appalachia, and other rural areas.
The program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974. The accreditation applies to beginning level generalist social work practice. Upon completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work degree, the National Association of Social Workers will accept graduates as regular members of the Association. Additionally, graduates will be allowed to take the Social Work Licensure Exam.
A basic arts and sciences education is essential to professional social work education. There is no foreign language requirement. All courses require letter grades except SOWK 420A/SOWK 420B, Field Instruction, which is a pass-fail evaluation due to the nature of field experience. There are no provisions for awarding academic credit for life experience, or previous work experience, in lieu of the fjeld placement requirement or to fulfill any of the foundation course requirements.
Beginning with the introductory class, there are opportunities for field experience in many of the required social work courses.
The degree of Bachelor of Social Work requires the successful completion of 120 semester hours, including (1) the Program of General Studies, which includes the designated liberal arts content; (2) the social work program listed below; and (3) a program of electives worked out with the student’s adviser. Students must also attain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better on all courses listed below under Social Work Program. Students are formally accepted as social work majors after having been admitted by the Social Work Admissions and Retention Committee. Detailed admissions requirements and procedures are presented in the Social Work Student Handbook (PDF).
The Social Work program use the BSW Progression Sheet to keep track of the courses that students have taken towards the degree requirement. Download it below.
Required Social Work Courses
55 Credit Hours
Required Liberal Arts Courses
Social Work Electives
Additionally students must complete one 3 hour credit course in each of the following cognate areas (for a total of 9 credit hours).