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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).
Students are eligible to apply for admission after they have completed the required 30 credit hours of designated courses at Concord (see list below). Application into the Social Work program must be submitted prior to enrolling in Social Work Research Methods, SOWK 305.
Admissions and Retention Committee meetings are held several times throughout each semester. The Admissions Application is to be completed and submitted to the Social Work Department office, room 107 Marsh Hall or you may email your completed application to Ms. Vanessa Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students will be notified of a time and date for their interview with the Admissions and Retention Committee, which consists of all full-time social work faculty. It is necessary that students attend their scheduled interview session once registered to do so. Failure to comply may result in the delay of admission to the Social Work program.
Students who plan to pursue their graduate degree in social work, Master of Social Work, MSW, may complete both their BSW and MSW program in five (5) years by applying to the 5 year plan. Under the 5 year plan, students apply for admission to the MSW program when they apply for admission to the BSW program. Thus, positioning the student for completion of both the BSW and MSW in five years. Letters of reference submitted for admission to the BSW program will also be used for admission to the MSW program. Hence, letters of reference are submitted only once for students under the 5 Year plan. Similarly, the graduate application fee is waived for students under the 5 year plan. GPA and ethical standards must be maintained throughout the first four years of the program for admission to the MSW program under the 5 year plan.
Prerequisite Required Courses
For questions about the Bachelor of Social Work, contact our BSW Director:
Apply for Admission to the BSW Program
If you are interested in the Applying to the Bachelor of Social Work program, please apply online or download and complete the PDF application below.