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Bachelor of Social Work

The mission of the Social Work Program is to prepare students for beginning professional generalist social work practice in a wide range of settings, and with diverse population 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 sit for the Social Work Licensure Exam.

Graduates of the four-year program will be prepared for:

  • Beginning level professional generalist social work practice;
  • Graduate social work education.

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 4601/SOWK 4602, 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.

Admission to the BSW Program

Students are eligible to apply for admission after they have completed the required 18 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 370.

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 vhowell@concord.edu. 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.

Prerequisite Required Courses

  • English 101
  • English 102
  • Psychology 101
  • Sociology 101
  • Social Work 161
  • Social Work 229
Admission to BSW/MSW Program under the 5 Year Plan

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.

BSW/MSW (5 Year) Application Requirements

  • Complete and submit BSW Application
  • Completed the following classes and have 2.0 in the courses listed below with a 2.5 GPA required in the two SOWK classes. (no grade less than "C" can be accepted for SOWK 161 and 229)
    • English 101
    • English 102
    • Psychology 101
    • Sociology 101
    • SOWK 161 
    • SOWK 229
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Two Academic (one can be from a social work faculty member)
  • One Professional (Exclude letters from Friends, relatives, and class mates)
  • Biographical Reflection
    • Describe your basic belief system, career goals, and the things which have contributed to your decision to pursue a study in social work. 
    • What are your perceptions regarding a social issue?
    • What is your perceptions of social and economic justice in rural settings?
    • Why are you pursuing the MSW Degree?
  • Complete the Letter of Intent/Acceptance for the MSW Program when you start BSW field.


Students following the 5 year plan can be admitted directly to the MSW program. During the Student's last semester in the BSW program, the student under the 5 year plan, submits the Notice to Continue to the MSW Program. 

Apply for Admission to the BSW Program

BSW Application Requirements

  • Complete and submit BSW Application
  • Completed the following classes and have 2.0 in the courses listed below with a 2.5 GPA required in the two SOWK classes. (no grade less than "C" can be accepted for SOWK 161 and 229)
    • English 101
    • English 102
    • Psychology 101
    • Sociology 101
    • SOWK 161 
    • SOWK 229
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • One Academic (other than social work faculty)
  • Two Professional (Exclude letters from Friends, relatives, and class mates)
  • Biographical Reflection - Describe your basic belief system, career goals, and the things which have contributed to your decision to pursue a study in social work. 

If you are interested in the Applying to the Bachelor of Social Work program, please apply online or download and complete the PDF application.

Programs of Studies

Undergraduate

Course Description

Contact Information

For questions about the BSW Program, please contact our BSW Director:

Dr. Joan Pendergast
BSW Program Director
Associate Professor of Social Work
304-384-5289
Email

BSW Program Forms

Online ApplicationPaper Application


5 year BSW Program Forms

Online ApplicationPaper ApplicationLetter of Intent/Acceptance for MSW Program