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Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Generalist social work education builds upon the liberal arts requiring focused courses in human behavior, research, social policy, practice methods and field practicum experience. The generalist focus ensures that students are employment-ready for a wide range of settings within the local community and that they are eligible to pursue a graduate degree in the field. Students graduating from the MGA BSW program will possess the skills needed to serve as entry- level social work professionals within the surrounding community and beyond.

To gain admission to the BSW program at MGA, students must be admitted to MGA, have completed 85 percent of all course work in core curriculum and Area F, and have completed all prerequisite courses with a C or better, and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. The BSW Program Director and appropriate admission committee members will review all application materials. All prospective applicants should submit a course syllabus for any equivalent prerequisite courses. All equivalency courses must be reviewed and approved by the BSW Program Director. 

 Admission Criteria

  • Admission to MGA

  • Completion of at least 51 of 60 (85%) hours of Core Curriculum and Area F credit 

  • Completion of prerequisite courses as shown in the table below

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or above at admission decision

  • Completed BSW Program Admission Application Packet including:

    • BSW Program Admission Application

    • BSW Program Admission Essay 

    • Volunteer experience documentation and reflection

    • Two recommendation letters

    • Signed copy of the program progression policies

    • Signed agreement of course sequence

    • Signed agreement of expectations for professional behavior

    • Signed understanding of requirement to be available during regular school day hours for internship, practice experiences, and program-based requirements.

    • Signed Professional Identity Plan

 

 

Curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Social Work


Core Curriculum (Credit: 42 hours)

Area A: Essential Skills (Credit: 9 hours)

Students must make a C or better in all Area A courses. Courses required for Area A must be completed within students first 30 hours of coursework.
ENGL 1101English Composition I

3 credits

 

ENGL 1102English Composition II

3 credits

OR

ENGL 1102HHonors English Composition II

3 credits

 

MATH 1111College Algebra

3 credits

OR

MATH 1112Plane Trigonometry

3 credits

OR

MATH 1113Precalculus Mathematics

3 credits

OR

MATH 1251Calculus I

4 credits

Area B: Institutional Options (Credit: 4 hours)


Perspectives Elective

4 credits

Recommended courses for Area B: COMM 1012, PSYC 1001, or HUMN 1009

Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts (Credit: 6 hours)

Literature Elective

3 credits

Area C Elective

3 credits

Recommended course: COMM 1100.

Area D: Science, Math and Technology (Credit: 11 hours)

Choose two four (4) hour Lab Science Elective courses for non-science majors and choose one three (3) hour Area D Elective course for non-science majors.

Lab Science

4 credits

Lab Science

4 credits

Area D Elective

3 credits

Note: MATH 1401 is preferred for Area D elective.

Area E: Social Sciences (Credit: 12 hours)

HIST 2111United States History to 1865

3 credits

OR

HIST 2112United States History since 1865

3 credits

AND

POLS 1101American Government

3 credits

Area E Elective

3 credits

Area E Elective

3 credits

Recommended courses: PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1101H and SOCI 1101 or SOCI 1101H.

Area F Lower Division Major Requirements (Credit: 12 hours)

PSYC 2103Introduction to Human Development

3 credits

SOCI 1160Introduction to Social Problems

3 credits

SOCW 2215Introduction to Social Work

3 credits

SOCW 2500Success in Social Work

3

Upper Level Courses (Credit: 66 hours)

Major Area Courses (Credit: 45 hours)

SOCW 3000Culturally Responsive Social Work Practice

3 credits

SOCW 3100Human Behavior and the Social Environment

3

SOCW 3200Direct Social Work Practice I

3

SOCW 3300Social Work Practice with Groups

3

SOCW 3400Practice Lab I- Individuals, Families and Groups

3

SOCW 3500Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations

3

SOCW 3600Social Work Research Methods

3

SOCW 3700Social Welfare & Policy Practice

3

SOCW 3800Practice Lab II - Change in Organizations and Communities

3

SOCW 4000Direct Social Work Practice II

3

SOCW 4300Social Work Practicum & Seminar I

6

SOCW 4500Organizational and Community Change

3

SOCW 4600Social Work Practicum & Seminar II

6

Major Electives (Credit: 6 hours)

Take two courses from the following:
SOCW 3010/PBSV 3010Human Services Management

3

SOCW 3050/PBSV 3050Crisis Management

3

SOCW 4010/PBSV 4000Children in Crises

3

SOCW 4220/CRJU 4220Family Violence and Abuse

3 credits

General Electives (Credit: 15 hours)

You may wish to select a minor or you must take 15 credits of general electives.
Total: 120 hours.