Students may declare social work as a major upon entry to the University. However, at this stage, students are considered pre-majors. A student is a pre-major until he/she is formally admitted into the B.S.W. Program.
To be eligible for admission to the Program, students must have:
- completed any developmental courses required by the University;
- completed English 104 and 105 with a minimum grade of “C” in each course;
- completed SW 200: Introduction to Social Work and SW 210: Social Work Values and Ethics, with a minimum grade of “C” in each course;
- removed any Incomplete grades (“I”) in courses;
- achieved a total institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 at the time of application to the Program; and
- achieved an overall social work GPA of at least 2.75.
The admissions application includes:
- an application checklist;
- the application form;
- a personal statement; and
- a current copy of the transcript that includes all credits transferred from other institutions.
In addition to the admissions application, the admissions process includes participation in a personal interview with the B.S.W. Program Admissions Committee. In this interview, students discuss their interest in social work and their understanding of the values and ethics of the profession.
Under normal circumstances, the social work admissions process is completed during the second semester of the sophomore year or during the first semester of the junior year. The Admissions Committee, which implements this process, is composed of permanent full-time faculty in the B.S.W. Program. This committee reviews transcripts to ensure that students have met criteria for admission to the Program. Additionally, they review the personal statements and conduct the admissions interviews. Students are notified in writing about their admissions status after admissions decisions are made. Before they are allowed to enroll in SW 385: Social Work Practice I and subsequent social work practice courses, students must be fully admitted as social work majors.