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University Catalog 2011-2012 (ARCHIVED) 
University Catalog 2011-2012 (ARCHIVED) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work enables students to explore and develop values, knowledge and generalist skills essential to the practice of social work in a multiethnic environment. The goals of the program include: providing continuing education for persons already employed in the field of social work or related human services; preparing students for professional entry-level positions in social work; and preparing students for further study in graduate schools of social work or related human services.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work is 180 units, of which 86-87 units are in the major. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

Admission to the Program

Upon admission to the university, students who wish to be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work must first complete the requirements for the pre-social work major. Pre-social work majors must complete the following prerequisites:

  or   or   with a grade of C+ or better;   or   or   ,  /  , or an equivalent course in Elementary Statistics with a grade of C or better; and the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE). When these three prerequisites are completed, pre-social work majors may enroll in   . Students must earn a grade of C+ or better in SW 370, with no opportunity to repeat the course.

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work major requires a separate application obtained in the School of Social Work office, Simpson Tower #816. Applications to the social work major are accepted and reviewed after successful completion of SW 370.
Current CSULA students from another major seeking to change their major to social work must first complete the pre-social work admissions criteria. After that, they must submit an application to be admitted into the BASW program. Once admitted, they are required to submit the university’s “change of major” form to the BASW program.

For further details, contact the School of Social Work office at (323) 343-4680, or refer to our website: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/hhs/sw/basw.php

Required Advisement

All students in the Social Work major must see an academic adviser during their first quarter in the program. During this initial advisement, a summary of the program curriculum and School of Social work regulations will be reviewed.

All social work students are also required to meet with an adviser one quarter prior to beginning their fieldwork, to determine eligibility for field education. Finally, students must meet with an adviser two quarters before graduation to complete a graduation check.

Students who earn less than the minimum required grade for social work courses must meet with an academic adviser from the School of Social Work to prepare a revised academic plan to assure satisfactory progress.

School of Social Work Regulations

Students in the Social Work major must earn grades of C or higher in the following social work courses: SW 372 , SW 301 , SW 474 , SW 475 , SW 478 , SW 482 . To meet the requirements of continuing satisfactory performance, students must also receive a passing grade (credit) for the Field Internship (SW 495 ) and a grade of C or better in their Integrative Seminar (SW 496). Students who are placed on academic probation are not permitted to enroll in a social work course until an academic adviser from the School of Social Work approves a revised academic plan. The plan will provide students with guidelines to support their academic success.

Students are required to complete a criminal clearance check, prior to entering a field placement. Some field agencies will not accept students who cannot pass the criminal background clearance. Please note that difficulty or the inability to place a student in a required field practicum may delay or prevent the completion of the BASW degree.

Sequence Requirements

  • SW 370  is a prerequisite to all required social work courses except SW 476 
  • Prerequisites to Field Education (SW 495) include: completion of SW 301 , SW 371A , SW 371 B , and SW 372 
  • SW 372  is a prerequisite to the advanced social work practice courses (SW 474 , SW 475 , and SW 482 )
  • Students must take SW 495  and SW 496  concurrently.
  • Field Education (SW 495 , SW 496 ) must be taken in the last three quarters of the BASW Program

Requirements for the Major (86–87 units)

The BASW program requires a total of 180 units for the degree, including 67 units in required upper division courses in social work; 11-12 units of prerequisite courses; and 8 units of elective courses in social work or other related fields as approved. See the Undergraduate Studies: General Information  section for details about general education and other requirements that constitute the units outside the major

Required Courses in Related Fields (11-12 units)

The following courses must be completed before any other courses in the major are attempted:

  • PSY 150  or SOC 201  or SOC 202  with a grace of C+ or higher
  • HHS 400  or EDFN 452 , or SOC 210 , or ECON /MATH* 109  or an equivalent course in elementary statistics with a grade of C or higher.
  • UNIV 400(Pass the WPE)
  • SW370: Introduction to the Field of Social Work (4) must be passed with a grade of C+ or higher and no opportunity to repeat.

Electives in Social Work and other fields (8 units)

Select with prior adviser approval.

Free Electives (18-19 units)

Remaining units can be used to take free electives in social work or any other discipline to meet the required 180 units for graduation.