Social Work BSW
General Education Requirements
Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements, although proficiency in a foreign language is recommended but not required.
Students entering UMSL as freshman and as transfer students should indicate a pre-social work major. Students must apply to the program concurrently with SOC WK 3100. Admission to the program is conditional upon the successful completion of all necessary requirements.
Requirements for Admission to the Social Work program:
- Junior standing
- GPA of 2.75 or higher in social work related areas and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Submission of:
- Application for admission to the social work program.
- Two letters of reference: one from a college or university professor and one other from a work or volunteer experience supervisor.
- Completion of SOC WK 2000, SOC WK 2001, and SOC WK 2200 or their equivalents or completion of an A.A. in Human Services,
- Completion of PSYCH 1003 and SOC 1010 with a C- or better.
- Attendance at Professional Development Workshop held in the School of Social Work.
Applicants may be asked to meet with the Social Work Admissions Committee.
Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in social work and related-area requirement courses to enter field practicum. Candidates for this degree program must complete the core requirements including the following social work courses:
|SOC WK 2000||Social Work and Social Issues||3|
|SOC WK 2001||Social Work and Social Issues Lab||1|
|SOC WK 2200||Social Welfare as a Social Institution||3|
|SOC WK 3100||Social Work Practice with Individuals||3|
|SOC WK 3210||Social Issues and Social Policy Development||3|
|SOC WK 3410||Research Design in Social Work||3|
|SOC WK 3510||Human Behavior in the Social Environment||3|
|SOC WK 3700||Diversity and Social Justice||3|
|SOC WK 4110||Social Work Practice with Families and Groups||3|
|SOC WK 4300||Social Work Practice with Communities||3|
|SOC WK 4350||Human Service Organizations||3|
|SOC WK 4800|
& SOC WK 4850
|Supervised Field Experience in Social Work I|
and Supervised Field Experience in Social Work II
|SOC WK 4801|
& SOC WK 4851
|Integratve Field Experience Seminar I|
and Integrative Field Seminar II
A minimum of 43 hours or a maximum of 50 hours must be taken in social work. A minimum of 30 hours is required in related area departments.
Evaluation of social work transfer credits will be done by a social work adviser on an individual basis.
Related Area Requirements
The following courses, or their alternatives, are required:
|ECON 1000||Economics in Everyday Life (MOTR ECON 100)||3|
|or ECON 1005||Family Economics and Household Development|
|POL SCI 1100||Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)||3|
|PSYCH 1003||General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|General Biology: The Science of Life (MOTR BIOL 100)|
|Human Biology (MOTR LIFS 150)|
|Human Physiology and Anatomy I|
|Human Physiology and Anatomy II|
|SOC 1010||Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)||3|
|SOC 2160||Sociological Social Psychology||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Quantitative Data Analysis in Social Science Research|
|Statistical Analysis in Criminology and Criminal Justice|
|At least 9 additional hours must be taken in social work, sociology, political science, psychology, gender studies, anthropology, criminology and criminal justice, economics, gerontology, or child advocacy studies at the 2000 level or above.||9|
Hours taken in social work will apply toward the maximum of 50 hours that may be taken in social work courses. The Social Work program may require students to pass a placement test to enroll in the next level course, provided this test or its equivalent is administered to all students seeking to enroll in that course.
Social work majors must have a grade of C- or better and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in all course work specifically required for the major, with satisfactory grades in practicum.
Note: Anthropology, biological sciences, economics, and Spanish courses are strongly recommended by graduate schools of social work.
Latin Honors Requirements
In accordance with the University's Latin Honors policy, candidates graduating from the School of Social Work in the 2021-2022 Academic Year must meet the following GPA qualifications:
|Summa Cum Laude||3.984|
|Magna Cum Laude||3.892|
Objectives of the BSW Program
The BSW program has the following educational outcomes. Students who graduate with a BSW will be generalist practitioners who:
- Identify as professional social workers and conduct themselves accordingly.
- Understand the values and ethics of the social work profession and the relationship between personal beliefs and values, professional values and ethics, and professional social work practice.
- Utilize critical thinking, capacity building, and analytical and communication skills to synthesize and analyze information to inform social work practice.
- Understand the importance of diversity, difference, power, and privilege in shaping life experiences for diversity-competent practice.
- Possess the knowledge and skills to fight effectively against human oppression, discrimination, and social inequity and to formulate and foster social change initiatives to advance social and economic justice.
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research to evaluate professional practice and /or the professional practice of others.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to guide assessment and intervention.
- Understand major social and welfare policies and analyze and formulate policies to advocate for social and economic justice.
- Use leadership skills to respond to the changing context of social work practice.
- Utilize skills of engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation, including theory and practice skills, across all levels of practice.
Sample Four Year Plan
|BIOL 1012||3||ECON 1000 or 1005||3|
|SOC 1010||3||BIOL 1102||3|
|ENGL 1100||3||MATH 1020 or 1030||3|
|PSYCH 1003||3||General Education||3|
|General Education||3||Elective or minor||3|
|SOC WK 2000||3||SOC WK 2200||3|
|SOC WK 2001||1||PSYCH 2250||3|
|POL SCI 1100||3||Social Science elective1||3|
|General Education||6||General Education||3|
|Elective or minor||3||Elective or minor||3|
|SOC WK 3100||3||SOC WK 3210||3|
|SOC WK 3510||3||SOC WK 3700||3|
|SOC 3220, CRIMIN 2220, or PSYCH 2201||3-4||SOC WK 4110||3|
|ENGL 3100||3||SOC WK 3410||3|
|Social Science elective1||3||Social Science elective1||3|
|SOC WK 4300||3||SOC WK 4850||4|
|SOC WK 4350||3||SOC WK 4851||2|
|SOC WK 4800||4||Elective or Minor||9|
|SOC WK 4801||2|
|Elective or minor||3|
|Total Hours: 121-122|
Nine hours must be taken in SOC WK, ANTHRO, CAST, CRIMIN, ECON, GERON, GS, MVS, POL SCI, PSYCH or SOC at the 2000 level or above.
Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are required to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.