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2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

FYG - Social Work, BSW


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Program Code: 281A Interim Department Chair: Dr. Gail Donaldson
CIP Code 44.0701 828-262-2299 donaldsongs@appstate.edu
Non-Teaching Program Director: Dr. Rachel Wright
  828-262-7075  wrightrl@appstate.edu

Semester One [15-17 Hours]


Course Subject, Title and Credit Hours Min Grade Major GPA Important Notes
UCO 1200 - First Year Seminar (3)       First Year Seminar
MAT 1010 - Introduction to Mathematics (4)  or higher     Completes Gen Ed Quantitative Literacy except for MAT 1025  (STT 2820  recommended by SW program)
BIO 1201 - Biology in Society I (3)   BIO 1203 - Biology in Society Laboratory (2)       Begins Gen Ed Science Inquiry (BIO 1203  is taken only once for a total of 2 credit hours)
Gen Ed Wellness Literacy (2)      
Gen Ed (3)     Liberal Studies

 

Semester Two [15-17 Hours]


Course Subject, Title and Credit Hours Min Grade Major GPA Important Notes
All five foundation courses (SW 2010 , SW 2020 , SW 2615 , SW 2630 , SW 3000 ) must be completed by the end of semester five in order to graduate in semester eight.
SW 2010 - Professional Social Work in Contemporary Society (3)   C Yes  
PSY 1200 - Psychological Foundations (3) [GenEd: SS]   C Yes Counts toward Gen Ed Liberal Studies and SW Major
BIO 1202 - Biology in Society II (3)   BIO 1203 - Biology in Society Laboratory (2)   C Yes Completes Gen Ed Science Inquiry (BIO 1203  is taken only once for a total of 2 credit hours)
RC 1000 - Expository Writing (3)       First Year Writing
Free Elective (3)      

 

Semester Three [15 Hours]


Course Subject, Title and Credit Hours Min Grade Major GPA Important Notes
SW 2020 - The American Social Welfare System (3) [GenEd: SS]   C Yes May count toward Gen Ed Integrative Learning
SOC 1000  or SOC 1100  or SD 3375   C Yes SOC 1000  may count toward Gen Ed Liberal Studies. SOC 1100  may count toward Gen Ed Integrative Learning
ANT 1415  or ANT 2420  or ANT 2310  or AS 3000   C Yes ANT 1415  and ANT 2420  may count toward Gen Ed Integrative Learning
RC 2001 - Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum (3)       Sophomore Writing
Gen Ed (3)     Integrative Learning

 

Semester Four [15 Hours]


Course Subject, Title and Credit Hours Min Grade Major GPA Important Notes
PS 1100 - American National Government and Politics (3) [GenEd: SS]   C Yes Counts toward and completes Gen Ed Liberal Studies
SW 2615 - Foundations for Social Justice Practice (3)   C Yes May count toward Gen Ed Integrative Learning
Gen Ed (3)     Completes Gen Ed Integrative Learning
Free Electives (3)      
Free Electives (3)      

 

Semester Five [14 Hours]


Course Subject, Title and Credit Hours Min Grade Major GPA Important Notes
Reminder: All five foundation courses (SW 2010 , SW 2020 , SW 2615 , SW 2630 , SW 3000 ) must be completed by the end of semester five in order to graduate in semester eight.
SW 2630 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)   C Yes  
SW 3000 - Basic Skills for the Social Work Profession (3)    C Yes This course should be taken the semester immediately prior to beginning Professional Sequence courses. Students apply to the Professional Sequence while in this course.
PSY 2212 - Abnormal Psychology (3)  or SOC 2020 - Social Deviance (3) [GenEd: SS]   C Yes  
Free Elective (3)      
Free Elective (2)      

 

Semester Six [12 Hours]


Course Subject, Title and Credit Hours Min Grade Major GPA Important Notes
SW courses from 3330 forward require Admission to the Professional Sequence. During the Professional Sequence, students complete all remaining coursework in General Education, cognates, honors, other majors/minors, and social work courses except for Field courses.
SW 3330 - Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Issues (3) [WID]   C Yes Writing in the Discipline
SW 3850 - Social Work Research Methods I (3)   C Yes SW 3850  must precede SW 3870  
SW Elective (3) C Yes  
SW 4000 - Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (3)   C Yes Students should take AT LEAST one 4000-level practice course this semester (SW 4000 , SW 4010 , SW 4020 , or SW 4030 )

 

Semester Seven [17 Hours]


Course Subject, Title and Credit Hours Min Grade Major GPA Important Notes
Complete Application to Field Semester prior to final semester.
SW 3870 - Social Work Research Methods II (4)   C Yes Cannot be taken concurrently with SW 3850  
SW 4010 - Social Work Practice with Groups (3)   C Yes  
SW 4020 - Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (3)   C Yes  
SW 4030 - Social Justice Practice Across the Profession (3)   C Yes  
SW 4600 - Field Preparation and Professional Development (1)   C Yes Must be taken semester immediately prior to field experience
Free Elective (3)      

 

Semester Eight [15 Hours]


Course Subject, Title and Credit Hours Min Grade Major GPA Important Notes
Students may only be enrolled in SW 4650  and SW 4690  in this semester – no additional coursework from a minor, second major, honors, etc.
SW 4650 - Social Work Field Instruction (12)   S Yes  
SW 4690 - Senior Seminar: Issues and Ethics for Field and Profession (3) [CAP]   C Yes Capstone, Writing in the Discipline

 

General Requirements Summary


Minimum Total Hours Gen Ed Hours Writing Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
120 44 RC 1000  and RC 2001   2.5 2.5

 

General Education Program Model [44 Hours]


Program Categories Hours Important Notes- Be sure to check for Gen Ed courses required in your major
First Year Seminar 3 Can be taken first or second semester of freshman year
First Year Writing 3 Can be taken first or second semester of freshman year
Wellness Literacy 2  
Quantitative Literacy 4  
Sophomore Writing 3  
Integrative Learning Experience 9 Must choose a minimum of two disciplines
Liberal Studies Experience 12 Must choose a minimum of three disciplines
Science Inquiry  
You must also meet the Fine Arts, Literary Studies, Historical Studies, and the Social Science Designations. Those may be met within the Integrative Learning Experience and the Liberal Studies Experience.

Additional Notes


  • SW GPA requirements: 2.0 cumulative GPA required for declaration, 2.5 cumulative and major GPA required for admission to the Professional Sequence, 2.5 cumulative and major GPA required for retention, and 2.5 cumulative and major GPA required for graduation.
  • SW grade requirements: All SW majors must earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in each required SW and cognate course.
  • Students may repeat a social work course only once. Students may repeat only two social work courses throughout the program.
  • Social work majors must receive a “Satisfactory” grade in Field Placement in order to graduate.
  • Many cognate courses can count toward General Education but not all will due to placement in themes. See your academic advisor if you have questions.
  • See the BSW Student Handbook at http://socialwork.appstate.edu/undergraduate for more information.
  • The website (http://socialwork.appstate.edu/undergraduate) has advising tips and information about what to expect as a BSW major.
  • Students receive information on the process for applying to the Professional Sequence while enrolled in SW 3000 . Eligible students must apply by the deadline established for that semester.
  • Students receive information for the process for applying for a Field placement while enrolled in SW 3870 . Eligible students must apply by the deadline established for that semester.
  • Social Work field instruction requires students to complete 32 hours per week of field work (440 hours) and attend Senior Seminar, which is held each Friday morning and afternoon. The 32 hour a week requirement is firm; students may not work more hours in a week to complete field work early. Students should plan accordingly.
  • Students participating in University Honors and/or Departmental Honors will have additional requirements; all must be met prior to Field semester when students are enrolled in SW 4650  and SW 4690 .
  • 18 s.h. in major and 9 s.h. in minor must be at ASU.
  • 50 s.h. must be earned from a Senior Institution and 25% of the degree hours must be in residency at ASU
  • As stated in the catalog, the final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements remains with the student.

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