Social Work, B.S.W. Locations
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares students for beginning professional social work practice across a wide variety of social service settings. As generalist social work practitioners, graduates will be prepared to work collaboratively from a strengths based approach with diverse populations. Ecosystems Theory, Strengths Perspective, Multicultural Competence and Social, Economic & Environmental Justice within a global perspective, all serve as overarching conceptual frameworks across the curriculum. All aspects of student learning (curricular and professional) are integrated with the senior year field education practicum experience. Note: The BSW Program at Park University was granted full re-affirmation of accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in Spring 2019. The BSW Program is accredited through Spring 2025.
BSW Program Application Criteria & Admission Guidelines
Students must complete all Liberal Education (LE) and BSW Program prerequisites prior to applying for admission to the senior year of the BSW Program. Application and admission to the professional undergraduate BSW Program is a separate process from application and admission to Park University. Declaring Social Work as a Major does not guarantee admission into the Program. Procedures 1-3 below must be completed before a student is eligible to apply to the BSW Program. Procedures 4 and 5 provide brief guidelines of the application submission and review process.
- DECLARATION OF MAJOR (DOM) in Social Work (SW)
Applicants must be admitted to Park University and have submitted a DOM in SW. A Minor is not required. Once a SW Major is declared, Park assigns the student a BSW Faculty Advisor. The student should contact this advisor and schedule an appointment. Please note: a DOM in SW does not mean the student has been admitted or in any way guarantees admission into the Program.
- BSW PREREQUISITE
Academic Advising with BSW Faculty is a critical component of the BSW Program. During initial advising, students share their educational goals and collaborative planning begins. The SW advisor and student will work together to ensure all required prerequisite courses are completed.
- ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
- Completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours of undergraduate college coursework; including all 43 credit hours of required LE courses, with LE 300* (or equivalent or an earned AA or AS degree).
- A cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on a 4 point scale. Cumulative GPA is a calculation of all undergraduate grades shown on all transcripts; considered during the application review. A 2.50 GPA must be maintained throughout the Program. If GPA falls below 2.50, this may result in dismissal from the Program.
- Completion of the following courses (or equivalent), with a grade of C or better: SO 141 Introduction to Sociology ; PS 101 Introduction to Psychology ; MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics ; SW 205 Introduction to Social Work ; SO 302 The Study of the Family ; PS 309 Human Sexuality ; EN 306B Business Communications ; SW 325 Human Diversity and Social Justice ; SW 330 Social Welfare Policy and Programs ; and two consecutive Modern Language courses. BSW Application Packet may be submitted one term prior to completing EN 306B , SO 302 , PS 309 , SW 325 , SW 330 or 2nd modern lanaguage; but are not considered for ‘Full’ admission until all courses are completed.
- Integrative seminar for social work minors, requires 40 hours of service learning where students may apply skills learned in the classroom in a structured human service setting, military base, etc. This capstone course must be taken in the last semester before graduation.
- APPLICATION SUBMISSION
All application materials must be submitted to the Department of Social Work, no later than Fall semester of the student’s Junior year, for admission consideration for the following academic year. Once the application packet is submitted to the SW Office, it becomes the property of the Department and its content will not be returned to the applicant under any circumstances, including reference letters.
- APPLICATION REVIEW
The Review is conducted by the BSW Admission & Review Committee. In evaluating applicants, Committee reviewers consider the applicant’s: academic performance; GPA; participation and performance in SW courses; written and verbal communication skills; applicant’s commitment to social work and suitability for the profession; work and volunteer experiences; and references. A personal interview may be required. The Committee determines the applicant’s admission status as either: Full, Provisional, Probationary, Deferred or Denied. The BSW Program Director shares admission decision with applicant via student’s Park email. In accordance with CSWE accreditation standards, the BSW Program does not grant course credit for life experience or previous work experience. However, these experiences are carefully considered during the application review process. Therefore, make sure to clearly note these experiences on your résumé.
Requirements For: B.S.W. Major – 45 hours, 2.5 GPA, Grade of C or better
Core Curriculum 15 cr.
(S.W. Major, pre-application to BSW Program)
Core Curriculum 30 cr.
(S.W. Major, post admission to BSW Program)
Conditional Admission to the BSW program (referred to as Pre-Major status). Students who have successfully completed Criteria 1 through 3 may be conditionally admitted to the BSW program and begin taking those social work courses not restricted to social work majors. Full admission to the major is contingent upon completion of Criteria 1 through 5. Students who have met the pre-requisites may apply to the BSW program by the end of fall semester with approval from the student’s social work advisor and, if admitted, may be granted permission to enroll in SW 400 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (Fall semester prior to senior year) and SW 405 - Human Behavior and Social Environment II (Spring semester prior to senior year).
Liberal Education Requirements 40 CR.
Math Requirement 3 cr.
Select one of the following:
MA 120 , MA 135 , or higher math course excluding MA 208
Science with a lab Requirement 4 cr.
Select one of the following:
BI 101 , BI 111 , BI 211 , BI 212 , BI 223 , BIO 221 , BIO 225 , BIO 325 , BIO 327 , BIO 330 , BIO 337L and BIO 337 , BIO 350 , BIO 378 , BIO 400 , BIO 410 , BIO 411 , BIO 417 , CH 101 , CH 105 CH 107L and CH 107 , CH 108L and CH 108 , CH 317L and CH 317 , CH 318L and CH 318 , CH 328 , CH 329 , CH 337L and CH 337 , CH 405 , CH 440 , GGP 115 , GGP 205 , GO 130 , GO 141 , GO 151 , GO 200 , GO 310 , GO 320 , GO 330 , PY 155 , PY 156 , PY 205 , or PY 206
Ethics Requirement 3 cr.
Select one of the following:
AC 435 , CA 302 , CS 300 , EDU 310 , MG 495 , NS 306 , PA 380 , PH 102 , PH 221 , PH 224 , PH 308 , PS 220 , SO 220 or SW 492
Humanities Requirement 6 cr.
Select one of the following Art or English:
AR 115 , AR 215 , AR 216 , EN 201 , EN 221 , EN 232 , EN 234
And one of the following:
AR 115 , AR 215 , AR 216 , EN 201 , EN 221 , EN 232 , EN 234 , CA 104 , CA 116 , CA 235 , FR 201 , ML 235 ,ML 251 , PH 101 , PC 202 ,PH 205 , RE 109 , SP 110 , SP 201 , SP 202 , TH 100 , TH 101 , TH 201 , TH 216
Natural Science Requirement 3 cr.
Select one of the following:
BI 214 , CH 101 , CH 102 , CH 105 , CH 107 and CH 107L , CH 108 and CH 108L , GGP 115 , GGP 120 , GGP 205 , GO 125 , GO 130 , GO 141 , GO 151 , GO 200 , NS 220 , NS 241 , PY 101 , PY 155 , PY 156 , PY 205 , or PY 206
*Computer Science and PE courses excluded.
Social Science Requirement 6 cr.
Select two of the following:
AN 100 , CJ 100 , CJ 200 , EC 141 , EC 142 , EDU 210 , FI 201 , GGH 110 , GGH 200 , HIS 104 , HIS 105 , PO 216 , PS 101 , PS 125 , PS 205 , SO 141 , SO 206 , or SW 205
Seminar: Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning 3 cr.
Select one of the topics for LE 300*
Student Seminar 3 CR.
LE 100 - First-Year Seminar (required for all incoming first-time freshman and highly encouraged for transfer students)
Upper Division Requirements 36 cr.
36 hours of upper division (300-400) level course work
Writing Across the Curriculum 9 cr.
3 hours of Professional Writing (EN 306* or equivalent from the list below) plus 6 hours of Writing Intensive coursework is required.
EN 306A , EN 306B , EN 306C , EN 307 , EDU 300 , CJ 450 , HIS 452 , HIS 454 , HIS 455 , MG 306 , NS 306 , PA 430 , PO 405 , PS 300 , PS 406 , or SO 300
6 credit hours to fulfill the Writing Intensive requirement must be chosen from among the courses designated in the catalog as “WI” (Writing Intensive ), composed as follows:
- 3 of the credit hours must come from a WI course outside the student’s major(s); that is, the course must be offered by a program other than the one(s) that house(s) the student’s major area of study at the time the course is taken.
- 3 of the credit hours must come from a WI course that is offered by the student’s major program; that is, the course must be offered by the same program that houses the student’s major at the time the course is taken.
AR 316 , AR 498 , BIO 498 , CA 218 , CA 318 , CH 342 , CJ 221 , CS 300 , EDU 310 , EN 201 , EN 221 , EN 232 , EN 234 , EN 490 , FW 190 , GGP 350 , HIS 261 , HIS 453 , LE 410 , MA 301 , ML 251 , MG 495 , NUR 460 , PA 432 , PO 210 , PS 315 , SO 141 , SP 320 , SW 325
Modern Language Requirement
Completion of two, 4-hour elementary level modern language courses (103 and 104); or the second 4-hour elementary level modern language course (104) and one, 3-hour intermediate course (201); or one, 3-hour intermediate course (201). Placement will be determined through a Modern Language Placement test.
Park University grants the Bachelor of Social Work upon completion of the following requirements:
- Completion of a minimum of 122 semester hours with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (or higher dependent on major).
- Satisfaction of all requirements for a major.
- Completion of degree specific requirements.
- Completion of Liberal Education requirements.
- Completion of residency requirement, 30 hours of earned and graded (A, B, C, D) college hours at Park University. At least 15 of these 30 hours must be in the major.
- Application to BSW Program required.
- Submission of an Application of Graduation.