2022-2023 University Catalog 
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2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work, B.S.W.

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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 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.

  1. 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.
    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.
    1. Completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours of undergraduate college coursework; including all 43 credit hours of required LE courses, with LE300*  (or equivalent or an earned AA or AS degree).
    2. 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.
    3. Completion of the following courses (or equivalent), with a grade of C or better: SO141 Introduction to Sociology ; PS101 Introduction to Psychology ; MA120 Basic Concepts of Statistics ; SW205 Introduction to Social Work ; SO302 The Study of the Family ; PS309 Human Sexuality ; EN306B Business Communications ; SW325 Human Diversity and Social Justice ; SW330 Social Welfare Policy and Programs ; and two consecutive Modern Language courses. BSW Application Packet may be submitted one term prior to completing EN306B , SO302 , PS309 , SW325 , SW330  or 2nd modern language; but are not considered for ‘Full’ admission until all courses are completed.
    4. 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.
    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.
    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


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 SW400 - 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.

Writing Seminar 6 cr.

EN105  and EN106   

Math Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

MA120 MA135 , or higher math course excluding MA208   

Science with a lab Requirement 4 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI101 , BI111 , BI211 , BI212 , BI223 , BIO221 , BIO225 , BIO325 , BIO327 , BIO330 , BIO337L  and BIO337 , BIO350 , BIO400 , BIO410 , BIO411 , BIO417 , CH101 , CH105 , CH107L  and CH107 , CH108L  and CH108 , CH317L  and CH317 , CH318L  and CH318 , CH328 , CH329 , CH337L  and CH337 , CH405 , CH440 , GGP115 , GGP205 , GO130 , GO141 , GO151 , GO200 , GO310 , GO320 , GO330 , PY155 , PY156 , PY205 , or PY206 

Ethics Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

AC435 , CA302 , CS300 , EDU310 , MG495 , NS306 , PA380 , PH102 , PH221 , PH224 , PH308 , PS220 , SO220 , SW492 

Communications Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

CA103 CA105 , or TH105   

Citizenship Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

PO200 PO210 HIS111 HIS112 , or HIS113   

Humanities Requirement 6 cr.

Select one of the following Art or English: 

AR115 , AR215 , AR216 , EN201 , EN221 , EN232 , EN234 

And one of the following:

AR115 , AR215 , AR216 , EN201 , EN221 , EN232 , EN234 , CA104 , CA116 , CA235 , FR201 , ML235 , ML251 , PH101 , PC202 , PH205 , RE109 , SP110 , SP201 , SP202 , TH100 , TH101 , TH201 , TH216 

Natural Science Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI214 , CH101 , CH102 , CH105 , CH107  CH107L , CH108  CH108L , GGP115 , GGP120 , GGP205 , GO125 , GO130 , GO141 , GO151 , GO200 , NS220 , NS241 , PY101 , PY155 , PY156 , PY205 , or PY206 

*Computer Science and PE courses excluded.

Social Science Requirement 6 cr.

Select two of the following:

AN100 , CJ100 , CJ200 , EC141 , EC142 , EDU210 , FI201 , GGH110 , GGH200 , HIS104 , HIS105 , PO216 , PS101 , PS125 , PS205 , SO141 , SO206 , or SW205 

Seminar: Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning 3 cr.

Select one of the topics for LE300*   

Graduation Requirements

Student Seminar 3 CR.

LE100 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 (EN306*  or equivalent from the list below) plus 6 hours of Writing Intensive coursework is required.

EN306A , EN306B , EN306C , EN307 , EDU300 , CJ450 , HIS455 , MG306 , NS306 , PA430 , PO405 , PS 300 , PS406 , or SO310 


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.

AR316 , AR498 , BIO498 , CA218 , CA318 , CH342 , CJ221 , CS300 , EDU310 , EN201 , EN221 , EN232 , EN234 , EN490 , FW190 , GGP350 , HIS261 , HIS453 , LE410 , MA301 , ML251 , MG495 , NUR460 , PA432 , PO210 , PS315 , SO141 , SP320 , SW325 

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.

Elementary Level 8 cr.

FR103  and FR104 GE103  and GE104 SP103  and SP104  or transfer equivalent 


Secondary Level 7 cr.

FR104  and FR201 GE104  and GE201 SP104  and SP201 ; or transfer equivalent


Intermediate Level 3 cr.

FR202  or GE202  or SP202  or transfer equivalent 

Additional Requirements

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.