Social Work (BSW)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Entering First-Year Students to Lower Division BSW

  1. Either of the following:
    1. Graduation from accredited high school
    2. Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests
  2. High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. Pre-College Curriculum (PCC) GPA of 2.5 or higher
  4. ACT/SAT score of 20/1020 or higher
  5. Students with admission criteria below the above standards are admitted to Pre-Social Work in the Exploratory Division

Transfer Students to Lower Division

Transfer students with fewer than 24 credit hours

  1. College GPA of 2.5 or higher
  2. Either of the following:
    1. Graduation from accredited high school
    2. Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests
  3. High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  4. Pre-College Curriculum (PCC) GPA of 2.5 or higher
  5. ACT/SAT score of 20/1020 or higher

Transfer student with 24 credit hours or more

College GPA of 2.5 or higher

UofL Student Switching Major

University GPA of 2.5 or higher, please use major change form on ULink at Louisville.edu

Post-baccalaureate Student

  • College cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Applicants with higher GPAs are encouraged to apply to the MSSW program

Upper Division BSW Students

Requires internal application from Kent School. Must have 45 hours of college credit, a minimum of 2.5 GPA. The packet consists of a personal statement, secondary application, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation directly to Kent School BSW Program. Transfer student must submit undergraduate application, all college transcripts to UL Admissions. This is a competitive program approved by the department.

Must meet application deadline: Priority deadline, February 1; Final deadline, May 1 for following Fall acceptance to Upper Division. Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, please contact the BSW Department for approval to apply late (BSWKent@louisville.edu).  Applicants need to apply directly to Kent School BSW Program before the application deadline.

Admissions to the Lower Division does not guarantee admission to the Upper Division

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 131
The following courses are required by the program and should be taken to fulfill the respective General Education requirement:
Social Problems (SOC 202 satisfies 3 hours of SB and D1 General Education Requirement)
Introduction to Sociology
Self and Society
Quantitative Reasoning
College Algebra

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Social Work Lower Division Requirements4

SW 101Social Work Orientation1
SW 201Introduction to Social Work 3
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH 105Quantitative Reasoning 3
or MATH 111 College Algebra
Select one of the following: 3
Human Biology for Social Sciences (suggested)
Human Anatomy & Physiology-S 2
Physiological Psychology
Select one of the following Sociology courses: 3
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Self and Society
Select one of the following Statistics courses: 3
Introduction to Social Statistics (suggested)
Introduction to Social Statistics 2
Statistics for Psychology 2
Introduction to Social Statistics 2
Introduction to Social Statistics
General electives 322
Minimum Total Hours41

Program/Major Requirements

Social Work Upper Division Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Year 3
FallHours
SW 302 Social Welfare Policy I 3
SW 303 Generalist Practice I 3
SW 301 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
Intro to SW (SW201) if not taken in Lower Division or Upper Division Social Work Elective 5 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 5 3
 Hours15
Spring
SW 322 Social Welfare Policy II 3
SW 304 Generalist Practice II 3
SW 319 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SW 307 Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice Practice 6 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 5 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SW 405 Generalist Practice III 3
SW 470 Practicum I 6 3
SW 472 Practicum Seminar and Lab I 3
SW 426 Introduction to Social Work Research 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 5 3
 Hours15
Spring
SW 406 Generalist Practice IV 3
SW 471 Practicum II 6 3
SW 473 Practicum Seminar and Lab II 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 5 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 5 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours60
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Practicum Seminar and Lab I
1

Six (6) hours of Diversity (D1/D2) coursework is required. If these competency areas are not covered as part of the program requirements and/or general elective coursework, 6 additional hours will be needed to fulfill the University of Louisville competency-area requirements.

2

Or equivalent as approved/decided by the unit

3

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

4

Students must have a minimum total of 60 credit hours to complete the Lower Division requirements.

5

Three of the five Upper Division Social Work Elective courses may be from the College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Social Sciences (minimum 300 level).  Please contact the BSW Advising Team should you have questions.

6

The Upper Division BSW Program curriculum has changed for students entering for Summer/Fall 2019.  Students will be required to take SW 307 Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice Practice and five Upper Division Electives to meet the total credit hours of 120. Practicum I and II are now 3 credit hours each.

Track Requirements

Students completing the BSW in Social Work may pursue the standard BSW track or a a specialized track in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Once accepted into the BSW Upper Division Alcohol and Drug Counseling Track, the following courses will be completed: 

  1. SW 361 Intro Special Issues in Alcohol and Drug Counseling  (mandatory)
  2. SW 362 Introduction to Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders  (mandatory)
  3. SW 460 Intro Motivation and Change  (mandatory)
  4. SW 415 Intro Mental Health  (mandatory)

Practicum:  Students are required to complete their practicum in a substance abuse setting.  This placement will be within a setting where a substantial portion of the focus is identification, intervention, or case management of clients who are alcohol and or drug dependent.  Wherever possible, students in practicum settings will receive supervision by a CADC with two years' experience.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
SW 101 Social Work Orientation 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Elective 1
MATH 105 Quantitative Reasoning (Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR must be MATH 105 or MATH 111. MATH 109 Elementary Statistics will count towards the BSW supporting requirement of Statistics, not Cardinal Core QR - you must have MATH QR and a course in Statistics for the BSW Program) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
HIST 101
History of Civilizations I
or History of Civilizations II
3
SW 201 Introduction to Social Work 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Elective 3
General Elective: SOC 210, PAS 200 or WGST 364 suggested 3
 Hours15
Spring
SOC 202 Social Problems 3
General Elective: ANTH 201, GEOG 200, or PAS 206 suggested 3
Select one of the following: 3
Human Anatomy & Physiology-S
Physiological Psychology
Human Biology for Social Sciences (suggested)
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social Statistics (suggested)
Introduction to Social Statistics
Statistics for Psychology
Introduction to Social Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
SW 301 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SW 302 Social Welfare Policy I 3
SW 303 Generalist Practice I 3
Intro to SW (SW201) if not taken in Lower Division or Social Work Upper Division elective 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
SW 304 Generalist Practice II 3
SW 319 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SW 322 Social Welfare Policy II 3
SW 307 Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice Practice 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SW 405 Generalist Practice III 3
SW 470 Practicum I 3
SW 472 Practicum Seminar and Lab I 3
SW 426 Introduction to Social Work Research 3
Social Work Upper Division elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
SW 406 Generalist Practice IV 3
SW 471 Practicum II 3
SW 473 Practicum Seminar and Lab II 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 3
Upper Division Social Work Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours120

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

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Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.

The Bachelor of Social Work (SW BSW) program prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure.  If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree. 

More information about certification or licensure is available at the following website:  https://louisville.edu/oapa/licensure-information (you may search by school or by the name of the program then click on 'View Details' to display the information).

For programs with an online option, more information about certification or licensure is available here: http://louisville.edu/online/About-Us (please scroll down near the bottom of the page and click on the licensing disclosures tab).