Social Work (BSW)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Social Work
Unit: Kent School of Social Work (KE)
Academic Plan Code(s): SW_ _BSW, SW_ _BSWO

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The Bachelor of Social Work program at the Kent School of Social Work prepares students for entry-level professional social work practice. It also provides the foundation for graduate study in social work. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The BSW Program Curriculum builds on a liberal arts base. The curriculum is designed to promote the development of generalist social work knowledge and skills in using critical thinking to analyze, plan and implement effective interventions to address complex social problems and the subsequent impact on individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Students gain experience through service learning and social work practicum.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements 129
Program/Major Requirements 160
Minimum Total Hours120

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

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 - D1, SB (SOC 202 satisfies 3 hours of SB and D1 General Education Requirement)
Introduction to Sociology - SB
Introduction to Social Psychology - SB

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 - D1, SB3
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychology - SB3
Select one of the following: 3
Human Biology for Social Sciences (suggested)
Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
Physiological Psychology
Select one of the following Sociology courses: 3
Introduction to Sociology - SB
Social Problems - D1, SB
Introduction to Social Psychology - SB
Select one of the following Statistics courses: 3
Introduction to Social Statistics (suggested)
Elementary Statistics - QR 2
Statistics for Psychology 2
Introduction to Social Statistics 2
Quantitative Analysis - QR
General electives 322
Minimum Total Hours38

Program/Major Requirements

Social Work Upper Division Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Year 3
FallHours
SW 302 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services 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 Issues in Policy and Service Delivery 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 - CUE 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 - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
SW 101 Social Work Orientation 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 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 - QR (or other Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning course) 3
 
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
HIST 101
History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH
or History of Civilizations II - D2, SBH
3
SW 201 Introduction to Social Work - D1, SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology - SB 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 - D1, SB 3
General Elective: ANTH 201, GEOG 200, or PAS 206 suggested 3
Select one of the following: 3
Human Anatomy & Physiology  
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  
Elementary Statistics - QR  
Quantitative Analysis - QR  
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
SW 301 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SW 302 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services 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 Issues in Policy and Service Delivery 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 - CUE 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.

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  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Student Services tab.
  3. Next, click on "View my Academic Advisement Report" 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.