Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The primary educational goal of the program is to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice. Students apply for admission to the social work major and primarily complete course work in their junior and senior years. Students also complete a field practicum in their senior year. For a detailed program description visit www.socialwork.msu.edu.

For a detailed program description visit www.socialwork.msu.edu.

 


Social Work

Admission as a Junior

The number of students who can be admitted as juniors to the bachelor's degree program in social work is limited. Applications are accepted and reviewed only during the spring semester of each year.

All persons who are interested in applying for admission as juniors to the bachelor's degree program in social work must request a special application form and detailed information regarding admission requirements and procedures from the School of Social Work Web site at http://www.socialwork.msu.edu/Programs/BASW.

Students who are enrolled in colleges and universities other than Michigan State University should contact Michigan State University's Office of Admissions and the School of Social Work regarding admission to the bachelor's degree program in social work as transfer students.

To be considered for admission as a junior to the bachelor's degree program in social work, a student must have:

  1. Submitted a completed application form by the deadline specified by the school.
  2. Completed Social Work 200, which is a prerequisite for the 300–400 level courses required for the bachelor's degree.
  3. Completed the courses in related areas referenced in items 3. a. (1), (2), (3), and (4) under the heading Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work.

Admission to the bachelor's degree program in social work is competitive, and there is no guarantee that students with a major preference in social work will be admitted to the bachelor's degree program as juniors.  In making admissions decisions, the faculty considers the relative qualifications of applicants, their suitability for the program, and the enrollment capacity of the program.

A student who has been admitted to the bachelor’s degree program in social work for a given semester, but then decides not to enroll for that semester, would need to reapply for admission to the program. There is no guarantee that the student would be admitted to the program again.

Honors Study

Students interested in honors study in social work should consult with academic advisors in the school.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Social Work major is met by completing Social Work 440. That course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following required major courses:
                   
    a. The following courses in related areas (20 or 21 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (11 credits):
    PLS 100 Introduction to American Politics 3
    PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
    SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 4
    (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    MMG 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    PSY 209 Brain and Behavior 3
    (3) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
    EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
    (4) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    PSY 200 Cognitive Psychology 3
    PSY 235 Social Psychology 3
    PSY 236 Personality 3
    PSY 244 Developmental Psychology: Infancy Through Childhood 3
    PSY 270 Community Psychology 3
    PSY 280 Abnormal Psychology 3
    b. All of the following Social Work courses (38 credits):
    A grade of 2.0 must be earned in each of the following courses:
      Social Work 310, 320, 420, 430, 431, 440, 441, 494A, and 494B.
    A minimum of 2.0 must be earned to progress to a course for which one of these courses is a prerequisite.
    SW 200 Introduction to Social Work 3
    SW 310 Human Behavior and Social Environment 3
    SW 320 Social Work and Social Policy I 3
    SW 340 Foundations of Social Work Practice 3
    SW 420 Social Work and Social Policy II 3
    SW 430 Research Methods in Social Work I 4
    SW 431 Research Methods in Social Work II 3
    SW 440 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (W) 3
    SW 441 Social Work Practice with Task Groups, Organizations and Communities 3
    SW 494A Social Work Field Education: Foundation I 5
    SW 494B Social Work Field Education: Foundation II 5
    c. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
    HDFS 442 Ethnic Families in America 3
    SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
    SOC 216 Sex and Gender 3


Minor in Human Behavior and Social Services

The Minor in Human Behavior and Social Services, administered by the School of Social Work, provides an interdisciplinary study of the human behavior and social services that prepare students to critically assess the different perspectives on aspects of human behavior which may create the need for assistance and how social service programs respond to those needs. 

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Social Science. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult their major undergraduate advisor in the College of Social Science.

Requirements for the Minor in Human Behavior and Social Services

Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following: 

1. The following course (3 credits):
SW 200 Introduction to Social Work 3
2. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
ANP 320 Social and Cultural Theory 3
ANP 370 Culture, Health and Illness 3
ANP 423 Psychological Anthropology 3
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
SOC 241 Social Psychology 3
SOC 475 Health and Society 3
3. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
HNF 150 Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
MMG 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
4. One of the following courses (3 credits):
CEP 260 Dynamics of Personal Adjustment 3
CEP 261 Substance Abuse 3
CEP 470 Disability in a Diverse Society 3
PHL 340 Ethics 3
PHL 344 Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
TE 150 Reflections on Learning 3
TE 250 Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions 3
5. One of the following capstone courses (3 or 5 credits):
SW 471 Child Welfare 3
SW 494B Social Work Field Education: Foundation II 5
Students interested in SW 494B must be a social work major.