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Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Social Science School of Social Work Undergraduate Program 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 www.socialwork.msu.edu/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:
Submitted a completed application form by the deadline specified by the school.
Completed Social Work 200, which is a prerequisite for the 300–400 level courses required for the bachelor's degree.
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.
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
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.
The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The following required major courses:
The following courses in related areas (20 or 21 credits):
All of the following courses (11 credits):
Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to Sociology
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Introductory Human Genetics
Brain and Behavior
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Macroeconomics
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Developmental Psychology: Infancy Through Childhood
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.
Introduction to Social Work
Human Behavior and Social Environment
Social Work and Social Policy I
Foundations of Social Work Practice
Social Work and Social Policy II
Research Methods in Social Work I
Research Methods in Social Work II
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (W)
Social Work Practice with Task Groups, Organizations and Communities
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Social Work - Prerequisites
Major - Social Work - Prerequisites: 4 courses from PLS100, PSY101, SOC100, SW200
Requirement 12: Major - Social Work - Economics
Major - Social Work - Economics: 1 course from EC201, EC202
Requirement 13: Major - Social Work - Physiology
Major - Social Work - Physiology: 1 course from PSL250, PSY209, ZOL341
Requirement 14: Major - Social Work - Psychology
Major - Social Work - Psychology: 1 course from PSY200, PSY235, PSY236, PSY244, PSY270, PSY280
Requirement 15: Major - Social Work - Human Behavior
Major - Social Work - Human Behavior: 1 course from SW310
A minimum grade of 2.0 for SW310 in Requirement(s) 15
Requirement 16: Major - Social Work - Social Policy
Major - Social Work - Social Policy: 2 courses from SW320, SW420
A minimum grade of 2.0 for SW320, SW420 in Requirement(s) 16
Requirement 17: Major - Social Work - Practice
Major - Social Work - Practice: 3 courses from SW340, SW440, SW441
A minimum grade of 2.0 for SW440, SW441 in Requirement(s) 17
Requirement 18: Major - Social Work - Research Methods
Major - Social Work - Research Methods: 2 courses from SW430, SW431
A minimum grade of 2.0 for SW430, SW431 in Requirement(s) 18
Requirement 19: Major - Social Work - Field Education
Major - Social Work - Field Education: 2 courses from SW494A, SW494B
Major - Social Work - Field Education: A minimum grade of 2.0 for SW494A, SW494B in Requirement(s) 19
Requirement 20: Major - Social Work - Diversity
Major - Social Work - Diversity: 1 course from ANP201, SOC215, SOC216, HDFS442
Requirement 21: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 38 credits from Social Work courses to meet the requirement of at least 30 credits.
Requirement 22: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 9 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.
Requirement 23: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 6 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.
Requirement 24: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 25: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 26: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.