BA in Social Work

Units required for Major: 48
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work is a 48-unit program that prepares students for beginning, generalist Social Work practice. All lower division general education courses must be completed prior to beginning the Social Work major. The curriculum consists of 42 units in professional foundation/beginning generalist requirement, 6 units of Social Work electives. Grades of "C" or better are required in all 48 units of the major. The student must agree to abide by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and engage in ethical practice in conformity with the Professional Code of Ethics.

Undergraduate students enroll in one academic year of field instruction (internship) during their senior year after successfully completing all prerequisites in their junior year. Field instruction is 16 hours per week for 32 weeks during two semesters for a total of 512 hours. Field instruction takes place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on either Mondays/Wednesdays or Wednesdays/Fridays. Placements only begin in the fall semester and are arranged by the Director of Field Education during the preceding spring semester through an application and interview process. Students are placed in a social services agency and practice under the supervision of an experienced MSW Social Worker. Since Social Work is an applied profession, the student is expected to be able to put into practice the knowledge gained in the classroom in order to receive the BA degree in Social Work.

Students must be capable of meeting field site/organization eligibility requirements which normally include obtaining a Department of Justice clearance (passing a criminal background), being free of communicable diseases, having a valid driver's license, and automobile insurance. In addition to the prerequisites and corequisites noted below, other eligibility requirements are delineated in the Field Curriculum and Policy Guide which is accessible from the Division's field website. Declaration of Social Work as the student's major does not guarantee enrollment in field instruction.

Pre-Major Requirements for Social Work Undergraduate Program

The Pre-Major is a total of 9 units, 3 units from G.E. Area B2, 3 units in Area D (Part A) and 3 units in Area D (Part B).

Students who want to become a Pre-Major in Social Work are required to take the courses from the following three G.E. areas, and earn a "B" grade or better ("B-" is not accepted). Students must also have at least 2.5 GPA to declare the major.

Area B2 Life Forms (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology
Basic Biological Concepts
Biology: A Human Perspective
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Area D The Individual and Society (Part A) (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis
Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis
Introductory Psychology
Principles of Sociology
Area D The Individual and Society (Part B) (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Criminal Justice and Society
Aging Issues in Contemporary America
Social Problems
Issues in Crime and Social Control
Total Units9

Recommended Lower Division Preparation

Completion of all lower division General Education requirements is a prerequisite for taking courses in the Social Work major. Lower division courses in the following areas are strongly recommended and most can be taken as part of completing GE requirements. These courses provide the basis for a Liberal Arts perspective which is required by the Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting organization for the professional Social Work degree: written communication; critical thinking; physical science; a biology course with human anatomy content; quantitative reasoning; world civilizations; introduction to the arts; humanities; psychology; sociology; cultural diversity; American Institutions; and foundations in social and behavioral sciences. Community college transfer students should consult a counselor to identify courses which qualify for General Education transfer credit.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Grades of "C" or better are required in all 48 units of the major.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (3 Units)
SWRK 95Introduction to Social Work3
Required Upper Division Courses (45 Units)
Professional Foundation/Beginning Generalist
SWRK 102Crosscultural Theory and Practice: Issues of Race, Gender and Class 13
SWRK 110Statistics and Research for Social Workers3
SWRK 111Research Methods and Program Evaluation3
SWRK 125AHuman Behavior and the Social Environment: Theory3
SWRK 125BHuman Behavior and the Social Environment: The Life Course3
SWRK 140ASocial Work Practice3
SWRK 140BSocial Work Practice3
SWRK 140CSocial Work Practice3
SWRK 150Welfare In America 13
SWRK 195AField Instruction6
SWRK 195BField Instruction6
Social Welfare Policy and Human Behavior
Select two of the following:6
Chemical Dependency and Social Work Practice
Theories of Criminal Behavior 1
Human Sexuality in Social Work Perspectives
Social Work and Spirituality
Crimes Without Victims
Poverty and Homelessness in America
The Child and the Law
Violence In The Family
Health Services and Systems
Child Welfare Services
Exploration of Veteran Studies: An Ethnographic Approach 1
Total Units48

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms 23
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (0-6 Units)
Area D Course 30 - 3
Area D Course 40 - 3
Area D Course 50
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 50
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units37-43

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (6-9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 20 - 3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (9 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE) 30
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 46