Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

Pre- Major Requirements and Declaration of Major

Students who want to become a pre-major in Social Work should take the courses from the following three G.E. areas, and earn “C” or better (“C minus” is not acceptable). So, nine (9) units are needed for the pre-major

Area B2 Life Forms (3 Units)

Select one of the followings:

     ANTH 1       Introduction to Biological Anthropology

BIO 10       Basic Biological Concept

          BIO 20   Biology: A Human Perspective

 Area D1 Foundation in Social And Behavioral Sciences (at least 3 units)

Select at least one of the followings:

ECON 1A    Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis

ECON 1B    Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis

PSYC 2  Introductory Psychology

SOC 1    Principles of Sociology

Area D2 Major Social Issues of the Contemporary Era (3 units)

Select one of the followings:

CRJ 1   Introduction to Criminal Justice and Society

 GERO 100   Aging Issues in Contemporary America

SOC 3   Social Problems

 SOC 10   Issues in Crime and Social Control

Declaration of Major is accepted throughout the academic year. 

Prospective SW majors must first meet with a Social Work advisor before Declaration will be approved.

Pre-Major Requirements:

Social Work Academic Advising Center Hours
Drop-In Only

Mariposa Hall - Room #4010

Drop in during the Undergraduate Director's Office Hours (available @ Mariposa 4008)

Online Advising Through Blackboard discussion TAB

Times and Days are in Mariposa 4010:

Tuesday 9-12 Noon and 2-5 PMWednesday 1-4 PM   Thursday 9-12 Noon

Dr. Sylvester "Jim" Bowie, Undergraduate Director(916) 278-7165

The objectives of the undergraduate program are based upon the following sections of the Council on Social Work Education Curriculum Policy Statement:

The baccalaureate is the first level of the professional education for entry into the profession. The baccalaureate social worker should attain a beginning professional level of proficiency in the self-critical and accountable use of this bio-psychosocial knowledge and integrate this knowledge with the liberal arts perspective and the professional foundation content.

Students who receive a baccalaureate degree from an accredited social work program should possess the professional judgment and proficiency to apply, with supervision, the common professional foundation to direct service systems with client systems of various sizes and types.

The purpose of undergraduate social work education is to prepare students for a generalist social work practice.

The curriculum of the undergraduate program is based upon these goals and reflects a commitment to impart the ethics and standards of professional practice as well as the skills which are essential for beginning level proficiency in professional practice, in accordance with standards of the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Social Workers, and the considered judgment of the faculty members of the Division of Social Work.

Undergraduate Handbook (revised August 2015)

Advising Hours Fall 2015- During these hours students can drop-in without an appointment

Tuesday 9-12 (John Davis) and again from 1-5 (John Strother)

Wednesday 1-4 PM (John Strother) and

Thursday 9-12 (John Davis)

The undergraduate Director (Dr. Sylveter Bowie)  is available for advising (drop-in) during his office hours on Tuesday and Thursday in Mariposa 4008 (916) 278-7165 and at other times at his senate office Sacramento Hall 254 (916) 278-6847. Appointments can also be made by email or phone.

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The General Plan

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The curriculum plan of the combined social work program of the Division of Social Work begins with the liberal arts (General Education) completed during the freshman and sophomore years. During the junior year, social work majors commence the professional foundation; and in the senior year, the beginning generalist curriculum is completed.

The Liberal Arts Preparation

Students complete courses as follows to satisfy General Education requirements:

Basic Subjects - 9 Units

Physical Universe and its Life Forms - 12 Units
Including content on human biology and courses on quantitative reasoning.

Arts and Humanities - 12 Units

Individual and Society - 15 Units

Undergraduate Personal Development - 3 Units
Social work students should complete courses in Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Biology, Ethnic Studies, and Women's Studies.

All students must pass a required Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) before enrolling in the required upper division Advanced Study courses. The Advanced Study courses are specially designed courses that include extensive writing requirements. The Division offers an advanced writing course in the general education program: SWRK 126 Theories of Criminal Behavior.

The Social Work Perspective in General Education

The Division of Social Work offers eight courses in the University's General Education Curriculum:

SWRK 102 - Cross-Culture Theory & Practice: Issues of Race, Gender, & Class

SWRK 126 - Theories of Criminal Behavior

SWRK 134 - Crimes Without Victims

SWRK 136 - Poverty and Homelessness in America

SWRK 150 - Welfare in America

SWRK 151 - Health Services and Systems

Professional Foundation

The professional foundation in social work education, in accordance with liberal arts perspective, is built upon knowledge and expertise from a wide variety of fields of philosophical, theoretical, and scientific study. The academic subjects which prepare students for studies in the theory and practice of social work are contained in content areas within the liberal arts curriculum, defined as General Education content in the California State University system. General Education requirements must be completed by the student prior to acceptance as a major in the social work baccalaureate program.

Social Work Major

Of the total 120 units required for the baccalaureate degree, the social work major requires 48 upper division units. The major requires 39 units of core courses, 6 units to be selected from the social welfare policy (including content on policy analysis) & human behavior courses, and social welfare policy courses (including content on policy analysis), and 3 units to be selected from the social science options in Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies. Thus, the curriculum plan of social work major is as follows:

A. Recommended Lower Division Preparation

Students should complete, as a liberal arts base, General Education courses in economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology and human biology; lower division courses in critical thinking and ethnic studies are strongly recommended. Community college transfer students should consult a counselor to identify courses which qualify for General Education transfer credit.

Note: Grade ''C'' or better required in Section B courses below.

B. Professional Foundation also known as core courses - 39 units. Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

SWRK 95 - Introduction to Social Work

SWRK 102 -Crosscultural Theory & Practice: Issues of Race, Gender & Class

SWRK 110 - Introduction to Statistics for Social Workers

SWRK 111 - Introduction to Research Methods & Program Evaluation (Prerequisite: SWRK 110)

SWRK 125A - Human Behavior/Social Environment

SWRK 125B - Human Behavior/Social Environment (Prerequisite: SWRK 125A)

SWRK 140A - Social Work Practice

SWRK 140B - Social Work Practice (Prerequisite: SWRK 140A; Corequisite: SWRK 195A)

SWRK 140C - Social Work Practice (Prerequisite: SWRK 140B; Corequisite: SWRK 195B)

SWRK 150 - Welfare in America

SWRK 195A & 195B Field Education - 6 units each - 195A (Prerequisites: SWRK 125A, SWRK 125B, SWRK 140A, SWRK 150; Corequisite: SWRK 140B), 195B (Prerequisites: SWRK 110, SWRK 125A, SWRK 125B, SWRK 140A, SWRK 140B, SWRK 150, SWRK 195A; Corequisite: SWRK 111, SWRK 140C )

Field Education is the practicum portion of Social Work Education. It is an educationally directed, coordinated and monitored practice experience required of all students. Field Education entails a sequence of courses, that are conceptually based in "individual learning" and designed as successive building blocks. Students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in real life situations under supervised instruction in accordance with their individualized learning contracts. The undergraduate field sequence requires students to be in a field placement for two semesters, two days per week (8 hours/day) for a total of 64 days. The integration of class and field learning is the Division's objective for all social work students.

C. Social Welfare Policy & Human Behavior - 6 units (Select Two Courses From The Following):

SWRK 118 - Chemical Dependency & Social Work Practice

SWRK 126 - Theories of Criminal Behavior (Prerequite: Passing score on the WPE)

SWRK 129 - Human Sexuality in Social Work Perspectives

SWRK 133 - International Social Work

SWRK 134 - Crimes Without Victims

SWRK 136 - Poverty & Homelessness in America

SWRK 137 - The Child & the Law

SWRK 138 - Violence in the Family

SWRK 151 - Health Services & Systems

SWRK 153 - Child Welfare Services

D. Social Science Options - 3 units (Select One Course From The Following): 

ETHN 100 - Ethnic America (Prerequisite: Passing score on the WPE)

ETHN 110 - Asian Americans: Status & Identity

ETHN 132 - La Mujer Chicana

ETHN 172 - Black Women in America

ETHN 173 - Black Family in the United States

WOMS 110 - Introduction to the Women's Movements in Contemporary Society

WOMS 120 - Mother/Woman/Person

WOMS 137 - Women of Color

The curriculum design, called the Concurrency Model, better facilitates the integration of theory-human behavior, policy, research, ethics, practice, social values, multicultural diversity and special populations, and social and economic justice - into actual social work practice. In addition to the concurrent curriculum design, the field education program utilizes integration seminars (required of all students) to further facilitate and ensure integration of class and field learning.

Upon graduation, students are expected to demonstrate competency equivalent to an entry level position in the area of social work.

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