Pre- Major Requirements

The pre-major is designed to provide prospective social work students with exposure to concepts and ideas involving critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, world cultures, and global engagements.

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

Area B Life Forms (3 Units)Select one of the following:

      BIOLOGY 10      
    BIOLOGY 20   

Area D Foundation in Social And Behavioral Sciences (at least 3 units)Select at least one of the following:


Area D The Individual and Society (3 units) Select one of the followings:


Questions about what courses have been transferred over? Please see this PDF for instructions on how to check. If you still have questions about course equivalencies please visit the Social Work Drop-In Academic Advising Center 

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

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.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Undergraduate Handbook

Click this link to download the Division of Social Work Pre-Major Form

Click this link to download the Declaration/Change of Major Form

Next submission for Change of Major Forms will be April 1, 2019 - October 15, 2019

Have questions about general education and graduation requirements? Visit the Academic Advising Center for more information.

Have questions about the Undergraduate Program? Contact Dr. Sylvester "Jim" Bowie (Undergraduate Director), by email

Have questions about alternative career options? Contact Career Counselor, Emanuel Melgarejo by email for more information. 

Transferring in? Check the site to verify courses from Community College.

The BSW Advisory Committee meets on 4th Wednesdays from 10-12 noon in the Conference Room (Mariposa 4010).

Questions about Social Work Professional Association (NASW CA)?