This program prepares students for beginning generalist professional practice in social work at the baccalaureate level and has been granted full accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. All students are expected to abide by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.

No academic credit toward field experience or coursework is given based on previous work or life experience. Students are required to successfully complete 450 hours of supervised field practicum in agencies approved by the Department of Social Work. The Department of Social Work will make reasonable efforts to work with a student to secure an appropriate field placement, but it does not guarantee a placement. The social work program does not offer all of the required courses during the evening hours, so students should meet with their academic advisor to develop a plan to complete coursework for the degree. Field placements generally require availability during regular daytime hours.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the social work program, a student must have

  1. completed at least 45 credits with a GPA of 2.50 or higher;
  2. completed or be registered in:
    BIOL 103Introductory Biology I (Mason Core)4
    ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core)3
    SOCI 101Introductory Sociology (Mason Core)3
    PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
  3. earned at least a C in:
    SOCW 200Introduction to Social Work3
    SOCW 357Methods of Social Work Intervention I3
    SOCW 361Methods of Social Work Intervention I: Laboratory2
    And at least two of the following courses:
    SOCW 311Building Professional Social Work Skills3
    SOCW 312Knowledge Building for Helping Professionals3
    SOCW 375Human Behavior and the Family Life Course (Mason Core)3
    SOCW 380Changing Social Policies and Systems3
    SOCW 390Analytic Methods for Social Work Research3
  4. be enrolled in all other required 300-level SOCW courses; and 
  5. submitted an application for the social work major and the senior field practicum by the deadline stated on the BSW admissions website.

The student's application for admission to the social work major is reviewed for action by social work faculty members. A personal interview may be required.

There is no admission to the social work program in the summer. Students who have not met all criteria for admission to the major will not be considered for admission until the next academic year.

Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Program Requirements

To earn a bachelor's degree in social work, students must earn a grade of C or above in all Social Work classes applied to the major and must achieve a GPA of 2.50 overall. Class attendance is required in all Social Work courses. Before beginning SOCW 495 Field Practicum and Seminar I, students must successfully complete all required 200- and 300-level courses with a grade of C or above.

The Social Work faculty evaluates student performance periodically and may require students to withdraw from the program when, in their judgment, performance is not satisfactory. The decision is based on the quality of academic and field performance, as well as on personal fitness for the profession of social work. Students have the right to appeal.

A student with a criminal history may find it difficult to obtain a field placement or employment in a human service agency depending on the specific charge. It is possible that a student with a criminal background may not be able to be placed in a field practicum or complete their degree program. The Criminal Background Policy is available on the Social Work Department website.

Immunization and Fees

All students who are enrolled in a course that requires a field placement (SOCW 495 Field Practicum and Seminar I and SOCW 496 Field Practicum and Seminar II) must have an annual tuberculosis screening (PPD). In addition, students must complete the entire hepatitis B immunization series in accordance with current U.S. Public Health Service recommendations. The cost of immunizations is the responsibility of the student. The majority of agencies used for field placements require fingerprinting, a criminal background check (may be more extensive than the university requirement), and a child protective services check. Any cost related to these requirements is the responsibility of the student.

Writing Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in the 300 level or above. Students majoring in social work fulfill this requirement by successfully completing SOCW 471 Research in Social Work.

Banner Code: HH-BSW-SOCW

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Written Communication
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core)3
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core)3
Oral Communication
Any Mason Core Oral Communication course3
Quantitative Reasoning
Any Mason Core Quantitative Reasoning course3
Information Technology
Any Mason Core Information Technology course3-7
Literature
Any Mason Core Literature course3
Arts
Any Mason Core Arts course3
Natural Science
BIOL 103Introductory Biology I (Mason Core)4
One 3 or 4 credit approved Mason Core Natural Science course3-4
Western Civilization
HIST 100History of Western Civilization (Mason Core)3
or HIST 125 Introduction to World History (Mason Core)
Global Understanding
Any Mason Core Global Understanding course3
Total Credits34-39

Required Courses

Psychology
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
Sociology
SOCI 101Introductory Sociology (Mason Core)3
Statistics
Select one from the following:3-4
Analytic Methods for Social Work Research
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Mason Core)
Statistics in Psychology
Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
Total Credits9-10

Social Work Major

SOCW 200Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 311Building Professional Social Work Skills3
SOCW 312Knowledge Building for Helping Professionals3
SOCW 357Methods of Social Work Intervention I3
SOCW 361Methods of Social Work Intervention I: Laboratory2
SOCW 358Methods of Social Work Intervention II3
SOCW 362Methods of Social Work Intervention II: Laboratory2
SOCW 375Human Behavior and the Family Life Course (Mason Core)3
SOCW 380Changing Social Policies and Systems3
SOCW 471Research in Social Work (fulfills writing intensive requirement)3
SOCW 472RS: Integrative Methods in Social Action and Social Change (Mason Core)3
SOCW 495Field Practicum and Seminar I5
SOCW 496Field Practicum and Seminar II5
Total Credits41

Electives

Select 34-36 credits of electives 134-36
Total Credits34-36
1

Six credits must be in social work at the 400- or 500-level, not including courses listed above; SOCW 499 Independent Study in Social Work may be used to satisfy an additional 1 to 3 credits toward general electives.

Notes

SOCW 110 Global Perspectives on Human Rights is open to all students, but it does not count toward social work degree requirements.

SOCW 357 Methods of Social Work Intervention I and SOCW 361 Methods of Social Work Intervention I: Laboratory (only offered in the fall semester) are prerequisites to SOCW 358 Methods of Social Work Intervention II and SOCW 362 Methods of Social Work Intervention II: Laboratory (only offered in the spring semester). Graduation may be delayed if courses are not taken in proper sequence.

Selected Social Work electives are offered each semester on a rotating basis.