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 (CSWE). 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.
To be admitted to the BSW program, a student must have
- completed at least 45 credits with an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher;
- completed or be registered in:
Course List Code Title Credits BIOL 103 Introductory Biology II-Survey of Cell and Molecular Biology (Mason Core) 3 ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core) 3 SOCI 101 Introductory Sociology (Mason Core) 3 PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
- earned at least a C in:
Course List Code Title Credits SOCW 200 Introduction to Social Work (Mason Core) 3 SOCW 357 Methods of Social Work Intervention I 3 SOCW 361 Methods of Social Work Intervention I: Laboratory 3 And at least two of the following courses: SOCW 311 Building Professional Social Work Skills 3 SOCW 312 Knowledge Building for Helping Professionals 3 SOCW 375 Human Behavior and the Family Life Course (Mason Core) 3 SOCW 380 Changing Social Policies and Systems 3 SOCW 390 Analytic Methods for Social Work Research 3
- be enrolled in all other required 300-level SOCW courses; and
- 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 BSW program is reviewed for action by social work faculty members. A personal interview may be required.
Students who have not met all criteria for admission to the major by the summer prior to starting the program's senior-level curriculum will not be considered for admission until the next academic year.
For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.
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. Students may not take a social work course when earning a grade of less than C in any other social work courses that serve as a prerequisite.
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, and issues with professional standards and behavior. 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.
Total credits: 120
|ENGH 100||Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core)||3|
|or ENGH 101||Composition (Mason Core)|
|Any Mason Core Oral Communication course||3|
|Any Mason Core Quantitative Reasoning course||3|
|Any Mason Core Information Technology course||3-6|
|Any Mason Core Literature course||3|
|Any Mason Core Arts course||3|
|Any Mason Core non-lab Natural Science course||3|
|Any Mason Core lab Natural Science course||4|
|Any Western Civilization/World History course||3|
|Any Mason Core Global Understanding course||3|
|ENGH 302||Advanced Composition (Mason Core)||3|
|Writing Intensive 1|
This program includes the writing intensive course as a part of the major requirements; this course is therefore not counted towards the total required for Mason Core.
This program includes a capstone course as a part of the major requirements; this course is therefore not counted towards the total required for the Mason Core.
|BIOL 103||Introductory Biology II-Survey of Cell and Molecular Biology (Mason Core) 1||3|
|GCH 300||Introduction to Public Health||3|
|PSYC 100||Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 1||3|
|SOCI 101||Introductory Sociology (Mason Core) 1||3|
|Select one from the following:||3-4|
|Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Mason Core)|
|Statistics in Psychology|
|Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)|
Students may count this course towards the appropriate Mason Core category.
Social Work Major
|SOCW 200||Introduction to Social Work (Mason Core)||3|
|SOCW 311||Building Professional Social Work Skills||3|
|SOCW 312||Knowledge Building for Helping Professionals||3|
|SOCW 357||Methods of Social Work Intervention I||3|
|SOCW 361||Methods of Social Work Intervention I: Laboratory||3|
|SOCW 358||Methods of Social Work Intervention II||3|
|SOCW 362||Methods of Social Work Intervention II: Laboratory||3|
|SOCW 375||Human Behavior and the Family Life Course (Mason Core)||3|
|SOCW 380||Changing Social Policies and Systems||3|
|SOCW 471||Research in Social Work (fulfills writing intensive requirement)||3|
|SOCW 472||RS: Integrative Methods in Social Action and Social Change (Mason Core)||3|
|SOCW 495||Field Practicum and Seminar I||5|
|SOCW 496||Field Practicum and Seminar II||5|
|Select 32-34 credits of electives 1||32-33|
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.
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.
Bachelor of Social Work in Social Work Sample Plan of Study
Detailed four year plans can be found on https://publichealth.gmu.edu/students/academic-advising