Social Work Program Requirements

Social Work Major
Bachelor's Degree (BS or BA)

General Requirements:

  • WSU core requirements
  • General education requirements
  • A minor or second major
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation. A minimum of 38 of these is required within the major, not counting the prerequisite courses totaling 18 semester hours. A total of 40 upper-division credit hours (courses numbered 3000 and above) is required for graduation from WSU. A minimum of 35 of these upper-division credit hours is required within the social work major, plus three additional credits in Social Statistics (GERT 3600, PSY 3600 or SOC 3600, each of which has Quantitative Literacy as a prerequisite), or an equivalent statistics course as approved by the department chair.


Admission Process:

To be eligible for acceptance into the Social Work Program, you must:

  1. Apply to the program (during or after completing SW 2100, Human Behavior and the Social Environment);
  2. Submit recent college transcripts (must be complete transcripts);
  3. Be reviewed and accepted by the Department Admissions Committee;
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better; and
  5. Meet all of the requirements listed below.

(A second review for continuation in the program will take place prior to entering SW 4860, Social Service Field Experience I.)


Additional Requirements:

Maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 in social work and other courses.

Social work majors must have a grade of C or better in ALL social work courses, required prerequisites and related support courses. C- grades are not acceptable.


Satisfactory completion of the following is required prior to acceptance into the program:

WSU Composition requirements*

WSU American Institutions requirements*

WSU Quantitative Literacy requirements*

WSU Computer& Information Literacy*

Refer to the general education requirements in the WSU Catalog.

60-63 semester graduation hours (or equivalent), including the prerequisite courses listed below for the behavioral and social sciences, human development and social work prerequisites. These courses must be completed with a grade of C or better, with a total GPA of 2.5 or better.

Students must agree to abide by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

Behavioral and Social Science Prerequisites (credit hours per course in parentheses):

ANTH 1000, Introduction to Anthropology (3)

PSY 1010, Introduction to Psychology (3)

SOC 1010, Introduction to Sociology (3)

Human Development Prerequisites:

ZOOL 1020, Human Biology (3)
Any transfer course in this area must contain only human biology content. Courses with animal or plant content are not acceptable. (This requirement may be taken prior to or concurrently with SW 2100, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I.)

Social Work Prerequisites:

SW 1010, Introduction to Generalist Social Work (3)

SW 2100, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I(3) (Prerequisite SW 1010)

Social Work courses to be taken after SW 1010, Introduction to Generalist Social Work, but can be taken before admittance into the social work program:

SW 2200*, Issues in Diversity (3)

SW 3200*, Child and Family Welfare (2) (Prerequisite SW 1010)

SW 3500*, Social Welfare Policy and Contemporary Issues (3) (Prerequisites SW 1010, GERT 1010)

GERT 3600*, Social Statistics(3)(or equivalent; Perereq:Math; recommended before SW 3700)

SW 3700*, Social Work Research(3) (prerequisite SW 1010)


*You must be at University Tier to register for 3000-level classes. Obtain formal admittance to the social work program during or after completing SW 2100. Application is required. Forms are available at the social work office, SS140.

Satisfactory completion of the following courses is required after acceptance into the program and prior to entering the social work field experience (SW 4860).

SW 3100, Human Behavior & the Social Environment II (2) (Prerequisites SW 1010 & SW 2100)

SW 3900, Social Work Methods, Values, and Ethics (3) (Prerequisites SW 1010, SW 2100, SW 2200)

SW 3910, Social Work Practice I (3) (Prerequisite SW 3900)

Make application for the Social Work Field Experience while enrolled in SW 3910. Participate in a formal review of progress toward program completion.


Satisfactory completion of the following is required after the review of progress toward program completion.

SW 3920, Social Work Practice II (3) (taken concurrently with SW 3930 & SW 4860)

SW 3930, Social Work Practice III (3) (taken concurrently with SW 3920 & SW 4860)

SW 4860, Social Service Field Experience I (4) (taken concurrently with SW 3920 & SW 3930 & instructor approval)

SW 4861, Social Work Field Practice II (4)

(Prerequisites-SW 4860, SW 3700, GERT 3600 and concurrently with SW 4990 and with instructor approval)

SW 4500, Intervention for Populations at Risk (3) (Prerequisite SW 3910)

SW 4990, Social Work Senior Seminar (2) (Prerequisite SW 4860 & instructor approval)


Statistics Requirement:

Prior to registering for SW 4861, students must complete Social Statistics (GERT 3600, PSY 3600, or SOC 3600). It is recommended to take the Social Statistics course before the Research course.


Code of Ethics:

Students enrolled in social work classes must abide by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Disciplinary actions may be taken by the Social Work Program Admissions and Retention Committee when a student is found in noncompliance with ethical and/or professional practice standards.


Repeat Classes:

Students not meeting the minimum grade requirement for any individual social work course may repeat such course one (1) time before being dropped from the social work program.



Social work majors must consult with their social work advisors before registering each semester. Generally, only juniors and seniors will be allowed in those courses numbered 3000/4000. Only social work majors will be allowed in SW 4800, Projects and Research; 4830, Directed Readings; and 4890, Cooperative Work Experience.


Social Work Departmental Honors Program

You must receive permission from the department chair before registering in courses for honors credit. A written agreement shall be reached with the appropriate professor regarding the work expected for honors credit. Click here for the Honors Program section of the catalog.


Policy for Program Changes

Regarding general requirements: Students must select a specific catalog and follow the graduation requirements listed therein. It is recommended that students select the catalog published during the year they declare their program of study within the following limitations:

Bachelor's degree candidates must choose graduation requirements from a catalog published within the six-year period prior to their graduation.

It is recommended that students work closely with advisors in their major and minor departments to be aware of any recent changes that may affect their program completion.

The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) which, from time to time, requests or requires program changes. All students will be required to adjust to these and other program changes except under the following conditions:

If a student has been formally admitted to the program under certain program requirements and maintains continuous enrollment until graduation;

If a student has been formally admitted to the program under certain program requirements and has been enrolled in major or minor courses within the last three (3) semesters; or

If a student has not been formally admitted to the program, but has received written program requirements advisement from a social work faculty member within the last two (2) semesters.


For details on social work classes, click here.


For more information about the social work program, contact:
The Department of Social Work and Gerontology

For a list of social work faculty, click here.