School of Social Work
The undergraduate social work program in WSU’s School of Social Work offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The BSW program prepares students for foundation-level professional social work practice.
Social work majors must complete 45 credit hours of required social work courses. In addition, social work majors must complete another 6 credit hours of approved human diversity credits, 3 of which must be upper division. Students must be formally admitted to the major in order to take 400-level classes. Progression in the social work program has two key stages: initial admission into the program and application and acceptance into the practicum.
Requirements for program admission include a 2.000 overall GPA, completion of premajor and prerequisite courses, and satisfactory completion of a noncredit orientation session. Students who receive a grade lower than C (2.000) in a required social work course must repeat that course and earn a C (2.000) or above. Provisional admissions may be granted before final grades are received, but enrollment in required upper-division social work courses is dependent upon meeting these admission standards.
The second stage of admission is application into supervised field practicums. This process is completed the year before admission into field practicums. Information and application materials for admission into both the major and to the field practicums are available from the social work office and online at the School of Social Work website.
Students should consult the academic probation and dismissal standards for Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the beginning of this section and the requirements for retention stated in the BSW Student Manual found online at the School of Social Work website. There will be no credit toward the social work degree for prior life or work experiences.
The BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students graduating from an accredited BSW program are eligible for professional social work licensure in Kansas.