Social Work (Bachelor of Social Work, B.S.W.)
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice. Students will have multiple applied learning opportunities, including a semester long practicum, to prepare them to work in the field across a variety of social service settings. Students will be challenged to create a generalist skill set which includes, one-on-one, group, and community work, critical thinking, self-awareness, and communication. These skills are framed by the profession’s core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of all individuals, importance of relationships, integrity, and competence. The program offers a variety of electives for expanding a student’s knowledge in specific practice areas.
Missouri Western’s Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The social work program operates under a selective admissions policy. Students are considered "pre-majors" until they meet the minimum requirements to be accepted as a social work major. Admission to the social work program involves the completion of an application packet. Minimum requirements for admission into the social work major include:
- Completion of the general studies math requirement (MAT111 or MAT111E preferred)
- Completion of the ENG 108 College Writing and Research general studies requirement
- Completion of SOC 230 Social Problems, PSC 101 American National Government, and ECO 101 Current Issues in the Economy
- Completion of BIO 101 Principles of Biology or equivalent
- ENG 108 College Writing and Research, SWK 250 Introduction to Social Work, SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology and PSY 101 General Psychology with a minimum grade of C in each course
- Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.50
- Must have earned a C or better in all completed SWK prefix classes required for the major
- Must agree to and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with accepted professional social work practices and the current NASW Code of Ethics (see Social Work Student Handbook)
- Cannot have exhibited behavior (past or present) that will infringe on their present or future ability to adequately fulfill professional social work responsibilities
Students typically complete the social work admissions process during the fall semester of the junior year when enrolled in SWK 330 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I/SWK 350 Social Work Practice I. Students must be accepted into the Social Work Program prior to beginning SWK 360 Social Work Practice II unless a student has spoken to the social faculty advisor and plans to submit his/her application concurrently with taking SWK 360 Social Work Practice II. Admission decisions are based on a student's academic performance, professional, personal and academic conduct, references, and responses to application and interview questions.
The Social Work Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, ethnic or national origin, disability, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.
In accordance with Council of Social Work Education standards, MWSU does not grant academic credit, course waivers, or field practicum credit for previous life or work experiences.
Once admitted to the social work program, social work majors are expected to maintain professional and academic standards of conduct. The social work program at Missouri Western reserves the right to place a student on probationary status or remove a student from the major because of violations of these standards (see Social Work Student Handbook).
The Social Work Program's Mission Statement
|Students must complete General Studies courses||42-47|
|SOC 230||Social Problems||3|
|SWK 250||Introduction to Social Work||4|
|SWK 320||Philosophy and Policy in Social Services I||3|
|SWK 330||Human Behavior and the Social Environment I||3|
|SWK 350||Social Work Practice I||4|
|SWK 360||Social Work Practice II||3|
|SWK 415||Social Work Practice III||4|
|SWK 420||Philosophy and Policy in Social Services II||3|
|SWK 430||Human Behavior and the Social Environment II||3|
|SWK 480||Practicum in Social Work||10|
|SWK 485||Social Work Practicum Seminar||2|
|Applied Learning Research Requirement|
|GBA 210||Business Statistics I||3|
|or MAT 111||Introductory Statistics|
|or MAT 111E||Introductory Statistics|
|or PSY 300||Introductory Psychological Statistics|
|CRJ 325||Understanding Research in Criminal Justice||3|
|or SOC 460||Methods of Social Research|
|SWK 470||Program Evaluation||3|
|SOC 400||Racial and Ethnic Relations||3|
|Select three credit hours from the following:||3|
|American Women's History|
|African American History|
|Race, Science, and Medicine in American History|
|Psychology of Gender|
|Religions of the World|
|World of Islam: People, Cultures & Societies|
|Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine|
|Select nine credit hours from the following:||9|
|Interpersonal Conflict Resolution|
|Introduction to Aging Studies|
|Selected Topics in Social Work|
|Mental Health and Social Work|
|Substance Use and Disorders|
|Death And Dying|
|Family and Child Welfare|
|Bridge to Practicum|
|Advanced Research Project|
NOTE: Students are expected to meet the professional and academic standards of conduct.
Program Graduation Requirements
- Earn a grade of C or higher in all SWK prefix coursework in the major.
- Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
University Graduation Requirements
- Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses. Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
- Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.