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Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W. Degree)

Degree Requirements

  • 120 total hours of course work including 12 hours of field practicum
    • 51 Social Welfare hours including SW 220 or equivalent
    • 41 hours of general education requirements
    • 28 hours of electives
  • KU cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Grade-point average of 2.5 in required social work courses
  • 30 hours in residence at KU in final year
  • 69 general education hours


TAB: Freshman/Sophomore

The School of Social Welfare requires students to take SW 220 prior to the first semester of the B.S.W. program.

  • ENGL 101 Composition
  • ENGL 102 Critical Reading & Writing (or ENGL 105 Honors)
  • One additional English course
    ENGL 203 Topics in Reading & Writing
    ENGL 209 Intro to Fiction
    ENGL 210 Intro to Poetry
    ENGL 211 Intro to the Drama
Speech Communications
  • COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication
  • MATH 101 College Algebra
Western Civilization
  • HWC 204 Western Civilization I (includes LA&S 250 Western Civilization I)
  • HWC 205 Western Civilization II (includes LA&S 252 Western Civilization II)
Intercultural Studies
Child and Adolescent Development
  • ABSC 160 Intro to Child Behavior & Development
  • PSYC 333 Child Development
  • BIOL 100/102 Principles of Biology/Lab
  • BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • ECON 104 Introduction to Economics
Political Science
  • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
  • PSYC 104 General Psychology
  • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology

NOTE: Other courses not contained on the Master List may meet a distribution requirement; careful review of the syllabus for the course must be completed and written permission granted by the B.S.W. Director. It is strongly encouraged that you seek approval prior to taking a course.

TAB: Junior Year



TAB: Senior Year


Field Education: B.S.W. students have one practicum placement during the senior year, concurrent with enrollment in the practice courses. Senior B.S.W. students attend classes 2 days a week and field practicum 2 days a week throughout fall and spring semesters. Seniors spend a minimum of 480 clock hours in practicum. Practicum is a 12-credit-hour, year-long course graded on an S/U basis. A satisfactory (S) grade is a requirement for the B.S.W. degree. At the end of the first semester, a grade of P is given for satisfactory progress toward completion of the course. No credit is given for partial completion (fewer than 12 credit hours) of practicum. Learn more about Field Education.

Two of the following courses:



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Ashley Anguiano Gomez
Recruitment Coordinator Lawrence Campus
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Amea Chandler
Social Welfare Academic Success Coach Edwards Campus
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Mahasweta Banerjee
BSW Program Director