Degree Requirements & Curriculum


Student in Blake Hall

Degree Requirements

The curriculum helps students prepare for the professional responsibilities of social work and acquire the skills needed for effective social work practice.

  • 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
  • A 2.5 minimum grade-point average for all classroom work
  • A 2.5 minimum grade-point average in required social work courses
  • Successful completion of field practicum

 

Curriculum

The curriculum prepares graduates for beginning generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

  • SW 220 Intro to Social Work, Social Welfare and U.S. Society

NOTE: Students must complete SW 220 before entering 500 level classes and must earn a grade of B or higher.

English:

  • ENGL 101 Composition
  • ENGL 102 Critical Reading & Writing (or ENGL 105 Honors)
  • 3rd English (Any 200-level course or above meeting ENGL H, HE, U)

Speech Communications (Choose One):

  • COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication
  • COMS 322 Audience Centered Public Speaking in the Workplace
  • THR 120 Public Speaking as Performance

Mathematics (Choose One):

  • MATH 101 College Algebra
  • LA&S 108 Personal Numeracy

Western Civilization (Choose One):

  • HUM 204 Western Civilization I (includes LA&S 250 Western Civilization I)
  • HUM 205 Western Civilization II (includes LA&S 252 Western Civilization II)

Intercultural Studies (Choose One):

  • Approved course from KU Core Goal 4.2 list (Western Civilization is excluded from fulfilling the Intercultural Studies requirement)
  • COMS 246 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Child and Adolescent Development (Choose One):

  • ABSC 160 Intro to Child Behavior & Development
  • EPSY 305 Development and Learning of the Child
  • PSYC 333 Child Development

Biology:

  • BIOL 100 & 102 Principles of Biology and Principles of Biology Laboratory

Economics (Choose One):

  • ECON 104 Introduction to Economics
  • ECON 142 Principles of Microeconomics

Political Science:

  • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics

Psychology:

  • PSYC 104 General Psychology

Sociology:

  • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology

NOTEOther 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 BSW Director. It is strongly encouraged that you seek approval prior to taking a course. 

The curriculum listed below is for students beginning the 500 level classes in fall 2021 or later. For students who started 500 level classes prior to these terms, please refer to the current student curriculum listing

Fall

  • SW 530 Introduction to Theory for Multi-level Social Work (3 credit hours)
  • SW 540 Introduction to Social Work Research (3 credit hours)
  • SW 555 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 510 Introduction to Social Work Practice:  Interviewing Skills (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 512 Skills-Based Policy/Advocacy (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 534 Introduction to Social Policy & Advocacy (3 credit hours)

Topics: Choose any two mini courses 

  • SW 570 Centering on Decolonization in Social Work (1.5 credit hours)  
  • SW 571 Responding to Suicide & Self Harm (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 572 Substance Use and Misuse (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 573 Intergenerational & Historical Trauma (1.5 credit hours)

The curriculum listed below is for students beginning the 500 level classes in fall 2021 or later. For students who started 500 level classes prior to these terms, please refer to the current student curriculum listing

Fall

  • SW 600  Field Preparation & Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • SW 601 Field Practicum (5 credit hours)
  • SW 610 Social Work Practice: Engaging and Assessing Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities (3 credit hours)
  • SW 622 Human Rights and Social, Economic & Environmental Justice (3 credit hours)

Topics: Choose any two mini courses 

  • SW 634 Child Welfare: Protecting Children, Strengthening Families (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Gender & Sexual Diversity (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X International Social Work/Social Work with Immigrant Populations (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Criminal Legal System (1.5 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 600 Field Preparation & Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • SW 601 Field Practicum (5 credit hours)
  • SW 612 Social Work Practice: Intervening and Evaluating Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities (3 credit hours)
  • SW 623 Professional Issues: Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Topics: Choose any two mini courses 

  • SW 63X Dismantling White Supremacy/White Fragility in Social Work (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Financial Capability & Social Work (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Gender-based Violence (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Grant Writing & Program Development (1.5 credit hours
  • SW 220 Intro to Social Work, Social Welfare and U.S. Society

NOTE: Students must complete SW 220 before entering 500 level classes and must earn a grade of B or higher.

English:

  • ENGL 101 Composition
  • ENGL 102 Critical Reading & Writing (or ENGL 105 Honors)
  • 3rd English (Any 200-level course or above meeting ENGL H, HE, U)

Speech Communications (Choose One):

  • COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication
  • COMS 322 Audience Centered Public Speaking in the Workplace
  • THR 120 Public Speaking as Performance

Mathematics (Choose One):

  • MATH 101 College Algebra
  • LA&S 108 Personal Numeracy

Western Civilization (Choose One):

  • HUM 204 Western Civilization I (includes LA&S 250 Western Civilization I)
  • HUM 205 Western Civilization II (includes LA&S 252 Western Civilization II)

Intercultural Studies (Choose One):

  • Approved course from KU Core Goal 4.2 list (Western Civilization is excluded from fulfilling the Intercultural Studies requirement)
  • COMS 246 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Child and Adolescent Development (Choose One):

  • ABSC 160 Intro to Child Behavior & Development
  • EPSY 305 Development and Learning of the Child
  • PSYC 333 Child Development

Biology:

  • BIOL 100 & 102 Principles of Biology and Principles of Biology Laboratory

Economics (Choose One):

  • ECON 104 Introduction to Economics
  • ECON 142 Principles of Microeconomics

Political Science:

  • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics

Psychology:

  • PSYC 104 General Psychology

Sociology:

  • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology

NOTEOther 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 BSW Director. It is strongly encouraged that you seek approval prior to taking a course. 

The curriculum listed below is for students beginning the 500 level classes in fall 2021 or later. For students who started 500 level classes prior to these terms, please refer to the current student curriculum listing

Fall

  • SW 530 Introduction to Theory for Multi-level Social Work (3 credit hours)
  • SW 540 Introduction to Social Work Research (3 credit hours)
  • SW 555 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 510 Introduction to Social Work Practice:  Interviewing Skills (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 512 Skills-Based Policy/Advocacy (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 534 Introduction to Social Policy & Advocacy (3 credit hours)

Topics: Choose any two mini courses 

  • SW 570 Centering on Decolonization in Social Work (1.5 credit hours)  
  • SW 571 Responding to Suicide & Self Harm (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 572 Substance Use and Misuse (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 573 Intergenerational & Historical Trauma (1.5 credit hours)

The curriculum listed below is for students beginning the 500 level classes in fall 2021 or later. For students who started 500 level classes prior to these terms, please refer to the current student curriculum listing

Fall

  • SW 600  Field Preparation & Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • SW 601 Field Practicum (5 credit hours)
  • SW 610 Social Work Practice: Engaging and Assessing Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities (3 credit hours)
  • SW 622 Human Rights and Social, Economic & Environmental Justice (3 credit hours)

Topics: Choose any two mini courses 

  • SW 634 Child Welfare: Protecting Children, Strengthening Families (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Gender & Sexual Diversity (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X International Social Work/Social Work with Immigrant Populations (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Criminal Legal System (1.5 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 600 Field Preparation & Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • SW 601 Field Practicum (5 credit hours)
  • SW 612 Social Work Practice: Intervening and Evaluating Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities (3 credit hours)
  • SW 623 Professional Issues: Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Topics: Choose any two mini courses 

  • SW 63X Dismantling White Supremacy/White Fragility in Social Work (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Financial Capability & Social Work (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Gender-based Violence (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 63X Grant Writing & Program Development (1.5 credit hours

Child Welfare Certificate

The purpose of the Certificate in Child Welfare is to provide seniors in the undergraduate program with specialized knowledge and skills to prepare for a career in the field of child welfare.

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Experiential Learning Programs

KU offers a wide variety of experiential learning programs and certificates that work well with the undergraduate social work major. Students who complete a program or certificate will receive a notation on their transcripts.

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