2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Major in Social Work (BSW)

69 credits

Admission and Retention Requirements

Formal Admission to the Social Work Major

  1. While a student can declare social work as their major at any time, to complete the BSW degree a student must be formally admitted to the major through a selective process following the procedures listed below and meeting the requirements for admission. Admission procedures and requirements include:
    • completing an approved volunteer assignment of a minimum of twenty-five clock hours (course requirement in SOCW 200) and submitting a performance evaluation to the department;

    • obtaining at least two Social Work faculty references;

    • having earned a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, in 100- and 200-level required social work courses for the major;

    • submitting a completed admission application to the department prior to the Fall and Spring due dates;

    • completing the admission committee review process;

    • declaring any criminal convictions.

  2. Students denied admission to or continuation in the major may appeal the decision within fourteen calendar days. Appeals are made by informing the department chairperson in writing that the decision to deny admission or continuation in the major is being appealed by specifying the basis of the appeal. The department chairperson will convene the social work faculty within fourteen calendar days of notification of the appeal to review all information obtained for the admissions interviews, faculty advising conferences, and academic records. The BSW Student of Concern Committee will meet with the student within fourteen calendar days. The BSW Student of Concern Committee has the authority to admit or retain the student in the major. Students denied formal admission to or retention in the major will be advised of alternative options.

Retention in the Social Work Major

To enroll in the senior-level required social work courses (SOCW 410, SOCW 430, SOCW 440, SOCW 460, and SOCW 462) students must have:

  • earned and maintained a cumulative minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in required social work courses and required nonsocial work courses;
  • earned a grade of C or better in SOCW 325;
  • successfully completed MATH 125 or equivalent prior to enrolling in SOCW 440.

To enroll in social work practicum courses (SOCW 460 and SOCW 462) students must have:

  • submitted a practicum application and resume to the Practicum Coordinator;
  • earned a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in all required courses for the social work major;
  • earned grades of C or better in SOCW 410, SOCW 430, SOCW 440;
  • to successfully complete the BSW degree program, students must have earned a grade of C or better in SOCW 460 and SOCW 462.

Minimum number of required courses for the major at Ball State University

  • Transfer students from other accredited BSW programs must take a minimum of 18 semester credits within the department including SOCW 410, SOCW 460, and SOCW 462 (18 credits) in order to complete the BSW degree at Ball State.
  • Transfer students who have not taken a separate group practice course will also be required to take SOCW 310.
  • Transfer students must meet the department’s grade-point average requirements for the major and for the 400-level courses.

Required Courses

SOCW 100Introduction to Social Work

3

SOCW 200Social Work Practice 1 with Field Experience

3

SOCW 220Social Welfare Policy 1

3

SOCW 250Human Behavior and the Social Environment 1

3

SOCW 310Social Work Practice 2

3

SOCW 320Social Welfare Policy and Programs 2

3

SOCW 325Human Behavior and the Social Environment 2

3

SOCW 340Research in Social Work 1

3

SOCW 410Social Work Practice3

3

SOCW 430Social Work Practice 4 with Field Experience

3

SOCW 440Research in Social Work 2

3

SOCW 460Social Work Practicum

12

SOCW 462Social Work Practicum Seminar

3

PSYS 100Introduction to Psychological Science

3

 

PSYS 367Introduction to Neuroscience

3

or

BIO 254Biology in the Social Context

3

 

SOC 100Principles of Sociology

3

or

SOC 242Social Problems

3

 

ANTH 311Ethnicity and Race

3

or

COMM 290Intercultural Communication

3

or

EDMU 205Introduction to Multicultural Education

3

or

SOC 421Racial and Cultural Minorities in the United States

3

 

ANTH 241Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

3

or

PSYS 324Psychology of Women

3

or

SOC 235Sociology of Gender

3

or

WGS 210Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

3

 

SOCW 370Selected Aspects of Social Work Practice

3 TO 6

or

Advisor approved 300- or 400-level university course(s) in a related discipline. A total of 6 credits required of the major.

6

Total Credit Hours: 69