Social Work - B.S.W.

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Degree & Major: Social Work - B.S.W.
College Name: School of Social Work
Dr. Leon Banks
Undergraduate Program Director
(706) 542-5420
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: The Bachelor of Social Work degree is the first professional social work degree. This program of study prepares the student for beginning professional practice as a social worker. The liberal arts base combined with appropriate professional courses provide the fundamental knowledge and skill needed to assume the role of a beginning practitioner. The appropriate social work value and ethical base necessary for professional practice is also a central part of the curriculum. The student exits the B.S.W. program as a generalist in the profession of social work. The B.S.W. program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Career Opportunities: Graduates holding a baccalaureate degree in social work will be prepared for practice in a wide variety of human service programs, for example, hospital social services, juvenile corrections, programs for the elderly, mental health and disability services, and child protective services. These are but a few of the settings in which social workers provide clients with such services as counseling, problem solving, linkage with resources, case management, information, and referral.
of Transfer Students:
Students who plan to transfer into the B.S.W. program should contact for more information.

Preparation for the Major:
Courses in human biology, psychology, sociology, statistics, foreign language.
Special Requirements: All students must obtain student professional liability insurance prior to senior practicum.
Scholarships: The Heather Christina Wright Memorial Scholarship is available to qualified applicants. Selection is based on a desire and commitment to work with cancer patients and their families and financial need.

Child Welfare Scholarships are available to seniors who are interested in the field of public child welfare. Please contact the BSW office.

The James D. Horne Memorial Scholarship, established in 1995 in memory of University friend Jim Horne, provides financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate students with preference given to students interested in working with the homeless.

The Norman Polansky Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of Dr. Polansky, who was a Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Work and a nationally recognized scholar in the area of child neglect. The scholarship provides a $500 award to a BSW student in his or her senior year who:

1. demonstrates a special interest in the field of child welfare, with a desire to work in this field upon graduation;
2. is participating in an internship placement in a public or private child welfare setting; and
3. is not receiving any other form of financial assistance relating specifically to child welfare.
Service Learning: Field Education:
Supervised practicum taken during senior year. 560 hours in a social agency.
Student Organizations: BSW Club
Available Graduate Programs: MSW programs with advanced standing.