The School of Social Work offers, in conjunction with the general education requirements, a professional program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW). The goals of the BASW program are to prepare students for entry level, professional, generalist social work practice and for graduate social work education, including advanced standing. Students learn to practice as professional social workers with persons and groups representing the range of human diversity and with systems of all sizes (individuals, families, groups, communities and institutions).
Social Work majors should consider taking courses as electives or for fulfillment of general education requirements in any of the ethnic studies disciplines, women's studies and gerontology programs in the Colleges of Health and Human Services and Liberal Arts. The School can make recommendations concerning those courses which would be most useful to students interested in acquiring broader information closely allied to professional social work practice.
Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria: http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/admissions/impacted_major.html.
Students who indicate an interest in a Social Work major when they enter as freshmen will be assigned a pre-social work major code. Acceptance into the pre-major by the University does not imply or assure subsequent acceptance into the major by the School. Students who are not accepted into the major cannot continue as pre-social work majors.
Students must be eligible for admission to the University as transfer students and must apply for admission to the University no later than November 30 for admission the following fall. Students who are not admitted to the major will not be admitted to the University unless they have listed a second choice of major on the application form.
To be allowed to continue in the major, students must complete the following:
Students can contact the School's admissions office for academic advising concerning the requirements for admission into the BASW program.
The field sequence has an integral role in the BASW curriculum providing an opportunity for students to apply social work knowledge and practice skills in an agency based educationally focused fieldwork internship. Students complete 450 hours of field placement (SW 495A/B) in their senior year for which they earn 14 academic units. Students complete 16 hours per week in an assigned agency placement. This must include either two 8-hour weekdays or one 8-hour weekday and two 4-hour weekday (Monday - Friday daytime hours) blocks. A variety of agencies in the surrounding communities are used, and the School's field faculty select the most appropriate field placement site for students.
Full-time students will take the following sequence of courses starting with:
Part-time students will take the following sequence of courses
All Social Work courses must be completed with a grade no lower than a "C" in classroom courses or a "CR" for practicum or field experience courses. If a student earns a grade lower than a "C" in a classroom course or a "NC" in a practicum or field experience course, the student must repeat the course. All courses must be taken in sequence. All internship classes must be taken concurrently with direct generalist practice courses.