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Statewide Campuses Undergraduate Program: 
Bachelor of Science or Arts in Social Work (BSW)

Learn more about the expectations of the program here:  BSW Student Manual
and the program expectations BSW Program Requirement (Green) Sheet

First Year Credits
-SW 1010* Introduction to Social Welfare (F,Sp) 3
-ANTH 1010 (BSS) Cultural Anthropology (F,Sp) 3
-BIOL 1010 (BLS) Biology and the Citizen (F,Sp,Su) 3
-ENGL 1010 (CL1) Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (F,Sp,Su) 3
- FCHD 1500 (BSS) Human Development Across the Lifespan (F,Sp) 3
- PSY 1010 (BSS) General Psychology (F,Sp,Su) 3
- SOC 1010 (BSS) Introductory Sociology (F,Sp) 3
- STAT 1040/1045 (QL)** Introduction to Statistics (F,Sp,Su) 3
* Students must take SW 1010 before taking SW 2100 and SW 2400.
**Students must complete STAT 1040/1045 with a grade of C- or better as a prerequisite to SOC 3120.
Second Year Credits
- ENGL 2010 (CL2) Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (F,Sp,Su) 3
- SW 2100* Human Behavior in the Social Environment (Sp) 3
- SW 2400* Social Work with Diverse Populations (Sp) 3
- One elective enrichment course 3
* SW 2100 and SW 2400 are only offered during spring semester each year.  

Our program offers a baccalaureate degree in social work (BSW). The social work degree is a professional degree and its basic mission is to train students for employment as beginning, generalist social work practitioners. The program is accredited by the Council on Social work Education (CSWE) and meets requirements established by the State of Utah for certification of social service workers. 

Third Year Credits
- SW 3050* Practice I (F) 3
- SW 4100 (CI) Social Work Research (F) 3
- SW 4150 Practice II (Sp) 3
- SW 4160 Practice III (Sp) 3
- SOC 3120 (QI)** Social Statistics I (F,Sp,Su) 3
- Two elective enrichment courses 6

*Prior to taking SW 3050, students must apply for advanced standing
**C- or better in STAT1040/1045 (Introduction to Statistics), plus 6 credits in Social Work and/or Sociology courses, are prerequisites for this course. SOC 3120 must be completed prior to graduation with a social work degree.

Fourth Year Credits
-  SW 4870 Beginning Field Practicum (F) 6
-  SW 5350 (CI) Social Welfare Policy (F) 3
-  SW 5870 Advanced Field Practicum (Sp) 6

Procedures for BSW Advanced Standing in the Social Work Major 

Advanced Standing Application Form

sample Advanced Standing Essay 1

sample Advanced Standing Essay 2

Social Work Advanced Placement (APT) tests material covered in SW 1010, SW 2100 and SW 2400. There will be no study guides or review sessions. No notes or materials are allowed with the exam.


In order to be considered for advanced standing, students must turn in a completed application form by the first Friday of March of the academic year. Applications can be obtained and submitted through the BSW Commons on Canvas. At the end of spring semester, when the criteria for advanced standing have been met, eligible students will be ranked according to their grade point average, personal statement, performance on the APT, and faculty evaluation. The highest ranking students will be admitted to advanced standing, which will allow them to enroll in upper-division practice courses.

To be considered for advanced standing, students must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Completion of the following courses with a C or better: ANTH 1010 (BSS), BIOL 1010 (BLS), ENGL 1010 (CL1) and ENGL 2010 (CL2), HDFS 1500 (BSS), PSY 1010 (BSS), STAT 1040/1045 (QL, C- or better),
    SOC 1010 (BSS), and SW 2100 and SW 2400.
  2. Completion of SW 1010 with a grade of C+ or better.
  3. Junior status (61-90 credits) upon application.
  4. Maintenance of a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in social work classes.
  5. No Pass-D-Fail grades in courses required for the major.

Students applying for advanced standing will be evaluated on the following:
1. Social Work GPA of 2.75 or higher and minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
2. Personal statement/self-assessment of commitment to and participation in extracurricular and volunteer activities, a discussion of career goals, interests, and aspirations congruent with NASW values and purposes.
3. Quality of written material.
4. A satisfactory score (70% or higher) on the APT.
5. Faculty evaluation of professional use of self in the classroom as indicated by participation and class attendance, and in program-associated activities.

Application Process:

  • Students applying to any Statewide Campus (non-Logan) will submit the application through the BSW Commons, along with the  essay and transcripts.

To be connected to the BSW Commons, contact your local Social Work advisor or an instructor for an introductory Social Work class in which you are enrolled.

Students applying at both a Statewide and the Logan Campus must submit a paper application to Terry Peak and an online application through the BSW commons.

Statewide Application Due Date
First Friday of March
Statewide Campus Exam Day 
Mon. April 27, 2020
The test will be taken in your local testing center. The test will be available during the testing center's regular hours of operation, any time on April 22nd.


  • Brigham City Social Work applicants should contact Prof. CJ Sorenson ( for the details about the Advance Standing application and APT exam.

  • Tooele Social Work applicants should contact Prof. Raini Heap ( for the details about the Advance Standing application and APT exam.

  • Southeast Social Work applicants should contact Prof. Jenifer Evers ( for the details about the Advance Standing application and APT exam.

  • Price Social Work applicants should contact Prof. Jeff Spears ( for the details about the Advance Standing application and APT exam.

  • Blanding Social Work applicants should contact Prof. Charlie Bayles ( for the details about the Advance Standing application and APT exam.

Since Social Work is a professional program whose students should have the capacity to work with vulnerable populations, the program reserves the right to seek additional information, such as references from employers and others. Students should also be aware that if there are any personal data, such as that included on the application for state licensure, which may indicate a potential threat to the public safety and welfare, a student may be denied advanced standing in the program. Students turned down for advanced standing will be assisted in finding a more suitable major or may reapply during the following year.

Leave of Absence: After admission to Advanced Standing, students may request a leave of absence from the Social Work program. They must contact the program and reapply in March of the year preceding the requested reinstatement.

To maintain advanced standing and eligibility for graduation as a Social Work Major, a student (1) must obtain a B- or better in SW 3050, SW 4150, and 4160, (2) must have completed SW 1010 with a C+ or better, (3) must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or better and a minimum 2.75 GPA in the social work major, (4) must receive a grade of C or better in all other courses required for the major, (5) must not repeat more than once any course required for the major, and (6) must not receive a Pass-D-Fail grade for any course required for the major.


During academic and field training, students are required to abide by the Code of Ethics and standards of conduct specified by the NASW Code of Ethics and the Utah State Board of Social Work Examiners. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the Social Work program.
USU Social Work Student Standards of Conduct
USU Student Rights & Responsibilities

The Field Practicum is an integral part of the BSW and represents the culmination of undergraduate social work education. This curriculum prepares students for social work practice in an area of concentration where practice is addressed in great depth, breadth, and specificity. In a dynamic profession like social work it is important that we learn to plan, assess, and document lifelong learning. Senior social work students need to become active, self-directed, and collaborative learners. When this happens it is more likely that students will engage energetically in lifelong learning opportunities following graduation. As a result, the quality and effectiveness of service to clients will be heightened.  Field Practicum Manual

BSW Field Practicum Team

Team Member  Position  Email 
CJ. Sorenson, MSW, LCSW
BSW Distance Education Coordinator
Brigham City Faculty
Vonda Jump, Ph.D
Practicum Coordinator/Liaison
Brigham City Faculty
Raini Heap, MSW, LCSW
Field Practicum Liaison
Tooele Faculty
Jeff Spears, MSW, PhD
Field Practicum Liaison
Price Faculty
Charlie Bayles, MSW, LCSW
Field Practicum Liason
Blanding Faculty
Jenifer Evers, MSW, LCSW
Practicum Coordinator/Liaison
Moab Faculty
Field Practicum Liaison 
Uintah Faculty

Terry Robinson
Academic Advisor

Practicum Courses:
Fall Semester SW 4870: Beginning Field Practicum (6 credits)
Spring Semester SW 5870: Advanced Field Practicum (6 credits)

Field Work. Students will complete a total of 480 credits at their assigned agency. Fall Semester = 240 hours; Spring Semester = 240 hours; Weekly Totals over the 15 week semester = 16 hours. During your placement you are expected to follow all employee expectations. The Agency Practicum Instructor will provide an agency orientation at the beginning of the practicum placement. During the internship teaching/supervision will include a combination of individual conferences, on-the-spot consultations, agency staff meetings, in-service training, and assigned readings.

Integrative Seminar. The Practicum experience is enhanced through professional integrative seminars which ties the field practice experience to the academic program. Students meet regularly in the integrative seminar for the duration of their field placement which is a part of the credit hours for SW 4870 (6) and SW 5870 (6). The seminar facilitates the transition to the professional role as a generalist social work practitioner and promotes the application of social work practice with an emphasis on values, knowledge, skills, and competencies. Students are required to complete competency-based learning contracts and reflective assignments focused on their agency placement. The overall purpose of the integrative seminar is to provide students the opportunity to share experiences, work toward increased competency, prepare for professional employment, and receive additional knowledge that complements and supplements their academic and professional experience. The practicum grade is 60% performance in seminar and 40% performance in agency internship.

Program Supervision. Students will work directly with an assigned social work faculty member who will advise and mentor you in planning to meet your needs and goals of the practicum experience. They will also monitor your experience to make sure all expectations of the program and the agency are met. As a teacher, they assist you with integration of course and field work in the integrative seminar. They will assist you as a mediator in resolving any problems or challenges associated with your practicum experience.

Placements outside the area. Arrangements for placement outside local area of the program will be approved only under exceptional circumstances. Students should have completed all of the course work required for the admission to the field practicum. Students should arrange their schedule to interface with program supervision protocols and complete the integrative seminar. Access to the agency must be in a reasonable location for the field practicum education team to interface accordingly.

Employment-based placement. It is recommended that BSW students avoid full-time employment while in the field practicum which ensures that students have sufficient time and attention to meet the demands and expectations of both the field practicum and any remaining classroom requirements. Only in unusual circumstances, described below, and with the approval of the practicum director, will students working full-time in human service organizations be approved to complete their BSW field placement within the organization in which they are employed.

The following circumstances must be present to consider an employment-based option: evidence that the student would incur incapacitating financial hardship if not allowed an employment-based field placement as well as documentation that sufficient opportunities for new learning experiences are present within the current employment setting. Both student and agency are responsible for meeting the following criteria to gain approval of an employment-based practicum: 1) the employing organization must be able to provide sufficient new learning assignments to meet the required field placement hours, 2) field placement credit is only allowed for work outside of the student’s usual employment work assignments, and 3) the student must receive weekly field instruction from a qualified social worker who is NOT the usual work supervisor. 

A student who desires an employment-related field experience option should approach agency personnel and the practicum director for initial approval/permission to pursue the employment-related option. Upon initial approval, the student then submits the completed Employment Related Plan with appropriate agency signatures. All regular field practicum education policies and requirements still apply including the formal learning agreements and evaluations. The practicum director works closely with agencies and field liaisons to ensure these policies are followed.

The field practicum courses are SW 4870 (Beginning Field Practicum) and SW 5870 (Advanced Field Practicum). Students may register for SW 4870 only after making application with the practicum director. Application must be made during the spring semester of the academic year prior to enrollment in the practicum, and is due by February 20. Application forms are available in Main 239. No applications for the practicum will be accepted from students who will not complete all required coursework by the end of spring semester. Applicants must take the Generalist Practice Test (GPT), on which they must receive a satisfactory (70 percent or higher) score. Students may contact the practicum director, Dr. Diane Calloway-Graham, with questions or concerns (

Eligibility Criteria

  • Senior status (92-120 credits completed) by the end of the spring semester in which the student applies. Only those students who are candidates for the baccalaureate degree in social work may be admitted to the field practicum.

  • Completion of University Studies program (including Depth Education Requirements) and all social work courses, with the exception of SW 5350.

  • A grade of B- or better in SW 3050, 4150, and 4160.

  • A grade of C or better in all courses required for the major and a grade of C+ or better in SW 1010.

  • No Pass-D-Fail grades received in courses required for the major.

  • Demonstration of appropriate professional, moral, and ethical character, and must abide by the National Association of Social Work (NASW) code of ethics.

  • Maintenance of an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 and a 2.75 minimum GPA in the Social Work Major.

  • A satisfactory score (70 percent or higher) on the Generalist Practice Test (GPT).

  • Students are encouraged to tailor their choice of electives toward their practicum choices.

Students should also be aware that if there are any personal data, such as that included on the application for state licensure, which indicates a potential threat to the public safety and welfare, a student may be denied continuation in the program. If a student is denied admission to the practicum, the faculty will review his or her file upon request.

Students entering the practicum cannot ordinarily begin their placement earlier than the start of fall semester. If they do so, this practice falls outside of the Social Work Program's responsibility, and any accrued hours will not count toward the practicum.
Students entering the field practicum are strongly encouraged to join the NASW and be involved in the NASW Student Program Unit.

Background checks. Background checks are required by most agencies. All students need to complete the expected forms in the agency before beginning their internship. During the student interview process it is important to find out all requirements for paperwork including medical testing. Conducting background checks is the responsibility of the agency and the student. If an agency is not able to pay for these additional requirements, then payment is the responsibility of the student.


In reference to licensure in the State of Utah, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) must be licensed as Social Service Workers (SSW) for employment in many social service positions. In order to certify, you must show proof of graduation from a CSWE accredited program, pass the National Basic Social Work exam, and the State of Utah Law and Ethics exam. Students may obtain further information on licensure from:

Department of Commerce
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL)

160 East 300 South
P.O. Box 45802
Salt Lake City, Utah 84145-0802
(801) 530-6628


Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) approves exam candidates on behalf of UT DOPL. ASWB received students' name list from the Social Work Program that shows the students in their last semester of USU’s BSW program. Before students may register for any ASWB exam, students must be approved by the jurisdiction where the students wish to be licensed. If students intend to apply in Utah, students must submit the pre-approval application: After students submit their online pre-approval application to ASWB here: , students will receive an electronic acknowledgment. Depending on the information provided in the student’s application, the student will then either receive an electronic exam approval, or a request for additional information. After the student is approved, the student may then register for the appropriate examination via ASWB’s website or by calling 888-579-3926.

Academic Advisement

All students should contact the department peer/faculty advisors for assistance with course selection, program planning, and meeting graduation requirements.

Please feel free to contact Terry Robinson, the academic advisor 
or C.J. Sorenson, the BSW Statewide Campuses Coordinator

University Studies Requirements for Social Work Major
Degree Works, which can be found through Banner, outlines all general education, depth, and social work program requirements. 
Note: Approved University Studies courses and requirements are listed in the General Catalog. The most current listings are shown online at:

Social Work Major Requirements

Minimum GPA for Admission: Social Work Major 2.75, USU 2.5, Career 2.5.

Additional Matriculation Requirements: 
Students must apply for Advanced Standing in the Social Work major at the end of their sophomore year.
Application requirements include: a C or better (C+ in SW 1010) in all prerequisite social work courses and specific University Studies courses, an essay, and a passing score (70% or higher) on the Advanced Placement Test (APT). At the end of the junior year, social work majors apply for the practicum, which requires a passing score (70% or higher) on the Generalist Practice Test (GPT) and a B- or better in all practice classes.

Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75, major; 2.0, USU; 2.0, Career.

Minimum Grade Accepted: C+ in SW 1010, B- in SW 3050, SW 4150, and SW 4160; C in remaining major courses.

Transfer of Credits: Students who wish to transfer credit from a CSWE-accredited social work program or from a school with which USU has an articulation agreement must submit that transfer credit application to the USU Admissions office. Classes that are 10+ years old cannot ordinarily substitute for a required class. Students cannot substitute life experience/work experience/service for academic credit.

Social Work Major
Students may declare Social Work as their major at any time. All course offerings in social work are open to all social work majors, with the exception of the practice courses (SW 3050, SW 4150, and SW 4160) and the field practicum courses (SW 4870 and SW 5870), which require admission to advanced standing. Social work students are expected to take courses in sequence in order to have the professional foundation knowledge required for each class. Maintenance of a high grade point average is important as students progress through the major and continue on to graduate school.

Social Work Minor

For minor information, please click here.

USU’s Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and consequently meet licensure requirements in all 50 states. States differ in their licensing processes and students are encouraged to become familiar with these processes when pursuing licensure in a particular state. 

USU Social Work Program Contact:
Social Work Program Director Dr. Terry Peak, MSW, Ph.D.
BSW Statewide Campuses Coordinator
Prof. Carl Sorenson, MSW, LCSW
Brigham City Campus BSW Faculty Advisor Prof. Carl Sorenson, MSW, LCSW
Dr. Vonda Jump, Ph.D.
Tooele Campus BSW Faculty Advisors Prof. Raini Heap, MSW, LCSW
Moab Campus BSW Faculty Advisor Prof. Jenifer Evers, MSW, LCSW
Blanding Campus BSW Faculty Advisor Prof. Charlie Bayles, MSW, LCSW
Price Campus BSW Faculty Advisor Prof. Jan Thornton, MSW, LCSW
Dr. Jeff Spears, MSW, Ph.D.
Uintah Basin Campus TBD TBD
Academic Advisor Terry Robinson