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Undergraduate (BSW) Advising and Degree Requirements

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

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advising Center - http://chassadvising.usu.edu

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: http://www.usu.edu/generalcatalog/

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.

Second YearCredits
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 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.  

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.


Application site:
  • Logan & Brigham City social work applicants should submit all application material to the Social Work program office on the Logan campus -

Social Work Program (Room OM 239)
Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology (SSWA)
0730 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-0730

Logan Campus Application Due Date
First Friday of March
Logan Campus Exam Day
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Logan Campus Exam Time
9:30 - 11:20 AM
Logan Campus Location (Applicable to Logan students only)
OM 115

  • Brigham City Social Work applicants should contact Prof. CJ Sorenson (carl.sorenson@usu.edu) for the details about the Advance Standing application, review session and test.

  • Tooele Social Work applicants should contact Prof. Sean Camp (seancampmsw@gmail.com) or Raini Heap (raini.heap@usu.edu) for the details about the Advance Standing application, review session and test.

  • Southeast Social Work applicants should contact Prof. Jenifer Evers (jenifer.evers@usu.edu) for the details about the Advance Standing application, review session and test.


In order to be considered for advanced standing, students must turn in a completed application form by March 1 of the academic year. Applications can be obtained in the Social Work Office, Main 239 or online. 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), FCHD 1500 (BSS), PSY 1010 (BSS),
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.

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.

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 takingSW 3050, students must apply for advanced standing
**C- or better in STAT1040 (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

Required Elective Enrichment Courses
Nine credits of electives are needed to graduate with a degree in social work. At least two electives are to be taken in Social Work, and one upper-division elective (3000 or above) can be taken outside of Social Work. Students are encouraged to tailor their electives toward their practicum choices.