Social Work, B.S.W.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
PSY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Bison image  Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
BSC 105 Bison image Human Biology4
Core II Humanities3
Core II Fine Arts3
PSY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
SOC 200 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Sociology (CT) (Multicultural or International)3
SWK 475 Bison image Social Work Seminar (Capstone)6
Major-Specific
BSC 105 Bison image Human Biology4
or BSC 227 Human Anatomy
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication3
ECN 250Principles Microeconomics3
PSC 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image State and Local Government3
PSY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
SOC 200 Bison image Introductory Sociology (CT) (MC)3
SWK 203 Bison image Intro To Social Work3
SWK 310 Cap graduation image Human Behav Soc Envir I3
SWK 312 Bison image  Cap graduation image Hum Behav Soc Envir3
SWK 320 Bison image  Cap graduation image Social Work Practice I4
SWK 322 Bison image  Cap graduation image Social Work Practice II4
SWK 330 Cap graduation image Soc Wel Issues in Appalachia3
SWK 332 Bison image  Cap graduation image Soc Wel Policy & Legislation3
SWK 340Social Work Research3
SWK 370Practicum I3
SWK 473 Bison image Practicum II12
SWK 475 Bison image Social Work Seminar (Capstone)6
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective2
Free Elective1

Major Information

  • Students are required to know and track their degree requirements for graduation or for entrance to a professional school.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change semesters. Please consult each semesters schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Students may declare a major in Social Work as early as freshman year. In order to become formally accepted into the program, however, students must complete SWK 203 Intro To Social Work with a grade of C or above and at least 24 hours of general academic requirements with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above. At that time, a student may complete an application and interview for acceptance into the program.
  • It is expected that once a student is accepted into the program, academic requirements and standards will be maintained. Since it is a professional program, continuing progress toward a professional level of performance is required. The B.S.W. degree is reserved for students who have demonstrated that level of competence. In addition to mastering a body of knowledge, a social worker must possess professional attitudes, skills, values and ethics. Academic performance in the B.S.W. program includes classroom performance, class attendance, ethical behavior, communication skills, and psychological well-being sufficient to maintain positive and constructive relationships with clients.

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Four Year Plan

The Bachelor of Social Work is a professional degree allowing the student to enter an exciting and growing field. Social workers practice in a variety of settings including child welfare agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, group homes, mental health centers, foster care agencies, and probation offices. Social workers work with individuals, families, groups, institutions, and communities and continually work to improve social conditions. The mission of the Marshall University Baccalaureate Social Work Program is to prepare students for the beginning level of practice as social work generalists grounded in the core professional values and competencies with an understanding and appreciation of the populations and institutions of Appalachia.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
SWK 203 Bison image  Cap graduation image Intro To Social Work 3
CMM 103 Bison image  Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT) 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BSC 105 Bison image
Human Biology
or Human Anatomy
4
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
SOC 200 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Sociology (CT) (MC) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
PSC 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image State and Local Government 3
PSY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Psychology (CT) 3
Core II Humanities 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ECN 250 Principles Microeconomics 3
Writing Intensive 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
SWK 310 Cap graduation image Human Behav Soc Envir I 3
SWK 320 Bison image  Cap graduation image Social Work Practice I 4
SWK 330 Cap graduation image Soc Wel Issues in Appalachia 3
SWK 340 Social Work Research 3
Writing Intensive 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
SWK 312 Bison image  Cap graduation image Hum Behav Soc Envir 3
SWK 322 Bison image  Cap graduation image Social Work Practice II 4
SWK 332 Bison image  Cap graduation image Soc Wel Policy & Legislation 3
SWK 370 Practicum I 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
First Semester
SWK 473 Bison image Practicum II 12
Free Elective 2
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
SWK 475 Bison image Social Work Seminar (Capstone) 6
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120