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2024-25 Catalog 
2024-25 Catalog

Social Work (BA)

Social Work Major Bachelor’s Degree (BS or BA)

  • Program Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the program (see Admissions Requirements described later in this section).
  • Minor: The Social Work Major requires either: (a) the completion of a minor; or (b) a minor alternative. Minor requirements are found in the University catalog under the specific programs that offer them. As an alternative to a minor, a Social Work Major may choose to complete 18 credits (generally the equivalent of six courses) from a set of approved elective enrichment courses listed below.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses toward and included in this major (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable). In addition, an overall GPA for these courses of 2.5 must be maintained. Also refer to the general grade requirements Degree Requirements . Students not meeting the minimum grade requirements for an individual Social Work course may repeat that course one (1) time before being dropped from the Social Work program. In the rare event a student is unable to complete SW 4860  and SW 4861  in the field agency they are originally placed, at the discretion of the field placement advisor, the student may request a new placement one (1) time only. Students at any time failing to meet the overall GPA of 2.5 will be given a probationary semester to raise their GPA to the minimum standard. Failure to comply with this policy will result in being dropped from the Social Work program.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; a minimum of 41 of these is required within the major not counting the prerequisite courses totaling 18 semester hours. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required for graduation from Weber State University (courses numbered 3000 and above).
  • Program Code:  7017BA, 7017BS
  • CIPC: 440701


Students accepted into the program are assigned to a faculty advisor for academic and professional advising. The faculty advisor assists students with course scheduling, academic counseling, and professional self-assessment. Students are required to see their faculty advisor at least one time per semester prior to registration. Call the Social Work/Gerontology office number, 801-626-6157, or the Department Chair, 801-626-6156, for more information or to schedule an appointment.  (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)

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Admission Requirements

Declare a program of study (see Enrollment Services and Information ). Satisfactory completion of the following is required prior to formal acceptance into the program:

  1. WSU Writing Competency (Composition)*
  2. WSU Information Literacy*
  3. 60-63 semester graduation hours (or equivalent) including the prerequisite courses listed below for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Human Development, and Social Work prerequisites. These courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and with a total GPA of 2.5 or better.
  4. Students agree to abide by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.


* Refer to General Requirements on Degree Requirements  

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
  • Apply critical thinking to inform & communicate professional judgements
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-infomed research
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
  • Engage in policy practice to adance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

Courses Required Prior to Formal Acceptance to the Social Work Program

Human Development Prerequisite (3 credit hours)


Any transfer course in this area must contain only human biology content, courses with animal or plant content are not acceptable


ZOOL 1020  should be taken prior to or concurrently with SW 2100 

Formal Admission to the Social Work Program

Formal applications for admission to the program will be considered during the semester the student is in the process of completing final prerequisites or anytime thereafter. Applications may be downloaded from the Department’s website or obtained at the Social Work office (Lindquist Hall, Room 330). The Admissions and Retention Committee will consider all applications and make one of the following recommendations:

  1. Full admission to the program;
  2. Admission to the program with contingencies;
  3. Denial of admission to the program.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for either Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts requirements. See specific requirements for the BA and BS under the major course requirements. The following courses for the Social Work prerequisite requirements will also fulfill general education requirements: SW 1010 SS CEL - Introduction to Generalist Social Work ; ANTH 1000 SS/CC - Introduction to Anthropology ; PSY 1010 SS - Introductory Psychology ; SOC 1010 SS/CC - Introduction to Sociology ; and ZOOL 1020 LS - Human Biology .

Major Course Requirements for BS or BA Degree

The following should be taken after completing the above prerequisites.

Required Social Work Core Courses (38 credit hours)

Courses Required to fulfill the BA

The following must be taken to qualify for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Social Work

  • 12 semester credits in any foreign language


  • 6 semester credits in any foreign language




Courses taken to meet BA requirements may also be applied to fill general education requirements. SW 3800 Writing in Social Work may NOT be counted by BA candidates as credit toward the 18 credit hours approved as an alternative to a traditional minor.

Courses Approved as an Alternative to a Traditional Minor

As an alternative to a minor, a Social Work Major may choose to complete a minimum of 18 credits (generally the equivalent of six courses) from the following list of elective enrichment courses. Other courses not on this list may be approved to meet this requirement at the discretion of a student’s faculty advisor with the consent of the Social Work faculty. At least six of these credits must be taken in Social Work. No more than six credits may be taken within a single discipline. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor in selecting one of these options. Courses used to meet the minor alternative MUST be pre-approved by a faculty advisor.


*Cross-listed with Gerontology (GERT)




* Cross-listed with Social Work (SW)