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Academic Program Guide

Social Work

College: Social Work
Degree: BSW (BS)
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Carol Edwards
Address: C2412 University Center, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-5713

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available at BOTH the main campus in Tallahassee, FL and the Panama City, FL campus. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance the quality of life for people in a wide variety of circumstances. The majority of social workers work directly with individuals, groups, and families, providing counseling services and case management. Social workers can also serve as advocates, community organizers, social planners, and policymakers in helping to bring about social change and social justice. Career options include the field of family services, mental health care, child welfare, aging, health care, women’s services, chemical dependency, corrections, community organizing, advocacy, and social policy.

The undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare students for beginning professional practice and for graduate study in social work and other helping professions. Social work is also an excellent major for students interested in becoming a therapist, working for social justice or going to law school. The undergraduate social work program includes human behavior, interviewing skills, assessment, social policy, research, and group work.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (15 hours)
Prerequisite courses may also apply toward meeting General Education requirements. Students must complete one course in each of the following groups of courses with a grade of B minus or higher in two attempts or fewer.

POS X041 (3) American National Government (preferred) or PUP X002 (3)
BSC X005 (3) General Biology for non-majors (preferred) or BSC X010 (3) or BSC X085 (3) or PSB 2000 (3) or BSCX020 (3)
ECO X000 (3) Introduction to Economics or ECO X023 or ECO X013 (3)
PSY X012 (3) General Psychology (preferred) or SOP 3004 (3)
SYG X000 (3) Introductory Sociology or SYG X010 or SYO 3100 (3)

If you have any questions about prerequisite courses, please contact the BSW Office, 850.644.5713

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major
This is a limited access major. The following requirements apply to students entering FSU Spring 2013 and after:
1) an application, an updated resume, and a personal statement,
2) an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher,
3) at least 60 credits earned by the time of entry into the program to include all FSU General Education requirements or an AA degree from a Florida public college, and
4) all five of the common prerequisite courses with a B minus or higher in no more than 2 attempts.

Prospective students will find the BSW application online at:

Applications are considered on a rolling admission basis with the following deadlines: Fall Term-June 1 and Spring Term-November 1.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (50 hours)
In order to graduate, students must have a 3.0 GPA in all social work courses and successfully complete Field Instruction.

SOW 3203 (3) The Social Work Profession*
SOW 3350 (3) Interviewing and Documentation
SOW 4104 (3) Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SOW 4232 (3) Social Welfare Policy and Programs**
SOW 4323 (3) Social Work Practice with Groups
SOW 4341 (3) Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SOW 4360 (3) Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations***
SOW 4403 (3) Introduction to Social Work Research
SOW 4414 (3) Statistics for Social Workers
SOW 4620 (3) Diversity and Social Justice****
SOW 4XXX (3) Social Work Elective
SOW 4XXX (3) Social Work Elective
SOW 4522 (2) Integrative Field Seminar*****
SOW 4510 (12) Undergraduate Field Instruction

*satisfies the Formative Experience (FE) requirement

**satisfies the Upper-Division Writing competency requirement

***satisfies the Formative Experience (FE) requirement

****satisfies the Diversity requirement

*****satisfies the Scholarship in Practice (SIP) requirement

Digital Literacy:(3 hours)
CGS 2060, CGS 2100, or other University-approved course.

Oral Communication Competency:(0 beyond major coursework)
Met by SOW 3350 Interviewing and Documentation

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Courses 15*
Major Coursework 50
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Competency 0 beyond major coursework
Electives to bring total credits to 120

*NOTE: The General Education requirements must be completed prior to admission into the Social Work program. Students may use required prerequisite/cognate courses to satisfy up to 12 hours of General Education requirements.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Bachelor's degree- Counselor, Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Youth Services Worker, Criminal Justice Worker, Child Welfare Worker, Social Justice Advocate, Family Violence Specialist, Geriatric Case Manager, Substance Abuse Counselor, Community Organizer, Policy Analyst, Social Services Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counselor Master's degree- Therapist, Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker

Representative Employers: Mental health centers, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, domestic violence shelters, adolescent programs, psychiatric facilities, children’s agencies, correctional facilities, policy agencies and public and private agencies.

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