How to Apply for Admission (Pre-Major status)

  1. Access the online application via the UAOnline System.
  2. Choose your degree type as "Baccalaureate Degree (Four-Year)."
  3. Choose your major as "Social Work*."
  4. Pay with Visa or MasterCard for online applications. (To pay by check, use a paper application and mail to Enrollment Management.)
  5. Print the confirmation page at the end of the online application for your records.

Completion of the on-line application will expedite your admission process; however, paper applications are also available.  Please do not submit more than one application unless you are requesting more than one degree (the fee is non-refundable). Detailed instructions on how to apply online are available.

Note*: When students declare social work as their major they are assigned to the current catalog year. Declaration of social work as a major does not guarantee admission to the Social Work program. Students must apply for admission to the Social Work program during the fall semester of their junior year. Full admission to the Social Work Program is based upon the requirements listed below.

Social Work credits earned through other CSWE accredited social work programs may be transferred to UAA and applied toward the Bachelor of Social Work degree. Approval from the UAA School of Social Work is required for acceptance of Social Work transfer credits

Applying for Admission to Full Major


Note*: Only students eligible to receive state licensure will be admitted to the BSW degree program. Please contact the School of Social Work for further information.

Students must submit the following application materials to the School of Social Work by the last Friday in October prior to intended entry into field work (materials are provided by the School of Social Work):

  1. The School of Social Work Application for Admission to the BSW degree and Practicum for Fall enrollment.
  2. Admissions statement.
  3. Social Work faculty advisor's approval to apply.
  4. A Student Practicum Interest sheet.
  5. A Change of Major Form indicating change of status from pre-major to full major.

Students participate in an interview with the faculty and community members to assess the student's readiness to enter the Social Work Program and participate in practicum. Admission to the BSW program is based on:
  1. Successful completion of the application materials listed above and the course requirements listed below.
  2. Beginning competence in client-centered communications skills as demonstrated in SWK 330
  3. Professional judgment of Social Work Faculty.

The Admission Committee reserves the right to request additional information if necessary.

*The School of Social Work will notify applicants of their admission status by December 15th.

Course Requirements for Full Admission

To apply for full admission to the Social Work Program, students must have completed the following requirements with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher prior to entering practicum.


General Education Requirements


Oral Communication

Choose One: COMM A111, A235, A237, or A241

3 Credits
Written Communication
  • ENGL A111
  • and choose one: ENGL A211, A212, A213, A214, A311, A312, A414
6 Credits
Quantitative Skills
  • Choose One: MATH A107, A108, A109, A172, or STAT A252
*Note: STAT A252 is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue MSW
3 Credits
Humanities3 Credits
Fine Arts
3 Credits
Social Sciences
  • SOC A101 and PSY A150
*Note: SOC A101 and PSY A150 are required for the BSW degree
6 Credits
Natural Sciences (two courses and a lab)
  • Choose one: BIOL A102, A111, A112, A115 or A116
  • View the current GER list to select a second Natural Science course
  • Lab for either science course selected


7 Credits
TOTAL34 Credits


Liberal Arts Foundations Courses


Choose one of each:

ANTH A200 or A202
3 Credits
BA A151, ECON A201, or ECON A202
3 Credits
ENGL A120, PHIL A101, A201, A301, or A421
3 Credits
TOTAL9 Credits


Social Work (SWK) Course Requirements


SWK A106: Introduction to Social Welfare
3 Credits
SWK A206: Introduction to Social Work
3 Credits
SWK A243: Cultural Diversity & community Service Learning
3 Credits
SWK A330: Social Work Practice I
4 Credits
SWK A331: Social Work Practice II: Organizations & Communities
3 Credits
SWK A342: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
3 Credits
SWK A424: Soical Work Research
3 Credits
SWK A481: Case Management in Social Work Practice
3 Credits
TOTAL25 Credits


BSW Field Education Information


BSW Field Education


Field Practicum placements may become competitive if the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces. The program and agencies also reserve the right to refuse and/or terminate students who do not meet a minimum standard of performance. Thus, while the School of Social Work makes every effort to find appropriate field placements for students, admittance to the BSW program does not guarantee acceptance by cooperating social services agencies.

Note*:The BSW program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

More about Field Education


Graduation Requirements


Important Requirement Information



All upper division courses with a Social Work subject code (SWK) must be completed within seven (7) years prior to graduation.


Students in the Social Work program must earn a grade of C or better in the required liberal arts and the required social work courses. Adherence to the Code of Ethics established by the National Association of Social Workers is required.

*Deadlines to apply for Graduation and instructions can be found here.


Course Requirements for Graduation


1. General Education Requirements
You can view the details of these requirements in the Admissions Requirements section of this site.
34 Credits
2. Liberal Arts Foundation Courses
You can view the details of these requirements in the Admissions Requirements sections of this site.
9 Credits
3. Core Courses for Major
SWK/HUMS 106: Introduction to Social Welfare

SWK 206: Introduction to Social Work

SWK A243: Cultural Diversity & Community Service Learning

SWK A330: Social Work Practice I

SWK A331: Social Work Practice II

SWK A342: Human Behavior in the Social Enviroment

SWK A406: Social Welfare: Policies & Issues

SWK A424: Social Work Research

SWK A430: Social Work Practice III: Groups & Families

SWK A431: Social Work Practice IV: Integrative Capstone

SWK A481: Case Management in Social Work Practice

SWK A495A: Social Work Practicum I

SWK A495B: Social Work Practicum II

Upper Division Social Work Electives (9 credits)
55 Credits
4. General Electives
Note: It is recommended that students take one or two 3-credit electives each semester to bring total credits to 120
at least 22 Credits
TotalA total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 must be upper-division
120 Credits


Departmental Honors in Social Work


Departmental Honors Information


The Bachelor of Social Work Program recognizes exceptional performance by conferring Departmental Honors in Social Work. The award is noted on the student's permanent transcript.

In order to receive Honors in Social Work, a student must meet each of the following requirements:

  1. Complete all requirements for the BSW degree. A minimum of 30 credits applicable to the BSW degree must be completed at UAA.
  2. Have a GPA of 3.75 or higher in upper division (300- and 400-level) social work courses.
  3. Completion of:
    • SWK A363 Great Books in Social Work
    •  SWK A463 Social Work Senior Honors Research Project
  4.  One course in applied statistics, with a grade of C or better.
  5. Notify the BSW Program Coordinator in writing, on or before the date of submitting the Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar, of the intent to graduate with Departmental Honors. 

*Note to BSW students that are interested in the MSW program:

Successful completion of Departmental Honors in Social Work in the UAA BSW Program earns the right to waive a regular review of an admission packet to the foundation curriculum of the Master of Social Work Program. Students are responsible for completing a UAA Graduate Application for Admission and a program application for admission to the MSW Program. The application packet should be submitted to the MSW Admissions Committee by the application deadline, January 15th, with request to waive the regular review process. Admission to the full program will be granted if the applicant meets all of the requirements for departmental honors. Students interested in waiving the foundation curriculum must apply for advanced standing with a full review.

If you have further questions or would like to explore the option to obtain Departmental Honors in Social Work please contact our office at 907-786-6900