Bachelor of Social Work program details

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Bachelor of Social Work

Advancement Requirements

After admitted and before enrolling in SW professional courses (500+ level), students must complete the BSW Advancement Review. Students can begin this online process after being admitted to KU.

For BSW students to advance in the Program and into 500 level coursework they must complete the following:

If all the above criteria are met, students are successfully advanced into 500 level coursework.

Students wanting to begin in the fall have until July 31 - prior to the start of fall courses - to complete required courses and/or provide one (1) letter of recommendation. Should advancement criteria not be met by the deadline, students will be administratively dropped from 500 level Social Work classes.

Additional information about advancement and student standards for the BSW program is available in the BSW Program Handbook.

Students with reference letters noting "Recommended with Reservation" or "Do Not Recommend" may not advance to 500 level coursework until a review is conducted and approved by the BSW Program Director, Director of Field Education, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs. 

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Curriculum and requirements

Degree requirements

  • 20 total hours of course work including 12 hours of field practicum
  • 51 Social Welfare hours including SW 220 or equivalent
  • 37 hours of general education requirements
  • 32 hours of electives
  • A 2.5 minimum grade-point average for all classroom work
  • A 2.5 minimum grade-point average in required social work courses
  • Successful completion of field practicum


Required Courses

37 credit hours


Credit Hr.

KU Code

ENGL 101: Composition


ENGL 101

ENGL 102: Critical Reading and Writing


ENGL 102

COMS 130: Speaker-Audience Communication


COMS 130

MATH 101: College Algebra
or LA&S 108: Personal Numeracy


MATH 101
or LA&S 108

HUM 204: Western Civilization I
or HUM 205: Western Civilization II
or ANTH 160: Varieties of Human Experience


HUM 204
or HUM 205
or ANTH 160

Intercultural requirement (KU Core Goal 4.2)


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ABSC 160: Child Behavior & Development
or PSYC 333: Child Development
or PSYC 250: Human Development


ABSC 160 
or PSYC 333
or PSYC 250

BIOL 100/102: Biology and Lab


BIOL 100/102

ECON 104: Economics
or ECON 142: Microeconomics
or ECON 144: Macroeconomics


ECON 104
or ECON 142
or ECON 144

POLS 110: U.S. Politics


POLS 110

PSYC 104: Psychology


PSYC 104

SOC 104: Sociology


SOC 104

SW 220: Social Work, Social Welfare and U.S. Society


SW 220


51 credit hours

Elective Courses

32 credit hours

You may use your electives to pursue a minor in another field.

Year 1


SW 530 Introduction to Theory for Multi-level Social Work (3)

SW 540 Introduction to Social Work Research (3)

SW 555 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Social Work Practice (3)


SW 510 Introduction to Social Work Practice: Interviewing Skills (1.5)

SW 512 Skills-based Policy/Advocacy (1.5)

SW 534 Introduction to Social Policy & Advocacy (3)

Topics: Choose any (2) Mini Courses:

SW 570 Centering on Decolonization in Social Work (1.5)

SW 572 Substance Use (1.5)

SW 573 Intergenerational & Historical Trauma (1.5)

SW 574 Social Work Across and Among Borders: International Social Work and Social Work with Immigrant Populations (1.5)

Year 2


SW 600 Field Preparation & Seminar (1)

SW 601 Field Practicum (5)

SW 610 Multilevel Engagement and Assessment in Social Work Practice

SW 622 Human Rights and Social, Economic & Environmental Justice (3)

Topics: Choose any two Mini Courses

SW 634 Child Welfare: Protecting Children, Strengthening Families (1.5)

SW 635 Gender & Sexual Diversity (1.5)

SW 637 Criminal Justice System: Abolish or Reform? (1.5)

SW 638 Responding to Suicide and Self-Harm (1.5)


SW 600 Field Preparation & Seminar (1)

SW 601 Field Practicum (5)

SW 612 Multilevel Intervention and Evaluation in Social Work Practice (3)

SW 623 Capstone: Social Work Professional Issues (3)

Topics: Choose any (2) Mini Courses

SW 641 Dismantling White Supremacy (1.5)

SW 642 Financial Capability & Social Work Practice (1.5)

SW 643 Gender-based Violence: What It Is and What Social Workers Can Do to Prevent and Respond to It (1.5)

SW 640 Grant Writing & Program Development (1.5)



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