Current Social Work Students

If you are a current social work major, or interested in applying to the BSW program, the resources below can help you navigate the academic process.


Any student interested in social work is encouraged to contact the BSW program for more information about the major—contact us at or (626) 857-2410. Students who wish to major in social work should declare “Social Work Interest” as their intended major as soon as possible through the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center in order to begin academic and professional planning. Upon declaring “Social Work Interest” as a major, students are assigned an academic success coach by the Academic Success Center. Students meet with their assigned coach to create an initial multiyear academic plan. Once admitted to the social work major, a BSW faculty-mentor advisor is assigned by the BSW program for academic and professional advising. While the BSW faculty-mentor advisor is the primary contact person within the program, students are encouraged to utilize all BSW faculty office hours as needed for professional development. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic success coach (as “Social Work Interest”) or BSW faculty-mentor advisor (as “Social Work Major”) prior to registration each semester.

Students later apply to the major (see Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program). Upon full admission to the program, student status is changed from “Social Work Interest” to “Social Work” by the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center. Transfer students may be required to apply to the BSW program immediately upon university acceptance (see Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program).


  1. Contact the BSW program to schedule an appointment, if necessary, to discuss social work as a choice of major.
  2. Declare “Social Work Interest” as a major through the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center.
  3. Contact the BSW office to receive your advisor assignment and the BSW Student Handbook (PDF).
  4. Read the BSW Student Handbook in its entirety.
  5. Meet with assigned academic success coach to develop a multiyear academic plan and confirm choice of major.
  6. Meet with your academic success coach and/or BSW faculty-mentor advisor for academic advising prior to registration each semester.

Note: Advisors assist in planning, but students are responsible for coming prepared for advising and being knowledgeable regarding university requirements.

For more information on applying to the social work major, view the BSW admission requirements.

Student Resources

View additional Department of Social Work resources.

Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies Report:

All Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of CSWE. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training.

Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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