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 speak with someone from the BSW program for more information about the major. 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 their major, students are assigned an academic advisor (upon full admission to the program, students will be switched from “Social Work Interest” to “Social Work” by the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center). Advisors will be assigned by the BSW program.
The role of the academic advisor is to help students develop a multiyear academic plan, mentor them in their professional development, and be their liaison during the admissions process. While the academic advisor is the primary contact person within the program, students are encouraged to also meet with faculty as needed as part of their professional development. The program strongly encourages students to meet with their advisor prior to registration each semester.
- Schedule an appointment, if necessary, to discuss social work as a choice of major.
- Declare “Social Work Interest” as a major through the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center.
- Contact the BSW office to receive your advisor assignment and the BSW Student Handbook (PDF).
- Read the BSW Student Handbook in its entirety.
- Meet with your advisor to develop a multiyear academic plan and confirm choice of major.
- Meet with your advisor for academic advising prior to registration each semester.
- Attend advising meeting with a completed plan of proposed courses.
Note: Advisors assist in planning, but students are responsible to come prepared for advising and be knowledgeable regarding university requirements.
For more information on applying to the social work major, view the BSW admission requirements.
- BSW Student Handbook (PDF)
- BSW Application for Admission
- What Does A Social Worker Do? (PDF)
- Field Education Manual (PDF)
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.
Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.