Majors & Minors in Social Work


Requirements for the Major in Social Work

Social work is a discipline and a profession. Students may declare social work as a major, but must be admitted to the Social Work Program and subsequently to Field Education to fulfill the degree requirements. Please consult with social work faculty and the Social Work Handbook to learn more about the admission requirements to the Social Work Program. A total of 38 credits of Social Work major courses are required. Students interested in the major will successfully complete the following courses to prepare them for the social work curriculum. These requirements include:

Introductory Courses

Complete the following two courses to qualify for the social work major:

  • SOWK 240: Introduction to Social Work, 3 credits
  • SOWK 273: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 3 credits

Upper Division Clinical Courses

Complete all 9 credits below:

  • SOWK 340: Social Work Practice I: Working with Individuals & Families, 3 credits
  • SOWK 343: Social Work Practice II: Working with Groups, 3 units
  • SOWK 363: Social Work Practice III: Working with Communities & Organizations, 3 credits

Upper Division Social Welfare and Research Courses

Complete all seven credits below:

  • SOWK 310: Approaches to Social Research, 4 credits
  • SOWK 310L: Approaches to Social Research, 0 credits
  • SOWK 364: Social Welfare Policy & Services, 3 credits

Field Placement Courses

Complete all ten credits below:

  • SOWK 312: Field Orientation, 2 credits
  • SOWK 412: Social Work Practicum & Seminar I, 4 credits
  • SOWK 412L: Social Work Practicum & Seminar I Lab, 0 credits
  • SOWK 414: Social Work Practicum & Seminar III, 4 credits
  • SOWK 414L: Social Work Practicum & Seminar III Lab, 0 credits

Elective Courses

Complete all six credits below:

  • SOWK 325: Substance Abuse, Trauma, & Prevention, 3 credits
  • SOWK 386: Serving Children & Families, 3 credits

Related Courses Required Before Taking SOWK 310 Approaches to Social Research

  • SOC 214: Statistics, 3 credits and
  • SOC 214L: Statistics- SPSS, 1 credit


  • PSYC 214: Statistics, 3 credits and
  • PSYC 214L: Statistics- SPSS, 1 credit

Requirements for the Minor in Social Work

To complete the minor in Social Work, a student must complete a total of 15 credits, which include the following: SOWK 240, and 364; and 6 credits selected from SOWK 340, 343, and 363.