Majors and More

Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

Students completing requirements for the BSW will be prepared for beginning generalist social work practice in a wide range of organizations such as child welfare agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, schools, and treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children and adults. The program provides undergraduate education and internship experience for working with individuals, small groups (including the family), organizations, and communities. National accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) allows graduates to become full members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and to be eligible to become licensed social workers in states requiring licensing for employment.

General Education


Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy
Shared Skills and Proficiencies
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition
HMXP 102      Human Experience
CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing
    Oral Communication Met in major with SCWK 431 0
    Technology See approved list (pdf - 306 KB)may be met with other requirement 0-3
    Intensive Writing Met in major with SCWK 330 0
    Constitution Requirement See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); may be met with other requirement 0-3
    Physical Activity See approved list; (pdf - 306 KB) 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines*    
Global Perspectives See approved list (pdf - 306 KB)
Historical Perspectives See approved list (pdf - 306 KB)
Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives*
Social Science See approved list (pdf - 306 KB)
Humanities and Arts See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); must include 2 designators
Quantitative Skills and Natural Science* (3 courses)
Quantitative Skills See approved list (pdf - 306 KB)
Natural Science See approved list; (pdf - 306 KB) [Must include a lab science.  If 2 courses taken, must be in 2 different groups:  Life, Physical, Earth.]
Subtotal   38-47
*No more than two courses in the major may count toward requirements in these areas   
Requirements in the Major (C- or better required for all SCWK courses)  


SCWK 200 Introduction to Social Work
SCWK 305 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SCWK 306 Working with Multi-Cultural Populations
SCWK 321 Social Welfare as a Social Institution
SCWK 330 Research Methods for Social Work
SCWK 430 Social Work Intervention I
SCWK 431 Interpersonal Helping Skills in SCWK Practice
SCWK 432 Social Work Intervention II
SCWK 433 Social Work Intervention III
SCWK 443 Social Work Field Instruction
SCWK 463 Social Work Field Seminar
SCWK electives  
General Electives  




A student may apply for status as a social work major at any point. In applying for initial entry into the social work program and recognition as a social work major, the student agrees to abide by the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Code of Ethics. From that point, continued recognition as a social work major requires that the student's behavior comports to the standards of ethical conduct as spelled out in the Code of Ethics.

Prior to starting the social work intervention sequence - SCWK 430, 431, 432, and 433 - students must formally apply for admittance to SCWK 430. In addition to completing all of the prerequisites for SCWK 430, students must also have earned a minimum overall GPA of 2.20 and a 2.40 GPA in all social work courses.

After completing all general education requirements and social work major course requirements through SCWK 433, including passing courses through SCWK 433 with a grade of C- or better and maintaining an overall GPA of 2.20 and a GPA of 2.40 in social work courses, the student is eligible to apply to enroll in the two courses which make up the final semester of field education. For graduation the student must have maintained an overall GPA of 2.20, a GPA of 2.40 in all social work courses.

The student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of SCWK courses in residence at Winthrop University.  Although not specifically required, students are encouraged to take related courses in Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science.

For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.