Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major
If you are interested in working in individual or family counseling, medical social services, or with children and their problems, persons who have physical or mental health concerns, the elderly, drug/alcohol users, juvenile or adult corrections, or employees and their problems, the social work major is for you. Social work is a challenging, dynamic profession. Social workers are doers; they apply knowledge and skills in diverse settings.
You will gain knowledge and skills in interviewing, assessment, intervention, advocacy, case management, community outreach, crisis intervention, networking, problem solving, policy analysis, program development, research and more with the goal of improving the quality of life for all. The JMU Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and has a strong reputation for producing graduates who excel when they enter the profession or graduate school.
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the social work major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the department head in Health and Human Services Building, room 2127.
Admission to the Major
Unconditional admission to social work is given to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, no single grade lower than a "C" (2.0) in SOWK 287 and SOWK 288 and completion of the 20 hours of community service-learning required in SOWK 287.
Students who have met the minimum GPA requirements but are weak in areas being reviewed or students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 or "C-" grades in prerequisite courses are admitted conditionally with a contract specifying objectives that must be met.
Declared majors may apply for full admission upon completion of SOWK 287 and SOWK 288.
Submit an application, personal statement and three references. Students are evaluated on the basis of community service and life experiences, academic performance, communication skills, work related skills, ability to work with others, motivation, professional value orientation, and career plans. Applications and other advising documents can be found on the Department of Social Work website.
Once students have been fully admitted to the major, they must also meet requirements for continuation in the major. These requirements are outlined in the Social Work Handbook available at: http://www.jmu.edu/socwork/forms.html.