James Madison University

Curriculum Overview

The minimum requirement for the B.S.W. degree is completion of the General Education requirements, 36 credit hours of core social work courses, one credit hour in inter-professional education, prerequisite courses as specified in course descriptions and elective hours, six of which must be in social work, for a total of 120 credit hours. If a grade of "C" (2.0) or above is not achieved the first time a social work course is taken, the student may repeat the course only once. All social work majors are expected to abide by the NASW Code of Ethics. Additionally, all majors participate in social work student outcome assessment measures.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education courses 1 41
Social Work core courses 43
Social Work electives 6
Electives 30

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Supportive Area Requirements

In addition to the major courses listed below, there are a number of courses which support the social work major and are prerequisite for required courses.  Many of these supportive area courses may also count as General Education requirements.  However, if students have selected other courses for their General Education requirements, they will still need to complete the courses below:

Supportive Area Courses Pre-requisite for: Credit Hours
MATH 220 SOWK 305 3
POSC 225 OR POSC 302 SOWK 335 3 or 4 credits
ANTH 195 (or another cultural diversity course) SOWK 320 3 credits
SOCI 110 (or another basic sociology course) SOWK 320 3 credits
PSYC 101 SOWK 320 3 credits
PSYC 160 SOWK 320 3 credits
PSYC 250 OR SOCI 214 SOWK 320 3 credits

Major Requirements

Core Courses Credit Hours
SOWK 287. Introduction to Social Work 3
SOWK 288. Social Welfare 3
SOWK 305. Social Work Research Methods 3
SOWK 317. Skills for Generalist Social Work 3
SOWK 320. Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3
SOWK 335. Social Policy 3
SOWK 465. Social Work Practice in Mezzo Systems 3
SOWK 466. Social Work Practice in Micro Systems 3
SOWK 467. Social Work Practice in Macro Systems 3
IPE 415. Ethical Decision-Making in Healthcare: An Inter-professional Approach 1
SOWK 481. Social Work Field Practicum I 6
SOWK 482. Social Work Field Practicum II 6
SOWK 494. Senior Seminar in Social Work 3
SOWK Electives: Elective courses are offered on a rotating basis. See course descriptions in catalog. 6



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Our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree prepares students for beginning professional practice, and is the entry-level credential as recognized by the National Association of Social Workers. More >