Concentrations: None

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

NOTE: The word "AND" between VCCS course numbers indicate JMU credit will be awarded for the completion of the VCCS sequence.

JMU Course: MATH 220, Elementary Statistics

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 217

JMU Course: SOCI 101, Introductory Sociology or SOCI 001 (see note)

  • VCCS equivalents: SOC 200 or 201 or 268
  • RBC equivalents: SOC 201
  • NOTE: SOC 268 transfers as SOCI 001 and will count as one of the prerequisites for SOWK 320.

JMU Course: PSYC 101, General Psychology

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 200 or PSY 201 and 202
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 201 and 202

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250

JMU Course: POSC 225, U.S. Government or POSC 302, State and Local Government

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 130 or PLS 135 or PLS 211 or PLS 136
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 201 or 299
  • NOTE: A prerequisite for SOWK 335

JMU Course: ANTH 195, Cultural Anthropology or SOCI 000 (see note)

  • VCCS equivalents: SOC 210 or 211 or SOC 266
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: SOC 266 transfers as SOCI 000 and will count as one of the prerequisites for SOWK 320.

JMU Course: PSYC 335, Abnormal Psychology (see note)

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 215
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Recommended but not required.

JMU Course: BIO 103, Contemporary Biology or BIO 140, Foundations of Biology I

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 101 or BIO 106
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 101, 101L
  • NOTE: Students intending to pursue a Master's of Social Work degree should take a general biology course.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. Unconditional admission to the major is given to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, no single grade lower than a C in SOWK 287 and 288 (complete at JMU; no equivalents in the VCCS), and completion of the 20 hours of community service required in SOWK 287.
2. The Department of Social Work has an articulation agreement with BRCC's Human Services program. 
3. Community service (20 hours) must be completed while enrolled in SOWK 287. Beyond that, students will be expected to complete an additional 50 hours of service for the major. Service completed before transferring to JMU will not be counted, however commitment to and consistency of service reflects well on the student so it is still valuable.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Social Work   
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Social Work   
Advising guides by community college

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