Bachelor’s in Social Work – West Virginia State University

The mission of the Social Work Program is to prepare students for the beginning level of professional practice as social work generalists in a wide range of settings with diverse populations, and with a special sense and appreciation for the peoples and institutions of West Virginia.

Our undergraduate Social Work program has a long tradition of preparing students for beginning generalist practice in a unique and culturally diverse learning environment. The program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1975 and has graduated over 600 students serving in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, aging, healthcare, youth services, corrections, disabilities, schools, and social justice settings. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at other universities throughout the country.

If you enjoy working with people and are looking for a profession that is interesting and fulfilling, you should consider Social Work as your career choice.

The student is formally admitted into the program upon meeting the following requirements:

  • Upon completion of 45 hours of college credit, submit a completed application packet* to the Program Director.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and values of the social work profession by earning a grade of “C or better in SW 131: Introduction to Social Work.

  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal qualities, aptitude, and temperament by earning a satisfactory rating in the field experience component of the Introduction to Social Work course..

  • Demonstrate general academic proficiency by earning a GPA of 2.0 or better, computed overall.

  • Demonstrate an aptitude for social work knowledge by earning a grade of “C” or better in all Social Work courses undertaken.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in effective writing skills with a grade of “C” or better in English 101 and 102.

*(Students may obtain the application packet from their Social Work faculty advisor or from the Departmental Office, Room 928, Wallace Hall.)

The Curriculum

Our course* of study includes the following requirements:

  • 48 hours of required social work courses

  • 16 hours of courses serving as foundation to social work studies.

  • 9 hours of special topics studies related to social work

  • 51 hours of general education studies.

  • 20 field hours completed in SWK 131 (Intro.)

  • 480 field hours completed over 2 semesters in SWK 404 and 406

A total of 120 hours is required for graduation with an overall GPA of not less than 2.3.

(* For more information refer to the West Virginia State University College Catalog or contact the Social Work department office.)


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