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Social Work (BSW)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Fall 2008 - Summer 2009 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Major: SW

Degree: BSW

Unit: Kent School of Social Work (KE)

General Education

Type Hours
General Education 34
Minimum Total 34

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program; see the General Education requirements and the courses that fulfill them. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Competency Area

Type Hours
Diversity 6
If this competency area is not covered as part of the General Education requirements, 6 additional hours will be needed to fulfill the UofL competency area requirement.
Suggested courses:  COMM 275, HUM 152, PAS 200 or SOC 210

Supporting Courses

Type Hours
BIOL 260*, HPES 202* or PSYCH 344 3
MATH 109*, PSYC 301*, SOC 301* or JA 326* 3
PSYC 201* 3
SOC 201*, 202*, 203* 3
Total 12
* Or equivalent as approved/decided by the unit


Type Hours
Minimum elective credit in social, behavioral natural science, or a foreign language 9
(If competency area requirement (Diversity) is met within the General Education requirement, a total of 15 elective hours will be needed to meet the total minimum hours needed for the degree).
Total 9


Type Hours
Total Pre-Professional Curriculum           60-61


Professional Curriculum

Type Hours

 Junior Year


 Fall Semester

SW 201 - Introduction to Social Work 4
SW 302 - Social Welfare Institutions, Policies & Services 3
SW 303 - Generalist Practice I 3
SW 301 - Human Behavior & the Social Environment 3
Total 16
Type Hours

 Spring Semester

SW 322 - Issues in Policy and Service Delivery 3
SW 304 - Generalist Practice II 3
SW 319 - Human Behavior & the Social Environment       3
Total 15
Total Junior Year  31 


Type Hours

 Senior Year


 Fall Semester

SW 405 - General Practice III 3
SW 470 - Practicum I 6
SW 472 - Practicum Seminar and Lab I                             3
Total 15


Type Hours

 Spring Semester

SW 406 - Generalist Practice IV 3
SW 471 - Practicum II 6
SW 473 - Practicum Seminar and Lab II 3
SW 426 - Introduction to Social Work Research 
Total 15
Total Senior Year  30 
Total Professional Requirements  61 
Total BSW degree  121-122 
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