Feb 22, 2024
Social Work BSW Degree Requirements (120 hours)
Social Work BSW Semester Guide
Availability: Hattiesburg Campus and Gulf Park Campus
- See University Admission Policies
- The social work degree program is academically rigorous and requires students to possess certain competencies prior to enrolling in the first block of SWK courses. These core competencies include a basic knowledge of the social and psychological domains of the human person as well as the ability to communicate effectively. Therefore, though the first block of SWK courses is open to all USM students, students must meet the following requirements before enrolling in SWK 300, SWK 301, SWK 301L, and SWK 315.
- Earn a minimum grade of C in ENG 101, ENG 102, PSY 110, and University SI course.
- Hold sophomore standing at the time of enrollment.
- Have a minimum cumulative USM GPA of 2.50 (excluding remedial courses, if applicable). New transfer students, with no USM GPA but who meet the remaining requirements, must consult with a SWK faculty advisor for enrollment.
Program Academic Policies and Requirements:
To be eligible to advance in the social work program and remain in good standing, students must meet the following requirements:
- Complete the first block of courses (SWK 300, SWK 301, SWK 301L, and SWK 315)
- Earn a minimum grade of C in all required courses (all GEC and DEG courses).
- Maintain a minimum cumulative USM GPA of 2.50 (excluding remedial courses, if applicable).
- Be a declared SWK major with at least Junior standing.
- Adhere to the standards of conduct specified in the Social Work Code of Ethics and the Professional and Technical Standards document.
- Adhere to the advisement plan and course sequencing requirements prescribed by the School of Social Work.
- Complete all coursework, including minimum letter grade and cumulative GPA requirements, prior to enrolling in senior Capstone and field practicum.
- Social Work students may repeat no more than two SWK courses, one time each.
- Students who fail to meet program progression standards will be placed on program probation for one semester and may not be eligible to enroll in subsequent SWK courses. Students who fail to meet program standards while on probation may be dismissed from the School of Social Work.
Licensure: This program is designed to meet the professional competency standards for licensure in Mississippi. Students who intend to seek licensure in another state should verify that their program of study meets the desired state’s licensure requirements. For assistance with out-of-state licensure questions, please refer to the Professional Licensure Disclosures webpage.