Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Social Work (SOK)

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 44.0701

College of Behavioral & Community Sciences


Major Description

The University of South Florida offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree in the School of Social Work, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences. The B.S.W. has been developed in accordance with the guidelines of the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for social work education programs, and in accordance with the recommendations of the National Association of Social Workers. The B.S.W. program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is a limited access program.

The primary objective of the B.S.W. program is the preparation of the graduate for beginning level professional practice as a social work generalist.

    The secondary objectives of the B.S.W. program are to:
  1. Provide for the social work human resources needs of the university service district (the central Florida west coast area), the State of Florida, and the Southeast Region;
  2. Prepare graduates for additional professional training at the graduate level in social work or in related human service professions;
  3. Provide an exposure to social work as a profession and to contemporary issues in the social welfare field.

In preparing the B.S.W. graduate for beginning professional practice, the curriculum provides students with an opportunity to develop a knowledge base and skill base as a "generalist" practitioner. Students will develop an understanding of various methods of intervention and skills in their application to a variety of client systems. For example, intervention methods may take the form of individual and group counseling, resource development, consultation, teaching, advocacy, etc. Client systems may be individuals, families, groups, organizations, or communities. The student will develop an understanding of the dynamics of human behavior in individual, group and organizational contexts and the influences of the socio-cultural environment upon those behaviors. The student will learn about the development of social welfare systems and institutions and the social, economic, and political processes affecting policy development and program implementation. The student will develop an understanding of the utilization of basic social research skills particularly related to the processes of problem-solving, planning, and evaluation.

The student will also become aware of the value base of the profession and engage in a self-examination process as it relates to the development and reflection of ethical and effective professional practice. The B.S.W. program places great emphasis on the development of a professionally responsible graduate in terms of one's obligations to the client system served, the profession itself, the organization in which one works, and to the general public which ultimately provides any profession with legitimacy.

Limited Access - This major has additional admissions requirements as listed in this section.

The Social Work Program is a limited access program that requires a separate application to the School of Social Work. Students are admitted to the undergraduate program only in the Fall and Spring terms and slots are limited.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students intending to transfer to USF may complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

A transfer student must successfully complete the following courses, by earning a "C" or better. A grade of "C-" is not acceptable as a passing grade.

    One course in each of the following cognate areas:
  • POS X041 or POS X042 or PUP X099 American Government
  • BSC X005 or BSC X085 or BSC X010 or PCB X099 Human Biology
  • ECO X000 or ECO X023 Economics
  • PSY X012 or PSY X020 Psychology
  • SYG X000 or SYG X010 Sociology

(Incoming transfer students may refer to "State Mandated Common Prerequisites for Students Transferring from a Florida College System Institution" section for clarification of acceptable transfer courses.)

Total Major Hours: 44 Hours

Major Core Courses - 44 Hours

Social Work Foundation Courses (6 semester hours)
These courses should be taken during the student's first semester of coursework in the major; these are the only courses in the major open to all students.These courses are only open to fully admitted BSW students.
  1. Human Behavior and Social Environment Courses
    • SOW 3101 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
    • SOW 3102 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
    • SOW 4522 Multicultural America in a Global Society
  2. Social Welfare: Policy & Program Course
    • SOW 4233 Social Welfare: Policy & Program
  3. Social Research Course
    • SOW 3401 Research and Statistics for Social Work
  4. Social Work Practice Courses
    • SOW 4341 Multi-Methods of Social Work Practice I: Micro-System Intervention
    • SOW 4343 Multi-Methods of Social Work Practice II: Micro-System Intervention
    • SOW 4930 Variable Topics in Social Work
  5. Field Experience

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