The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
Notice to Prospective Majors
The BA in Social Work is the beginning professional degree. Therefore, it is important that you complete the liberal arts base, the Social Work Core listed below, and regularly meet with your major advisor. You are ready to begin the Professional Sequence if you have:
1. Achieved junior class standing, including transfer students with 56 transferable semester units;
2. Completed or have in progress 30 of the 39 lower-division General Education units and the specific prerequisites;
3. Completed the following courses at CSU Chico or their articulated equivalents (see "Social Work Core" for course titles)
BIOL 104 (or a human biology course)
ECON 101, ECON 102, or ECON 103
4. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
5. If you have passed the above requirements with a C- or better, you will receive a copy of the Professional Sequence Questionnaire in the first part of October. Complete and return it to the school office by the end of October.
It is also recommended that you have completed or have in progress the 6 units of U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement.
Transfer students who plan to take prerequisites at other educational institutions must consult the BA Director to assure you are enrolled in articulated equivalents to the prerequisite courses on the Chico campus. The BA Director is responsible for evaluating the transferability of all social work prerequisites not listed on the articulation agreements between CSU, Chico and other units of the California State University, the University of California, and the California Community Colleges system. Please refer to the BSW Student Handbook for more information located at http://www.assist.org.
We are committed to your success. Please help us to support your achievements by maintaining frequent contact with your instructors and your Social Work advisor, asking for help and/or information when you need it, and by creating a community of mutual respect and collaboration with your student colleagues and faculty.
Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units
See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.
A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information at http://em.csuchico.edu/aap/ProgramSearch.
General Education Requirements: 48 units
See "General Education Requirements" in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.
The 9-unit Upper Division Theme, included within the 48-unit GE requirement, may not be taken until you have completed 45 semester units. Complete all nine units within one theme.
Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units
See "Diversity Requirement" in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.
U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals: 6 units
See "U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements". This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155 or approved equivalents. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.
This requirement must be completed prior to entering the senior year sequence in the major.
See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.
SWRK 435 and SWRK 445 are the WP courses in this major.
Course Requirements for the Major: 62 units
Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.
Note: A maximum of 15 units of internship (courses numbered 189, 289, 389, 489) may be applied to a bachelor's degree at CSU, Chico.
Social Work Core: 25 units
The following courses must be completed before taking any courses from the professional sequence in the spring semester of the junior year (Semester I).
1 course required:
|BIOL||104||Human Physiology||4.0||FS *|
OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)
A human biology course.
1 course selected from:
|ECON||101||Introduction to Economics||3.0||FS *|
|ECON||102||Principles of Macroeconomic Analysis||3.0||FS *|
|ECON||103||Principles of Microeconomic Analysis||3.0||FS *|
6 courses required:
|PSYC||101||Principles of Psychology||3.0||FS *|
|SOCI||100||Introduction to Sociology||3.0||FS *|
|SWRK||170||Social Welfare Institutions: A Response to Power and Scarcity||3.0||FS *|
|SWRK||200||Multicultural Awareness for Human Services||3.0||FS USD|
|SWRK||302||Human Behavior Across the Lifespan||3.0||FS *|
Note: It is recommended that students enroll in SWRK 170, SWRK 200, and SWRK 302 (or at least SWRK 200 and SWRK 302) in the same semester, both for educational reasons and to meet the other students who will go through the Professional Sequence with them.
Professional Sequence: 37 units
The completion of the Social Work Core is a prerequisite for enrolling in the Professional Sequence.
Credit for life experience or prior work experience in lieu of course work or the social work practicums is not permitted. Please refer to the BSW Student Handbook for more information regarding the school's transfer of credit and proficiency exam policies. All social work courses required in the Professional Sequence are restricted to social work majors.
In the event you drop, do not receive at least a grade of C-, or take an incomplete in a required course, including the Social Work Core, you may be ineligible to progress in the major. Contact the BA Director immediately to develop an academic contract.
All courses must be taken in the sequence outlined.
Semester I (Spring): 13 units
4 courses required:
|SWRK||303||Human Behavior and the Social Environment||3.0||SP|
|SWRK||305||Socialization into the Social Work Profession||3.0||SP|
|SWRK||325||Basic Skills in Social Work Practice||3.0||SP|
|SWRK||330||Social Work Research Methods||4.0||SP|
Semester II (Fall): 12 units
4 courses required:
|SWRK||435||Social Work Methods I||3.0||FA WP|
|SWRK||485||Social Welfare Policy, Programs, and Services||3.0||FA|
|SWRK||489A||Social Work Practicum I||5.0||FA|
|SWRK||490A||Seminar for Practicum I||1.0||FA|
Semester III (Spring): 9 units
3 courses required:
|SWRK||445||Social Work Methods II||3.0||SP WP|
|SWRK||489B||Social Work Practicum II||5.0||SP|
|SWRK||490B||Seminar for Practicum II||1.0||SP|
Elective: 3 units
Select three units of social work elective in consultation with your major advisor. The elective may be taken during the semester of your choice.
Professional Standards and Disqualification
The social work degree signifies readiness to begin professional work in positions requiring trust and high ethical standards. You are expected to meet the ethical and professional standards set by the profession and the practicum agencies. Should it be determined you do not meet such standards, you can be dropped from the practicum and all corequisite social work courses and, thus, be prevented from completing the social work major.
The professional standards include the following
1. honoring the NASW Code of Ethics of the social work profession;
2. being found acceptable and receiving at least a minimum satisfactory evaluation by practicum agencies;
3. passing performance in SWRK 305, SWRK 489A, SWRK 489B, SWRK 490A, and SWRK 490B;
4. avoiding behavior that suggests potential harm to clients, colleagues, or themselves.
Please refer to the BSW Student Handbook for more complete information regarding these standards.
Federal Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program
The undergraduate social work program is a participant in the Federal Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program. The program provides stipends to students who commit to a minimum of two years of postbaccalaureate employment in public child welfare. Interested students should contact the BA Director and the Title IV-E Coordinator in the School of Social Work.
To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.
All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.
By policy, students receiving less than a grade of C- in the Social Work Core and Professional Sequence may not progress in the program. You may petition the BA Director to review the application of the policy in your situation if serious and compelling conditions contributed to the poor grade. Progression in the Professional Sequence also depends on maintaining a cumulative and CSU, Chico grade point average of 2.0 and completing all prior and current required classes.
Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.
Honors in the Major
Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.
The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.
Some common features of Honors in the Major program are
1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.
While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.