Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Work (Option 1: Spanish), BS

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Bachelor Of Science In Social Work

The Social Work Program is a four-year program that offers both theoretical and practical learning experiences designed to prepare graduates for entry-level professional social work practice. Using a generalist’s approach, Social Work majors must be able to utilize a variety of modes of intervention in the framework of a problem-solving practice model. The Social Work Program will enable the graduate to move into one of several employment areas or to continue studies at a graduate school of social work. A student pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work is not expected to take a minor. The major consists of 46 hours in Social Work. The Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Social Work majors must obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all of their social work courses. Grades below a “C” within the major are not accepted for credit toward graduation.

After completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, Composition and Literature I and II, students must take and successfully pass the Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination. Transfer students who completed their English composition requirements at another institution must take the Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination during their first semester of enrollment at the University. The Social Work curriculum consists of the General Education and Institutional Requirement courses, Social Work content courses, and courses from the related social science disciplines. The Social Work content phase of the curriculum consists of those areas of core knowledge that form the foundation of professional preparation. The program places great emphasis on its field instruction practicum courses that provide students with the necessary opportunities to translate theory-based learning into practice. Please refer to the Social Work Student Handbook for Admission Criteria. Exceptions to, or substitutions for, the following major requirements are considered only through a formal process of program/department recommendations. To receive a BS in Social Work, the student must complete 120 semester hours.

Course Requirements (Option 1: Spanish)


*SOWK 301-Human Behavior and the Social Environment and SOWK 201-Social Welfare Policy I must be taken jointly.
**SOWK 400-Social Work Methods I and SOWK 202-Social Welfare Policy II must be taken jointly.
***SOWK 401-Social Work Methods II and SOWK 402-Field Instruction I and SOWK 404-Social and Ethical Issues Seminar must be taken jointly.

****ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 must be completed and passed with a “C” or better before entering SOWK 402-Field Instruction I and Seminary.



General Education Requirements

English Composition (6 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)

Sciences (8 semester hours)

Mathematics (3 semester hours)

Technology (3 semester hours)

Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)

Free General Education Electives (0 semester hours)


Social work majors are required to complete 3 specific courses (9 credit hours) under related requirements.


Sample Program

(Oprtion 1 - Spanish)

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Total: 16

Second Semester

Total: 15

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total: 14

Second Semester

Total: 14

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