Social Work- Bachelor of Science in Social Work
This Social Work major has a foundation in the liberal arts. The goal is to prepare students for generalist baccalaureate-level social work practice by integrating the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession. Students are provided a professional foundation in social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, populations-at-risk, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice skills, social work research, and a field experience in an agency setting.
The curriculum prepares students to work with persons across the lifespan facing a diversity of issues and in a wide range of settings including nonprofits, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to take the national license exam through the Association of Social Work Boards and to apply for licensure in their state. This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The Social Work Methods courses FSW 306 (Fall) and FSW 406 (Spring) are taken in the junior year and must be completed prior to starting the field experience during senior year.
Special Program Admission Requirements
Students must apply for and be accepted into the BSW program at Miami University. Prospective social work majors must complete an online application (available on the BSW website) and meet the criteria as identified below. Incoming students who have previously declared a social work major must also apply for acceptance into the social work program beginning fall semester 2018.
- Completion of FSW 201 & FSW 206 with a grade of “C” or better.
- Current or transfer students seeking admission to the BSW program, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
Complete an online application (available on the BSW website) by March 31 annually. Transfer students are required to complete this application by July 31 the fall prior to beginning social work courses.
Accepted students will receive written notification. Upon acceptance to the social work major, students must also complete the following steps:
- Read the Undergratuate Social Work Student Handbook provided to all new majors.
- Submit the signed acknowledgement form indicating acceptance of the policies in the student handbook.
- Meet with the Program Director or assigned academic advisor, preferably within a month of acceptance.
- Attend one of the Undergraduate Social Work student orientation sessions that are typically held at the start of Fall and Spring terms.
NOTE: The following courses must be taken on the Oxford campus prior to being assigned to the Field Experience.
- FSW 306 (offered fall semester only) and
- FSW 406 (offered spring semester only)
|Required Core Courses|
|FSW 201||Introduction to Social Work||3|
|FSW 206||Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups||4|
|FSW 261||Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle||3|
|FSW 295||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
|FSW 306||Social Work Practice I||4|
|FSW 309||Social Welfare Policy II||3|
|FSW 312||Human Behavior in the Social Environment||3|
|FSW 406||Social Work Practice II||4|
|FSW 411||Senior Field Experience I||6|
|FSW 412||Senior Seminar in Social Work I||2|
|FSW 413||Senior Seminar in Social Work II||2|
|FSW 414||Senior Field Experience II||6|
|Required Related Hours|
|BIO 161||Principles of Human Physiology||4|
|or BIO 171||Human Anatomy and Physiology|
|ECO 131||Economic Perspectives on Inequality in America||3|
|or ECO 201||Principles of Microeconomics|
|or ECO 202||Principles of Macroeconomics|
& PSY 112
|Introduction to Psychology|
and Foundational Experiences in Psychology
|or EDP 101||Psychology Of The Learner|
|SOC 151||Social Relations||3-4|
|or SOC 153||Sociology in a Global Context|
|or ISA 205||Business Statistics|
|or STA 301||Applied Statistics|
|Select four of the following:||12|
|Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12|
or PSY 231
|Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging|
or PSY 334
|Adulthood and Aging|
|Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-25|
|Advanced Social Psychology|
|Psychology of Gender|
|Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities|
|Total Credit Hours||72-74|
Social Work Senior Field Experience (OPEN TO SOCIAL WORK MAJORS ONLY)
The Social Work Methods courses, FSW 306 (Fall) and FSW 406 (Spring) must be completed in the junior year and must be completed prior to beginning Field Experience. The social work field experience is taken in the senior year over two terms for a total of 450 clock hours in an agency setting (225 hours/term). Students are required to register for
FSW 411 (Senior Field Experience I) concurrently with FSW 412 (Senior Field Seminar I) and FSW 413 (Senior Field Experience II) concurrently with FSW 414 (Senior Field Seminar II). The field experience provides an opportunity to apply generalist social work knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to working with clients in an agency setting.