Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Social Work, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Liberal Studies

Program Director: Dr. Tami Micsky

Social work is a profession that applies knowledge about people and society to help persons, groups, or communities meet a diversity of needs, solve a wide range of problems, promote social justice, and assist people in becoming empowered. The baccalaureate program in social work prepares students for generalist social work practice. As beginning professional social workers, graduates typically work in the areas of child welfare, juvenile and adult corrections, public assistance, health and mental health, aging domestic violence, and chemical dependency, among others.

The undergraduate program in social work awards a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting agency for social work. Accreditation standards require a solid core of courses on social welfare issues and policies, social work practice skills, basic social science research methods, and a broad background in the liberal arts with special emphasis on psychology, biology, economics, politics, sociology, organization, and diverse ethnic groups. In fulfilling the academic requirements for social work, students must also uphold the values of the profession of Social Work as expressed in the National Association of Social Work’s Code of Ethics.

While Pennsylvania requires a master’s degree to become a licensed social worker, some states license social workers holding a bachelor’s degree. Since requirements vary by state, please check with the licensing board in the state you intend to practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

The six goals of the Social Work Program are as follows:

  1. To graduate students with a baccalaureate (B.S.) degree in Social Work who are competent to begin generalist social work practice.
  2. To graduate students who are well prepared to enter graduate schools of Social Work, either directly after receiving the undergraduate degree, or after a period of practice.
  3. To contribute to the intellectual, ethical, and emotional development of our students in order to enhance their awareness and involvement as citizens in the broad social welfare issues of our times.
  4. To sensitize students to the human condition in order that they might develop a respect for human dignity, diversity, and freedom.
  5. For students who are uncertain about a career choice, to provide a clear and honest introduction to the responsibilities and rewards of a Social Work career, so that they can make informed career choices.
  6. To help meet the human resource needs for baccalaureate level social workers in the diverse mix of rural, small town, and metropolitan areas from which our students come and to which many wish to return.

Related Links

Social Work, BS Program Page

Social Work Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.5 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements54

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Psychology (Recommended) 1,2,3
Principles of Sociology (Recommended) 1,2,3
Science, Technology & Math
Goal - Sci3
Goal - Sci3
Lab - Sci0-1
Goal - Math3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 27 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 27 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • ACT 34 (Criminal History) and ACT 151 (Child Abuse) clearances are required for admission to the Social Work program.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for admission to the Social Work program.
Core Course (Other Disciplines)
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Psychology 1,2
Principles of Sociology 1,2
Required Core Courses – Social Work
SOWK 105Human Diversity 13
SOWK 251Introduction to Social Work 13
SOWK 328Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 13
SOWK 340Social Welfare Institutions 13
SOWK 355Social Work Practice with Individuals 13
SOWK 356Social work Practice with Groups & Families 13
SOWK 357Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities 13
SOWK 407Social Policy Issues 13
SOWK 450SOWK Internship 112
SOWK 460Social Work Integrative Seminar 13
Research Methods
SOWK 318Research Methods 13
SOWK 319Statistical Methods 13
Social Work Electives
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Child Welfare 1
Social Justice and Equality 1
Crisis Intervention 1
Animal Assisted Interventions
Clinical and Academic Documentation for Social Work
Forensic Social Work
Clinical Perspectives on DSM Diagnoses
Total Hours54

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2017.
UCC 11-15-16
Revised 8-2018