Social Work - Bachelor of Social Work

The BSW program prepares you for a beginning professional level of generalist social work practice with an understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the Southwest.

To be admitted as a BSW candidate, you must formally apply for admission to the program. A 2.5 grade-point average is required for the application. Consult the pre-social work major advisor, located in the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support. The deadline for submitting applications is the last Friday in January. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

General Education Requirements

Students need to complete the New Mexico State University general education requirements before applying to the Bachelor of Social Work program. The School of Social Work requirements include SOWK 2110G Introduction to Human Services & Social Work . 

Once accepted into the program, students also need to meet a Cultural Emphasis requirement (6 credits). If the Cultural Emphasis classes are also Viewing a Wider World classes, you still need to complete the total number of specified upper-division credits necessary for graduation. Highly recommended electives for social work students include courses in sociology, history, Spanish, psychology, family life, child development, English, philosophy, anthropology, computer science, criminal justice, government and economics. Electives must be sufficient to bring total credits to 120, including 48 upper-division credits, for graduation.

Departmental Requirements

Preparation for entry-level professional social work requires a thorough knowledge of theory and skills; therefore, the high number (57) of core social work credits is required. A grade of C- or better is required for all social work courses.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements (6 credits), and elective credits to total a minimum of 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
or ENGL 1110H Composition I
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication 13
Area II: Mathematics
Choose one from the following: 23
Introduction to Statistics3
Statistical Methods3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Introduction to Human Services & Social Work3
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
CEPY 1120GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
SOWK 3110Sociocultural Concepts3
SOWK 3120Human Behavior and the Social Environment I3
SOWK 3130Human Behavior and the Social Environment II3
SOWK 3140VIntroduction to Social Policy: History3
SOWK 3150Social Work Research3
SOWK 3210Social Work Practice Skills3
SOWK 3220Social Work Practice with Individuals3
SOWK 3230Social Work Practice with Families3
SOWK 4110Social Welfare Policy: Legislation3
SOWK 4210Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities3
SOWK 4220Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups3
SOWK 4240Professionalism in the Field of Social Work3
SOWK 4310Practicum I3
SOWK 4311Practicum Seminar I3
SOWK 4320Practicum II3
SOWK 4321Practicum Seminar II3
Second Language Requirement6-8
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 425-28
Total Credits120
1

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses

2

Either MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics, MATH 2350G Statistical Methods or A ST 311 Statistical Applications is required for the degree.

3

See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses

4

Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Social Work there is a one year second language requirement. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on their fluency in another language. Please speak with an advisor for more information regarding the second language requirement for this degree. 

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
4-8
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
French I
and French II
4-8
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
German I
and German II
4-8
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
4-8
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
4-8
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
3-6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
3-6
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in either A ST 311 Statistical Applications, MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics or MATH 2350G Statistical Methods and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G
Composition I
or Composition I
4
BIOL 1120G
BIOL 1120L
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory 1
4
Oral Communication Course 2 3
Second Language Requirement Course 3-4
Elective Course 3 1
 Credits15-16
Spring
One from the following: 4 3
Statistical Applications
Introduction to Statistics
Statistical Methods
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 5 3
Second Language Course 3-4
SOWK 2110G Introduction to Human Services & Social Work 5 3
Elective Course 3 3
 Credits15-16
Sophomore
Fall
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Select one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Science Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 2 3-4
Elective Course 3 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
Viewing a Wider World Course 6 3
Viewing a Wider World Course 6 3
Elective Course 3 3
Elective Courses 3 6
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
Elective Course 3 3
SOWK 3210 Social Work Practice Skills 3
SOWK 3110 Sociocultural Concepts 3
SOWK 3120 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SOWK 3140V Introduction to Social Policy: History 3
 Credits15
Spring
Elective Course 3 3
SOWK 3130 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SOWK 3220 Social Work Practice with Individuals 3
SOWK 3230 Social Work Practice with Families 3
SOWK 3150 Social Work Research 3
 Credits15
Senior
Fall
Elective Course 3 3
SOWK 4310 Practicum I 3
SOWK 4311 Practicum Seminar I 3
SOWK 4210 Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
SOWK 4110 Social Welfare Policy: Legislation 3
 Credits15
Spring
Elective Course 3 3
SOWK 4320 Practicum II 3
SOWK 4220 Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 4240 Professionalism in the Field of Social Work 3
SOWK 4321 Practicum Seminar II 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120-123
1

BIOL 1120G Human Biology and BIOL 1120L Human Biology Laboratory: must be completed before starting the S WK program and require a grade of C- or better.

2

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses

3

Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

4

Either A ST 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences/STAT 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences, STAT 271G Statistics for Psychological Sciences or A ST 311 Statistical Applications is required for the degree but students may need to take any prerequisites needed to enter the course first.

*students who choose to take A ST 311, will need to take an additional Mathematics General Education course in order to meet the requirement.

5

CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior and SOWK 2110G Introduction to Human Services & Social Work: must be completed before starting the S WK program and require a grade of C- or better.

6

See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses

NOTE: Students need to submit a formal application packet to the School of Social Work in January and be accepted into program before they may take junior or senior year courses.

A grade of C- or better is required for all social work courses.