Social Work - Bachelor of Social Work
The B.S.W. 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 B.S.W. candidate, you must formally apply for admission to the program. A 2.5 grade-point average is required for admission. Consult the pre-social work major advisor, located in the School of Social Work in the College of Health and Social Services. The deadline for submitting applications is the last Friday in January. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and all students have access to copies of the Curriculum Policy Statement.
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 S WK 221G Introduction to Social Welfare and two semesters of a second language. Once accepted into the program, students also need to meet a Cultural Emphasis requirement.
Students may choose one of three tracks to complete a minimum of six credit hours.
- Take two more semesters of any language.
- Take an approved language immersion program.
- Take two approved upper-level courses with a multicultural emphasis (you can get the approved list of courses from your social work advisor).
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 52 upper-division credits, for graduation.
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.
or ENGL 111GH
|Rhetoric and Composition
or Rhetoric and Composition Honors
|BIOL 101G||Human Biology 1||3|
|BIOL 101GL||Human Biology Laboratory 1||1|
|One from the following:||3|
|Fundamentals of Elementary Math II|
|Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences|
or STAT 271G
|Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
or Statistics for Psychological Sciences
|C EP 110G||Human Growth and Behavior 2||3|
|S WK 221G||Introduction to Social Welfare 2||3|
|A ST 311
or STAT 251G
or Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Business and Professional Communication|
|Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Technical and Scientific Communication|
|Viewing a Wider World/C E||3|
|Viewing a Wider World/C E||3|
|Select sufficient electives to bring the total number of credits to a minimum of 120 credits.|
|S WK 300||Social Work Practice Skills||3|
|S WK 309||Sociocultural Concepts||3|
|S WK 311||Human Behavior and the Social Environment I||3|
|S WK 331V||Introduction to Social Policy: History||3|
|S WK 301||Orientation to Field||1|
|S WK 312||Human Behavior and the Social Environment II||3|
|S WK 313||Social Work Practice with Individuals||3|
|S WK 315||Social Work Practice with Families||3|
|S WK 316||Social Work Research||3|
|S WK 405||Service Learning||3|
|S WK 415||Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities||3|
|S WK 416||Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups||3|
|S WK 417||Social Welfare Policy: Legislation||3|
|S WK 412||Practicum Seminar I||12|
|S WK 418||Professionalism in the Field of Social Work||3|
NOTE: Students need to submit a formal application packet to the School of Social Work in January and be accepted into program before they can take junior or senior year courses.
A grade of C- or better is required for all social work courses.