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. 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, and elective credits to total at least 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 Honors
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 300Social Work Practice Skills3
SOWK 309Sociocultural Concepts3
SOWK 311Human Behavior and the Social Environment I3
SOWK 312Human Behavior and the Social Environment II3
SOWK 313Social Work Practice with Individuals3
SOWK 315Social Work Practice with Families3
SOWK 316Social Work Research3
SOWK 331VIntroduction to Social Policy: History (will not count towards VWW requirement)3
SOWK 401Field Experience I3
SOWK 403Social Work Practicum II3
SOWK 412Practicum Seminar I3
SOWK 415Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities3
SOWK 416Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups3
SOWK 417Social Welfare Policy: Legislation3
SOWK 418Professionalism in the Field of Social Work3
SOWK 419Practicum Seminar II3
Second Language Requirement6-8
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 425-28
Total Credits120

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 Honors
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 300 Social Work Practice Skills 3
SOWK 309 Sociocultural Concepts 3
SOWK 311 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SOWK 331V Introduction to Social Policy: History 3
 Credits15
Spring
Elective Course 3 3
SOWK 312 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SOWK 313 Social Work Practice with Individuals 3
SOWK 315 Social Work Practice with Families 3
SOWK 316 Social Work Research 3
 Credits15
Senior
Fall
Elective Course 3 3
SOWK 401 Field Experience I 3
SOWK 412 Practicum Seminar I 3
SOWK 415 Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
SOWK 417 Social Welfare Policy: Legislation 3
 Credits15
Spring
Elective Course 3 3
SOWK 403 Social Work Practicum II 3
SOWK 416 Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 418 Professionalism in the Field of Social Work 3
SOWK 419 Practicum Seminar II 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120-123

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.