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.

  1. Take two more semesters of any language.
  2. Take an approved language immersion program.
  3. 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.

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
ENGL 111G
Rhetoric and Composition
or Rhetoric and Composition Honors
4
BIOL 101G Human Biology 1 3
BIOL 101GL Human Biology Laboratory 1 1
Communications 3
Second Language 3-4
 Credits14-15
Spring
One from the following: 3
Fundamentals of Elementary Math II  
College Algebra  
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences  
Mathematics Appreciation  
STAT 251G
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
or Statistics for Psychological Sciences
3
C EP 110G Human Growth and Behavior 2 3
Lab Science 4
Second Language 3-4
S WK 221G Introduction to Social Welfare 2 3
 Credits19-20
Sophomore
Fall
A ST 311
Statistical Applications
or Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Social/Behavioral Science 3
Select one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
 Credits15
Spring
Viewing a Wider World/C E 3
Viewing a Wider World/C E 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits12
Junior
Fall
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
 Credits12
Spring
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
 Credits13
Senior
Fall
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
 Credits12
Spring
S WK 412 Practicum Seminar I 12
S WK 418 Professionalism in the Field of Social Work 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits112-114
1

BIOL 101G Human Biology and BIOL 101GL Human Biology Laboratory: must be completed before starting the S WK program and require a grade of C- or better.

2

C EP 110G Human Growth and Behavior and S WK 221G Introduction to Social Welfare: must be completed before starting the S WK program and require a grade of C- or better.

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.