2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Social Work, BS

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Nadaya Brantley, Undergraduate Program Director
School of Social Work
244F White Hall


The undergraduate professional social work program offers a 120 credit Bachelor of Science degree. The goals of this program, in order of priority, are as follows:
  • To prepare undergraduate students for competent and effective generalist professional practice by developing the requisite social work knowledge, values, and skills, and
  • To prepare undergraduate students for continuing professional education and/or graduate education.
The social work program is based on the concept of ecological systems, which maintains that the fundamental focus of social work practice is on the transactions of people and their environments, and on the constant state of reciprocity in which each shapes the other. Social work intervention aims to promote the progressive forces and minimize the regressive forces in those transactions. The curriculum incorporates instruction in five professional foundation areas: social welfare policy and services, human behavior in the social environment, research, social work practice, and field practicum. Instruction in these areas builds upon a carefully chosen and strong behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences taken within the College of Arts and Sciences.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Intra-University Transfer

Social Work, BBSSW, Intra-University Transfer (IUT) Process

Deadlines for applying: November 15 (Spring Entry) and April 15 (Fall Entry)

Students who meet the following criteria will be considered (on a space available basis) for intra- university transfer and/or declaration of major in social work:

  1. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, who are in good standing at the university and who have expressed an interest in pursuing the social work profession will be considered for transfer to the major.
  • Students with cumulative GPAs of 2.5 - 2.79 will be considered based on factors influencing the GPA and grades of B or better in social work courses previously completed.
  1. Students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Syracuse University.
  2. Students must have a minimum of four (4) semesters of study remaining at the university to complete the social work degree within a four-year time frame.
  3. Students must complete and submit an SWK Intra-University Transfer Interest Form
  4. After submission of the interest form, students will be contacted to schedule a meeting with the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSSW) Program Director to discuss their interest in the major and to develop a plan for degree completion prior to being formally accepted.

Please visit the social work webpage for additional information.

Study Abroad

SU-Abroad sponsors study opportunities in England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Chile, Australia, and Hong Kong. with careful planning, students can satisfy other degree requirements while developing sensitivity to cultural differences through these programs.
For social work students, the general plan for study abroad involves taking some core courses normally taken during Junior year during the sophomore year (for those students planning to travel abroad during Junior year).
The time abroad is usually used for humanities courses (e.g. English, history, fine arts, or other site-specific opportunities) or electives. To ensure graduating on schedule, it is essential for students to carefully plan for the entire four-year experience so that everything will fit as needed.


Experience Credit - Students may earn elective academic credit for volunteer or paid work experience in social service agencies that occurs while they are enrolled in the baccalaureate social work program.

Learning contracts must be made for that experience before engaging in the experience and usually involve an agreement between the student, a supervising agency staff member, and an appropriate faculty member. Registration forms for Experience Credit are available in the program director’s office. Experience credit cannot take the place of a student’s senior field practicum. Academic credit is not awarded for life or work experience achieved prior to matriculation in the program. For more information, contact the Social Work Undergraduate Program Director.

Student Learning Outcomes

 1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

4. Engage in Practice Informed-Research and Research-Informed Practice

5. Engage in Policy Practice

6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Community

7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Community

8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Community

9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Community

University Requirement

In addition to FYS 101, the BS in Social Work requires completion of an IDEA course (chosen from a select list) - The IDEA course may count as a liberal arts, departmental course, or elective depending on the course chosen. Please see the undergraduate course catalog for a full listing of IDEA courses .

Liberal Skills Requirements (12-14 credits)

Expository writing 6-9
Mathematics 6-8


The statistics requirement for social work students may be satisfied by taking MAT 121 /MAT 122  or MAT 221 /MAT 222 /PSY 252  as a liberal skills requirement.

Humanities Divisional Perspectives (12 credits)

Social work students must complete 12 credits in the humanities divisional perspective defined in the liberal arts core of the College of Arts and Sciences. More detail is offered in the publication, “Liberal Arts Core.”

Natural Sciences Divisional Perspective (6 credits)

Electives to reach 120-degree applicable credits

Specific advising guidelines for selecting and sequencing required, and elective courses are available from the School of Social Work.

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