Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work, B.S.W.

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Students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements, General College of Arts and Sciences Requirements, College of Arts and Sciences College Exploratory Requirement, Major Requirements, and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases a minimum of 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of coursework used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.

Schedule of Classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.

General Education Requirements

In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundation, Exploration, Integration, Writing, U.S. Diversity and Capstone. For details, refer to the General Education Requirements section of the catalog.

Requirements for the major in social work, Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work degree program is based on the following criteria: a minimum overall GPA of 2.80 and completion of all program prerequisite courses: SOC 1000 PSY 1000 , PS 1100 , BIO 1002 BIO 1200 , with a grade of C or higher; completion of SW 2301  with a grade of B or higher; experience in the human services field (employment or volunteer work including work completed for SW 2301 ); two letters of reference and a personal written statement from students.

To earn a major in social work, students must complete a pre-core set of courses and a minimum of 48 credits in the core social work curriculum. To remain in good academic standing while in the program, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the combined major courses: SOC 2010 , SOC 2020 , SW 3101  , SW 3201 , SW 3302  SOC 3220 , SW 3203 , SW 3102 , SW 4103 , SW 4203 , SW 4970 , SW 4971 , as well as an overall GPA of 2.80.


Core - 48 credits


BIO 1002 , BIO 1200 , PSY 1000  and PS 1100  may be used to fulfill general education requirements.
Either AN 3127 , SOC 3610  or WGS 1000  may be used to fulfill the university’s U.S. diversity requirement and the social work diversity requirement.

Students using this catalog to meet social work requirements may also use any course subsequently approved as satisfying the sociology or criminal justice elective or the diversity elective and published in a later catalog.

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