BSW Student Competencies
The following competencies provide the structure for the undergraduate social work curriculum:
A Career in Social Work
Social Work is a profession (like nursing) and our BSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education with a complete listing of all accredited BSW and MSW programs available here. Social workers are employed in mental health, substance abuse, aging, schools, military, child welfare, health, private practice, a huge range of nonprofits, criminal justice based programs, and many others. Our professional association is NASW and more info about our Georgia Chapter can be found here.
BSW: Social workers with an undergraduate degree are very employable, although the overall opportunities are fewer for BSWs than for MSW. The possibilities for employment include many of the areas noted above.
MSW: Graduate degreed social workers have significant employment opportunities and can now be licensed in all states. Exams are handled by the Association of Social Work Boards and their website has a great deal of information about licensure in all states. Please note that the GSU MSW program has a sole specialization in community partnerships. If you are interested in pursuing the MSW, you will want to explore the range of program options offered by schools of social work not only in Georgia, but across the country.
Advanced Standing: BSWs can apply to MSW programs that offer "advanced standing," and if accepted, can do a two year MSW degree in roughly half the time. Generally, it's two semesters plus one summer. It is a very good reason to choose a BSW over another major if you are strongly considering an MSW in the future. Generally, the option to apply as an advanced standing student expires five years after the BSW graduation date.
Financial: We presently do not have financial support within social work for undergraduate students (except for a few very modest scholarships/awards). We are working hard to develop other mechanisms that could help fund our BSWs.
Professional Behavior: We expect our current and prospective majors to exhibit professional behavior in all of their encounters with faculty, staff, and students. We also require professional written communications, including e-mails.
The BSW is a two-year curriculum, which follows four sequential semesters, and includes a field internship experience that involves 16 hours per week, during regular weekday, daytime, business hours. Classes are offered days and evenings at both our Main and *Alpharetta campuses. We only start new BSW students in the fall semester.
For additional information about the BSW program, please contact:
Jan Ligon, PhD, LCSW
BSW Program Director
(404) 413 1066
Choosing Social Work as Your Major
BSW Online Application: A separate online application must be submitted during spring semester for consideration to be accepted for the following fall as a BSW major. The link is only available during spring semester.
Entry into the B.S.W. program is a highly selective process on a space availability basis. A student who meets only the minimum grade point average or other criteria is not necessarily guaranteed acceptance. Qualified students who initially are denied entry will be placed on a competitive waiting list in the order of their initial application to await possible access to the program at a subsequent time.
Consideration for B.S.W. status requires the student to:
- Have successfully completed Areas A through F; and
- Have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 (GSU + Transfer). Important: Students with a 3.5+ GPA are encouraged to apply to the Honors College: http://honors.gsu.edu/apply/
- Submit a separate online BSW application, which can be accessed from January 1- July 1 annually.
Area F requirements for the BSW major are as follows
- ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
- ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
- MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
- PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
- SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
- SW 2000 Introduction to Social Work (3) (Can be taken at GSU if not transferred in)
- Biology Requirement: In the past we required evidence of a biology course for all students, so we encouraged students to take the Biology Lab Science sequence. That social work requirement has been eliminated. Of course the lab science sequence is still required, but students can choose any subject area. Students sometimes confuse the “no biology requirement” to mean that they are somehow excused from the Lab Science sequence, which is not correct.
- Social Work Electives: Two social work electives are required, but students can submit an online petition to be considered for the possibility of one of the electives being taken outside of Social Work. The following procedure must be completed prior to enrolling in a course:
- Identify a course (must be 3000 or 4000 level) in a related discipline (Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Women’s Studies, African American Studies, etc.)
- Summit the online petition accessed here
- The petition will be reviewed. If approved (an e-mail will be sent), you can register for the course, and upon successful completion, the course will cover one of the two required Area G Social Work electives.
- Criminal Background Checks: All social work students must complete field education requirements as part of the BSW degree program. Please be aware that field placement agencies are more frequently requesting background checks on potential student interns. Background checks often focus on such issues as prior arrests and convictions for felonies and misdemeanors, abuse of illegal drugs, and certain motor vehicle offenses (e.g., driving under the influence). If you have such a record or if there are criminal charges pending against you at this time, this may impact your ability to complete all degree requirements. An agency may deny a student a field placement position based on the results of the background check. Since field education is a program requirement, a student may be excluded from completing the social work program if an approved field placement cannot be arranged.
In accordance with Council on Social Work Education accreditation standards, the School of Social Work does not award academic credit for life experience or previous work experience in the BSW or MSW programs. Additional information about this policy can be located in the School of Social Work Student Handbook.
If you are not a student of Georgia State University or wish to transfer from another institution, please refer to this link: http://admissions.gsu.edu/how-do-i-apply/
B.S.W. Program Director
Jan Ligon, PhD, LCSW, email@example.com .
Fall Semester Junior Year
SW 2000: Intro to Social Work
SW 3500: Research Methods
SW 3200: Social Welfare Institutions
SW 3300: Human Behavior I (HBSE)
SW 3000: Communication/ Cultural Diversity
Spring Semester Junior Year
SW 3400: Human Behavior II (HBSE)
SW 3700: Communications Skills
SW 3600: Social Welfare Policy
SW 3800: Case Management/Community Resources
Fall Semester Senior Year
SW 4100: Social Work Methods I
*SW 4500: Field Education I (6 credit hours)
Spring Semester Senior Year
SW 3730: Social Work Methods II
*SW 4900: Field Education II (6 credit hours)
REMINDERS: Deviations from this prescribed schedule are not permitted without signed authorization by the BSW Program Coordinator. All lower division course work must be completed before beginning most upper division courses. All required social work courses must be taken in the sequence noted and be completed before the field education sequence begins in the senior year. Only the social work methods courses and electives are taken concurrently with field education. Applications for field education are due February 15th to begin the following Fall semester (only students who have been accepted as social work majors are eligible for field education)
*Field placement is 8 hours per day, two days per week, Fall and Spring semesters of the final year.
SW 4990 Independent Studies will require a petition to the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. For information or to apply, please review the application.
Academic Advisement for Social Work Students
(PSW and BSW)
0-89 Credit Hours: University Advisement Center: 25 Park Place, Suites 1300 and 1400,
90+ Credit Hours: Andrew Young School Advisement: 14 Marietta St. NW,
Suite G-52 http://aysps.gsu.edu/oaa
|Credit Hours||Academic Advisor||Phone|
|0-29 UAC||Brittney Jones||mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org||(404) 413 2647|
|30-89 (A-K) UAC||Jennifer Seelmanemail@example.com||(404) 413-2627|
|30-89 (L-Z) UAC||Heather R. Paigefirstname.lastname@example.org||(404) 413 2610|
|90+ (A-K) AYSPS||Rashida LeBeauxemail@example.com||(404) 413 0027|
|90+ (L-Z) AYSPS||Carlena Prophetfirstname.lastname@example.org||(404) 413 0039|
Concerns or Problems: Univ. Advisement Center
Crystal Mitchel email@example.com
Associate Director: Elisha Jarrett firstname.lastname@example.org (404) 413 2295
Concerns or Problems: AYSPS
Director: Mathieu Arp
email@example.com (404) 413 0024
BSW Director: Jan Ligon, PhD, LCSW