College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work
The program is focused on practice with rural and Indigenous populations of the Southwest; addressing poverty, structural racism, and oppression; providing leadership in promoting human rights and social and economic justice; and service with vulnerable and underserved populations.
This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Social Work in Social Work?
The social work major will provide you with the professional knowledge, values, and skills needed to help people experiencing overwhelming life challenges such as substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness, and death, as well as mental, behavioral, and physical illness or disability. Social workers approach their work with people from the strengths perspective, while also looking at the individual within their environment. Our accredited BSW degree enables you to become a licensed generalist social worker in many states.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Child and family services
- Disability services
- Health care services
- Military/veterans services
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Employee assistance counselor
- Expert witness
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 75 units of major requirements
- Be aware that you may not use courses with an SW prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements. Contact the Social Work program for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to this major.
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Take the following 75 units:
Professional Core (60-61 units)
- SW 220 (3 units)
- Research (6-7 units):
- Policy: SW 320W, SW 420 (6 units)
- Human Behavior and the Social Environment: PSY 240 and SW 427 (6 units)
- Information Technology Literacy: CIS 120 and SW 370 (6 units)
- Generalist Practice: SW 321, SW 422, SW 423 (9 units)
- Crisis Intervention: SW 401 (3 units)
- Contemporary Topics in Social Work: SW 450 topics (6 units)
Behavioral Science Cognates (15 units)
Select one course from each of the following areas:
- Ethnicity, select one from: SOC 215, SOC 360, ES 300 (3 units)
- Gender, select one from: HIS 295, POS 355, SOC 204, CCJ 360, PSY 491, or any WGS course (3 units)
- Human Biology, select one from: BIO 310, BIO 372, HS 300 (3 units)
- Indigenous Populations of the Southwest, select one from: SOC 315, ANT 306, ES 160, HIS 396 (3 units)
- Social and Economic Justice, select one from: ECO 285 or SOC 353 (3 units)
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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