Bachelor of Social Work – Advising Guidelines

Bachelor of Social Work

The following advising guidelines and practices are currently in use by the College of Social Work & Criminal Justice academic services specific to the Bachelor of Social Work Degree program. Also to be considered are FAU guidelines for admissions and graduation as listed in the current catalog.

Please contact an academic advisor at, 561-297-2316 for any questions.

A. Admissions Requirements

  1. There are no special admissions criteria for the BSW beyond those of FAU for transfer or four-year students. Students beginning their freshman program (students with fewer than 30 College or University credit hours) at FAU must follow the FAU “Native Student” guidelines in the catalog. Students admitted with 30 or more hours must follow the FAU catalog guidelines for transfer students.
  2. Students transferring into the BSW from other FAU majors must have a FAU GPA of 2.0 or greater.
  3. There is no special foreign language requirement for the BSW. However, all FAU graduates must satisfy the FAU Foreign Language Admissions requirement of 2 years of High School OR the second level of College language such as SPN 1121 OR demonstrate equivalent ability. See admissions requirement for Language in Catalog.
  4. Gordon Rule requirements: refer to FAU catalog.

B. Prerequisite Course Work

  1. Students are required to satisfy prerequisite coursework either prior to or during the BSW program. Guidelines for the prerequisites are as follows:
    • American National Government: This requirement may be satisfied with an introductory Political Science course such as POS1041 or POS 2041.
    • Economics: This requirement may be satisfied with an introductory course in Macro or Micro Economics such as ECO2013 or ECO2023.
    • Biology: This requirement may be satisfied with an introductory class in Biology. The recommended class is Life Science, BSC1000 or BSC1005. BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology, is acceptable, as well as a Human Biology course.
    • General Psychology: This requirement is satisfied with an introductory class in Psychology. At FAU, the course is PSY1012.
    • Intro to Sociology: This requirement is satisfied with an introductory class in Sociology. At FAU, the course is SYG1000 or SYG2010.

C. Required Social Work Core Coursework

  1. The Social Work Manual advises the following semester schedule for Social Work courses: (However, it is best that the student speak to an academic advisor about specific courses and the order in which to take them.)
    1st Semester
    SOW 3302 Profession of Social Work
    SOW 4101 Human Behavior and Social Environment I
    2nd Semester
    SOW 3232 Social Welfare Policy and Provisions
    SOW4102 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
    SOW4300 Social Work Practice with Individuals
    3rd Semester
    SOW 4304 Social Work Practice with Families
    SOW 4322 Social Work Practice with Groups
    4th Semester
    SOW 4343 Social Work Practice III
    Social Work Elective
    SOW 4403 Research Methods
    Final Semester
    SOW 4510 Field Education in Social Work
    • Students must also complete 15 hours of Free Electives with a maximum of 6 hours at the 1000 level.
  2. Students must complete all SOW prefixed courses at the 3000 or 4000 level with a grade of “C” or better. A grade of “C-” will not be counted as credit toward the Social Work degree. Any core course with a grade of “C-” or lower must be retaken.  Note: Courses can only be repeated once.
  3. All degree requirements must be completed before a student is eligible for SOW4510 Field Education in Social Work. This means that the student must have completed all social work courses and electives prior to entering field. In addition the Foreign Language Admission requirement, Gordon Rule requirements, all General Education requirements must be completed a minimum of two semesters before entering field. Failure to complete these courses by the deadline will delay field placement and graduation. The student must also have an FAU GPA of 2.5 in order to enter Field Education. A satisfactory grade in Field Education is required to receive the Social Work degree.

D. Approved Elective Coursework

  1. Students are advised to select approved elective course work from the pre-approved set of electives listed in the Catalog. Any SOW course that is not counted as part of the SOW Core or SOW Elective sections may count as approved elective credit with a grade of “C” or better. Any deviation from the courses requires approval from the program coordinator.

E. Free Elective Course work

  1. This section is satisfied with 1000-4000 level College or University course work not previously counted as credit toward the 120-hour SOW degree.
  2. Free electives may be used to fulfill FAU Admissions, Foreign Language, Gordon Rule, General Education and/or SOW pre-requisite deficiencies.

F. SOW Field Experience

  1. All SOW majors must satisfy the Field Education requirement, SOW 4510. Students must meet certain requirements to be eligible to enroll in Field Education. Students must complete all admission, general education, and Gordon Rule requirements prior to eligibility. Field Education may only be taken at the end of the student’s coursework.
  2. Students should consult with an academic coordinator or the Field Coordinator to discuss eligibility for entrance to Field Education. Students must attend an orientation session regarding Field Education and complete appropriate paperwork.

G. Students Transferring with Upper Division Credits

  1. Students who have completed SOW credits at another institution may bring these credits into their program at the discretion of the SOW faculty. A syllabus for each course is required for faculty review. FAU requires that the last 30 credit hours of upper-division be completed at FAU to receive a degree from FAU.

H. Double Major and Dual Degree

  1. Students pursuing a double major must satisfy the University foreign language prerequisite, all SOW prerequisites and 39 hours of SOW course work. Students must also submit a Double Major form to the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Students pursuing a Dual or Second Bachelor’s degree must meet the University requirement of an additional 30 hours beyond a 120-hour degree program. For a Second Bachelor in SOW, the student must satisfy the University foreign language prerequisite, all program prerequisites and 39 hours of SOW course work. During the first week of the last semester of the program, students are required to submit an application for graduation, which notifies FAU of your intent to graduate and begins the process of degree approval. It also enables the graduate to receive commencement ticket information.

We're Here to Help

For any questions regarding the Bachelor of Social Work degree program, please contact Dr. Precious Skinner-Osei (Program Coordinator) at 561-297-0385.

For questions about advising, please contact the Advising Services at 561-297-2316. To make an appointment with your advisor, please log on to the Success Network/Starfish.