BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK CURRICULUM INFORMATION FOR FOUR-YEAR AND TRANSFER STUDENTS
The ETSU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program is a 120 credit-hour curriculum. The curriculum includes General Education Core requirements, as set forth by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). The Degree Plan for social work gives further details about the requirements for graduation from the BSW Program.
General Education Core Requirements for Social Work Majors
General education requirements vary, depending on the catalog under which students plan to graduate. This link provides further information on General Education Program requirements under various catalogs. Below is a list and description of the current requirements, effective with the 2008-2009 catalog.
Computer Science Requirement
Students have the option of testing out of or taking a 3-credit-hour Information Technology course (CSCI 1100). Test out information can be found here on the web site for the Computer and Information Sciences department.
Social work students are required to take an Oral Intensive course (3 credits), and two Writing Intensive courses (6 credits), above and beyond the social work courses that count as intensives. Some of the courses in the General Education categories can be taken to fulfill the intensive requirements. Students who transfer to ETSU with an Associate’s degree or transfer 50 or more credit hours are exempt from the additional intensive requirements. A complete list of ETSU intensives and when they went into effect can be found at this link .
Cognate Requirements for Social Work Majors
The following two required courses (6 credits) in other disciplines provide essential liberal arts content for the professional foundation social work curriculum.
HDAL 2310 , Developmental Life Span Psychology
PSCI 1120 , Introduction to American Government
Required Social Work (SOWK) Courses
The required social work foundation curriculum totals 48 credit hours, as follows.
Electives are courses that do not fulfill the General Education Core Curriculum (41 credits), the additional intensive requirements (9 credits), the computer science requirement (3 credits), the cognate requirements (6 credits), or the professional social work course requirements (48 credits). Depending on whether students take or test out of CSCI 1100, and whether intensives are taken to meet the General Education requirements or not, elective credits to complete the 120-hour curriculum range from 12 credits to 24 credits.
The social work curriculum does not have a foreign language requirement, although courses in Spanish would be beneficial in a social work career.
Preparation for Generalist Practice
Required courses in the social work curriculum,
including ETSU’s General Education courses and
cognate courses required of social work majors, are
sequenced in an organized, coherent, and integrated
whole. The curriculum is grounded in the liberal
arts through ETSU’s General Education requirements
and the two cognate courses (HDAL 2310 and PSCI 1120),
and contains a professional foundation of SOWK courses
that includes content on social work values and ethics,
diversity, social and economic justice,
populations-at-risk, human behavior in the social
environment, social welfare policy and services, social
work practice, research, and the field practicum.
BSW field education is an important component of your professional education. As the culminating experience in the professional foundation, it offers opportunities to apply what you have learned in the classroom to work with clients and client systems in human service organizations. Through field education you are able to experience the many and varied roles of a BSW-level social worker. Your field instructor, faculty liaison, and task supervisor will serve as teachers and role models during your field experience. They also will provide you with feedback on your performance and professional growth over the course of the semester. Field education is a 16 credit hour, full-time experience, and we encourage you to avoid taking any other coursework during your field semester. In order to enroll in the field experience (SOWK 4453), you must have completed all required social work courses and all general education core curriculum requirements, including intensives. If you have only electives left to complete at the time you wish to enter the field, you will be permitted to enroll in SOWK 4453.
Sequencing of Required Courses
Below is a suggested plan for completing the
required courses in the social work curriculum for
students who complete all of their coursework at
ETSU. The plan allows for some flexibility.
However, you cannot take certain courses unless you have
completed their prerequisites. For example, you may
decide to take PSCI 1120, Introduction to American
Government, earlier than your sophomore year, but it
must be completed prior to enrolling in SOWK
3430, Social Welfare Policy and Services, because it is a
prerequisite to that course.
If you are transferring from another institution
with which ETSU has an articulation agreement, we have
collapsed the curriculum to ensure that you will graduate
in two years following your transfer to ETSU’s
social work program while maintaining the same liberal
arts and professional curriculum sequencing. To
plan a smooth transfer to ETSU, see
articulation agreements and transfer course
equivalency. Equivalencies for courses
from institutions other than those on the course
equivalency list are made on a case-by-case basis by the
Office of the Registrar, which makes equivalency
decisions on all coursework without a social work prefix
(SOWK) that is transferred into the ETSU system.
SOWK 1010 (Intro)
PSYCH 1310 (Intro)
SOAA 1020 (Intro)
MATH 1530 (Probability and Stats)
CSCI 1100 (Using Information Technology) or test out
One of the following human biology courses:
Additional Information for Transfer Students
Transfer students should identify social work as
their major on their ETSU admissions application.
Transfer students who live within 250 miles of ETSU are
required to attend an orientation session prior to
matriculation. The director of the undergraduate
social work program, or another faculty member, will meet
with transfer students during orientation, go over their
transfer credits, and advise them on registration
matters, as well address career questions. Student
advisement is an important part of the educational
experience. Through advisement, students are kept
on track in taking courses in the proper sequence and
meeting the ETSU catalog requirements for the year of
their matriculation. After transfer students meet
with the director of the undergraduate social work
program and set up their student file, they will be
assigned a faculty advisor to work with for the remainder
of their time in the program.