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Admission to the Undergraduate Social Work major is competitive. Acceptance by the College at Brockport does not guarantee acceptance to the Social Work major. There is a separate application process for admission to the Social Work major. It is important for you to complete this additional application to determine whether you meet the criteria for the Social Work major. Criteria are explained on the social work application. You can find an application, instructions, and recommendation forms on the social work website.

The Department of Social Work limits admission to 75 students each year for the fall semester. The deadline for applications is March 31st, but the department will continue to accept applications until the program is full. Please note that even if you meet the criteria for admission to the Social Work major, and your application is received before the deadline, you may be placed on a wait list for entry to this program. Applicants on the wait list will be considered for admission to the program if space becomes available.

Recommended Courses in the Freshman Year

First Semester Second Semester
  • General  Education requirements
  • General Education requirements

NOTE: See prerequisite courses below. All prerequisites MUST be completed prior to acceptance into the Social Work Program

Recommended Courses in the Sophomore Year

First or Second Semester
  • SWO 221 Contemporary Social Work
  • General Education Requirements


Prerequisite Courses

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 100)
  • Principles of Psychology (PSH 110)
  • Statistics (either SOC 200 or PSH 202) (Any statistics equivalent, i.e. Math 243 is acceptable)
  • Elements of Human Biology (BIO 281) Note: only offered in the spring semester. (Biology of Aging [BIO 285] and Survey of Anatomy and Physiology [BIO 221] are also acceptable BIO courses)

Auxiliary Courses

Students are encouraged to take courses in government (PLS 113), economics (ECN 100), and anthropology (ANT 101) and in other disciplines related to social work (e.g., psychology and sociology).

Further Recommendations

An application to the social work major is usually made in the sophomore year. Formal acceptance by the department is needed for a student to take social work major courses,

Grade Requirement

This major/program requires a grade of “C” or above in all prerequisites and SWO courses required for the major. “C-” grades are NOT acceptable and require repeats unless otherwise specified.

General Advisement Information

  1. Students are responsible for reading and referring to the BSW Program Guide, and Brockport Student Policies, and for following the guidance covered on the attached Advisement & Planning Sheet.
  2. Students are responsible to sign up for the BSW listserve so that they may receive timely information on the program (sign up on the Department’s webpage).
  3. Foreign language requirement:
  • Students who has taken a FL at 112 level and passed, or who have tested out at that level, do not need to take any more FL classes for GenEds.
  • Students can start study of any language at the 111 level.  Students may contact the FL Department for testing to see what level they need (if they already have studies a language).

4. The following three new federal financial aid rules that all students receiving federal financial aid (FFA) (including loans) must adhere to are in effect retroactively to July of 2011, and may affect my course of study:

  • Maximum time frame.  FFA will not be given for any credits at or above 180 credits.
  • Pace standard. Students must have a course completion rate of 67% or better (does not count drop/adds, but does count Ws and Es/Fs).
  • GPA Standard. By 84 credits and above, students must maintain a 2.0 or better.

Compliance with FFA rules are assessed by college annually (or each semester if the student is on a compliance plan). Non-compliance will mean the student may not get any FFA, including loans. Students can work out a compliance plan if there are mitigating circumstances.

5. The following information pertains to the Excelsior Scholarship:

  • Students must attend full-time (30 credits per academic years at a SUNY or CUNY – 365 day cycle).
  • First year college students for 2017-18 may bank any AP/IP or other credits toward the 30 credit
  • Students must enroll in at least 12 credits per semester
  • Students must complete and pass at least 30 credits per year.
  • Winter and summer sessions may be used to accumulate the 30 credits per year.

Review of the 30 credits is on a 12-month, calendar year basis dependent on the student’s start date. Transfer credits from a two or four year institution will count towards the 30 credits per year as long as they are not remedial classes.

Last Updated 8/19/19

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