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Pre-requisite courses for Intents-to-major in Social Work

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A GPA of 2.5 or better is required for acceptance as a Major in Social Work, so students should plan their course of study to facilitate achievement of as high a GPA as possible. Intents to Major in Social Work should make taking the pre-requisites for the program a top priority, as students may not start taking core required Social Work classes until accepted into our program. For students that have matriculated into the College at Brockport as of, or after, the Fall of 2014, these pre-requisites must be completed with a C or better prior to starting the major. These are:

Four Prerequisite Courses (12 Credits)

  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • PSH 110 Principles of Psychology
  • ONE of the following biology courses:
    • BIO 281 Elements of Human Biology
    • BIO 221 Survey of Anatomy/Physiology
    • BIO 285 Biology of Aging
    • BIO 321 Anatomy and Physiology I 
    • BIO 322 Anatomy and Physiology II 
  • ONE of the following statistics courses:
    • SOC 200 Social Statistics
    • PSH 202 Introductory Stat
    • MTH 243 Elements of Statistics

*Note for transfer students. It can be difficult to get into pre-requisite classes as a transfer student, unless you plan to deposit and register early. Therefore it is a good idea to finish these courses at your community college before transferring.

Note: As of 2015, only student accepted to the major may take any of the Social Work courses. Another rule to keep in mind, especially for part-time students, is the timeline for pursuing a degree. The length of time allowed to complete the BSW degree is six years from the time that a student is accepted into the major (specifically, the clock starts with the semester that the student is taking course as an accepted major in the program). After six years of study, students are required to re-take courses that were taken prior to that deadline.

The plans below cover only the required social work classes. Electives may need to be added to reach the number of credits required for graduation (120 credits).

Plan of Study for Students Accepted for Fall

Standard Plan #1, with concurrent (2 semester) field placement in senior year

Fall - Junior

Spring - Junior

Fall - Senior

Spring - Senior

SWO 301. (Human Behavior I)

SWO 302. (Human Behavior II)

SWO 411. (Human Services/Systems Analysis)

SWO 441 (Methods III)

SWO 341. (Methods I)

SWO 342. (Methods II)

SWO 451. (Field instruction I)

SWO 453. (Field instruction II)

SWO 321. (Human Diversity)

SWO 310. (Research Methods)

SWO 455. (Field Instruction seminar I)

SWO 457. (Field Instruction seminar II)

SWO 322. (Social & Economic Justice)

SWO 311 (Human Services/Social Policy)







15 total credits

15 total credits

15 total credits

15 total credits

Notes: SWO 301 meets two general education requirements: Oral Communication, and Perspectives on Women.

Social Work Pre-requisites are as follows:

SWO 341 is a pre-requisite for SWO 342.  SWO 311 is a pre-requisite for SWO 411.

SWO 441 must be taken in the second semester of field. Students in Block field will take SWO 441 concurrently with field instruction, unless the student is completing an international placement (in which case it is taken the previous semester).

FIELD (completed during the senior year). All 300 level classes must be competed with a C or better prior to starting field. The standard concurrent field instruction includes 440 hours of internship over the course of two semesters. This equates to 2 days (16 hours per week, usually in two 8 hour days; total of 220 hours per semester) for both semesters, plus a biweekly seminar. This model suits a majority of students who are employed and have other responsibilities. BLOCK FIELD OPTION (completing field in one semester; i.e. 4 days a week). Students who have a GPA of 3.25 or better are eligible to apply for a possible Block field placement. Students in Block field have field four days a week (32 hours per week; total of 440 hours in semester), and have a weekly seminar. Most agencies require students to be available for field during normal daytime business hours. Block field placement is dependent on departmental and other resources; students wishing to pursue a block field placement must notify the Field Director as soon as possible regarding which semester they would like to take field.


Last Updated 10/12/17

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