Social Work

Major department advisors answered a few questions to assist you with your first-semester class selection. 

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? The BASW program is an impacted program.  One must apply to the program to be admitted. Students cannot “choose” to change their major to Social Work.  There are specific prerequisites for the program and application into the program usually opens in October.
When should I first meet with my major department? Once admitted to the program, transfer and continuing students are encouraged to connect with the SSW, particularly the BASW coordinator and/or their academic advisor, regarding major requirements.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? The BASW coordinator assigns students admitted to the BASW program to their respective advisors. The list of advisors and advisees are sent out to the cohort’s listserv and posted on the bulletin board outside of the SSW office in HSS 227. Contact information and office hours are posted on the SSW website.
Where can I find information about major advising? The list of advisors and advisees are sent out to the cohort’s listserv and posted on the bulletin board outside of the SSW office in HSS 227. Contact information and office hours are posted on the SSW website.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? None.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full?

Students admitted in the BASW program will be assured of spots in all the major classes.

Students interested in applying to the BASW program must meet all pre-requisite courses. It would be advisable to take these courses during their Freshman and Sophomore years. Students unable to register for ENG 214 prior to starting the BASW program, can take the class during the Fall semester of their Junior year (first semester in the BASW program) at the latest. Students must have taken ENG 214 before registering for SW 301 (GWAR) which they take in the Spring semester of the Junior year.

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

Complimentary Studies requirement for BASW majors:

Students completing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (B.A.S.W.) degree must complete 12-units in Complementary Studies in courses bearing a prefix other than SW, and not cross-listed with SW. The courses required of all students who are admitted to the B.A.S.W. program will also satisfy the CS requirement: Introductory Sociology (SOC 105 or equivalent); Introductory Psychology (PSY 200 or equivalent); Macroeconomics (ECON 102 or equivalent) or Economics Analysis for Non-Majors (ECON305or equivalent); and an introductory-level course in Human Biology (BIOL100 or equivalent, Lab not required).

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

Note: Transfer students admitted into the BASW program willbe part of the Junior cohort that will be taking the same upper division major courses in Fall semester of their Junior year (first semester at SF State for Transfer students).

SW 300: U.S. Social Welfare I: Past, Present, & Future

SW 302: Introduction to Social Services Organizations

SW 352: Gender, Sexism, & Social Welfare

SW 410: Human Development & the Social Services

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

Introductory Psychology (PSY 200 or equivalent)

Introductory Sociology (SOC 105 or equivalent)

Human Biology (BIO 100 or equivalent –lab not required for BASW program)

Macroeconomics (ECON 102, 305 or equivalent)

Second Year Written Composition: English (ENG 214 or equivalent)

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? None.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? Yes.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3)

Area A: Written English Communication — ENG 104 or ENG 114 (Recommended)

Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4)

Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2)

Area D: Social Sciences: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. or California Government (D3)

[From Social Work at a Glance Handout:

  • PSY 200 or equivalent
  • SOC 105 or equivalent
  • BIOL 100 or equivalent
  • ECON 102, 305 or equivalent

See handout for more details.]

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Potential challenge: Multilingual students who need to take ENG 104 and 105 in their Freshman year as a result of their Directed Self Placement (DSP) to satisfy Area A2, have an additional English course to take; whereas, other students can directly take ENG 114 in their Freshman year. ENG 114 is a prerequisite for ENG 214, which is a prerequisite for the BASW program, particularly for SW 301 U.S. Social Welfare II: Problems, Programs, & Policies (GWAR).

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

Not applicable.

AP Macroeconomics with a score of 3, 4 or 5 will give you credit for ECON 102 and GE Area D (3 units).
AP Psychology with a score of 3, 4 or 5 will give you credit for PSY 200 and GE Area D (3 units).

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