Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalogue. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

  1. MAJOR: 45 credits

    • SW/SOC218 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (3) -- CI 
    • SW311 Methods of Social Work Research I (3) -- ILIT.  NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH SW312=RP; IL; UD 
    • SW312 Methods of Social Work Research II (3) - ILIT; WI. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH SW311=RP; IL; UD
    • SW325 Foundations of Generalist Practice I  (3)
    • SW326 Foundations of Generalist Practice II  (3)
    • SW333 Human Behavior & Social Environment I (3)
    • SW334 Human Behavior & Social Environment II (3)
    • SW409 Social Work with Groups (3)
    • SW424 Foundations of Generalist Practice III  (3)
    • SW/SOC432 Contemporary Social Work Policy & Services (3)
    • SW451/451S Field Experience in Social Work I/Seminar (5/1)
    • SW452/452S Field Experience in Social Work II/Seminar (5/1)
    • SW454 Foundations of Generalist Practice IV (3)

    • SOC224 Ethnicity, Race, & Cultural Diversity (3) -- AA; WI  
    • 3 credits in Political Science (formerly Government) Studies: Any course in Political Science (PSC) - formerly Government  (GVT) is acceptable. Suggested: PSC114 State & Local Government  (3) -- CR; PSC247/ 347/447 Selected Topics (select topic with Advisor)
  3. CORE: 45 credits

    • BIO103 Human Biology (3) - CT
    • CMP101 English Composition (3) - CS; ILIT; WI
    • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
    • MTH104 Survey of Statistics (3) - CT; QL
    • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3) - CI
    • PSY408 The Psychology of Mental Illness (3) - CT; UD
    • SOC201 Introductory Sociology (3) - CT
    • SOC303 Sociology of the Family (3) -- CT; UD; WI
    • Economics: 3 credits are required.

      NOTE: Course counts as core only if the credits completed have a competency. If course does not have a competency, it will fulfill the Economics requirement but will count under the Free Electives, thereby requiring that an additional 3 credits in Core Electives be completed.
    • Foreign Language and Core Electives: 18 credits

    • Foreign Language Requirement:

      Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level. The requirement may be satisfied through the completion of college level coursework or the successful completion of a proficiency examination. A complete description of the requirement is available in the Foreign Language section of the Daemen catalogue.
    • Core Electives: See below for suggested courses

  4. FREE ELECTIVES: 27 credits

    Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in Social Work courses. See below for suggested courses.



Suggested Core/Free Electives

  • Suggested Core electives and Free electives:

    • CA205 Oral & Visual Communication (3) – CS; WI
    • PHI321 Medical Ethics (3) – ME, UD
    • PSY312 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (3) – CT; UD
    • SOC/SW328 Basic Training in Military Culture (3) - CI; ME; UD
  • Suggested Free electives:

    • CA/SED106 American Sign Language – Level II (3)
    • CMP301 Professional Writing (3)
    • HSM210 Introduction to Health Systems Management (3)
    • MGT208 Principles of Management (3)
    • NUR/HSC221 Issues in Women’s Health (3)
    • SOC/SW217 Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Other Addictions (3)  
    • SOC/SW232 The Aging Process: An Introduction to Gerontology (3)
    • SOC/SW243 Child Welfare Policy & Services (3)
    • SOC/SW327 Death, Dying and Bereavement (3)
    • SOC/SW411 Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health. (3)

Admission to Upper Division Requirements

  1. Completion of: BIO103; MTH104; PSY103; SOC201; SOC224; SOC303; SW/SOC218; 3 credits in an Economics course AND 3 credits in a Political Science (formerly Government) course.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at the end of the sophomore year, and C or better in all Social Work courses.
  3. Submission of evidence of 120 hours of volunteer experience in a social work or human service program.
  4. Completion of the upper division application including a personal statement.
  5. Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  6. Satisfactory completion of interview with the Social Work Admissions Committee.

*Transfer students must submit an application for upper division at the time of acceptance to the college and prior to registration for classes.

Admission to Field Experience (SW451/451S-452/452S)

  1. Upper division status and minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  2. Minimum grade of C in all Social Work courses
  3. Completion of Field Experience application
  4. Two letters of recommendation from volunteer experiences
  5. Submit evidence of the completion of six credits in Social Work/Sociology electives
  6. Satisfactorily complete an interview with the Field Coordinator

Continuance in Field Experience

Maintenance of a 2.5 cumulative GPA; a grade of P (Pass) in SW451; a minimum grade of C in all Social Work courses including SW451S; adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics. All non-Social Work requirements for the baccalaureate must be fulfilled or taken concurrently with SW452/452S.

Graduation Requirements

  1. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00
  2. A minimum grade of C in each of the Senior Social Work courses and grade of P (Pass) in Field Experiences

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the BA, Social Work, from the Social Work Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.

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