Bachelor of Arts - Social Work

Access the complete curriculum for the BA, Social Work, from the Social Work Department section of the Daemen catalogue.

Following is a suggested course sequence for your program. Courses may be offered as indicated and/or at other times. Consult your Advisor for further direction and planning.

Course Loads

Maximum of 17 credits allowed for 7 semesters; 1 18-credit hour semester allowed at no additional tuition charge. Additional course loads are allowed for students who achieve Dean’s List. Consult the Dean’s List section of the Daemen catalogue for details on the Dean's List privilege.

Suggested Core/Free Electives*

  • Suggested Core Electives or 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/SW 327 Death, Dying and Bereavement
    • SOC/SW411 Contemporary Issues in Mental Health. (3)

Grade Requirements In Major Courses

A minimum grade of C is required in all Social Work courses.

Year 1

LEARNING COMMUNITIES are generally completed in the first year (LC1 in the 1st semester; LC2 in the 2nd semester)

First Semester

  • CMP101 English Composition (3)
  • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
  • Language/Core Elective* (3)
  • Total Credits (15)

Second Semester

  • Language (3)
  • SOC 201 (LC) Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • MTH 104 (LC) Survey of Statistics (3)
  • SW/SOC218 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (3)
  • Total Credits (18)

Year 2

First Semester

  • BIO103 Human Biology (3)
  • Language (3)
  • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3)  
  • Economics AND/OR FREE ELECTIVES (6)*
  • Total Credits (15)

Second Semester

  • PSC Political Science (formerly GVT: Government)  course* (3)
  • Language/Core Elective (3)
  • SOC 224 Ethnicity Race and Cultural Diversity (3)
  • PSY408 The Psychology of Mental Illness (3)
  • SOC303 Sociology of Family (3)
  • Total Credits (15)


* Any Political Science (formerly Government) course is acceptable. Suggested: PSC114 State & Local Government; PSC247/347/447 Selected Topics (select in consultation with ones Advisor). The Political Science course is suggested to be taken at the time indicated but may be taken in other terms, depending upon course availability and course topics of interest to the student, and upon consultation with ones Advisor.

Year 3

First Semester

  • Electives (6)*
  • SW311 Social Work Research I (3)
  • SW325 Foundations of Generalist Practice I: Social Work Method (3)
  • SW333 Human Behavior & Social Environment I (3)
  • Total Credits (15)

Second Semester

  • Electives (3)*
  • SW312 Social Work Research II (3)
  • SW315 Professional Communication in Social Work (3)
  • SW326 Foundations of Generalist Practice II: Individuals and Families (3)
  • SW334 Human Behavior & Social Environment II (3)
  • Total Credits (15)

Year 4

First Semester

  • Core Electives OR Free Electives (3)*
  • SW424 Foundations of Generalist Practice III: Groups (3)
  • SW432 Contemporary Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)
  • SW451/451S Field Experience in Social Work I/Seminar (5/1)
  • Total Credits (15)

Second Semester

  • Core Electives AND/OR Free Electives (6)*
  • SW452/452S Field Experience in Social Work II/Seminar (5/1)
  • SW454 Foundations of Generalist Practice IV: Organizations and Communities (3)
  • Total Credits (15)


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