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BSW Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

What is the admissions process for the BSW Program?

When should students apply to the BSW Program?

What are the admission requirements for the BSW Program?

How are applications evaluated for admission to the BSW Program?

When will admission decisions be sent out?

What is the waitlist?

Pre-requisite Courses, Transfer Courses, and Social Work Curriculum

What pre-requisite courses need to be completed prior to admission to the BSW Program?

What non-social work courses or supporting courses are required for the BSW Degree?

How do my non-social work credits from other institutions transfer to SIUE?

What courses are required for the BSW Degree?

What electives are accepted for the BSW Degree?

Can I transfer social work credits from other institutions to the BSW Program at SIUE?

Do I need to have a minor study program?

How many credit hours do students need to complete to receive a BSW Degree?

Practicum

What is practicum?

How do I find a practicum placement?

How many hours do I need to complete?

Can I complete my practicum hours at my current job?

Advising and Mentoring

Where will I go to get advised for class registration?

How will I know what classes to take each semester?

What is the role of my social work faculty mentor?



Admissions


What is the admissions process for the BSW Program?

Students must apply to the BSW Program prior to being declared a social work major. The application process is competitive and not all students who apply to the program are guaranteed admission. Students should be aware that they must apply for admission and be accepted to the university prior to be being declared a social work major.

When should students apply to the BSW Program?

 Students should apply to the BSW Program between October and January of their sophomore year and plan to begin the program in fall semester of their junior year.

What are the admission requirements for the BSW Program?

Prospective BSW majors must do the following to be considered for program admission:

a.       Complete the application document (see BSW Admissions Info for forms)

b.       Write a 1-page statement discussing why s/he wants to major in social work

c.       Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from SIUE or another 2 or 4-year institution

d.       Complete General Education Requirements

e.       Attend a BSW Program orientation session (see BSW Admissions Info for dates, times, and locations)

How are applications evaluated for admission to the BSW Program?

Applications to the BSW Program are reviewed by the Department faculty to determine if they meet the minimum GPA requirements, to evaluate the quality of writing, and overall student preparedness for the social work curriculum and profession.

When will admission decisions be sent out?

Admission decisions are typically disseminated in March.

What is the waitlist?

In the event that more qualified applicants apply to the program than the Department is able to accommodate, a waitlist will be maintained. If students who are extended admission to the program do not decide to come into the program, students who are on the waitlist will be contacted to determine their interest in pursuing the degree. Students on the waitlist are typically contacted in June or July if a spot comes available.


Pre-requisite Courses, Transfer Courses, and Social Work Curriculum


What pre-requisite courses need to be completed prior to admission to the BSW Program?

Prior to admission to the BSW Program, prospective students must complete English 101 and 102 with a grade of C or better. It is recommended that students complete their General Education requirements prior to admission as well as most of the supporting courses, as there is little flexibility in the junior and senior year schedules with the required social work courses.

What non-social work courses or supporting courses are required for the BSW Degree?

In addition to the required social work curriculum, students must also complete a number of non-social work courses as part of the degree program. These supporting courses include:

a.       Biology 111 or Biology 140 – Human Biology

b.       History 201 – American History - Post Civil War

c.       English 201 – Professional Writing

d.       Political Science 112 – Introduction to Political Science

e.       Psychology 111 – Introduction to Psychology

f.        Psychology 206 – Social Psychology

g.       Anthropology 111b – Cultural Anthropology and Communication

h.       Sociology 111 – Introduction to Sociology or Sociology 300 – Social Problems

How do my non-social work credits from other institutions transfer to SIUE?

Students who transfer to SIUE with a completed Associate’s Degree will receive a General Education Waiver. If a student is transferring to SIUE without an Associate’s Degree, s/he may visit the Transfer Center Website at http://www.siue.edu/transfer/credit/index.shtml and reference the Course Equivalency Guide to see how their courses have transferred to SIUE in the past.

What courses are required for the BSW Degree?

 

Semester Course
Fall Semester Junior Year

SOCW 200 Foundations of Social Work Practice I

SOCW 201 Foundations of Social Work Practice II

SOCW 211 Micro Counseling Skills

SOCW 302 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

SOCW 390 Diversity

Spring Semester Junior Year

SOCW 301 Policy

SOCW 303 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

SOCW 315 Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families

SOCW 316 Generalist Practice with Groups

SOCW XXX Social Work Elective

Fall Semester Senior Year

SOCW 400 Generalist Practice with Organizations and

SOCW 480 Research Methods

SOCW 482 Field Instruction I

SOCW XXX Social Work Elective

Spring Semester Senior Year

SOCW 401 Policy Analysis

SOCW 481 Statistics

SOCW 482 Field Instruction II

SOCW XXX Social Work Elective

What electives are accepted for the BSW Degree?

Students in the BSW Program are required to take a minimum of one elective course through the Department of Social Work. The two remaining electives may be 300-400 level courses offered by other departments. The BSW Handbook includes a list of electives that have been approved for students to take in the past; however, students may take courses that are not on that list.

Can I transfer social work credits from other institutions to the BSW Program at SIUE?

Students may transfer credits from other social work programs to SIUE’s BSW Program as long as the previous institution is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The student may be asked to submit course number, descriptions, and syllabi for faculty to review in order to determine the SIUE course equivalency. Although transferring course credit to SIUE may reduce the number of credit hours a student is required to take, there is no guarantee that the student will complete the program sooner than 2 years due to course sequencing and offerings.

Do I need to have a minor study program?

Students in the BSW Program do not need to select a minor study program; however, students who choose to minor in another subject will have their 9 credit hours of electives waived. The student must complete the minor and it must post to their degree upon graduation to be eligible for the waiver. Since social work is such a broad profession, the Department accepts most minor programs of study in place of the elective credits.

How many credit hours do students need to complete to receive a BSW Degree?

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to receive a BSW Degree.


Practicum


What is practicum?

BSW majors are required to complete a practicum during fall and spring semesters senior year. Students complete 200 hours each semester for a total of 400 hours. The SIUE Department of Social Work has contractual agreements with several social service and advocacy organizations in the St. Louis and Metro East area. Students are supervised by a Masters level Social Worker throughout their practicum and gain experience providing social work services.

How do I find a practicum placement?

During spring semester junior year, students are provided a list of approved practicum agencies. Students are required to meet with their social work faculty mentor and the Director of Practica to discuss their practice interests and identify potential agencies for placement. It is up to students to contact potential agencies to set up interviews and secure a placement for fall semester senior year.

How many hours do I need to complete?

Students need to complete 200 hours in fall semester and 200 hours in spring semester for a total of 400 hours.

Can I complete my practicum hours at my current job?

Students who want to complete practicum hours at their job must obtain approval by the Director of Practica.


Advising and Mentoring


Where will I go to get advised for class registration?

BSW majors are advised by the College of Arts and Science (CAS) advisors. After a student is accepted as a social work major in the spring semester prior to starting the social work curriculum, s/he will be contacted by CAS Advising to set up an appointment to discuss registering for fall courses. The student and advisor will outline a schedule and the student will register for courses using Cougarnet. This process usually begins in March or April of spring semester.

How will I know what classes to take each semester?

The BSW program has a set curriculum and sequence. It is imperative that students follow the required course sequence, otherwise they run the risk of falling behind and pushing their projected graduation back by one year. Please refer to the courses required for the BSW Degree to review the course sequence.

What is the role of my social work faculty mentor?

Every BSW major is assigned a faculty mentor. The mentor’s role is to help the student to navigate the BSW Program, practicum search, and in areas of professional development. Every student is required to meet with their faculty mentor once per semester; however, they may choose to seek guidance from their mentor on a more regular basis.

Please contact the BSW Director, Dr. Jayme Swanke (jswanke@siue.edu) if you have any further questions!

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