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Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

To complete the social work program, you are required to take the following courses or their equivalents in these areas:

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements for the B.S.W. degree are more specific than those for the Bachelor of Arts.

The B.S.W. general education requirement under Sci­entific Inquiry is BIO 139, BIO 201 or BIO 257.  These are approved as a laboratory science of four credit hours for social work majors.

The B.S.W. requires 22 credits in the social sciences, including courses in psychology, sociology, political science and economics.  Several of these requirements also meet the College general education requirements in the area of Social Environment.

The B.S.W. degree requires a course on values or ethics, either PHL 126 or PHL 225, which also serves as the College general education requirement under Religious and Philosophical Traditions.

To fulfill the College requirement for computer literacy, each social major must pass with 75% the specially designed social work computer test in the STIC lab.  Documentation of this test result must be submitted to the academic advisor for inclusion in the student’s advising file.

Thus, of the courses designated for College general education credit, these specific courses are required for the Social Work Program.

BIO 139                  Principles of Biology


BIO 201                  Ecology and the Environment   


BIO 257                  Human Anatomy and Physiology
ECN 200                 Introductory Macroeconomics


ECN 202            Economic Dimensions
PSY 205             Introductory Psychology
SOC 201             Sociological Perspectives


SOC 202             Social Problems
PHL 126             Persons and Values  


PHL 225             Ethics    

Professional Foundation Curriculum

These related courses are taken prior to and/or concur­rent with the professional core.

PSY 240                  Developmental Psychology
SOC/POL 306      Ethnic and Racial Diversity
PSY/SOC 346      Aging Individual in Society    


SW 410                   Working With Older Adults
SOC/SW 345        Sociology of the Family     


SW 200B                Working with Children and Families
POL/SOC 385      Community and Organizational Change

Professional Core Curriculum

The following courses constitute the professional core.

SW 312                   Introduction to Social Work
SW 314                   Social Welfare Policy
SW 325                   Professional Communication with Individuals and Groups
SW 340                   Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SW 350                   Social Work Practice I
SW 355                   Social Research
SW 365                   Research and Statistics for Social Workers
SW 440                   Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SW 450                   Social Work Practice II
SW 455                   Field Practicum I
SW 455                   Field Practicum II
SW 496                   Social Issues and Policies:    Senior Seminar

All required Social Work (SW) courses taken at Marygrove, or at another CSWE accredited under­graduate program, have a limit of 6 years.  If a course has been taken more than 6 years ago, it must be retaken.  SW 350: Social Work Practice I, SW 450: Social Work Practice II, and SW 455: Field Practicum must be taken at Marygrove.  Also, SW 455 must be started within six months of completing SW 350.  SW 450 must be taken concurrently with SW 455.  If a student has not completed the entire field practicum (SW 455) within 12 months of completing SW 450, then SW 450 must be retaken.

A grade of C (2.0) or better must be achieved in all core social work courses, and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained in the professional core.  Successful completion of all core courses with a grade of “C” or higher, maintenance of the GPA requirements, and attainment of the goals and objectives of the field practicum as measured in the final field evaluation, will demonstrate a student's readiness for a career as a professional social worker.


SW 200A            Special Topics: Working with Substance Abuse
SW 200B            Special Topics: Working with Children and Families
SW 200C            Special Topics: Working with Mental Illness
SW 200D           Special Topics: Working with Health Care
SW 200E            Special Topics: Working with Diversity
SW 200F            Special Topics: Working with Spanish Speaking Individuals and Communities
SW 200G            Special Topics: Working with LGBT Individuals and Communities
SW 237              Physical Aspects of Aging
SW 268               Child Welfare Policies and Services
SW 299               Pre-professional Practicum
SW 312L            Introduction to Social Work Laboratory
SW 378             Policies and Services for Older Persons
SW 410          Working with Older Adults
SW 491               Independent Study

Other Recommended Electives:

ART 235             Introduction to Art Therapy
ART 237             Readings in Art Therapy
BIO 141                  Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
CJ 110                 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 351                 Restorative Justice
CJ 352                 Women in the American Criminal Justice    System
HIS 306                   The World in the 20th Century
HIS 310                   Metro Detroit Through Three Centuries
HIS 311                   History of Blacks in America to 1865
HIS 312                   History of Blacks in America since 1865
HIS 314                   Native American History I
HIS 315                   Native American History II
HIS 330                   Michigan: History and Politics
HIS 335                   Women in U.S. History
HIS 359                   History of Civil Rights
PHL 276             Critical Thinking
PHL 325             Special Topics in Moral Philosophy
POL 308             Contemporary Indian Issues
POL 309             Ethnicity in Urban America
POL 149             American Political Systems
POL 315             Third World Politics
POL 318             Global Women’s Issues and Policies
POL 358             Law and Society
PSY 320            Psychology of Women
PSY 330             Psychology of Adjustment
PSY 340             Abnormal Psychology
PSY 343             Adolescent Psychology
PSY 348             Death and Dying
PSY 360             Social Psychology
PSY 365             Group Dynamics
SOC 311             Deviant Behavior
SOC 320             Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 393             Urban Social Issues
SPA 150             Elementary Spanish I