BASW Curriculum

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Course of Study

Students must complete the required BASW core curriculum in sequence over a two-year period. The BASW curriculum will consist of a 58-credit program comprised of three major areas: foundation courses, social work practice courses and practicum combined with practicum seminars. In addition to these three areas, students will be required to complete 10 credits of upper-division Social Welfare electives. General electives may also be required depending upon the number of college level credits applied toward the degree.

Curriculum Overview

To qualify for graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare a student must complete a minimum of 180 credits as outlined:

College-level credits 75 (min)
Core courses 58
Social Work electives 10
General electives Varies
Total 180

Model Program of Study

To help prospective students understand the sequencing of the Social Welfare curriculum, the Model Program of Study shows a typical progression for the degree. Please note, students with admission requirement or Social Welfare prerequisite deficiencies must meet with the program advisor regarding completion of deficiencies. Also, students who have not completed at least 20 credits of Visual, Literary or Performing Arts (VLPA) or 20 credits of Natural World (NW) distribution within their lower-division coursework must meet with the program advisor regarding selection of appropriate courses within an elective category to complete requirements.

Social Welfare core courses (TSOCWF) must be taken in sequence as noted.  Social Welfare electives (TSOCWF 300-400 level non-core courses) and general electives may be taken any time during the program or during any quarter enrolled as a matriculated student. Some students choose to take social welfare and/or general electives during the summer between the first and second year of the program.

BASW Core Courses

All Social Welfare majors are required to complete each core course with a 2.0 or higher grade and maintain a 2.5 GPA in all major coursework. 

Please note, the courses listed below are not taken in numerical order. The curriculum is transitioning from one model to another during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. See BASW Model Program of Study for course sequencing details.

TSOCWF 300: Historical Approaches to Social Welfare (5 cr)

TSOCWF 310: Social Welfare Practice I (3 cr)

TSOCWF 311: Social Welfare Practice II (3cr)

TSOCWF 312: Social Welfare Practice III (5 cr)

TSOCWF 320: Social Welfare: Contemporary Approaches (5 cr)

TSOCWF 390: Introduction to Social Welfare Research** (5 cr) - W***

TSOCWF 402: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (5 cr) - W***

TSOCWF 404: Cultural Diversity and Social Justice (5 cr)

TSOCWF 405: Practicum Seminar (3 cr/quarter, 9 cr total)

TSOCWF 414: Introduction to Field (1 cr)****

TSOCWF 415: Practicum (4 cr/quarter, 12 cr total)

**Successful (C or 2.0 or higher) completion of a course in statistics within the last five years is a prerequisite for TSOCWF 390.

***W indicates that the course meets the University's Writing Intensive Criteria.

****Effective Autumn 2016.

General Electives

2013 BASW students

The courses you take to meet the requirements for your degree will not always total the 180 credits you need to graduate. The additional credits you need to bring your total to 180 are called "general electives." Students may choose from a variety of disciplines outside their major to fulfill general electives.

Please note: Students with admission deficiencies or Social Welfare prerequisite deficiencies must meet with an academic advisor regarding completion of deficiencies. Also, students who have not met the minimum of at least 20 credits of Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), 20 credits of Natural World (NW) and 20 credits of Individuals and Society (I&S) within their lower-division course work must meet with the program advisor regarding selection of appropriate courses within an elective category to complete these Areas of Knowledge (AofK) requirements.

Tentative TSOCWF Schedule

Tentative Time Schedule

Social Welfare Practicum

In addition to classroom instruction, students are required to complete 480 hours of practicum experience in an outside agency or organization under the supervision of a qualified social worker. In the practicum settings, BASW students gain experience in such roles as advocate, case manager, change agent, group leader and organizer. They may assist a chemically-dependent person in changing destructive behavior patterns; help a battered woman find a safe, stable environment; support a person with mental illness in living independently in his or her community; marshal resources to enable a person with a physical disability to enter mainstream society; foster or find a safe environment for an abused child; advocate for housing for homeless people; or help a community organize itself to prevent a number of neighborhood problems.

Program petition for course substitution

Current social welfare majors, criminal justice majors or students who have declared the minor in criminal justice are eligible to submit course substitution petitions for review. You must supply documentation as outlined on the Program Petition for Course Substitution along with the signed form. Please allow a minimum of 7 -10 days for review. Decision notifications will be sent to your UW email address. Only college-level transferable courses are eligible for course substitutions (vocational-technical course work is not eligible).