BASW Program Goals & Standards

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Social Work class

  • To prepare entry-level baccalaureate social workers for generalist practice in a multicultural context rooted in knowledge and skills for understanding and solving complex social problems within the values of professional social work
  • To prepare generalist social workers to become informed and effective leaders able to take action against injustice and inequalities
  • To foster a comparative and critical examination of social welfare and social work history, policies, research, and practice interventions in the education of social work practitioners
  • To prepare students for graduate education in social work related fields
  • To provide access to social work education to residents of the south Puget Sound region


The following standards apply to all students in the Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) Program. These standards may be in addition to other academic standards at the University of Washington, Tacoma. In order to maintain satisfactory progress in the Social Welfare program, an admitted BASW student must meet the following critieria:

  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA in required Social Welfare courses and a 2.0 cumulative GPA at UW Tacoma.
  • A student whose Social Welfare cumulative GPA falls below a 2.5 in any quarter will be placed on academic probation.
  • A student whose Social Welfare cumulative GPA falls below a 2.5 at the end of any quarter will be required to attend a meeting with their faculty advisor and the Social Work Advisor. If the student continues to earn less than a 2.5 cumulative Social Welfare GPA in subsequent quarters, they may be referred to the Professional Standards Committee.
  • A student is removed from probation at the end of the quarter in which a Social Welfare GPA of 2.5 or better is reached and the UW Tacoma cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better is reached, and any conditions for reinstatement and satisfactory progress have been met.
  • Earn a minimum 2.0 grade (or credit in courses taken C/NC) in each required Social Welfare course.
  • Required Social Welfare courses are TSOCWF 300, 301, 310, 311, 312, 320, 390, 402, 404, 405, 406, 414 and 415.BASW student during class
  • A student who earns less than a 2.0 in any required Social Welfare course will be placed on academic probation for one or more quarters. A student placed on probation may be asked to retake a required course the following year. This may delay the student's practicum by one year. With the approval of the program offering the course, a student may repeat a course once. According to UW policy, if a department course is retaken, the grades of the two courses are averaged and credit for the course will be given only once. Veterans receiving benefits must receive approval from the veteran's coordinator in the Office of Enrollment Services before a course is repeated.
  • Satisfactorily complete the first-year required courses before proceeding into the practicum and practicum seminar.
  • To begin the practicum (TSOCWF 415), the student must be cleared for placement as outlined in the Social Work Program Policy for Assessing Students’ Readiness for Field Education.
  •  Complete the program within four years after admission.
  • A student who does not complete the program within four years of admission will be removed from the program and placed in pre-major status.
  • A student who begins the program and then withdraws from UW Tacoma for more than one year will have to re-apply to the program to be re-admitted. If re-admitted, the student must meet with the program advisor to prepare a revised program of study. The advisor (in consultation with the director) will determine which courses may or may not be applicable to the current curriculum and which courses must be completed for the degree.


  1. Exceptions to the satisfactory progress and low scholarship policy or reinstatement to the program must be approved in writing by the Social Work program director.
  2. The program director may consult with the Social Work Review Committee on decisions for suspension from the Social Work program based on a student's failure to meet the criteria listed under "Academic Performance and Conduct Which May Result in a Review and Possible Dismissal from the Social Work Program".