Social Work

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:2163 Duration:48 months

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Social work is a profession that applies knowledge about people and society to help persons, groups, or communities meet a diversity of needs, solve a wide range of problems, promote social justice, and assist people in becoming empowered. The baccalaureate program in social work prepares students for generalist social work practice.

As beginning professional social workers, graduates typically work in the areas of child welfare, juvenile and adult corrections, public assistance, health and mental health, aging domestic violence, and chemical dependency, among others.

The undergraduate program in social work awards a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting agency for social work. Accreditation standards require a solid core of courses on social welfare issues and policies, social work practice skills, basic social science research methods, and a broad background in the liberal arts with special emphasis on psychology, biology, economics, politics, sociology, organization, and diverse ethnic groups. In fulfilling the academic requirements for social work, students must also uphold the values of the profession of Social Work as expressed in the National Association of Social Work’s Code of Ethics.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Requirements for the Major

C or better grade as the minimum requirement of the three Social Work Methods courses in order to advance in the program.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better for admission to the program.

Required Core Courses - Credits: 48

  • POLS 101 - American National Government Credits: 3
  • PROF 201 - Principles of Sociology Credits: 3
  • PSYC 105 - Introduction to Psychology Credits: 3
  • SOWK 107 - Cultural Competency and Human Services Credits: 3
  • SOWK 251 - Introduction to Social Work Credits: 3
  • SOWK 328 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I Credits: 3
  • SOWK 329 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II Credits: 3
  • SOWK 340 - Social Welfare Institutions Credits: 3
  • SOWK 355 - Social Work Practice with Individuals Credits: 3
  • SOWK 356 - Social Work Practice with Groups and Families Credits: 3
  • SOWK 357 - Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities Credits: 3
  • SOWK 407 - Social Policy Issues Credits: 3
  • SOWK 450 - SOWK Internship Credits: 12
  • SOWK 460 - Social Work Integrative Seminar Credits: 3

Research Block - Credits: 6

  • SOWK 318 - Research Methods Credits: 3
  • SOWK 319 - Statistical Methods Credits: 3


Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

  • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable

  • SAT or ACT Scores

  • $30.00 application fee

WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.
Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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