Bachelor of Social Work

The Marshall University Social Work Department offers a BSW degree, the entry level into the profession. Social Work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help people and to make a difference. Social workers help to solve individual, family, and community problems and enhance the social environment. They are employed in a variety of fields and settings such as child welfare, juvenile and criminal justice, health care, mental health, substance abuse treatment, housing programs, gerontology, and more. Social workers engage in counseling, crisis intervention, case management, community action, policy development, and other services.


The mission of the Marshall University Baccalaureate Social Work Program is to prepare students for the beginning level of practice as social work generalists grounded in the core professional values and competencies with an understanding and appreciation of the population and institution of Appalachia.


General Requirements

Candidates for graduation must have a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher on all work attempted at Marshall University, a 2.0 average in prerequisite courses (ENG 101, 201 or 200H, BSC 105 or anatomy course, PSC 202, ECN 250, SOC 200, PSY 201, Math) and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in Social Work courses.
All required social work courses must be completed with a C or above. Only SWK 370 and SWK 473 are graded under the credit/no credit option. All social work majors must have their schedules approved by their faculty advisors before they register for classes, or for any schedule adjustment.

Social Work Course Requirements

Social Work majors must meet the following requirements in addition to the core and university requirements listed at the beginning of the “College of Health Professions” section:

  • BSC 105 or Human Anatomy
  • CMM 103
  • ECN 250 Principles of Microeconomics
  • PSC 202 American State & Government Politics PSY 201 General Psychology
  • SOC 200
  • SWK 203 Intro to Social Work
  • SWK 310 Human Behavior I
  • SWK 312 Human Behavior II
  • SWK 320 Social Work Practice I
  • SWK 322 Social Work Practice II
  • SWK 330 Social Welfare Issues in Appalachia
  • SWK 332 Social Welfare Policy & Legislation
  • SWK 340 Social Work Research
  • SWK 370 Social Work Practicum I
  • SWK 473 Social Work Practicum II
  • SWK 475 Social Work Capstone

To learn more about courses you will take in the BSW program, view the 2016-17 undergraduate catalog on pages 184-186.