COLLEGE of HEALTH and SOCIAL SERVICES
School of Social Work
Tina Hancock, DSW, Director
Professors Sandau-Beckler, Wagner; Associate Professors Barnett-Queen, Barney, Blair, de la Rosa; Assistant Professor Whittlesey-Jerome; College Assistant Professors Ortiz
Student Services Coordinator, Irma Hernandez
DEGREE: Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
The B.S.W. degree allows you to join a profession dedicated to helping people in personal and social situations. As a unique and challenging field, social work addresses the complexity of human behavior and the ever-present needs and potential of people. From rural communities to inner cities, social workers are at work in social service agencies, mental health centers, hospitals, schools, neighborhood organizations, probation offices, and private agencies—just about anywhere there are people. Social work roles are varied and flexible. Social workers practice in areas such as child abuse, community organization, direct services with individuals and families, mental health, group work, and the administration, planning, and development of social programs. With each consumer group and in every agency setting, social workers help to correct the causes or alleviate the results of poverty, racism, poor health, mental illness, or any condition that prohibits people from reaching their potential.
The B.S.W. program prepares you for a beginning professional level of generalist social work practice with an understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the Southwest.
To be admitted as a B.S.W. candidate, you must formally apply for admission to the program. A 2.5 grade-point average is required for admission. Consult the pre-social work major advisor, located in the School of Social Work in the College of Health and Social Services. The deadline for submitting applications is the last Friday in January. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and all students have access to copies of the Curriculum Policy Statement.
General Education Requirements
Students need to complete the New Mexico State University general education requirements before applying to the Bachelor of Social Work program. The School of Social Work requirements include S WK 221 and two semesters of a second language. Once accepted into the program, students also need to meet a Cultural Emphasis requirement.
Students may choose one of three tracks to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours.
- Take two more semesters of any language.
- Take an approved language immersion program.
- Take two approved upper-level courses with a multicultural emphasis (you can get the approved list of courses from your social work advisor).
If the cultural emphasis classes are also Viewing a Wider World classes, you still need to complete the total number of specified upper-division credits necessary for graduation. Highly recommended electives for social work students include courses in sociology, history, Spanish, psychology, family life, child development, English, philosophy, anthropology, computer science, criminal justice, government, and economics. Electives must be sufficient to bring total credits to 128, including 54 upper-division credits, for graduation.
Preparation for entry-level professional social work requires a thorough knowledge of theory and skills; therefore, the high number (57) of core social work credits is required.
Fall Semester (16-18 credits)
|ENGL 111G/111H, Rhetoric and Composition||3-4|
Spring Semester (15-16 credits)
|MATH 121G, 112G, 210G, 142G, STAT 251G, STAT 271G||3|
|C EP 110G*||3|
|S WK 221G, Introduction to Social Welfare*||3|
Fall Semester (18 credits)
|A ST 311G or STAT 251G||3|
|ENGL 203G, ENGL 211G, or ENGL 218G,||3|
Spring Semester (18 credits)
|Viewing a Wider World/C E||3|
|Viewing a Wider World/C E||3|
NOTE: Students need to submit a formal application packet to the School of Social Work in January and be accepted into program before they can take junior or senior year courses.
Fall Semester (13 credits)
|S WK 300, Social Work Practice Skills||3|
|S WK 301, Orientation to Field||3|
|S WK 309, Sociocultural Concepts||3|
|S WK 311, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I||3|
|S WK 331V, Introduction to Social Policy: History||3|
Spring Semester (15 credits)
|S WK 302, Service Learning in the Field||3|
|S WK 312, Human Behavior and the Social Environment II||3|
|S WK 313, Social Work Practice with Individuals||3|
|S WK 352, Social Welfare Policy: Legislation||3|
Fall Semester (15 credits)
|S WK 401, Field Experience I||6|
|S WK 414, Social Work Practice with Families||3|
|S WK 415, Social Work Practice with Org/Comm||3|
|S WK 467, Social Work Research I||3|
Spring Semester (16 credits)
|S WK 402, Field Experience II||6|
|S WK 404, Integrative Senior Seminar||1|
|S WK 416, Social Work Practice with Groups||3|
|S WK 468, Social Work Research II||3|
|Social Work Practice Elective or Elective||3|
A grade of C or better is required for all social work courses.
* A prerequisite with an asterisk (*) must be completed before starting the S WK program and require a grade of C or better.