2014–2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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Social Work 

The social work program is currently granted accreditation at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education, 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA, 22314-3457; 703.683.8080; http://www.cswe.org.  

Social Work


  • Admission
    • The professional social work course sequence begins at the junior level. Students apply to the professional phase of the program by completing a formal application for admission. The application is due February 1 of the sophomore year for formal admission to the junior year courses. Only applications from change of major or transfer students will be accepted after February 1. The application is available online through the Viterbo social work Web page.
    • The applicant must satisfy the following criteria: completion of 36 credits, cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale at the time of application, B or better in SOWK 210 (This course may be repeated once.), written application to the social work program, interview required at the discretion of the admissions committee, completion of the pre-professional prerequisite curriculum with grades of C or higher prior to beginning the professional sequence courses.
    • Meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission to the professional social work program. The social work admissions committee may find it necessary to deny admission to a qualified applicant because of enrollment limits in the professional social work sequence and field education. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, meeting minimum criteria for admission may not be sufficient to be admitted to the professional social work sequence. Students have the right to appeal a denial of admission to the social work program according to the procedures outlined in the social work student handbook.
    • The social work program will not approve academic credit given for life experience or previous work experience in whole or in part, in lieu of field education or academic course work. The social work program does not offer students an opportunity to receive credit by examination for social work courses.
  • Progression in the professional phase of the social work program
    • In order to progress in the professional social work program, students must maintain a 2.50 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale in SOWK 210, 240, 275, 280, 321, 331, 340, 341, 421, 431, 441, 479, and 482, receive a minimum grade of C or better in SOWK 240, 275, 280, 321, 331, 340, 341, 421, 441, 479, 482, receive a grade of CR (credit) in SOWK 480, maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5, achieve grades of C or better in all prerequisite and support courses
  • Admission to Field Education
    • The professional social work curriculum culminates with a one semester 450 hour field education experience in an approved agency setting. Students are required to complete an application process for acceptance to field education one semester before intended entry. Only social work majors who have completed all courses in the professional phases of the social work curriculum except SOWK 480 and 482 and meet criteria for field education will be admitted into field education. A criminal background check is required to enter field education. Students with a history of physical violence, sexual misconduct or any other offense which would make the student unemployable as a social worker may be denied admission to field education in a particular semester. Admission into field education is limited by the number of opportunities for placement in certified field agencies. In the event that field education applications exceed placement sites, eligible students will be accepted based on the number of credits completed. If the number of credits completed is very similar, the cumulative GPA may also be used in the field education admission decision. Students who qualify for field education but are not able to be accommodated due to placements limitations will be placed in the following semester.  

Social Work Major (Bachelor of Arts or Science)

  • core curriculum and mission seminars (38-52 credits) – see the core curriculum section of this catalog
  • pre-professional curriculum requirements (22-26 credits)– BIOL 104 and 114 or 203, POSC 121, PSYC 171, SOCL 125, SOWK 210, 240, 275
  • major requirements (46 credits)– MATH 130 or PSYC 223 or SOCL 223, PSYC 340 or SOCL 366 or SOWK 366, SOCL 320, SOWK 280, 321, 331, 340, 341, 421, 431, 441, 479, 480, 482
  • Bachelor of Arts requirement – a minimum of three classes (nine credits minimum) of world language in preferably one, but not more than two languagesOR
  • Bachelor of Science requirement –a minimum of 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics
  • Final degree requirements – a minimum of 120 college level credits, minimum of 40 credits at the 300/400 level
    Transfer courses and waivers and/or substitutions could modify the required credit total in the core curriculum and major.  
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