Social work is a profession that works to enhance individual organizational, and community potential. Social workers are employed in both public and private human service agencies and work with a variety of populations including individuals, families, small groups, organizations and communities.
If you are interested in enhancing people’s potential and believe in the worth and dignity of all individuals, then social work may be the career for you. We encourage you to discuss social work career opportunities with one of our faculty members.
The social work program operates under a selective admissions policy. Students are considered “pre-majors” until they meet the minimum requirements to be accepted as a social work major. Admission to the social work program involves the completion of an application packet online at https://aps3.missouriwestern.edu/socialwork.
Minimum requirements for admission into the social work major include:
- Completion of the general studies math requirement;
- Completion of ENG 108 general studies requirement
- Completion of BIO101 (or equivalent)
- Completion of REL 250, 251 OR 252; and
- Completion of SWK250, SOC110, PSY101, and ENG 108 with a minimum grade of C in each course;
- Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5;
- Must have earned a C or better in all completed SWK prefix classes;
- Must agree to and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with accepted professional social work practices and the current NASW Code of Ethics (see Social Work Student Handbook);
- Cannot have exhibited behavior that will infringe on their present or future ability to adequately fulfill professional social work responsibilities. The social work program’s admissions committee reserves the right to require applicants to submit additional materials if the Committee questions the student’s ability to adequately fulfill professional responsibilities (see Social Work Student Handbook);
- Cannot have violated the University Code of Conduct/Student Disciplinary Code.
Students must complete the social work admission process prior to enrolling in SWK360. The formal application packet (an Application Form, a Personal Statement, three letters of reference, a signed Social Work Handbook Form and Code of Ethics Form) must be submitted by the first Friday in October or March. The social work admissions committee will review application materials and interview all applicants. Admission decisions are based on a student’s:
- interview responses,
- academic performance,
- personal statements,
- complete and pass a criminal background check,
- application responses, and
- prior personal and academic conduct.
All members of the admissions committee, by a simple majority vote will then make one of the following decisions:
- To unconditionally accept a student into the Program;
- To conditionally accept a student into the program
- To place a student on probationary status; or
- To deny formal acceptance.
Students may appeal admission decisions based on criteria contained in the Social Work Student Handbook. The social work program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, ethnic or national origin, disability, or political or sexual orientation.
Once admitted to the social work program, social work majors are expected to maintain professional and academic standards of conduct. The social work program at Missouri Western reserves the right to place a student on probationary status or remove a student from the major because of violations of these standards Social Work Student Handbook).
Social work majors must successfully complete a second formal admissions process before entering SWK 480 – Practicum in Social Work and SWK 485 – Social Work Practicum Seminar. To be eligible to enroll in SWK 480 and SWK 485, students must have earned a minimum grade of C in all SWK prefix courses and carry a minimum overall GPA of 2.50. In addition, students must continue to meet the professional and academic standards of conduct outlined previously.
The application process includes submission of a pre-professional resume (outline available from the Field Coordinator), completion of a field application, and interviews with the Field Coordinator and with prospective field instructors (agency social workers). Practicum planning regularly begins one or two semesters prior to entering the practicum. While every effort is made to identify those students ready for field practicum, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Field Coordinator of his/her intent to apply to the social work practicum.
Students must maintain certain standards to graduate with a BSW. They
must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA;
must earn at least a C in all SWK prefix courses;
Continue to meet the professional and academic standards of conduct delineated by Missouri Western State University and the NASW Code of Ethics
The Social Work Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, ethnic or national origin, disability, or political or sexual orientation.
Social Work (Bachelor of Social Work, B.S.W.)
The Social Work Program's Mission Statement
The mission of the MWSU Social Work Program is to prepare undergraduate students for ethical and effective generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in Northwest Missouri and surrounding areas. Social work graduates will value human dignity, social and economic justice, and human and cultural diversity. They will competently serve individuals from diverse backgrounds including persons who are poor, vulnerable, and oppressed, and living in rural areas. They will work to reduce poverty, oppression, and discrimination by making government and social service agencies more just and responsive to consumer needs. In addition to preparing competent social workers, MWSU's Social Work Program is dedicated to offering its professional expertise and academic resources to support community efforts to enhance human well-being.
|SOC 230||Social Problems||3|
|SWK 250||Introduction to Social Work||4|
|SWK 320||Philosophy and Policy in Social Services I||3|
|SWK 330||Human Behavior and the Social Environment I||3|
|SWK 340||Human Behavior and the Social Environment II||3|
|SWK 350||Social Work Practice I||4|
|SWK 360||Social Work Practice II||3|
|SWK 415||Social Work Practice III||4|
|SWK 420||Philosophy and Policy in Social Services II||3|
|SWK 480||Practicum in Social Work||10|
|SWK 485||Social Work Practicum Seminar||2|
|Applied Learning Research Requirement|
|GBA 210||Business Statistics I||3|
|or MAT 111||Introductory Statistics|
|or MAT 111E||Introductory Statistics|
|or NUR 314||Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Research|
|or PSY 300||Introductory Psychological Statistics|
|SOC 460||Methods of Social Research||3|
|or LAW 325||Understanding Research in Criminal Justice|
|SWK 470||Program Evaluation||3|
|SOC 400||Racial and Ethnic Relations||3|
|Select three credit hours from the following:||3|
|Gender and Politics|
|Psychology of Gender|
|Religions of East Asia and Oceania|
|Religions of the West|
|Religions of South Asia and Africa|
|World of Islam: People, Cultures & Societies|
|Select nine credit hours from the following:||9|
|Interpersonal Conflict Resolution|
|Introduction to Aging Studies|
|Mental Health and Social Work|
|Selected Topics in Social Work|
|Family and Child Welfare|
|Substance Use and Disorders|
|Death And Dying|
|Bridge to Practicum|
|Advanced Research Project|
SOC 460 Methods of Social Research requires a completion of nine credit hours in Sociology with at least three credit hours numbered 300 or higher.
NOTE: Students are expected to meet the professional and academic standards of conduct.
Program Graduation Requirements
- Earn a grade of C or higher in all SWK prefix coursework in the major.
- Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
University Graduation Requirements
- Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses. Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
- Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.