The major in social work allows students to prepare for a profession making a difference in the lives of people and their communities. Offered by Salisbury University (SU) and administered by UMGC Europe, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) helps prepare you for entry-level generalist social work practice and advanced graduate education. The BASW is a professional degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which is essential for your licensure after graduation.

In a combination of hands-on practice in the community and theoretical study in the classroom, you will learn how to work with individuals, families, and groups. The goal of this comprehensive program is to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for private and public sector entry-level social work practice.

Please note: This program is only available to students located in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

What is Social Work?

Social work is a profession with many different opportunities and areas, all with the common goal of helping individuals. Social workers are people who care about the needs of others and want to make a difference. According to the National Association of Social Workers, “Social workers are skilled professionals who work to empower individuals, relieve suffering, and affect social change. They are generalists and specialists who work in a wide variety of settings, but apply common core values, principles, and techniques.” For more information about social work, visit Social Work Helps.

How do I know Social Work is for Me?

Social workers provide a wide range of services to individuals, families, small groups, communities, and organizations. Working from a strengths perspective, social workers are guided by the values of social justice and human rights. Social workers often reach out to people who may be described as oppressed and underserved.

Where you might work: Social workers most commonly work in non-profit or government agencies. The fields of social work practice include, but are not limited to, mental health, child welfare, family work, substance abuse, adult and juvenile justice, school or medical social work, geriatric social work, homelessness and housing, domestic violence, and community organizing/development. Social work jobs may be found in various environments like schools, hospitals, communities, and other voluntary organizations.

Job Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social workers is expected to grow much faster than average in the next decade. In addition, there are increased opportunities for social workers who are bilingual or want to work in rural, underserved areas.

About the Bachelor's in Social Work

A degree with a major in social work requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, with 54 credits required for the major, including 8 credits of supervised field instruction.

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. You should consult your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Boast a solid foundation for entry into professional social work practice.
  • Utilize the appropriate knowledge, values, and skills for intervention with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Maintain your professional identity consistent with social work values and ethics.
  • Apply valuable hands-on experience with various client populations, including diverse racial and ethnic groups, and at-risk populations.
  • Evolve a practice style consistent with your personal strengths and capabilities.
  • Work within a human service agency or organization.

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

Hands-On Practice: Field education is an integral component of the social work curriculum during which you will engage in supervised social work practice. This practice provides you the opportunity to apply your classroom learning in a field setting. All field education courses are graded.

Bachelor's in Social Work Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • SOWK 200
  • SOWK 300
  • SOWK 302
  • SOWK 306
  • SOWK 309
  • SOWK 310
  • SOWK 320
  • SOWK 330
  • SOWK 400
  • SOWK 410
  • SOWK 416
  • SOWK 417
  • SOWK 420
  • SOWK 421

General Education Requirements

  • Group I: English and Literature (2 courses)
    • WRTG 112
    • Choose from: ENGL 240, ENGL 303, ENGL 310, ENGL 311, ENGL 312, ENGL 364, ENGL 406, or ENGL 439
  • Group II: History (2 courses)
    • HIST 115
      or HIST 116
    • Any HIST course
  • Group III: Humanities and Social Science (3 courses)
    • PSYC 100
    • SOCY 100 or ANTH 102 or GVPT 170
    • Any ARTH, ARTT, COMM, DANC, HUMN, THET, foreign language, MUSC, or PHIL course
  • Group IV: Natural Science, Math, and Computer Science (4 courses)
    • BIOL 101
      and BIOL 102
      or BIOL 103
    • NSCI 100
      and NSCI 101
      or any CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS with a lab
    • MATH 103
      or higher MATH, science or computer course
    • STAT 200
  • Group V: Health Fitness (1 course)
    • FTWL 106

Program Admission Requirements

Step 1: Apply for Admission

  • New Students: To apply for the BASW program, submit your application for admission online through UMGC Europe. Select Salisbury Undergraduate and no minor for level of study.
  • Current UMGC students: Contact the local academic advisor to update your degree program.

Step 2: Complete Pre-admission Requirements

Prior to being fully admitted into the BASW program, you must complete the pre-admission requirements. Completion of all pre-admission requirements does not guarantee your acceptance into the program. To meet pre-admission requirements, you must successfully complete the following courses:

  • PSYC 100
  • STAT 200
  • SOCY 100
    or ANTH 102
    or GVPT 170
  • SOWK 200
  • SOWK 300
  • SOWK 310

Register online through MyUMGC

Army students: Register for classes through the GoArmyEd portal

Step 3: Contact Your Academic Advisor

Once you have completed the pre-admission requirements and have achieved junior standing with at least 45 completed credit hours, you may apply to the BASW program. It is advised that you speak with an academic advisor to ensure that you have completed all of the requirements before applying for full admission to the BASW program.

Step 4: Apply for Admission to the BASW Program

Each applicant for the BASW program must submit a Salisbury University application and written personal statement.

General Admission Requirements:

  • Achieve junior standing with at least 45 completed credits (preferably closer to 60)
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.7 in social work courses

For more information on how to apply to the BASW program once you have completed the pre-admission requirements, please visit SU social work admissions.

Salisbury University Policies

  • You are expected to demonstrate professional behavior while completing the BASW and to become a professional social worker
  • You may not repeat any social work class more than once without permission
  • You must earn a grade of C or better in all core courses
  • The required courses may not equal 120 credit hours; therefore, you must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation
  • You must have a minimum of 30 credits of upper level (300-499) courses

About our Partner Institution Salisbury University

Salisbury University, a member of the University System of Maryland, is an accredited university of national distinction. Home to more than 8,700 students from across the U.S. and around the world, Salisbury University has a reputation for excellence in public higher education. SU continuously ranks among the nation’s top colleges and values according to The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Money, Forbes, and others.

Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this four-year university has 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. SU prides itself on being an institution where individual talents are celebrated while big ideas are encouraged and nurtured.