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    Nov 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Work B.S.W.


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TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

The University of South Florida offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree in the School of Social Work, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences. The B.S.W. has been developed in accordance with the guidelines of the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for social work education programs, and in accordance with the recommendations of the National Association of Social Workers. The B.S.W. program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is a limited access program. The primary objective of the B.S.W. program is the preparation of the graduate for beginning level professional practice as a social work generalist. The secondary objectives of the B.S.W. program are to:

  1. Provide for the social work human resources needs of the university service district (the central Florida west coast area), the State of Florida, and the Southeast Region;
  2. Prepare graduates for additional professional training at the graduate level in social work or in related human service professions;
  3. Provide an exposure to social work as a profession and to contemporary issues in the social welfare field.

In preparing the B.S.W. graduate for beginning professional practice, the curriculum provides students with an opportunity to develop a knowledge base and skill base as a “generalist” practitioner. Students will develop an understanding of various methods of intervention and skills in their application to a variety of client systems. For example, intervention methods may take the form of individual and group counseling, resource development, consultation, teaching, advocacy, etc. Client systems may be individuals, families, groups, organizations, or communities. The student will develop an understanding of the dynamics of human behavior in individual, group and organizational contexts and the influences of the socio-cultural environment upon those behaviors. The student will learn about the development of social welfare systems and institutions and the social, economic, and political processes affecting policy development and program implementation. The student will develop an understanding of the utilization of basic social research skills particularly related to the processes of problem-solving, planning, and evaluation. The student will also become aware of the value base of the profession and engage in a self-examination process as it relates to the development and reflection of ethical and effective professional practice. The B.S.W. program places great emphasis on the development of a professionally responsible graduate in terms of one’s obligations to the client system served, the profession itself, the organization in which one works, and to the general public which ultimately provides any profession with legitimacy.

Certified Global Pathways Program

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. Global Pathway programs have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project. Study abroad opportunities are available through the School of Social Work and have included travel to India and Spain.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Limited Access


THIS MAJOR HAS ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS (LIMITED ACCESS) AS LISTED IN THIS SECTION.

The Social Work Program is a limited access program that requires students to complete a formal application to the BSW program during the semester of finishing all requirements for eligibility into the major. The School of Social Work admits all eligible, qualified applicants. 

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • BSC X005 or BSC X085 or BSC X010 or PCB X099 
  • ECO X000 or ECO X023 or ECO X013 
  • PSY X012 
  • SYG X000 or SYG X010 
  • POS X041

USF Prerequisite Courses


One course in each of the following five areas must be completed for admission to the major.

Required Foundation Course for the Major (3 Credit Hours)


This course is open to all majors, but it is a prerequisite and foundation course for the Social Work major. Although it is required for the major, it is not counted in the total hours for the major. Students typically take this course at USF. 

Total Major Hours: 41


Major Core (41 Credit Hours)


A major in Social Work requires 41 credits in a lock-step (pre-set) schedule.

Once the above courses have been successfully completed, students must take the following courses during their 2nd semester in the program (14 credit hours):


Once all above courses have successfully been completed, students must take the following courses (12 credit hours):


GPA Requirements


Admission to the University and a minimum USF/Overall GPA of 2.75.

Students must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in core courses in the major while enrolled in the program and demonstrate behaviors that are congruent with professional standards and values as described previously in order to remain in the major.

Grading Requirement


Completion of the five common course prerequisites with a minimum grade of “C” or better (2.0) in each course. A grade of “C-” is not acceptable.

Students must successfully complete their BSW core courses by earning a “C” or better. A grade of “C-” is not acceptable.

If Introduction to Social Work is completed at another institution, the student must have earned a grade of “B” or better in that course.

A syllabus must be provided by the student and reviewed in the School of Social Work prior to approval of any transfer of social work courses.

Course Grade Requirement


SOW 3203 - Introduction to Social Work  requires a minimum grade of “B” for eligibility into the major. A grade of “B-” is not acceptable.

Other Information


  • During the first semester of junior year, the following requirements must be fulfilled in order to remain in the social work major:
    • 2.75 overall GPA, 2.75 USF GPA.
    • Completion of the five State Mandated Prerequisites (no grade of “C-” or below).
    • Completion of the SOW 3203 foundation course (no grade of “B-” or below).
    • Submission of the BSW application.
  • USF Bachelor of Science Social Work graduates may be eligible for admission into USF’s Master of Social Work Advanced Standing programs.
  • Membership in the National Social Work Honor Society, Phi-Alpha/Delta Sigma chapter at the University of South Florida is available to students who meet eligibility critera. Phi Alpha is a national honor society for social work students who have attained excellence in scholarship. Its mission is to provide a network among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals.

Residency Requirement


Foreign Language Requirement


Students must meet the University’s FLENT (Foreign Language Entrance Requirement), which requires successful completion of two high school credits in one foreign language or successful completion of 2 semesters (8 credits) in one foreign language in college, or demonstrating equivalent foreign language competence on the basis of scores determined by the ACC CLEP or demonstrating equivalent foreign language competence through other means approved by USF  (such as a Placement Exam).  American Sign Language may also be completed for FLENT.

Research Opportunities


The diverse research interests of the faculty in the School of Social Work provide a wide array of opportunities for students to interface with evidence based research studies. Current research interests include treatment of childhood trauma; quality of care outcomes for vulnerable populations with particular emphasis on older adults with co-occurring mental and physical health disorders; health effects of intimate partner violence; implications of health care practices and interventions involving Latinos; reduction of health and mental health disparities for Haitians, and the development of psycho-social resources in community and long-term care settings. 

Internship Opportunities


Hands-on, practical experience is integrated in the core curriculum through the 460 hours of field placement that students complete during their final semester in the program. The School of Social Work has partnerships for the field experiences with an abundance of agencies in the surrounding communities. Students have many choices for the populations and environments in which they would like to develop their skills and prepare for professional employment. Internship (field placement) areas include child welfare, substance abuse, medical social work, mental health, children and adolescent services, forensic mental health, domestic violence, veteran’s services, court/justice system, crisis management, elder care, hospice and homelessness. 

Accreditation Information


The School of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Advising Information


Advising is available in office, by phone and email. We welcome students to contact our advisor to learn more about the social work profession and the BSW degree.

Amy Weisz, MSW, LCSW; 813-974-7292; aweisz@usf.edu; MHC 1405.

4 Year Plan of Study - Social Work B.S.W.


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Social Worker
  • Victim Advocate
  • Child Welfare Specialist
  • Family Development Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Crisis Center Counselor

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $49,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


  • SOW 3203 - Introduction to Social Work  Credit(s): 3 
  • Upper-level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • All prerequisites must be complete
  • 2.75 overall and 2.75 USF GPA required

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 4


Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Social Work B.S.W.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


  • ✳️ SOW 3203 - Introduction to Social Work  Credit(s): 3 
  • ✳️ SOW 3210 - The American Social Welfare System  Credit(s): 3 
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 1
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA required
  • Apply for admission into BSW program
  • All prerequisites must be met for eligibility into the program
  • Assumes Florida Public AA degree is met and Foreign Language Entrance Requirement (FLENT)

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

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