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Social Work (B.S.W.) 2014-2015 Catalog Year

College of Health Professions and Social Work

Department of Social Work

The BSW Program prepares students for strengths-based generalist professional practice that teaches students to assist individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to identify their strengths and solve problems. Graduates will be equipped to work in a variety of public, nonprofit, and proprietary human service agencies. This upper division undergraduate program is designed to mesh both with community college associate degrees and the General Education Program at FGCU. In the junior and senior years, students will develop a core set of skills in case management, information and referral, and community organization which can be used in a variety of practice settings. Graduates are prepared for advanced study if they want to pursue a graduate degree. Those choosing to enter a MSW program must do so within 5 years of completing the B.S.W. program.

Program Accreditation

The Division of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, Virginia 22314: Telephone number 703-683-8080; Email

Program Admission Requirements
  • Submit a FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
  • Submit a B.S.W. supplemental application by spring of your sophomore year.
    • Checklist
    • Application
    • Self-Disclosure Statement
    • Three (3) Letters of Reference (submit a reference form for each reference)
    • Personal Statement
    • Value Essay
    • GPA Exception Instructions (if applicable)
    • Transcripts from each college or university attended including FGCU
  • Satisfy common prerequisites with a grade of C or better in each course.
  • Satisfy general education program requirements. A grade of C or better is required in Statistics.
  • Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.
  • Students in the B.S.W. program must meet specific progression and graduation requirements. See the B.S.W. Student Handbook for details.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
    Refer to the General Education Program for more information.

    1. Communication (6 hrs)
    2. Mathematics (6 hrs)
      1. Select STA 2023 (A grade of C or better is required)
    3. Humanities (9 hrs)
    4. Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
    5. Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)

      Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately

      Select from common prerequisites below.

  2. Common Prerequisites (variable)
    1. POS 2041 American National Government (3)
    2. BSC 1005 Biological Science (3) or BSC 1010 General Biology I (3) or BSC 1085 Anatomy & Physiology I (3)
    3. ECO 1000 Survey of Economics (3) or ECO 2013 Principles of Micro Economics (3) or ECO 2023 Principles of Micro Economics (3)
    4. PSY 2012 General Psychology (3)
    5. SYG 2000 Introductory to Sociology (3) or SYG 2010 Social Problems (3)

  3. Required Core Courses (42 hrs)
    • SOW 2031 Introduction to Social Work (3)
    • SOW 3101 HBSE I (3)
    • SOW 3102 HBSE II (3)
    • SOW 3232 Social Policy (3)
    • SOW 3300 Practice I: Individuals and Families (3)
    • SOW 3322 Practice II: Groups (3)
    • SOW 4060 BSW Field Education I (6)
    • SOW 4061 BSW Field Education II (6)
    • SOW 4332 Practice III (3)
    • SOW 4401 Social Work Research (3)
    • SOW 4521 BSW Field Seminar (3)
    • SOW 4522 BSW Integrative Senior Seminar (3)

  4. Electives in the Major (6 hrs)
    1. Select 6 hours from the following:
      • SOW 4194 Inter-relational Violence (3)
      • SOW 4274 International Social Work (3)
      • SOW 4601 Issues in Health/Mental Health (3)
      • SOW 4643 Issues in Aging (3)
      • SOW 4650 Child Abuse Treatment & Prevention (3)
      • SOW 4676 Loss & Bereavement (3)
      • SOW 4677 Issues in Vulnerable Populations (3)
      • SOW 4702 Chemical Dependency (3)
      • SOW 4724 Child Welfare (3)
      • SOW 4901 Independent Study (3)

  5. University Requirements (3 hrs)
    • IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives (variable)
    Additional electives may be required


Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • At least 48 of the 120 hours must be in the upper division (3000 and higher).
  • At least 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU.
  • Satisfy Communication and Computation Skills, and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See
  • Students in the B.S.W. program must meet specific progression and graduation requirements. See the B.S.W. Student Handbook for details.
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites

  • POS 2041: may substitute POS X041 (3), POS X042 (3) or PUP X099 (3)
  • BSC 1005 or BSC 1010 or BSC 1085: may substitute BSC X005 (3), BSC X020C (3), BSC X085 (3), BSC X010 (3) or PCB X099
  • ECO 1000 or ECO 2023: may substitute ECO X000 (3), ECO X013 (3), or ECO X023 (3)
  • PSY 2012: may substitute PSY X012 (3) or PSY X020 (3)
  • SYG 2000 or SYG 2010: may substitute SYG X000 (3) or SYG X010 (3)

For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

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