Academic Catalog

Social Work (B.S.W.) 2023-2024 Catalog Year
Marieb College of Health & Human Services
Department of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) 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 (3000-4999 level) 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 M.S.W. program must do so within five years of completing the B.S.W. program.

Program Accreditation

The Department 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 Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Submit a B.S.W. program transitional portfolio by June 22 of your second year. This B.S.W. program transitional portfolio is available on the B.S.W. website and is to include:
    • B.S.W. Program Supplemental Materials
    • Self-Disclosure Statement
    • Legal disclosure statement
    • One (1) Letter of Reference
    • NASW Code of Ethics essay
    • Transcripts from each college or university attended including FGCU
    • Required B.S.W. program student appointment to complete a Program of Study student course plan
  • Complete all general education program requirements
  • Complete three of the five common prerequisite courses with a grade of B- or better
  • Student must be in good academic standing
  • Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  • Attain junior status (requires a minimum of 60 completed credits and progression milestones) for permission to register for upper division coursework

For timely degree completion, students must complete appropriate milestones. Failure to meet milestone requirements may result in required major reselection. Refer to the program website or B.S.W. Student Guidebook for further information on milestones and progression standards.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete at least 48 of the 120 credits in the upper division (3000-4999 level).
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all core social work coursework.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: 30 of the last 60 credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. See:
  • Satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program ( To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course, except three of the five common prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of B-.

    FGCU Course: POS 2041 American Nat’l Government (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: POSX041

    FGCU Course: BSC 1005 Biological Science (3) or BSC 1085C Hum Anat & Physio w/Lab I (4) or BSC 1010 General Biology I (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: BSCX005 or BSCX085 or BSCX010 or PCBX099

    FGCU Course: ECO 1000 Survey of Economics (3) or ECO 2013 Princ of Macro Economics (3) or ECO 2023 Princ of Micro Economics
    Acceptable Substitute: ECOX000 or ECOX023 or ECOX013

    FGCU Course: PSY 2012 General Psychology (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: PSYX012 or DEPX000 or DEPX004

    FGCU Course: SYG 2000 Intro to Sociology (3) or SYG 2010 Social Problems (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: SYGX000 or SYGX010

  3. Required Courses in the Major (42 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    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 (3)
    SOW 3322 Practice II: Groups (3)
    SOW 3790 Diversity in Social Work Pract (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 4522 BSW Integrative Senior Seminar (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (6 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    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 (3)
    SOW 4617 Trauma-Informed Care (3)
    SOW 4676 Loss and Bereavement (3)
    SOW 4702 Chemical Dependency (3)
    SOW 4724 Child Welfare (3)
    SOW 4783 Human Trafficking (3)
    SOW 4791 SW Practice with Latinos/as (3)
    SOW 4901 Independent Study (1-3)
    SOW 4930 Special Topics in Social Work (3)

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 120

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