NSU Social Work, B.S.W.: This degree is recognized as the entry level professional degree for generalist social work practice in public and private social agencies. A BSW education combines liberal arts with professional social work foundation content to prepare graduates for direct services. To ensure professional standards, BSW programs must meet rigorous academic standards to gain and maintain accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE.
Major guidelines / regulations: For admission to a BSW program, the competition is rigorous and students must meet formal admissions standards, such as completing an application process and maintaining a minimum grade point average. The coursework is begun in the final two years of a four-year baccalaureate program. A student qualifies to be a social work major when the following requirements are completed:
- General Education Language Arts - 9 hours
- General Social Science - 9 hours
- 2.5 Graduation/Retention GPA
- University requirements for English Proficiency
- Completion of application packet
- Approval by the social work faculty
- Obtain an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) Criminal History background check – this must also include the Sex Offender check and Violent Offender check (No more than 3 months old).
The curriculum prepares students for generalist practice and includes courses in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, populations-at-risk, research, social work practice, field practicum, social work values and ethics, human diversity, and social and economic justice. This curriculum consists of 54 hours of required social work courses.
Successful completion of the BSW program The Social Work major consists of 43 hours of required social work courses, 6 hours of social work electives, and 5 hours of upper division electives from social work, social science, psychology, or Native American studies. This is a total of 54 hours. 124 hours are required to graduate from NSU, and a minimum of 60 of these hours must be from a four year school. Students are required to maintain a 2.5 overall GPA.
What it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree from NSU. If you don’t complete your AA at TCC, you will need to meet NSU’s specific general education requirements. You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a bachelor’s degree. Of those hours, 60 must be from a university (4 year school), 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level, and half of the hours in your major must be from NSU. You must also be both English and computer proficient. This means that you must pass English Composition I & II with a “C” or better and demonstrate computer proficiency (high school or college course work / test). Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete around 64 more hours in order to earn your bachelor’s degree.