Plan of Study
TCC Associate in Science in Human Services
NSU Bachelor of Social Work
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) 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).
Admission to the Program 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. The curriculum prepares a student 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.
Transferring to NSU is a seamless process. Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an AA or AS from TCC. This milestone will also meet your general education requirements at NSU (unless it is a specific NSU requirement for you to graduate).
How do my TCC classes transfer to NSU? Every class that you have taken at TCC will transfer to NSU. Each class will count in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor’s degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective. You probably already know about general education and major classes but minors and free electives are unique to bachelor’s degrees. Free electives are extremely flexible and can be selected from any academic area. They allow you to explore your academic interests outside of your major while counting toward the 124 hours you need to graduate. Most degree programs at NSU allow for some free electives. If you completed a class at TCC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count in this category, up to the first 64 hours. If you have completed more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only the first 64 hours will apply to your degree. This is because you must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree. Social Work majors must complete Introduction to Social Work or 12 hours with a C or better. They must also meet 9 hours of general language arts requirements, 9 hours of general education in social sciences, and 21 hours of specialized course prerequisites.
When can you start taking NSU classes? You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your AA or AS at TCC. This is called dual enrollment, many students do this each semester. Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you.