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Social Work Major BSW

The mission of the Metropolitan State University Social Work Program is to integrate the values, knowledge and skills inherent to social work into an academic program that will enable graduating, multicultural competent Bachelor's level students to engage in generalist social work practice that will meet the needs of the increasingly racially diverse Twin Cities communities. The program will prepare students for generalist social work practice with client-systems of various sizes and types with special emphasis on people of color and communities of color. This program will build on a Liberal Arts base and will provide a foundation curriculum that contains the profession's values, knowledge and skills.

Acceptance to the Program

To be accepted to the Social Work major, students must successfully pass a criminal background check, need to have significant prior work, life or volunteer experiences with people of color, and must complete all the pre-application requirements and BSW Application Form. If the student is accepted to the major, a faculty advisor will submit a College of Health, Community and Professional Studies Undergraduate Program Declaration Form.


The social work program has four main components.

  • Prerequisites: Before being considered for admission to the social work program, student must complete their general education requirements, including SOWK 109: Introduction to Social Work or Introduction to Human Services and a minimum of three credits in each of the following: psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, human biology and racial/ethnic awareness (content is about people of color in the U.S.), completed at Metropolitan State or another post-secondary institution prior to admission to the social work major;
  • Core Courses: 32 credits (includes the prerequisite course, SOWK 109 Introduction to Social Work) in core curriculum required courses in addition to statistics;
  • Field Courses: 14-16 credits of field practica including five credits in a community learning center in a community of color, five credits in a mainstream social work setting, and four credits in a field practice seminar;
  • Other: a three or four credit course in statistics, eight upper division (300 level and up from Metro State) liberal studies credits for courses from two different disciplines, and two elective credits.

Social Work Core Courses (32 credits total)

  1. Social Work Practice (10 credits total)
  2. Racial/Ethnic Analysis (4 credits total)
  3. Social Policy (6 credits total)
  4. Research (6 credits total)
  5. Human Behavior in Social Environment (6 credits total)

Social Work Field Courses (14-16 credits total)