Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)
For information about the BA/BASW program, please contact:
Lisa Crites, MSW, LISW-S
Janice Steinmetz, MSW, LISW-S
Curriculum Guide (Required Courses)
The bachelor's degree in social work requires completion of a minimum of 120 credits, 46 of which should be under the social work major. No credit is awarded for life experience or for prior work experience.
Learners wishing to major in social work must request an intercollege transfer to the College of Health Professions, School of Social Work from their current college. A
Liberal Arts Base for the Social Work Major
The social work major is built on the liberal arts base which is contained within the general education program of the University of Akron. Most learners enter the social work major either from the general education college, the College of Applied Science & Technology, Wayne College, or another community college. Learners must complete the liberal arts requirements and General Education mathematics and English requirements prior to full admission
The School encourages learners to complete all General Education Bachelor degree requirements as early as possible and concentrate on the social work major in the final semesters. Post-baccalaureate learners must also meet all preadmission criteria.
The following eight (8) courses comprise the liberal arts base for the social work major and must be completed before being admitted as a full major student in the School of Social Work.
|Course number||Course title|
|7750:270||Diversity and Social Work|
|7750:275||Introduction to Social Work Practice|
|7750:276||Introduction to Social Welfare|
|7750:427||HBSE I (Human Behavior and Social Environment I)|
|3100:103||Natural Science Biology|
|Government & Politics in the U.S.
American Urban Society
Introduction to Psychology
|3850:100||Introduction to Sociology|
For a complete description of the above courses, see the University Bulletin.
Admission to the social work major
A 2.75 cumulative GPA is required to be admitted to the School of Social Work as a preadmission social work major and a full social work major. A learner will remain a preadmission social work major until all 9 liberal arts base and math and English General Education courses are completed, all required application materials have been submitted, the 2.75 or better GPA achieved, no grades are in progress, her/his completed application is reviewed by the admissions committee, and the School’s Director agrees with the admissions committee recommendation for full admission.