Bachelor of Science in Social Work


Edward Waters University’s Social Work Degree Program will provide students with a firm foundation to work in governmental, academic, non-profit, and for-profit settings in community, regional, state and national systems. Students will be educated on the practice and research of social work. Social workers recognize and understand the historical, social, cultural, economic, organizational, environmental, and global influences that affect social policy. They are also knowledgeable about policy formulation, analysis, implementation, and evaluation. With this foundation in social work, students will learn how to promote for the welfare of the entire population from a holistic approach to improve the human condition as a benefit to the entire population.

 EWU’s Social Work Program offers classes that educate students about the nine competencies and practice behaviors (PSLOs) in social work.

Academic Resources

High School Graduates (First Time in College) Application Requirements

  • Completed admissions application
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official College transcripts where dual enrolled classes were attempted
  • Official ACT and or SAT scores

Edward Waters University ACT code: 0724
Edward Waters University SAT code: 5182

High School Transcript

  • Admission consideration is given to applicants with standard high school diplomas from an accredited high school.
  • Submit an official copy of your high school transcript showing work through the completion of your junior year.
  • Transcripts are considered official when received directly from the issuing institution electronically or in a sealed envelope with the school’s seal and/or official signature. Your enrollment for the application term and year is based upon a review of your final high school transcript with the graduation date listed.

Minimum Requirements

  • GPA: High school applicants who have earned at least a 5 cumulative grade point average and have taken the ACT or SAT with a composite score of at least 14 (ACT) or 800 (SAT) are considered for regular admissions to the college.
  • High school applicants who have earned at least a 0 – 2.49 cumulative grade point average and have under 14 (ACT) or 800 (SAT) are considered for Provisional admissions for the Charles H. Pearce Institute (Summer term). Scores reported on high school transcripts can be used to evaluate applicant admissibility. 

High School Curriculum
Admission consideration is given to applicants who have earned a standard high school diploma and completed a minimum of the following:

English – 4 years or units
Mathematics – 3 years or units, including Algebra and higher.
Social Science – 3 years or units
Natural Science – 3 years or units

Foreign Language – 2 years or units Optional (If a student has not taken two years of a sequential language, they are still admissible to the college, but they will be required to take 6 credit hours of a foreign language.) 

Advance Standing Credit
You can earn a maximum of 30 combined credit hours in advanced standing credits.

Advanced Placement (AP): Course credit for applicable courses is awarded for earning a score of “3” or better on the Advanced Placement examination. It is possible to receive advanced course placement without earning course credit.

International Baccalaureate (IB): Course credit for applicable courses is awarded for earning a score of “5” or above on the International Baccalaureate examination. It is possible to receive advanced course placement without earning course credit.

Transfer students who wish to enter the social work major, must have earned at least 30 credits, have an overall GPA of at least 2.5, and a math and science GPA of 2.5 or higher in major courses in order to qualify for admission. Additionally, students must have successfully completed social work courses appropriate to their class standing upon transferring. Students who transfer with less than 30 credits must meet the admission standards listed above.

Students that do not meet admission standards can apply as a conditional student to the program. Conditional students need to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all first-year courses and meet with an academic advisor two times during the semester.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021), social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including child welfare and human service agencies, healthcare providers, and schools. Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 9 percent between 2021 and 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 74,700 openings for social workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. The median annual wage for social work officials varies from each state, but varies from $52,782 to $65,875 in 2023.  

FIRST YEAR – FRESHMAN

FALL

SOW 1000           Professional Values and Ethics  ………………………….    3 Credits

SLS 1103             Introduction to College (G)  ………………………………………….    3 Credits

ENC 1101          English Composition I (G).……………………………………….    3 Credit

MAC 1105      College Algebra (G) …………………………………………………………….  3 Credits

ESC 1000    Earth Science (G) ………………………………………………………………..    3 Credits

TOTAL = 15 Credits

SPRING

SOW 1020         Introduction to Self Care ……………………………………….    3 Credit

ENC 1102      English Composition II (G)  ….………………………………………   3 Credits

EWC 200        Applied Academic Writing (G) ….……………………………….    1 Credit

PSY 2012        Introduction to Psychology………..………………………………    3 Credits

STA 2023          Elementary Statistics………………………………………………    3 Credit

REL 2200        Intro to Biblical Studies (G).……..………………………………….   3 Credits

TOTAL = 16 Credits

SECOND YEAR – SOPHOMORE

FALL

SOW 3202        Social Welfare Policies and Programs ………………………………….    3 Credit

SPN 1120        Elementary Spanish I (If not taken in High School) …….………….  3 Credits

SPC 2608       Public Speaking (G) …………………………………………………………..   3 Credits

Elective        Free Elective    ……………………………………………………………………  3 Credits

TOTAL = 12 Credits

SPRING

SOW 2025         Introduction to Social Work Practice ………………………….……….    3 Credit

HLP 1002C    Personal & Community Health……………………………………………………   3 Credits

AMH 2091    African American History (G) ……………………………………………………   3 Credits

PHI 1600       Introduction to Ethics (G)…………………………………………………………  3 Credits

SPN 1121    Elementary Spanish II (If not taken in High School) ………………………. 3 Credits

TOTAL = 15 Credits

THIRD YEAR – JUNIOR

FALL

SOW 3620     Human Diversity in Social Work Practice ……………………………  3 Credits

SOW 3020      Social, Economic and Environmental Justice ……………….………..   3 Credits

SOW 4101     Human Behavior and the Social Environment ………………………  3 Credits

SOW 4302     Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families …………………. 3 Credits

SOW 4730     Working with Older Adults  …………………………………………………….. 3 Credits

TOTAL = 15 Credits

SPRING

SOW 4102     Human Behavior and the Social Environment  ………………………..   3 Credits

SOW 4323     Generalist Practice with Groups  …………………………………………..   3 Credits

SOW 4930    Spiritually and Social Work Practice …………………………………..  3 Credits

SOW 3212    Global Social Work and Social Development ……………………….. 3 Credits

SOW 4602    Social Work in Health Settings (Elective) ………………………..3 Credits

TOTAL = 15 Credits

FOURTH YEAR – SENIOR

FALL

SOW 4322      Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations .………….  3 Credits

SOW 4100      Family and Child Welfare Services and Practice ………………….………..  3 Credits

SOW 3403/SYA 4300     Social Work and Social Development ……………………………. 3 Credits

SOW 4351       Mental Health Issues …………………………………………………………..   3 Credits

SOW 4700       Additions I (Elective If Needed) ……………………………………………… 3 Credits

SOW   4511     Field Placement I ………………………………………………………………. 3 Credits

SOW  4522      Field Seminar I ……………………………………………………………. 3 Credits

TOTAL = 18 Credits (Excluding Elective)

SPRING

SOW 3511/STA 3024          Intermediate Statistics ……………………………………… 3 Credits

SOW 3293               Interviewing and Documentation ……………………………. 3 Credits

SOW 4512               Field Placement II  ……………………………………………………………. 3 Credits

SOW 4523               Field Seminar II …………………………………..…….……………………….. 3 Credits

TOTAL = 12 Credits

After successful completion of this program, more than 70% of the students will be able to successfully:

  1. Use clear and concise communication to convey relevant social work information so that decision-makers can formulate informed decisions.
  2. Utilize technology (such as computers, accounting software, and information databases) to facilitate and enhance social work reporting processes.
  3. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  4. Employ national, international, and historical perspectives to analyze social work issues.
  5. Identify ethical issues associated with social work situations and apply appropriate principles of ethics and civic responsibility.
  6. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  7. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.

The mission of Edward Waters University’s social work program is to advance the field of social work by enhancing human well-being and helping to meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty while creating social work professionals to be innovative and effective leaders dedicated to improving the human condition.  

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Social Work is designed to maximize the development of human potential and the fulfillment of human needs, through an equal commitment to: Working with and enabling people to achieve the best possible levels of personal and social well-being. Working to achieve social justice through social development and social change. The program emphasizes the learning of the concepts and practices of social work along with the development of analytical skills in areas of the nine competencies and practice behaviors (PSLOs) in social work.  

  1. Educate innovative and effective social work researchers, educators, and practitioners.
  2. Acquire broad fundamental principles in social work.
  3. Advance knowledge in social work through research and discovery.
  4. Participate in development and implementation of social work programs and policies.
  5. Demonstrate the oral and written report skills needed to present social work findings in court and legal matters.
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