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Diane Somerday, Coordinator of Student Services
208 Senior Hall Office 123
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6482
fax: 509-359-6475

BA in Social Work (BASW)

At this time any Cheney Campus BASW Program admissions will be made only if space becomes available, and any applications that are incomplete on August 1st will not be reviewed.

Admissions and Application Information

Students planning to major in social work should have a strong college preparatory background with an overall GPA of 2.5. Volunteer experience with a social service agency is also strongly recommended and will be required by fall of 2016.

Admissions for Transfer Students and Students Completing Direct Transfer Degrees:

The ideal transfer applicant will have a complete Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) from a community college in Washington, an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) from a community college in Oregon or a transfer degree from specific community colleges in Idaho and Montana. Go to for a list of degrees that meet DTA requirements.   Applicants who have not completed a transfer degree will have their credits evaluated on a course-by-course basis for approval of admission. At minimum, students should have completed 90 quarter credits and Intermediate Algebra with a grade of 2.0.  In addition, two years of high school or one year of college foreign language is highly recommended before starting the program.  

Contact the departmental advisor at or 509-359-6482 for more information or questions regarding the BASW program.


At the undergraduate level, the educational program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level social work practice. The focus is on a problem-solving generalist model which fits the needs of the region. The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Prepare graduates for entry-level professional positions in the field of social welfare.
  2. Provide a foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate education in social work.
  3. Assist students who want to use a social work major as preparation for other professions and services or as preparation for civic leadership and participation in community social services.

To meet these objectives, the School offers a professional curriculum with courses in human behavior in the social environment, intervention methods, social welfare policy and services, research methods and field practicum. This professional curriculum is supported by a liberal arts foundation, with required courses in the behavioral/biological sciences. The undergraduate program emphasizes a task-centered, problem-solving approach to social work practice.

What will I study?

The Social Work Program is committed to the ongoing development of social work education that instills a core commitment to work toward social and economic justice in a diverse society with the result being the empowerment of individuals, groups and communities in their efforts to enhance opportunities for human well-being.

For program details and course descriptions see our course catalog:

For program details and course descriptions see our course catalog: 

Licensing & Certification

To learn more about licensure exams and regulations across the U.S., see the Association for Social Work Boards web site:
To learn more about licensure requirements for social workers in Washington State see: 

To learn more about certification requirements for Washington State School Social Workers see:

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