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BA in Social Work (BASW)

We are now accepting applications for the full-time BASW Program! 

The priority deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.  Applications submitted after that date will only be considered on a space availability basis.  Please apply early to secure a spot in the program!

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 http://www.ewu.edu/undergrad/transfer/transfer-your-credits/dta-and-aaot-degrees 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 dsomerday@ewu.edu or 509-359-6482 for more information or questions regarding the BASW program.

Overview

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:    

     http://www.ewu.edu/Documents/Records%20and%20Registration/catalog/SOWK%2014-15%20Catalog.pdf.

Licensing & Certification

To learn more about licensure exams and regulations across the U.S., see the Association for Social Work Boards web site:
      http://www.aswb.org/
 
To learn more about licensure requirements for social workers in Washington State see:
      http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker.aspx 

To learn more about certification requirements for Washington State School Social Workers see:
      http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/ESA/Initial.aspx

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