Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

About

Eastern Washington University offers a full-time BASW degree that can be completed in two years. Classes are held on the Cheney campus during the first year and both the Cheney and the Spokane campus during the second year. Social work classes are held during the day in 2-4 hour blocks, and depending on the quarter, are held 2-4 days per week. The core curriculum is not offered in the evening or online. Electives are available in-person during the day on the Cheney campus, in the evening in Spokane or online.

Field Education (practicum) is three quarters and starts in the fall of the second year. Our practicum placement process is very structured and students do not seek their own placement. We work closely with the student and agency to assure learning goals are met.

Admissions Curriculum & Requirements

Admissions

Students must be admitted to EWU and be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Program.

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to apply.
  2. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 80 college credits.
  3. Applicants must have no more than two EWU required courses or DTA courses to be completed at the time of their application.
  4. Courses that are in progress during the spring quarter in which the student is applying may be counted toward meeting the preceding criterion.
  5. Applicants must have completed English 201 or an equivalent course at another college or university with a minimum grade of 2.7 or B- at the time of their application.
  6. Applicants must have completed intermediate algebra with a minimum grade of 2.0 at the time of application.
  7. Previous Life or Work Experience cannot be substituted for course credit.
  8. Applicants must provide two professional or academic references. One reference must be from an individual who has supervised the applicant’s work for 40 hours or more.

Please contact Kathryn DePaolis at 509.359.4538 or kdepaolis@ewu.edu if you have any questions about criteria for admission.

Applicants must have either one of the following:

  1. A completed 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. View the list of degrees that meet the DTA requirements.
  2. Those who have not completed a transfer degree and/or who are transferring from another university/college must have their credits evaluated on a course-by-course basis for approval of admission for the following requirements:
    1. A minimum of 80 College Credits
    2. Intermediate Algebra with a grade of 2.0
    3. English College Composition; Analysis, Research and Documentation with a grade of 2.7
    4. Two years of high school or one year of college foreign language

When applicants have criminal justice, child protective services (CPS), or adult protective services (APS) histories, such backgrounds can limit their opportunities in practicum placement and professional employment. Although discussing one’s criminal justice, CPS or APS background does not automatically guarantee or preclude admission to the BASW Program, failure to disclose all of the circumstances of any adult record with Criminal Justice, CPS or APS at the time of application to the BASW Program is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program when any failure to disclose such information is discovered. Before practicum placement can begin, all BASW students must submit to a background check. Disclosing criminal justice, CPS or APS involvement in an applicant’s history must include all of the following for each incident in their application:

1. When the event(s) occurred

2. What their age(s) was/were when the event(s) occurred

3. What the specific event(s) were, with a clear description of the applicants’ own behavior

4. How the event was resolved, including any consequences to the applicant

5. Any other information that is relevant for deciding about the appropriateness of the applicant working with vulnerable people.

The Fall 2023 application for the BASW cohort is open and will close on June 16, 2023.

Transfer students must apply to EWU before they can apply to the BASW Program.

Application Materials to Submit: 

A completed BASW application including the following items:

1. Unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended

2. A BASW Program Eligibility Checklist 

3. A BASW personal statement

Address in no more than 1200 words and no less than 350 words:

  • What is your primary reason for wanting to become a social worker?
  • What previous accomplishments of yours best prepare you to be a social worker?
  • What will be your greatest challenge in meeting the demands of the BASW Program, including full-time coursework and 16 hours a week of practicum (during the second year of the Program) and what is your plan to address this challenge?

4. Email addresses from at least two (2), and no more than three (3) references:

One must be from someone who has supervised your work for at least 40 hours, such as an employment supervisor or volunteer activity supervisor

Other references may be from faculty members – high school teachers are acceptable, coaches, civic or academic club sponsors, such as science or chess club or gay-straight student alliances

References shall not be from family members, family friends, personal friends or romantic partners, clergy other than those who were your supervisors, personal therapists, counselors or recovery program sponsors

5. If applicable, a brief statement about how an applicant shall complete the requirement that no more than two EWU or DTA required classes shall be outstanding by the end of the summer quarter

6. If applicable, a statement is included in your online application about any and all criminal justice, CPS or APS involvement. For specific content see below.

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Download the Application Instructions PDF. If you have questions about the BASW Program admission requirements, or how to meet them, please contact:

Kathryn DePaolis
Assistant Professor/BASW Program Director
Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 216)
P: 509.359.4538
E: kdepaolis@ewu.edu

 

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Student Learning Outcomes

2015 CSWE Core Competencies

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  • Engage in policy practice.
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Evaluate Practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Curriculum & Requirements

Social Work Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.

Grade Requirements: Social Work classes and support classes with a grade <C are not acceptable for graduation.

Required Courses
SOWK 273SOCIAL WORK HISTORY AND ETHICS5
SOWK 378HUMAN DEVELOPMENT OVER THE LIFESPAN4
SOWK 381DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN SOCIAL WORK4
SOWK 459SURVEY OF MICROSYSTEMIC PRACTICE THEORIES4
SOWK 464SOCIAL WORK CASE MANAGEMENT4
SOWK 467INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY4
SOWK 468SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH4
SOWK 469DATA ANALYSIS FOR SOCIAL WORK4
SOWK 470SOCIAL POLICY ANALYSIS4
SOWK 473SOCIAL WORK IN ORGANIZATIONAL AND COMMUNITY CONTEXT4
SOWK 476SOCIAL WORK ENGAGEMENT AND ASSESSMENT4
SOWK 477SOCIAL WORK WITH COMMUNITIES4
SOWK 479SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS4
SOWK 480FIELD PREPARATION1
SOWK 482PRACTICUM/SEMINAR (1-6 variable credit course–must be repeated three times)15
Required BASW Elective - choose any 300 or 400 level SOWK, DSST, CDST or ADST course3
Required Capstone
SOWK 490SOCIAL WORK SENIOR CAPSTONE4
Total Credits76

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