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.

AdmissionsCurriculum & 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 no more than two EWU required courses or DTA courses to be completed at the time of their application.
  3.  Courses that are in progress during the spring quarter in which the student is applying may be counted toward meeting the preceding criterion.
  4.  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.
  5.  Applicants must have completed intermediate algebra with a minimum grade of 2.0 at the time of application.
  6. Previous Life or Work Experience cannot be substituted for course credit.

Professional Readiness Criteria

  1. At the time of application, applicants must have spent a minimum of 40 hours in a volunteer or paraprofessional capacity working in one agency or organization where the applicant’s primary responsibilities directly involved working with others in a helping process.
    1. For verification, one of the applicant’s references must be the person who had direct supervisory responsibility over them during their volunteer or paraprofessional work.
  2. Applicants must provide two professional or academic references (as stated previously, one reference must be from volunteer or Human Services work experience supervisor).

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.  90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits, completed
    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.

The application process for the Fall 2020 BASW cohort will open on Oct. 14, 2019, and close on Mar. 31, 2020. Applications will be available on the BASW webpage from Oct. 14, 2019 through Mar. 31, 2020. No applications will be accepted after the Mar. 31, 2020 deadline. Admission decisions will be made by Apr. 30, 2020.

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

2008 CSWE Core Competencies

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate 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 273INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK5
SOWK 378HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I 4
SOWK 379HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II4
SOWK 381DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL WORK4
SOWK 459SURVEY OF MICROSYSTEMIC PRACTICE THEORIES4
SOWK 468SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH4
SOWK 469DATA ANALYSIS FOR SOCIAL WORK4
SOWK 470SOCIAL POLICY ANALYSIS4
SOWK 475SOCIAL WORK ENGAGEMENT4
SOWK 476SOCIAL WORK ASSESSMENT4
SOWK 477SOCIAL WORK WITH COMMUNITIES4
SOWK 478SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS4
SOWK 479SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS4
SOWK 480FIELD PREPARATION1
SOWK 482PRACTICUM/SEMINAR (must be repeated three times)15
SOWK 490SOCIAL WORK SENIOR CAPSTONE4
Required BASW Elective3
Total Credits76

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