Undergraduate Course Catalog

Social Work

G. Stone, Chairperson

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is committed to enhancing the quality of life of people by educating students for beginning professional employment in social services and for graduate education. Bachelor of Social Work students complete a challenging campus and community based academic program that requires the mastery of professional practice competencies needed to shape solutions for social problems by strengthening opportunities, resources, and capacities of people, and by promoting just social and economic policies and services.


MAJOR IN SOCIAL WORK, BSW, 69 hours

Admission and Retention

Formal Admission to the Social Work Major
1. While a student can declare social work as their major at any time, to complete the BSW degree a student must be formally admitted to the major through a selective process following the procedures listed below and meeting the requirements for admission. Admission procedures and requirements include:   
  • completing an approved volunteer assignment of a minimum of twenty-five clock hours (course requirement in SOCWK 200) and submitting a performance evaluation to the department;
  • interviewing with, and faculty reference from, a SOCWK 200 or 230 faculty instructor;
  • having earned a minimum grade-point average of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale, in 100- and 200-level required courses for the major;
  • submitting a completed admission application to the department; 
  • completing an interview with the Coordinator of Student Services and receiving from this coordinator a positive recommendation for admission to the major; 
  • declaring any criminal convictions.

2. Upon admission into the social work major, the Coordinator of Student Services assists students in developing a plan of study for completion of the major, and assigns a faculty advisor. The assigned faculty advisor monitors the student’s progress academically and professionally.

3. Students denied admission to or continuation in the major may appeal the decision within fourteen calendar days. Appeals are made by informing the department chairperson in writing that the decision to deny admission or continuation in the major is being appealed by specifying the basis of the appeal. The department chairperson will convene the social work faculty within fourteen calendar days of notification of the appeal to review all information obtained for the admissions interviews, faculty advising conferences, and academic records. The BSW Standards Committee will meet with the student within fourteen calendar days. The BSW Standards Committee has the authority to admit or retain the student in the major. Students denied formal admission to or retention in the major will be advised of alternative options.

Retention in the Social Work Major
To enroll in the senior-level required social work courses (SOCWK 400, 410, 440, 460, and 462) students must have:

  • earned and maintained a cumulative minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in required social work courses; 
  • successfully completed the university writing competency examination or WPP 393 prior to receiving permission to enroll in SOCWK 410; 
  • successfully completed MATHS 125 or equivalent prior to enrolling in SOCWK 440.

To enroll in social work practicum courses (SOCWK 460 and 462) students must have:

  • submitted a practicum application and resume to the Practicum Coordinator;
  • earned a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in all required courses for the social work major; 
  • earned grades of C or better in SOCWK 400, 410, 440; 
  • to successfully complete the BSW degree program, students must have earned a grade of C or better in SOCWK 460 and 462.

Minimum number of required courses for the major at Ball State University

  • Transfer students from other accredited BSW programs must take a minimum of 18 semester hours within the department including SOCWK 410, 460, and 462 (18 hours) in order to complete the BSW degree at Ball State. 
  • Transfer students who have not taken a separate group practice course will also be required to take SOCWK 400. 
  • Transfer students must meet the department’s grade-point average requirements for the major and for the 400-level courses.

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MINOR IN SOCIAL WORK, 18 hours

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PSYSC 367 is waived as a prerequisite for SOCWK 330 for the minor. Students should take PSYSC 100 for University Core Curriculum.

SOCIAL WORK (SOCWK)

100 Introduction to Social Work. (3)
Introduces entry-level generalist social work practice. Focuses on the history, purposes, values, and role of the social worker within the social welfare services delivery system.

200 Social Work Practice 1 with Field Experience. (3)
Focuses on fundamental communication and relational skills used by entry-level generalist social work practitioners. Concurrent field experience required. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 100; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to social work majors and minors and family life educator certification candidates.

220 Social Welfare Policy 1. (3)
Introduces the historical development, mission, and philosophy of social welfare in the United States with a focus on the analysis of current social welfare programs. Focuses on economic, religious, political, and other socio-cultural influences on contemporary welfare policies and services. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 100; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: SOC 100 or SOC 242 (waived for social work minors and family life educator certification candidates). 
    Open only to social work majors and minors and family life educator certification candidates.

230 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 1. (3)
Builds a foundational understanding of people and their social environments focusing primarily on factors that influence human behavior such as culture, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, discrimination, economic forces, organizations, and communities. Covers theories and knowledge about the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 100; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: SOC 242 or 100 (waived for social work minors and family life educator certification and child development candidates). 
    Open only to social work majors and minors, and family life educator certification and child development candidates.

300 Social Work Practice 2 with Field Experience. (3)
Introduces entry-level practice methods with organizations and communities. Practice methods of engagement, assessment, intervention planning and implementation, and evaluation. Concurrent field experience required. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 200, 220, 230; PSYSC 100; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to social work majors.

320 Social Welfare Policy and Programs 2. (3)
Emphasizes policy formation and program development, implementation and evaluation used by entry-level social work practitioners. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 200, 220, 230; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to social work majors. 

330 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 2. (3)
Focuses on human growth and development from the prenatal period through later adulthood. Biological, psychological, and social aspects of human behavior are discussed. The complex interaction between human development and various social, cultural, spiritual, familiar, organizational, and community factors are highlighted. Emphasizes applying concepts and theories to assessment. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 200, 220, 230; PSYSC 100, 367 or BIO 254; SOC 100 or 242; permission of the department chairperson (PSYSC 367 or BIO 254; SOC 242 or SOC 100 waived for minors, family life educator certification and child development candidates, and WGS majors and minors). 
    Open only to social work majors and minors, family life educator certification and child development candidates, and WGS majors and minors.

340 Research in Social Work 1. (3)
Introduces qualitative and quantitative research methods, knowledge, and skills used by a Bachelor of Social Work degreed practitioner to evaluate practice effectiveness. Focuses upon the importance of research ethics in protecting human subjects. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 200, 230; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to social work majors.

370 Selected Aspects of Social Work Practice. (3)
Explores social work practice with selected populations and within specific fields of practice. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 100, 200, 220, 230; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term.

400 Social Work Practice 3. (3)
Introduces methods, knowledge, professional values, and competencies used in entry-level social work practice with groups. Concurrent field experience required. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 300, 320, 330, 340; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Prerequisite recommended: ANTH 311 or COMM 290 or EDMUL 205 or SOC 421; ANTH 341 or PSYSC 324 or SOC 235 or WGS 210.

410 Social Work Practice 4. (3)
Introduces methods, knowledge, professional values, and competencies for entry-level practice with individuals and families. Focuses on practice methods of assessment, intervention planning and implementation, and evaluation. Concurrent field experience required. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 300, 320, 330, 340; successful completion of the university Writing Proficiency Program or WPP 393; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Prerequisite recommended: ANTH 311 or COMM 290 or EDMUL 205 or SOC 421; ANTH 341 or PSYSC 324 or SOC 235 or WGS 210.

440 Research in Social Work 2. (3)
Focuses upon statistical measurement and data analysis used by a Bachelor of Social Work degreed practitioner to evaluate practice and program effectiveness. Introduces basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics, data entry, and analysis using SPSS. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 220, 340; MATHS 125 or completion of core math requirement; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to social work majors.

460 Social Work Practicum. (12)
Full-time practicum in an approved field instruction site that provides structured learning opportunities to demonstrate baccalaureate-level social work foundation knowledge, professional standards, and practice competencies required of an entry-level generalist social worker. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 400, 410, 440; ANTH 311 or COMM 290 or EDMUL 205 or SOC 421; ANTH 341 or PSYSC 324 or SOC 235 or WGS 210; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to social work majors.

462 Social Work Practicum Seminar. (3)
Focuses on the integration of entry-level generalist social work practice knowledge, professional ethical standards, and competencies; analyzes applied generalist practice settings and interventions using assignments based on the concurrent field experiences in SOCWK 460; and emphasizes ongoing professional development. 
    Prerequisite: SOCWK 400, 410, 440; ANTH 311 or COMM 290 or EDMUL 205 or SOC 421; ANTH 341 or PSYSC 324 or SOC 235 or WGS 210; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to social work majors.

490 Independent Study in Social Work. (1-3)
Topic to be chosen and investigated in consultation with an instructor with special competence in the subject involved. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.