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BSSW Program Coursework

For the complete list of prerequisites, general studies, and BSSW Program required coursework, please download a BSSW Program Advising Chart


Required Prerequisite Courses

The major requires 9 prerequisite General Studies and Social Work courses to set the foundation for coursework in the major. Students must have all prerequisite courses completed prior to entry into the major. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better. Upon approaching completion of the prerequisites, students may apply to the program.

Applying to the Social Work Major

The social work major is fall start only. To begin the major, students must apply to the BSSW Program during the spring prior to starting the fall courses. For more information, please visit the BSSW Program Application page.


The following electives have been approved by the Department of Social Work. Please note - not all electives will be offered every semester. Make sure to check the course schedule for the current semester to determine what electives are offered.

  • SWK 3010 - Social Work Practice with Children and Youth
  • SWK 3020 - Case Management Practice
  • SWK 3030 - Social Work with Older People
  • SWK 3040 - Creative Approaches to Change
  • SWK 3070 - Environmental Justice in Social Work
  • SWK 3080 - Social Work with Families
  • SWK 3100 - Child Welfare and the Law
  • SWK 3110 - Social Justice and Activism in the Chicana/o Community (Multicultural)
  • SWK 3130 - Social Work and Criminal Justice Issues
  • SWK 3150 - Social Work and Child Maltreatment
  • SWK 3400 - Leadership and Program Administration in Social Work
  • SWK 3500 - Social Work Practice with LGBTQ People
  • SWK 3600 - Gender in Social Work Practice
  • SWK 3660 - Poverty, Race, and Gender
  • SWK 4160 - Human Trafficking
  • SWK 4250 - Exploring Current Social Work Issues

Complete before entering the major:

General Studies Prerequisites

These courses must be completed with a C- or better prior to entry into the BSSW Program.


Students must take the following courses:

  • ENG 1010 - Composing Arguments Credits:3 (students may also take ENG 1008 + ENG 1009)
  • AND ENG 1020 - Research & Argument Writing Credits: 3

Students must take one of the following courses:

  • CAS 1010 - Public Speaking Credits: 3
  • OR CAS 1020 - Communication in Action Credits: 3
  • OR CAS 1710 - Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3
  • OR HON 2950 - The Art of Critical Thinking Credits: 3

Students must take one of the following courses:

  • BIO 1000 - Human Biology for Non-Majors Credits: 3 
  • OR BIO 1030 - General Biology for Non-Majors Credits: 4
  • OR BIO 1080 - General Biology I AND BIO 1090 - General Biology Laboratory I Credits: 3 + 1

Note: Students are required to take a total of 6 credits in Natural and Physical Science to meet MSU Denver General Studies requirements. The Biology prerequisite fulfills 3 of the 6 required credits. The remaining Natural and Physical Science general studies requirement can be found in the "Other General Studies Courses" section below.

Students must take the following courses:

  • PSC 1010 - American National Government Credits: 3
  • AND PSY 1001 - Introductory Psychology Credits: 3 
  • AND Pick one of the following:
    • SOC 1010 - Introduction to Sociology Credits: 3
    • OR ANT 1310 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3
    • OR ANT 2330 - Cross-Cultural Communication Credits: 3

Note: 3 credits apply to General Studies SBS I requirement and 3 credits apply to General Studies SBS II requirement

Social Work Prerequisites

Must be completed with a C- or better prior to entry into the BSSW Program


Students must take the following courses:

  • SWK 1010 - Introduction to Social Work: Overview of Contemporary Issues Credits: 3
  • AND SWK 1600 - Community Engagement & Civic Responsibility Credits: 3 §

§ Requires approximately 3 hours/week of volunteer work for a total of 45 hours per semester


Complete before graduation from MSU Denver

General Studies Courses

These courses must be completed with a D or better prior, and we recommend completing these courses before entering the major.


See General Studies Requirements for course list.

The BSSW Program does not require the completion of any specific Quantitative Literacy (College Level Math) courses. Students are free to register for any math course that fulfills the MSU Denver Quantitative Literacy General Studies requirement.

See General Studies Requirements for course list.

The BSSW Program does not require the completion of any specific Arts and Humanities courses. Students are free to register for any courses that meet MSU Denver's General Studies requirements.

See General Studies Requirements for course list.

The BSSW Program does not require the completion of any specific Historical course. Students are free to register for any course that meets the MSU Denver Historical General Studies requirement.

See General Studies Requirements for course list.

The BSSW Program requires that students complete a Biology course (see Natural and Physical Science - Biology requirement) but does not require students take a specific second Natural and Physical Science course. Students are free to register for any course meeting the MSU Denver Natural and Physical Science General Studies requirement to fulfill their second science course.

The Global Diversity requirement may be fulfilled with a course that also fulfills the Arts & Humanities, Historical, or Natural & Physical Science requirement. See General Studies Requirements for course list.

Graduation Requirements

These requirements must be met in order to graduate from MSU Denver per university policy


The Multicultural requirement may be fulfilled with a course that also fulfills the Arts & Humanities or Historical requirement. See General Studies Requirements for course list.

MSU Denver requires that students complete at least 120 credits in order to earn a bachelor's degree. Because the BSSW Program does not require a minor, students must typically complete 18-24 credits of general electives. General electives are any college level course not already fulfilling a degree requirement (i.e. general studies and social work major courses). The number of general electives a student has left to complete must be evaluated individually.


Required Social Work Courses

Because the BSSW Degree is professionally-oriented, students must pass through the curriculum in a sequential manner with lower-level courses preparing them for the work and expectations of upper-level courses. The following social work courses are required after students have been accepted into the BSSW Program. Students must adhere to the required coursework.

Required Junior Year Coursework


FALL - Junior Year

SWK 3410 Generalist Practice I (3)

SWK 3350 Social Work Experience, Practice & Communication (3) †

SWK 3050 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I (3)

SWK 3090 Philosophy of Social Work (3) *

TOTAL: 12 credits

SPRING - Junior Year

SWK 3420 Generalist Practice II (3)

SWK 3120 Privilege, Oppression & Power (3) *

SWK 3060 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II (3)

SWK 3780 Social Welfare Policy (3) *

Upper Division Social Work Elective (3) *

TOTAL: 15 credits

*These courses can be taken over the summer semester. Please work with an advisor in the Office of Social Work Student Services (303-615-0555, socialwork@msudenver.edu) to customize a plan that works for you.

† Requires approximately 4 hours/week of volunteer work for a total of 60 hours per semester

Please see the BSSW Program Advising Chart for the part-time plan

 

Required Senior Year Coursework


FALL - Senior Year

SWK 4300 Research Methods (3)

SWK 4400 Generalist Practice III (3)

SWK 4500 Professional Field Experience I (3) ‡

Upper Division Social Work Elective (3) *

TOTAL: 12 credits

SPRING - Senior Year

SWK 4310 Research Statistics (3)

SWK 4410 Generalist Practice IV (3)

SWK 4510 Professional Field Experience II (3) ‡

Upper Division Social Work Elective (3) *

Upper Division Social Work Elective (3) *

TOTAL: 15 credits

*These courses can be taken over the summer semester. Please work with an advisor in the Office of Social Work Student Services (303-615-0555, socialwork@msudenver.edu) to customize a plan that will work for you.

‡ Requires approximately 16 hours/week of field work for a total of 240 hours per semester

Please see the BSSW Program Advising Chart for the part-time plan



Coursework Totals

  • General Studies Prerequisites: 21 credits
  • Social Work Prerequisites: 6 credits
  • General Studies Courses: 15-18 credits
  • Graduation Requirements: 18-24 credits
  • Required Social Work Courses: 54 credits

TOTAL: 120 credits

MSU Denver requires that students have at least 120 credits to earn a bachelor's degree. The BSSW Program does not require a minor.


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Main Office Phone:

303-615-0555

Location:

Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362


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Our MSW and BSSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - the sole accrediting body for social work education.


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