Overview

UCF’s undergraduate program in social work leads to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).

The BSW program is an entry-level, professional program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. The program prepares students for direct, general practice in a variety of social agencies.

Students typically begin the program in their junior year. The curriculum consists of studies in human behavior and social environment, social welfare policy and services, research, and social work practice. Electives are offered in child welfare; addictions; aging studies; health services; immigration; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. An internship in a community agency arranged by the school is required.

Program Goals

Goal 1: Apply professional knowledge, skills, and values with diverse individuals, families, groups and communities.

Goal 2: Engage in ethical practice grounded in human rights and social and economic justice.

Goal 3: Promote the optimal well-being of vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalized populations by building on their strengths and resilience through collaborative community partnerships.

Goal 4: Integrate research informed practice in generalist settings.

Goal 5: Advocate for policies and services that promote social change and the quality of professional social work practice.

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Academic Learning Compact (student-learning outcomes)

Program of Study

The official program of study for the Bachelor of Social Work is available in the UCF Undergraduate Catalog.

The BSW program curriculum follows a structured sequence of courses. Students build on what they learn and end the program with field education through an internship.

Course Sequence

  • Courses should be taken sequentially and only when prerequisites have been met.
  • All required courses should be completed before the internship courses (i.e., Field Education and Field Seminar).
  • Students may register for the internship courses only if they have no more than 18 hours of coursework — including the 12 hours of field education and seminar — to complete for graduation.

Course Availability

  • Courses are offered only during specified semesters (a limited number of courses may be available in the summer).
  • The internship is offered only in the spring semester.
  • There are multiple sections of courses (with the exception of social work electives) offered every day of the week to assist students who may need to work or commute.
  • Online, mixed-mode (half online and half in-class) and face-to-face classes are available.
  • Classes are held three hours once a week (summer classes are four hours once a week).

Current Student Expectations

To remain a candidate for the BSW, a student must:

  • receive a grade of “C” or better in each required course for the social work major
  • comply with the “Code of Ethics” of the National Association of Social Workers
  • demonstrate particular personal and professional qualifications, such as intelligence, initiative, social concern, appreciation for differences in others, self-awareness, problem solving ability, ease in relating with others, a willingness to work directly with and on behalf of diverse populations, and the proclivity and skills to provide services through a variety of helping strategies
  • meet with an assigned faculty advisor prior to registration each term to review courses, progress and professional advisement
  • maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 in the major for entry into field education and to graduate
  • maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 in the major for entry into field education and to graduate

Students who, in the judgment of the faculty, are unwilling or unable to meet these expectations may be dismissed from the program. Students who did not reveal criminal convictions at the time of application also may be dismissed. Retention decisions outlined in the Policy on Student Grievances are found in the BSW Student Handbook.

Also see the Basic Degree Requirements in Social Work outlined by the School of Social Work.

Advising

BSW Program Coordinator and Associate Instructor Robin Kohn

Academic and professional advising is important to the social work program.

Students are required to meet with the BSW program coordinator or program advisor to develop an academic degree plan and then revisit with them once a semester to ensure accuracy of the courses and to graduate on time.

In addition, students are encouraged to seek out faculty members to discuss research and professional options, and to seek guidance in general. Faculty members post their office hours on or near their office doors.

Students are expected to use advising to

  • plan their academic career
  • examine their motivation and the appropriateness of their career goals
  • select courses prior to registration
  • review progress toward graduation
  • discuss any concerns

Admission

Prerequisites

Students are required to complete all course prerequisites prior to admission to the BSW major. These include:

  • American National Government
  • Biological Principles
  • General Psychology
  • General Sociology
  • Macroeconomics or Microeconomics

Prospective Student Expectations

  • To be admitted into the program, students must be willing to work directly with and on behalf of diverse populations. These include people of differing races and ethnicities; the elderly; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations; persons with HIV/AIDS; those with physical and mental health concerns; and the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  • In additions, students are expected to provide services through a variety of helping strategies, including but not limited to: assessments; contracting; home visits; office interviews; individual, family and group counseling; referrals; case management; community evaluations; grant writing; advocacy; education; and follow-up.
  • Students, who in the judgment of the faculty, are unwilling or unable to meet these expectations may be denied admission or later may be dismissed from the program.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are made by the school’s BSW Committee, which consists of faculty members who primarily teach in the BSW program.

Pending Status

A student who does not meet the above admission requirements may be registered as a “pending student.” Pending students are permitted only to register for certain limited courses, and they must contact the BSW coordinator to discuss their situation and devise a degree plan.

Schedule an Appointment

Prospective or newly admitted undergraduate students should schedule an appointment with the BSW program coordinator or program advisor to review course requirements and program expectations.

Students who have a misdemeanor or a felony conviction must schedule an appointment with the BSW program coordinator to discuss the nature of the conviction. A conviction does not necessarily prohibit admission to the program.

Application

UCF Application Deadlines
Please visit Undergraduate Admissions to identify the UCF application deadlines, which occurs sooner than the BSW program application deadline.

BSW Application Deadlines
• Summer admission: April 25
• Fall admission: August 5

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