The primary goal of the BSW program is to prepare students for beginning level generalist practice. A secondary goal is to provide a solid foundation for students who plan to pursue advanced social work education.
In order to achieve these goals, the BSW program is organized around a foundation curriculum with content in social work practice, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare history and policies, research, and practicum. Such a perspective provides an integrated system of courses that orients the student to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Infused throughout the curriculum is an emphasis on a generalist practice within the context of a multicultural environment.
To complement and support the core social work courses, the curriculum also provides for a broad selection of elective courses. Design of the electives curriculum encourages the student to choose courses of special interest consistent with a liberal arts background.
Candidates for the BSW degree must complete the following program requirements and earn a grade of C or better in all required courses.
1. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa General Education Core and Graduation Requirements, 54-56 credits
See the UH Mānoa Catalog for course listings in each category.
Students who entered the UH system in Spring 2001 or earlier and have remained continuously enrolled should check with the Admissions Coordinator for applicable requirements in this area.
UHM GENERAL EDUCATION CORE
I. Foundation Requirement (12 credits)
- Written Communication, 3 credits
- Symbolic Reasoning, 3 credits
- Global and Multicultural Perspectives, 6 credits
II. Diversification Requirements (19 credits)
- Arts, Humanities, and Literature, 6 credits (from two different areas)
- Social Sciences, 6 credits (from two different departments)
- Natural Sciences, 7 credits (Physical, Biological, and 1 lab)
I. Focus Requirements
- Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Issues, 1 course
- Contemporary Ethical Issues, 1 course
- Oral Communication, 1 course
- Writing Intensive, 5 courses
II. Hawaiian/Second Language Requirement
- Second Level, or or First Level and preapproved culture courses
2. Social Work Major Courses*, 41 credits
SW 200 The Field of Social Work
SW 302 General Social Work Practice I
SW 303 General Social Work Practice II
SW 325 History of Social Welfare
SW 326 Social Welfare as a Social Institution
SW 360 Sociocultural Content for Social Work Practice
SW 361 Human Development and Behavior for Social Work Practice
SW 391 Junior Practicum
SW 402 General Social Work Practice III
SW 403 General Social Work Practice IV
SW 440 Research Development in Social Welfare
SW 490–491 Senior Practicum
3. Electives Required in Upper Division Liberal Arts Courses, 21 credits
- BSW Upper Division Electives Listing (pdf)
To see a listing of required upper division electives in pdf format, click the link below.
To complement and support the core social work courses, the curriculum also provides for a broad selection of elective courses. Design of the electives curriculum encourages the student to choose courses of special interest consistent with a libe ral arts background.
4. Other Electives, 6–8 credits
Courses in this area may be either lower or upper division courses and will include any social work knowledge-base courses that have not been taken as part of the General Education Core.
Knowledge-Base Requirements for Social Work Majors
Philosophy 110 :: Introduction to Deductive Logic or
Philosophy 111 :: Introduction to Inductive Logic
Political Science :: any introductory course
Psychology :: any course
Any biological science course emphasizing human biology (Click to see a listing of biological science courses in pdf format).
Social Work 200 :: The Field of Social Work
Writing-Intensive Course Requirements
Students must fulfill writing-intensive requirements as specified in the UH Mānoa Catalog.
Practicum with professional social work supervision is an integral part of social work education. Students are expected to demonstrate a sense of responsibility, good judgment, responsiveness to the supervision of their work, and to demonstrate sensitivity and good interpersonal skills in professional interactions. Substandard performance in any of these areas is considered grounds for probation, suspension, or dismissal from the practicum.
Junior practicum (SW 391) is required of all students in the second semester of their junior year while concurrently enrolled in SW 303. The junior practicum experience requires eight hours per week at a social work agency in the community, as well as attendance at regularly scheduled meetings with the BSW Coordinator who is responsible for all placements. The primary objectives of SW 391 are to introduce and prepare students for their role as a social work student in an agency setting. To enhance these objectives, students will remain at their assigned practicum sites for their junior and senior practicum experiences.
Senior practicum (SW 490–491), required of all students in their final year of the BSW program, is to be completed concurrently with SW 402–403. Each student must spend 16 hours per week, for a total of 450 hours, at the assigned agency for the academic year. Additionally, students are required to attend scheduled meetings with the Practicum Office staff to enhance their practicum experience.
To qualify for the BSW degree, the student is required to:
- Fulfill all University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa General Education Core and graduation requirements;
- Complete the undergraduate social work curriculum, which includes the knowledge-base courses and required upper division electives, with a grade of C or better (a C- is not acceptable);
- Complete the curriculum in keeping with specific standards of the school, under professional social work supervision and instruction;
- Earn an aggregate of no less than 124 credit hours; and
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
Tuition and Fees
- General information regarding Tuition and Fees (UH Catalog)
- Regular Tuition Schedule - Current Semester (UH Catalog)
- Tuition Table (Office of Admissions and Records)
- Additional Fees and Expenses (UH Catalog)
Related Certificate and Honors Programs
BSW students may also choose to earn an undergraduate certificate in a field related to social work. These include aging/gerontology, ethinc studies, interpretation and translation studies, peace studies, and woman's studies. See UH Mānoa Catalog for more information. In addition, there is an Undergraduate Honors Program.
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