2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Work (B.S.W.)

College of Health Professions and Sciences:
School of Social Work
Health Sciences I (HS1), 204


BSW Program Director: Robin Kohn

Interim Director, Professor: Dr. Ana Leon

BSW Academic Advisor: Tracy Griffith

Admission Requirements

  • Acceptance to the University does not necessarily constitute admission to the upper division social work program. Separate application to the limited access program must be made to the School of Social Work. Students are admitted to the undergraduate program only in the Summer or Fall terms. To be considered for admission to the program, students must have:
  • Admission to the University.
  • A 2.5 overall GPA.
  • An AA (from a Florida College System or State University System institution) or UCF General Education Program and Gordon Rule requirement.
  • 15 semester hours common program prerequisites completed with a “C” (2.0) or better in each course (see Section 2 below for list of courses)
  • This limited access program is work-intensive. Due to this it is strongly recommended that students be at least one year post high school prior to applying to the program. Students with concerns or questions should contact the program to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
  • Personal qualifications considered for acceptance include intelligence, initiative, social concern, appreciation for human diversity, dependability, humanitarian interests in helping people and in improving human services and college-level reading and writing skills.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who are pending Social Work and are admitted to the program must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Residency Requirement consists of at least 30 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF School of Social Work.
  • Students should complete the General Education Program and the Common Program Prerequisite Requirements before beginning the Social Work Program.
  • Students entering the social work program and completing the program prerequisites including Statistics are required to earn a minimum of “C” (2.0) in each course.
  • Students should consult with a school advisor.
  • The courses designated in sections 1 (general education) and 2 (common program prerequisites) below may be taken at a college or university other than UCF, and should usually be completed in the first 60 hours.
  • Students meeting the six hours of cultural diversity requirement must earn a minimum of “C” (2.0) in each course.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required in all Social Work courses with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in each course.
  • Students must earn an overall GPA of 2.5 for entry into field education (SOW 4510  or SOW 4941 part-time) and to be eligible for graduation from the Social Work Program.
  • Students must complete all the requirements listed in 1-11 below.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (6 Credit Hours)

See Transfer Notes

See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information.

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Core Requirements: Basic Level

  • Required Principles of Statistics
  • Choose ONE of the following courses, or see advisor for more options:

Restricted Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Select six hours of social work electives in consultation with faculty advisor.

Capstone Requirements

  • None


  • Students can choose 21 credit hours of electives. SOW 2020 ( 3 credit hours) Careers in Creating Social Change is a preferred elective for students in  Freshman and Sophomore standing. Select courses that are 2000-level or higher with advisor approval.   Note: Students are responsible for meeting the 120 credit hours graduation requirement.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.
  • Students that transfer with an AA degree and will be pursuing a BS degree must meet the University foreign language admission requirements for graduation.


  • Cultural Diversity Requirement

Additional Requirements

  • None

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in all social work courses with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in each social work course.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • Complete a three-credit directed reading course/or a three-credit CHPS Interdisciplinary Honor Course.
  • Complete a three-credit thesis course.
  • Earn a 3.5 GPA in your Social Work major.
  • Earn a cumulative 3.2 GPA in your total UCF courses.
  • Complete 60 hours of college credit, including 12 upper division hours at UCF.

Related Programs


Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • None

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • POS 2041 : may use POS X042 or PUP X099
  • BSC 1005: may use BSC X085, BSC X010, or PCB X099
  • PSY 2012 : may use PSY X020
  • SYG 2000 : may use SYG X010

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study

  • The BSW program curriculum follows a structured sequence of courses. The Schedule of Study can be found in the Social Work Handbook.
  • Courses should be taken sequentially and only when prerequisites have been met.
  • 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.
  • Students admitted to the BSW Major may enroll in:

SOW 3300 Practice I: Understanding Generalist Practice - Junior Year Summer Admission or Junior Year Fall Admission

SOW 3620 Culturally Competent Social Work Practice - Junior Year Spring or Junior Year Summer

SOW 4343 Macro Level Roles and Interventions in Social Work - Junior Year Summer or Senior Year Spring

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

  • 2000-level or higher Elective Credit Hours: 3

Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • GEP Cultural Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)

  • GEP Communication Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Historical Credit Hours: 3
  • 2000-level or higher Elective (SOW 2020 Careers in Creating Social Change - Preferred) Credit Hours: 3

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • 2000-level or higher Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • 2000-level or higher Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Science Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Historical Credit Hours: 3
  • Cultural Diversity Elective Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)

  • SOW Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • 2000 level or higher Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)

  • 2000-level or higher Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • 2000-level or higher Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

For Full-time students ONLY: (12 Credit Hours)

For Part-time students ONLY: (7 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Summer (5 Credit Hours)

For Part-time students ONLY: