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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

The Social Work baccalaureate program was designed to prepare students who desire a career in human services as a generalist social worker. The program is offered at the North Central campus within the College of Liberal Arts and Department of Social Sciences of Purdue University at West Lafayette.

Each student will follow an appropriate course of study approved by an advisor in conjunction with the professional social work faculty.  The program will include a foundation of liberal arts and social science specifically designed to prepare students for professional social work education. The electives enable the student to pursue areas of personal interest.

In addition, the liberal studies program is designed to permit the individual who has earned credits at other colleges, or in other programs, or who has earned an associate degree, to incorporate previously earned credits into a baccalaureate program which can be completed at Purdue University North Central.

Core Requirements (45 credits)

 6         English Composition
3         Speech Communication
6         Math/Statistics
6         Natural Science
9         Western Heritage/Social Ethics/Individual & Society
3         United States Tradition
3         Other Cultures/Global Awareness
3         Aesthetic Awareness
3         Race/Ethnic Diversity
3         Gender Issues

Other Requirements (81 credits)

Concept Development
12 credits may be in either Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or ASL at the fourth level)
6 credits in Introduction to Psychology and Sociology

Social Work Curriculum 
A minimum of 54 credits is required taken beyond the core in the social work program.  The Social work course of study includes:

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Communication in Social Work
  • Research in Social Work
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II
  • Institutional Social Policy
  • Practice in Social Work I
  • Practice in Social Work II
  • Macro Practice in Social Work
  • Junior Practicum
  • Senior Internship I & II
  • Social Work Electives (3)
  • Independent Study
  • Total credits required for baccalaureate degree: 126

Other Requirements and Limitations

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in Social Work courses.
  • There is no substitution of experience for Social Work courses.
  • Transfer courses from a social work degree program of another university will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students must have a completed plan of study on file with the Department of Social Sciences Social Work Program by the junior year. Otherwise, on-time graduation cannot be assured.
  • The curriculum of the PNC Social Work program was developed to reflect the standards and policies of the Council on Social Work Education for baccalaureate programs.