B.S.W. Degree Requirements

Admissions and degree completion for the B.S.W. degree.

You may declare social work as your major during your freshman or sophomore year, or when transferring from another college. A formal application process for admission to the major is required of all students, and must be processed by the undergraduate social work program office, located in the School of Social Work. If enrolled in the University, you should apply prior to your junior year. Transfer students must first apply for admission to Adelphi University, listing your interest in the School of Social Work. Courses in the social work curriculum are generally taken beginning in the junior year, and are one part of a cluster of required courses that lead to the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.).

To earn a B.S.W., you are required to complete 120 credits, meeting the following credit requirements:

  • 35 credits in the University’s general education requirements
  • Students with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science (A.S.) from an accredited U.S. institution are exempt from general education requirements
  • 47 credits in social welfare
  • 21 credits in liberal arts distribution requirements
  • 17 credits in electives (liberal arts or social work courses)
  • Up to 9 credits of independent study are permitted with the permission of the director of the undergraduate program—you must consult with a sponsoring faculty member before registering for each course
  • No social work course or liberal arts prerequisite credit is granted for life experience or previous work experience
  • Field education is also required for all Adelphi social work programs.

» View course requirements for the Bachelor’s in Social Work


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