Social Work, Bachelor of Science

Requirements

The social work program is divided into two segments – pre-professional coursework and the professional BSSW program.  Students also have room for general electives to further pursue their interests.  The number of general electives required varies for each student (12-18 credit hours). 

Pre-Professional Social Work Courses

Students are required to complete some university general education courses and social work specific requirements prior to admission into the Professional Social Work Program.

  1. UNO General Education (43 credit hours) - all BSSW students must complete the UNO General Education Curriculum.  Some general education courses may overlap with social work requirements – see your advisor for more details. 
  2. Social Work Pre-requisite Course Requirements (21 credit hours) – a variety of courses are designated as pre-requisites to the social work program.  These courses are intended to provide a foundation of understanding in a variety of areas relevant to social work.

Professional BSSW Program

Students who apply and are accepted into the BSSW program complete a sequence of professional social work courses as well as a practicum experience and social work specific electives (44 credit hours). 

Social Work Pre-requisite Courses:
SOWK 1000SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE3
SOWK 1500SOCIAL WORK AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT3
ENGL 1150/1154ENGLISH COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1160/1164ENGLISH COMPOSITION II3
CMST 1110PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS3
MATH 1530INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS3
Students may take MATH 1120, 1130, or 1220 instead, but are then required to take SOWK 3000 to fulfill the program statistics course
SOC 1010INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY3
PSYC 1010INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I3
PSCI 1100INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1120AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 18653
ECON 2220PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MACRO)3
or ECON 1200 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. ECONOMY
BIOL 1020PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY4
Other Required Courses (not pre-requisites):
SOWK 2120RACE, CLASS AND GENDER IN THE UNITED STATES3
SOWK 3000APPLIED STATISTICS AND DATA PROCESSING IN PUBLIC SECTOR3
This course is not required if students take MATH 1530 or a transferred equivalent to meet the statistics requirement
Professional BSSW courses:
(must be formally admitted to SOWK to take these courses)
SOWK 3010HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I3
SOWK 3320SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I3
SOWK 3890WRITING FOR SOCIAL WORK3
SOWK 3020HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II3
SOWK 3350SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II3
SOWK 3110SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY3
SOWK 4360SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III3
SOWK 4400RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE3
SOWK 4410GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I5
SOWK 4420GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM II5
SOWK 4450SOCIAL WORK CAREER PREP1
Select one of the following minority content courses:3
SOCIAL WORK WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY
SOWK 4030 SOCIAL WORK WITH LATINOS
WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY
ETHNIC DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
Select one of the following electives:3
SOCIAL WORK IN CHILD WELFARE
SOCIAL WORK IN MENTAL HEALTH
SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Select one of the following electives:3
TREATMENT ISSUES IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE
MEDICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF ALCOHOL/DRUG USE AND ADDICTION
ASSESSMENT AND CASE MANAGEMENT IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE
SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW
CRISIS INTERVENTION
HOSPICE & OTHER SERVICES FOR THE DYING PATIENT/FAMILY
TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK
SPECIAL STUDIES IN SOCIAL WORK
SENIOR HONORS PROJECT/THESIS
Total Credits44
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
SOWK 1000 SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE 1 3
ENGL 1150 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3
CMST 1110 PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS 3
Humanites and Fine Arts 3
Quantitative Literacy 3
 Credits15
Spring
ENGL 1160 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3
HIST 1120 AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1865 3
PSYC 1010 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Sophomore
Fall
SOWK 1500 SOCIAL WORK AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT 2 3
PSCI 1100 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT 3
SOC 1010 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY 3
Social Science 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Spring
Students can apply for the professional social work program during the spring term if all of the pre-requisite courses for the social work program will be complete by the end of the spring term.  
BIOL 1020 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY 4
ECON 1200 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. ECONOMY 3
Global Diversity 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits16
Junior
Fall
SOWK 3010 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I 3
SOWK 3320 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I 3
SOWK 3890 WRITING FOR SOCIAL WORK 3
SOWK 2120 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER IN THE UNITED STATES 3
UL Social Science 3
 Credits15
Spring
SOWK 3020 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II 3
SOWK 3350 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II 3
SOWK 3110 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY 3
SOWK 3000 APPLIED STATISTICS AND DATA PROCESSING IN PUBLIC SECTOR 3
UL Social Science 3
 Credits15
Senior
Fall
SOWK 4410 GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I 5
SOWK 4360 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III 3
SOWK 4400 RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE 3
Required Social Work Elective 3
 Credits14
Spring
SOWK 4420 GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM II 5
SOWK 4450 SOCIAL WORK CAREER PREP 1
Required Social Work Elective 3
Required Social Work Elective 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.


This plan is not a contract and curriculum is subject to change


Additional Information About this Plan:
University Degree Requirements
: The minimum number of hours for a UNO undergraduate degree is 120 credit hours. Please review the requirements for your specific program to determine all requirements for the program. In order to graduate on-time (four years for an undergraduate degree), you need to take 30 hours each year.


Placement Exams: For Math, English, Foreign Language, a placement exam may be required. More information on these exams can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/enrollment-management/testing-center/placement-exams/information.php


**Transfer credit or placement exam scores may change suggested plan of study


GPA Requirements:
Students can apply for the professional social work program in the spring semester of their sophomore year given that the proper pre-requisite courses will be complete by the end of the sophomore spring term. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA at or above 2.5 in order to apply for and begin the professional social work courses in their junior and senior year. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to continue in the professional social work program.