Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get into the BASW program?

You must apply to both CSUSB and the BASW program. To get into the BASW program, you must complete (or be close to completing) the prerequisite courses; have an overall GPA of 2.0; achieve junior status (completion of 90 units); and earn at least a C grade in SW 200 (Introduction to Social Work), CJUS 101 (Introduction to Criminal Justice), and Statistics. Applications to the BASW program are accepted in March and are available on the web site. (See the BASW admissions page)

Do all the prerequisite courses have to be met before I can apply?

Most of them need to have been met. SW 200 (Introduction to Social Work) is the one prerequisite that must be completed before a student can be accepted into the program.

What is a PAWS report?

The Program Advising Worksheet for Students (PAWS) is an automated credit summary for undergraduate degrees that provides students with a listing of all coursework required for graduation from CSUSB.

I am a new student, what courses should I take?

Freshman students should take SW 200 in their second year, complete their English and math requirements. Over the next two years, students should be working on completing the prerequisite courses for the BASW program and most of the CSUSB general education courses. See our 4, 5 & 6 year plans under "Roadmap to Graduation".

I am a transfer student, what courses should I take?

If you have been accepted to CSUSB, your PAWS report can guide you through the courses you need to complete for graduation. Be sure you are listed as a Pre-Social Work major so that your PAWS report accurately reflects the required courses.

If you have not received your PAWS report, you can go to ASSIST and compare the courses you took at your community college to the general education requirements at CSUSB to see what requirements you have met.

Who do I see for advising?

Please contact Jessica Baker or Carolyn McAllister for an appointment.

How do I find out what I need to do to get into the BASW program?

Attend one of the BASW Program Information Sessions (see the BASW admissions page for dates), review the Admissions webpage and the BASW application packet, review the roadmap to graduation webpage, or set up an appointment for advising on specific questions.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Two years. Because the social work courses are offered in sequence the time period cannot be shortened. (See BASW main page)

What is the difference between the Sociology Department's Social Service Track and the BASW?

The BASW within the School of Social Work is a professional degree, nationally recognized through its accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. All courses are taught by social workers and the field placement is supervised by Master's level social workers.

Do I have to take the exact prerequisite courses?

Applicants must complete or be close to completing all of the specified prerequisites courses or their equivalents before they can be accepted into the BASW Program. Equivalent courses may be taken at community colleges. (See Tips for Transfer Students and the BASW Prerequisite Equivalent List under the Roadmap to Graduation page).

Can I enter the program in the winter or spring quarters?

Students enter only in the fall quarter due to the sequencing of the program. (See BASW main page and admissions page)

How many students will be accepted?

Space in the program is limited. For this reason, it is best to apply by the end of the March deadline.

When can I apply?

Students should submit a completed application packet beginning March 1st. We recommend the application packet be submitted to the School of Social Work by 4:30 pm on the last Friday in March for early decisions. We may continue to accept applications after this date if space permits. Applications may be obtained in the School of Social Work, suite 402 or on this website. (See Admissions page)

I have taken an Introduction to Social Work course, why do I have to take it again at CSUSB?

The SW 200 (Introduction to Social Work) course at CSUSB is designed to give an overview of the Social Work profession and work with students in deciding if social work is the correct career path for them. Students at a community college may use the cross-enrollment or dual admission process to take SW 200 at CSUSB while still a student at the community college. If you have taken an Introduction to Social Work course at a Council on Social Work Education (LSWE) accredited program, it may be considered an equivalent course. Please contact Dr. McAllister for additional information.

Can I substitute Sign Language or another foreign language for Spanish?

Spanish is the language skill most needed in the Inland Empire. No other language can be substituted for Spanish, however students have the option of satisfying this prerequisite by passing a Spanish language exam offered by University.

Can I still be considered for admission if I have prerequisite courses I will be taking in the summer?

Yes. The summer course(s) will be considered as work in progress pending the final grade in the summer course(s).

How many hours is the field practicum and how do I get placed?

The field requirement is 16 hours per week during fall, winter and spring quarters of the senior year. In the junior year, students are surveyed on their placement preferences and needs. Most placements are arranged by the end of the student's junior year. (See BASW Field Practicum)

Can I complete the field practicum on weekends or in the evenings?

No. We cannot guarantee weekend and/or evening field placements that meet both the expectations and requirements of our School of Social Work, or the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) which accredits our program.