BASW Curriculum

From the 2014-2015 Bulletin of Courses, California State University, San Bernardino

B.A. in Social Work
Requirements (74 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

The School of Social Work offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. This degree prepared baccalaureate students for generalist social work practice and equips them to work in agency settings with individuals, families, groups and communities who are encountering problems related to personal or social circumstance. The program is accredited the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for social work programs. The program is intensive and exciting and applies to a wide variety of social work client populations.

Students must apply to the School of Social Work for admission into the B.A. in Social Work.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of application packet including personal statement of commitment to the social work profession, two references, and transcripts; (Contact the School of Social Work for more information.)
  • Completion of all lower division General Education requirements with an overall grade point average of 2.0 ("C") or better;
  • Completion of additional lower division requirements with a grade of "C" or better.

General Education Requirements to Enter the B.A. in Social Work

Basic Skills in Written Communication (A1) (4 units)

One of the following:

ENG 104A Stretch Composition III
ENG 104B Stretch Composition III for Multilingual Students
ENG 106A Accelerated Stretch Composition II
NG 106B Accelerated Stretch Composition II for Multilingual Students
ENG 107 Advanced First-Year Composition

Basic Skills in Oral Communication (A2) (4 units)

COMM 120 Oral Communication

Basic Skills in Mathematics (A3) (4 units)

One of the following:

MATH 110 College Algebra
MATH 115 The Ideas of Mathematics
MATH 120 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
MATH 192 Methods of Calculus
MATH 211 Basic Concepts of Calculus

Basic Skills in Critical Thinking (A4) (4 units)

One of the following:

PSYC 105 Critical Thinking Through Problem Analysis
SOC 180 Critical Thinking About Social Problems

Natural Sciences Breadth Area (B2) (5 units)

BIOL 100 Topics in Biology

Humanities Breadth Area (C3) (4 units)

SPAN 103 College Spanish III

Social and Behavioral Sciences Breadth Area (D4) (4 units)

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 100 The Study of Society

Additional Lower Division Requirements to enter the B.A. in Social Work

1. SW 200 Introduction to Social Work

2. One of the following:

ECON 250 Statistics for Economists
PSYC 210 Psychological Statistics
ADMN 210 Applied Business Statistics

3. CJUS 101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

School Regulations

Students must attain grades of "C" or better in all courses required for the major from the school in order to progress in the program.

Requirements for the B.A. in Social Work:
Upper-division requirements (66 units)

Four units chosen from the following (which also meets the Multicultural/Gender Requirements (G1)

HUM 325 Perspectives on Gender (4 units)
NSCI 325 Perspectives on Gender (4 units)
SSCI 316 Race and Racism (4 units)
SSCI 325 Perspectives on Gender (4 units)
SSCI 350 Roots of Modern Racism in America (4 units)

Four units chosen from:

PSYC 390 Abnormal Psychology (4 units)
PSYC 391 Psychopathology of Children (4 units)

Four units chosen from:

PSYC 382 Psychology of Social Behavior (4 units)
SOC 339 Socialization (4 units)
SOC 360 Social Psychology (4 units)

Four units chosen from:

PSCI 380 Introduction to Public Administration (4 units)
PA 380 Introduction to Public Administration (4 units)

Each of the following courses:
SW 300A Social Welfare Policy I (4 units)
SW 300B Social Welfare Policy II (4 units)
SW 301 Social Work Research (6 units)
SW 302A Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (4 units)
SW 302B Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (4 units)

Four units chosen from:

SW 320 Child Welfare Services (4 units)
SW 325 Social Work Interventions in Substance Abuse (4 units)

Each of the following courses:
SW 590 Special Topics (4 units)
SW 400A Social Work Practice: Individuals (4 units)
SW 400B Social Work Practice: Groups (4 units)
SW 400C Social Work Practice: Organizations and Communities (4 units)
SW 401A Field Work I (4 units)
SW 401B Field Work II (4 units)
SW 401C Field Work III (4 units)

Discipline requirements (8 units)
Courses taken to satisfy upper-division requirements cannot count toward the eight units for the discipline requirement.

Eight units in one of the following disciplines:

Criminal Justice

CJUS 354 Victimology (4 units)
CJUS 370 Law and the Courts (4 units)
CJUS 460 Alcohol, Drugs and the Criminal Justice System (4 units)
CJUS 462 Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System (4 units)
CJUS 465 Hate Crime Law and Policy (4 units)


ECON 333 Political Economy of Women: Money, Sex and Power (4 units)
ECON 352 Political Economy of Poverty and Discrimination (4 units)
ECON 357 Political Economy of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People (4 units)
ECON 445 Political Economy (4 units)
ECON 520 Social Economics (4 units)

Human Development

HD 205 Diversity in Child Development (4 units)
HD 324 Developmental Psychobiology (4 units)
HD 372 Psychology of Death and Dying (4 units)

Political Science

PSCI 330 State and Local Politics (4 units)
PSCI 528 Formulation of Public Policy (4 units)


PSYC 303 Parenting and Family Relations (4 units)
PSYC 320 Psychology of Middle Childhood (4 units)
PSYC 328 Psychology of Adolescent Development (4 units)
PSYC 329 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (4 units)
PSYC 351 Behavior Modification: Principles and Applications (4 units)
PSYC 386 Introduction to Psychotherapy (4 units)
PSYC 387 Community Psychology (4 units)


SOC 340 Sociology of the Family (4 units)
SOC 343 Sociology of Family Violence (4 units)
SOC 410 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (4 units)
SOC 440 Social Class(4 units)
SOC 442 Chicano Social Stratification (4 units)