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For a complete list of prerequisite, general studies, and BSSW Program required courses, please download a BSSW Program Advising Chart. The BSSW Program does not require a minor.

Applying to the Social Work Major

The social work major is fall-start only. To begin the major, students must apply to the BSSW Program during the spring prior to starting the fall courses. For more information, please visit our BSSW Program application page.

Required Prerequisite Courses

The major requires 9 prerequisite general studies and social work courses to set the foundation for coursework in the major. Students must have all prerequisite courses complete prior to starting BSSW Program courses in the fall. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better. More information on prerequisites can be found below.

Detailed Course Information

Please click on the drop-downs below for detailed information about approved upper division social work electives, SWK 3350 – Social Work Experience, Practice, and Communication, and the field placement process for SWK 4500 and 4510.

BSSW Program Prerequisite Requirements

These courses must be complete with a grade of “C-” or better prior to entry into the BSSW Program.

General Studies Requirements

These courses must be completed with a grade of “D” or better prior to graduation from MSU Denver, although we recommend completing these courses prior to entry into the BSSW Program.

Additional Graduation Requirements

These requirements must be met in order to graduate from MSU Denver per university policy.

Required Social Work Courses

Because the BSSW Degree is professionally-oriented, students must pass through the curriculum in a sequential manner with lower-level courses preparing them for the work and expectations of upper-level courses. The following social work courses are required after students have been accepted into the BSSW Program. Students must adhere to the required coursework. Upper Division Social Work Electives can be taken in any fall, spring, or summer term. The below plan includes suggestions of when to take upper division electives.


Required Junior Year Coursework

FALL - Junior Year

SWK 3410 Generalist Practice I (3)

SWK 3350 Social Work Experience, Practice & Communication (3) †

SWK 3050 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I (3)

SWK 3090 Philosophy of Social Work (3) *

TOTAL: 12 credits

SPRING - Junior Year

SWK 3420 Generalist Practice II (3)

SWK 3120 Privilege, Oppression & Power (3) *

SWK 3060 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II (3)

SWK 3780 Social Policy & Social Justice (3) *

Upper Division Social Work Elective (3) *

TOTAL: 15 credits

* These courses Please work with an advisor in the Office of Social Work Student Services (303-615-0555, [email protected]) to customize a plan that works for you.

† Requires approximately 4 hours/week of volunteer work for a total of 60 hours per semester.

Please see the BSSW Program Advising Chart for the part-time plan.


Required Senior Year Coursework

FALL - Senior Year

SWK 4300 Research Methods (3)

SWK 4400 Generalist Practice III (3)

SWK 4500 Professional Field Experience I (3) ‡

Upper Division Social Work Elective (3) *

TOTAL: 12 credits

SPRING - Senior Year

SWK 4310 Research Statistics (3)

SWK 4410 Generalist Practice IV (3)

SWK 4510 Professional Field Experience II (3) ‡

Upper Division Social Work Elective (3) *

Upper Division Social Work Elective (3) *

TOTAL: 15 credits

* These courses Please work with an advisor in the Office of Social Work Student Services (303-615-0555, [email protected]) to customize a plan that works for you.

‡ Requires approximately 16 hours/week of field work for a total of 240 hours per semester.

Please see the BSSW Program Advising Chart for the part-time plan.

Enrollment Options

Students may complete the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program full time or part time.

Full time students will take 9-12 credits of required BSSW Program coursework per semester, plus 12 credits of upper division electives across any fall, spring or summer semesters. The BSSW Program upper division coursework takes 2 years to complete full time.

Part time students will take 6-9 credits of required BSSW Program coursework per semester, plus 12 credits of upper division electives across any fall, spring or summer semesters. The BSSW Program upper division coursework takes 3 years to complete full time.

Students will be accepted into either the full time or part time option at admission. If you need to change your enrollment option, please contact the Office of Social Work Student Services at [email protected].

Course Delivery Information

Students may complete the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program in either the fully online or the mixed traditional course delivery option.

In the fully online course delivery option, students take all courses online and are guaranteed a spot in online sections of all required courses. Field placements and SWK 3350 agency volunteer hours are done in person, but can be done in the student’s local community. Please note: all online sections of upper division required BSSW courses have required synchronous meeting times.

In the mixed traditional course delivery option, students may take courses on campus, online, and/or in the hybrid format. While we guarantee that there will be a spot for students in a section of all required courses, we cannot guarantee that students will always get into their first choice of section. Field placements and SWK 3350 agency volunteer hours are done in person, but can be done in the student’s local community.

Students will be accepted into either the fully online or mixed traditional course delivery option at admission. If you need to change your course delivery option, please contact the Office of Social Work Student Services at [email protected].

To learn more about on campus, online, and hybrid course options, please visit our Course Delivery Information page.