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Social Work

Degree Type: Bachelor of Social Work
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Social Work?

The curriculum includes a strong liberal arts foundation, including courses in communication, biology, natural sciences, math, history, politics, psychology and sociology. Beyond this are the professional foundation courses that develop knowledge, skills and values relating to interviewing, problem solving, social research and understanding the complexities of social welfare policies and services.

Social work majors complete 600 hours of field instruction in two different social work agencies. The first field placement requires 120 hours and is scheduled in the summer between the student's first and second years in the program. It is usually completed in the student's home town. The second field placement requires 480 hours over the senior year and is usually located in the region surrounding Ferris. The Ferris Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Career Opportunities

It's a rewarding profession. Social workers help to bring about individual and social change. Examples include helping delinquent youth change their disruptive behavior, improving an abused child's chances of emotional and physical survival by providing supportive family services or locating alternate placement, helping alcoholics change their self-destructive habits, assisting communities in providing better housing for the elderly, or working professionally and politically to help our nation improve its policies and programs for the poor and unemployed.

It's a big and diverse profession. There are approximately 500,000 social work jobs in the United States, with estimates of an additional 200,000 needed by the year 2005. U.S. News & World Report named social work as one of '21 Hot Job Tracks for the 21st Century.'

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Social Work program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and presentation of a social work portfolio. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Michael Berghoef  
PHONE: 231-591-2765
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Dave Schrock
PHONE: 231-591-3705
EMAIL:  

Department of Social Work
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2737

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major Requirements - 86 Credits Total

Introduction to Psychology
3
Intro-Social Work Profession
2
Soc Work Interviewing Skills 1
3
Agency and Program Orientation
1
Introductory Field Experience
3
Intro to Social Welfare
3
Theories-Methods of Practice 1
4
Foundations of Practice
3
SCWK Policy&Political Advocacy
3
Theories-Methods of Practice 2
4
Social Work Interviewing 2
4
Applied Social Research Method
3
Field Instruction Orientation
1
Appl Social Research Statistic
3
Field Instruction Seminar 1
2
Field Instruction Seminar 2
2
Field Instruction 1
6
Field Instruction 2
6
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
3
Choose One:
Genetics-Human Aspects
4
or
Biological Concepts
4
or
Basic Human Anatomy-Physiology
4
or
Environmental Biology
4
Choose One:
Interpersonal Communication
3
or
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
or
Small Group Decision Making
3
Choose One:
Comparative Religions
3
or
Eastern Religions
3
or
Western Religions
3
Choose One:
Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
3
or
Amer Gov 2-Policy Making
3
Choose One:
Lifespan of Human Development
3
or
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
3
Choose One:
Introductory Sociology
3
or
Social Problems
3
Choose One:
Marriage and the Family
3
or
Gender Roles in Society
3
Choose One:
Soc Stratification-Inequality
3
or
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Choose One:
Intercultural Competence
3
or
International Social Work
3
Minimum credit hours required for B.S.W. degree:
120

University General Education

Communication Competence - 12 Credits
English 1
3
English 2
3
Advanced Composition
3
COMM - Achieved in Major
Scientific Understanding - 7 Credits
 Only approved "Z" courses may count toward this category (one must be a lab). Four redits are achieve in the major.
Quantitative Skills 
 Requirement can be fulfilled by ONE of the follwoing options (MATH 117 recommended):
MATH 115 or higher  OR
MATH 115 or higher proficiency OR
MATH ACT subtest score 24 or higher
Cultural Enrichment - 9 Credits
Only approved "C" courses may count toward this category. Requireents: 1)maximum 5 credit hours of music and/or theater activities may apply. Three credits are achieved in the major.
Social Awareness - 9 Credits
This requirement is achieved in the program major.
Global Consciousness -
Complete one course fom the list of qualifying courses presented in the FSU catalog. This course may also count toward fulfilling the Cultural Enrichment or Social Awareness requirement. This requirement will be achieved in the program major IF the student selects RELG 215, RELG 325 or SOCY 225.
 Race/Ethnicity/Gender- 
This requirement is achieved in the major.