2024-2025 Catalog 
  
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Social Work (SOWK-BSW), B.S.W.

Location(s): Traverse City, Ferris Main Campus


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Bachelor of Social Work

The social work curriculum includes a strong liberal arts foundation, consisting of courses in communication, biology, natural sciences, math, history, politics, psychology and sociology. These general education courses are integrated with the social work foundation curriculum that develops 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 hometown. The second field placement requires 480 hours over the senior year and is usually located in the region surrounding Ferris. Social workers at both the Baccalaureate and Master’s level are licensedin the State of Michigan.

The Ferris Social Work program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1989.

Program Outcomes


  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage in Practice Informed Research and Research Informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Groups, Families, Organizations, and Communities

Admission Requirements


New Student Admission Requirements


  • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum Composite ACT Score of 17/SAT 900

Transfer Student Admission Requirements


  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA based on completion of 12 transferable semester credit hours or more.
  • The degree completion program at a statewide and online location requires 48 transferable semester credits to be admitted.

University Requirements - 20 to 22 Credits Required


First Year Seminar Requirement (FSUS 100 or Equivalent) - 0 to 1 Credit Required


All First-Time-In-Any-College Freshmen (FTIACs) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100  course, or its equivalent. Additional information and the definition of FTIAC for FSUS purposes can be found in the: Ferris State University Academic Affairs FSUS Policy

University General Education Requirements - 20 to 21 Credits Required


Courses in this section are required to satisfy the University General Education Requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The University General Education requirements can be found on the: Ferris State University General Education Requirements Webpage

Communication Competency - 12 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent) (3 Credits Met in College Requirements)


The Communication (COMM) course chosen depends on the Communication (COMM) course taken in the Major Courses section.

Quantitative Literacy Competency - 3 to 4 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)


MATH 114  or MATH 117  is recommended.

Natural Sciences Competency - 6 Credits Required (4 Credits Met in College Requirements)


Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course. The Biology (BIOL) course chosen depends on the course taken in the Major Courses section.

Culture Competency - 9 Credits Required (3 Credits Met in College Requirements)


Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one 200 level or higher course. The Religion (RELG) course chosen depends on the course taken in the Major Courses section.

Self and Society Competency - Credits Required Met in College Requirements


Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines, have at least one 200 level or higher course, and at least one Self and Society Foundation course. The Political Science (PLSC) and Sociology (SOCY) courses chosen depend on the courses taken in the Major Courses section.

United States (U.S.) Diversity Competency - Course Required Met in College Requirements


If not met by courses taken for Culture Competency, Self and Society Competency, or Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), a student must have one course with the United States (U.S.) Diversity attribute. Some courses include both Global and United States (U.S.) Diversity attributes.

Global Diversity Competency - Course Required Met in College Requirements


If not met by courses taken for Culture Competency, Self and Society Competency, or Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), a student must have one course with the Global Diversity attribute. Some courses include both Global and United States (U.S.) Diversity attributes.

Collaboration Competency - Courses Required Met in College Requirements


If not met by courses taken in the College Requirements section, a student must have two courses with the Collaboration attribute. Some courses include both Collaboration and Problem Solving attributes.

Problem Solving Competency - Courses Required Met in College Requirements


If not met by courses taken in the College Requirements section, a student must have two courses with the Problem Solving attribute. Some courses include both Collaboration and Problem Solving attributes.

College Requirements - 100 Credits Required


Major Courses - 88 Credits Required


Electives - 12 Credits Required


The credits required may vary depending on courses taken.

In order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, a student must have a minimum of 120 credits. The electives required for each student may vary depending on courses taken. Based on how a student meets the programmatic requirements, they may need more or less than 12 credits of elective courses to meet the required 120 credit minimum.

Notes


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements


In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements


These are the minimum graduation requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 120 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.
  • A minimum of 40 credits of 300 level or higher courses must be earned.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements


These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

Suggested Semester Layout


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First Year


Second Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 15

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 16

Third Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year


In order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, a student must have a minimum of 120 credits. The elective courses required for each student may vary depending on courses taken.

Fall Courses


Total Credits: 11-14

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 8-14

Contact Information


Carrie Thompson
(231) 591-2730
[email protected]

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