Majoring in social work
Obtaining your BSW degree at UALR is a two step process:
First, you must declare social work as your major. You may do this through BOSS. Once you do this, you will be contacted by the BSW program and will be assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with you to help you decide what courses to register for.
Second, you must apply to the program. You can apply to the BSW program after you’ve completed 53 credits, 40 of which must be in core courses, and taken SOWK 1301: Introduction to Social Work, SOCI 2300: Introduction to Sociology, and PSYC 2300: Psychology and the Human Experience. In order to be accepted into the BSW program, you must have a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.5 GPA in the three courses noted above. In addition, we will not accept a grade of D or F in any of the three courses above. Applicants can only apply in the spring for admission in each fall semester. Due to the structured nature of our program, students must start their social work classes (beyond Introduction to Social Work) in the fall semester of each year. Applications are typically due in mid-March and applicants are notified by mid-June. For current BSW Applications information please reference the BSW Admissions Information page.