Frequently asked questions

• When can I declare social work as my major?

You may declare a social work major at any time once you are admitted to UALR. Once you declare social work as your major, you are a “Pre-Major/Pre-Admit” and  will be advised by LaShonda Norfolk in the CEHP Dean’s Office, Student Success Center, To make an appointment with Lashonda, contact Belinda White at: 501.682.8625 or email:

Do I have to apply to the BSW Program and if so, when can I do this?

Yes, you have to apply to the BSW Program. You will be required to have taken at least 50 credits, 35 of which must be in the core curriculum, by the end of the summer term prior to fall admission, and have completed at least one of the three prerequisite courses prior to making application: Introduction to Social Work (SOWK 1301), Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 2300), and Psychology and the Human Experience (PSYC 2300).

To be admitted to the program, you must successfully complete all of these prerequisite courses with at least a grade of C in each course and a cumulative 2.5 GPA in the three courses. In addition, you must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA. Applications are accepted in the spring of every year (March 15th, by 5 p.m.) and students who are admitted to the program begin social work classes in the fall semester.


How many credits are required for a BSW?

The BSW program requires completion of 120 credit hours. Please contact LaShonda Norfolk in the CEHP Student Success Center or the BSW Program at 501.569.3240. Click here for more specific information regarding BSW requirements.

Do you require that students complete an internship?

Yes. Your BSW internship must be completed during your senior year and consists of approximately 16 hours per week for both the fall and spring semesters. We cannot guarrantee internships during evenings and weekends. You will be required to be available during regular working hours in order to complete your internship requirements.

Can I work and go to school at the same time?

Many students do but they also find it difficult during their senior year when they are required to be in their internships and must take a class on Tuesdays from 3 – 5 pm that is required in conjunction with the internship.

How big are your classes?

BSW classes are usually no more than 25 students.

Do you have online and night classes?

We do offer some classes during the junior and senior years online. We offer one section of each class at night or online except for the seminar class you must take concurrent with your internship.

Where can I find more information about social work?

Visit the National Association of Social Workers’ website at