Majoring in social work

Obtaining your BSW degree at UALR is a two step process:

First, students in majoring in social work should contact the Bachelor of Social Work program ( or 501.569.3240) and request an appointment with a BSW advisor to declare a social work major.  Once you have officially declared a social work major, you will be contacted by the BSW program and welcomed as a pre-major. All social work pre-majors are advised by faculty in the Bachelor of Social Work program in developing a plan for coursework.

Second, students wishing to continue into the BSW program must apply to the program.  You can apply to the BSW Program after you have completed 53 credit hours, 40 of which must be in the UALR core curriculum.  There are also three prerequisite courses for a social work degree: 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 completed the three courses with a grade of C or above and a 2.5 GPA in these prerequisites and at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.  For more information on the BSW Admissions process, please reference the BSW Admissions page.