Bachelor of Social Work

Social worker sitting with a woman and her two children on a leather couch.
As an urban, metropolitan university, our faculty are committed to the values of diversity, human rights, and social justice. Building on a person-in-environment perspective, the Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) curriculum is designed to develop knowledge of human behavior and social problems as well as critical thinking, assessment, problem solving, and evaluative skills. The BSW curriculum empowers students to engage in understanding complex social issues as well as to work within different settings with a variety of client systems at the individual, family, group, community, and organizational levels. Students are prepared to enter the profession of social work through an agency-based field placement.

Social work is a growing, dynamic profession that offers many challenges and many rewards. The School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is committed to the development of students seeking exciting careers as professional social workers. Our aim is to deliver social work education in a style that challenges students to think differently about problems faced by our most vulnerable populations. Across this country, social work professionals serve public and private agencies as invaluable resources for the less fortunate.

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is unique: we are the only undergraduate social work program in the state that is located in a metropolitan university as well as in the state’s Capitol. We are committed to the values of diversity, human rights, and social justice. With this value base, we educate our students in the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for generalist practice within our diverse population and prepare students for graduate and life-long learning.

The BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. We admitted our first class of students in 1997 and graduated our first class in 1999.


3 STEPS TO YOUR CAREER IN SOCIAL WORK


Step 1: Obtain Sophomore Status


Interested students apply to the BSW program in their sophomore (2nd) year of course work and begin social work course work in their junior (3rd) year. The BSW curriculum introduces students to the generalist model of social work practice, preparing them to work with diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. In the classroom and at his or her internship, students learn about and apply social work knowledge, values, and skills to an array of needs and social problems.

Apply for Undergraduate Admission to UA Little Rock

  1. Visit apply.ualr.edu to complete an application for undergraduate admission and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours should request that an official high school transcript or GED scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the high school.
  3. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours may need to request official ACT or SAT scores from the testing agency (UA Little Rock ACT Code 0132; UA Little Rock SAT code 6368) if the official high school transcript does not include scores and s/he did not indicate UA Little Rock as a score recipient at the time of testing. ACT, SAT, COMPASS or Accuplacer scores must be from tests taken within the last five Students have the option of taking the Accuplacer test available through UA Little Rock Testing Services.
  4. Any applicant previously enrolled at another institution(s) must request that an official college transcript(s) be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the previous institution. Students may submit an official “In Progress” transcript from the institution at which s/he is currently enrolled for admission purposes, but will still be required to submit a final, official transcript once all grades have been posted. Freshmen who completed high school concurrent credit at an institution other than UA Little Rock must submit an official college transcript.
  5. Students born after January 1, 1957, must submit proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations.

For more detailed information regarding admission requirements, please review the Undergraduate Catalog or visit the UA Little Rock Office of Admissions website.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Transfer students applying to the School of Social Work must be academically advised before registering for classes by an advisor with the School. In addition to receiving advising in the School, transcripts from the previous school must be evaluated so previous courses can be included in the development of an overall academic plan. This process, a transcript credit articulation must be completed. Once a student submits all the final transfer credits from the previous school and the credits are posted to the UA Little Rock transcript final decisions can be made about registration and course placement. Students are able to enroll before the final transcript articulation is complete with a provisional admission status that will require registration overrides in the first semester on the UA Little Rock campus.

For more details regarding transfer credits, please review the Undergraduate Catalog or visit the Transfer Student Services website.

Recommended Community College Courses

If you are transferring from a community college in Arkansas, you are encouraged to take the following courses while at the community college (course names and numbers refer to the equivalent course at UA Little Rock), as these are required for the BSW program:

  • Introduction to Social Work (SOWK 1300)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 2300)
  • Psychology and the Human Experience (PSYC 2300)
  • Evolutionary and Environmental Biology (BIOL 1400) OR Science of Biology (BIOL 1401)
  • Speech Communication (SPCH 1300)
  • Abnormal Psychology*

Foreign language is no longer required by the BSW program.

* This course does not transfer for the Psychology department but the BSW program accepts it to meet BSW program requirements when taken at Pulaski Technical College and National Park College as well as others by approval.If you have other questions about transferring from a community college and/or would like to speak with someone about this process, email us at socialwork@ualr.edu or call us at 501-569-3240. We would be happy to talk to you about our wonderful program.

Advising

LaShonda Norfolk in the CEHP Advising & Support Center advises our pre-major, pre-admit*, and newly admitted BSW students.For pre-majors and pre-admit students, she can review your transcripts and determine whether there are classes you need in order to apply to the BSW Program or if you can be admitted as a pre-admit student.

To make an appointment with Lashonda please contact the CEHP Advising & Support Center at 501-682-8625 or email cehpstudentsuccess@ualr.edu.

Pre-admission (or pre-admit) students are students who have declared social work as a major and are working towards meeting the admissions requirements of the program.

Beginning with the second semester in the BSW program, students will be assigned to a BSW faculty advisor who will advise them for the remainder of their coursework while in the program. The BSW Coordinator will notify the student and advisor of these assignments during the summer.

In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to track progress toward core and social work major requirements. Prior to each advising session with your advisor, you should review the appropriate advising form:

You will also need to identify the courses you plan to take in the upcoming semester. Your advisor will discuss this form with you and put an updated copy of the form in your file after each advising session. In the spring semester of your senior year, you and your advisor will have to complete and sign a degree plan before your graduation application can be approved.

Step 2: Complete Prerequisites

Social work majors must complete 35 credits of core coursework to satisfy the UA Little Rock core curriculum. Students who have an AA/AS/AAT degree from a community college in Arkansas will have satisfied most core requirements already. All social work majors must complete a biology course with a lab and 6 hours of social sciences to be satisfied by SOCI 2300: Introduction to Sociology and PSYC 2300: Psychology and the Human Experience.

BSW Prerequisites

  • Completion of a minimum of 50 credit hours, at least 35 of which must be in the UA Little Rock Core Curriculum by the end of the summer semester.
  • Have completed at least one of the three prerequisite courses (listed below) by the end of the Spring semester and all three prerequisite courses by the end of the Summer semester:
    • SOWK 1300: Introduction to Social Work
    • PSYC 2300: Psychology and the Human Experience
    • SOCI 2300: Introduction to Sociology
  • Have at least a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.5 GPA in all three prerequisite courses with a grade of C or above in each course.

Pre-social Work Course Requirements

The admissions committee realizes that applicants may not have completed all required coursework by the application deadline; therefore, applicants should submit transcripts for all completed coursework with their application packet. Students accepted on a provisional basis will have their transcripts reviewed again at the end of the spring semester to ensure that all required courses are complete and that the required GPA is met. In addition, you must have a 2.5 GPA in these three prerequisite courses with no grade of D or F regardless of what your cumulative GPA is for the three prerequisites.

Step 3: Apply to the BSW Program


The BSW program focuses on developing and advancing the knowledge base, practice skills, and value system of students so they are able to further the well-being and functioning of people, especially those who live in poverty or have been otherwise marginalized in society, and to promote social and economic justice.

The application process for the BSW program takes place in the spring for admission to the program. 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 due February 1st and applicants will be notified by mid-May.

Program Application Instructions & Materials

The application MUST be typed. Applications that are not typed will be returned with a request that they be typed before applicants are reviewed for admission. Incomplete applications cannot be considered by the admissions committee.

To apply to the School of Social Work, you must submit:

Submit your application documents in a single packet to:

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Attn: BSW Admissions
Bachelor of Social Work Program
Ross Hall, Room 401
2801 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204

Emergency Contact Info
By listing an individual’s name and contact information, you agree to allow us to contact him or her if we cannot reach you after multiple attempts over a period of time.AA or Bachelor Degree
If you have an AA, AS, AAT, or Bachelor degree, please make sure this is indicated on your transcript and highlight it on your application.References
You must sign each reference form and indicate whether or not you waive your right to see the completed reference. These forms MUST be completed by the reference writer and included with application materials.All references must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the reference writer’s signature across the seal. Applications are not complete until all references are received. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

There is a separate reference form for the Introduction to Social Work instructor. If you have not taken Intro to Social Work, please provide an additional academic reference.

Felony
This information must be answered and will be used for planning the internship experience. Although a felony conviction does not preclude admission to the program, we cannot guarantee that the BSW Field Coordinator can place you in an internship if you have been convicted of a felony. Many internships require a background check; therefore, you must answer this question truthfully. Failure to do so may result in your application being denied and/or expulsion from the program.

Further, people convicted of certain felony convictions may not be eligible for licensure as a social worker in the state of Arkansas. You must be licensed to practice social work in Arkansas. For more information about the licensing regulations, see http://www.state.ar.us/swlb/licensing_info.html.

Application Deadlines

Students may apply for the fall semester beginning in January. Applications for admission are due no later than February 1 by 5:00 p.m. and applicants will know their program status by mid-May.

The decision will consist of one of the following responses:

  • Admit to the program
  • Admit to the program with provisions. These provisions may include requiring you to take additional coursework as a condition of your admission to the BSW Program.
  • Deny admission to the program.
Please note that admission to the BSW Program does not constitute admission to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Transfer students or applicants not currently enrolled at UA Little Rock must apply and be accepted to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before beginning the BSW Program.


3 STEPS TO YOUR CAREER IN SOCIAL WORK


Step 1: Obtain Sophomore Status


Interested students apply to the BSW program in their sophomore (2nd) year of course work and begin social work course work in their junior (3rd) year. The BSW curriculum introduces students to the generalist model of social work practice, preparing them to work with diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. In the classroom and at his or her internship, students learn about and apply social work knowledge, values, and skills to an array of needs and social problems.

Apply for Undergraduate Admission to UA Little Rock

  1. Visit apply.ualr.edu to complete an application for undergraduate admission and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours should request that an official high school transcript or GED scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the high school.
  3. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours may need to request official ACT or SAT scores from the testing agency (UA Little Rock ACT Code 0132; UA Little Rock SAT code 6368) if the official high school transcript does not include scores and s/he did not indicate UA Little Rock as a score recipient at the time of testing. ACT, SAT, COMPASS or Accuplacer scores must be from tests taken within the last five Students have the option of taking the Accuplacer test available through UA Little Rock Testing Services.
  4. Any applicant previously enrolled at another institution(s) must request that an official college transcript(s) be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the previous institution. Students may submit an official “In Progress” transcript from the institution at which s/he is currently enrolled for admission purposes, but will still be required to submit a final, official transcript once all grades have been posted. Freshmen who completed high school concurrent credit at an institution other than UA Little Rock must submit an official college transcript.
  5. Students born after January 1, 1957, must submit proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations.

For more detailed information regarding admission requirements, please review the Undergraduate Catalog or visit the UA Little Rock Office of Admissions website.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Transfer students applying to the School of Social Work must be academically advised before registering for classes by an advisor with the School. In addition to receiving advising in the School, transcripts from the previous school must be evaluated so previous courses can be included in the development of an overall academic plan. This process, a transcript credit articulation must be completed. Once a student submits all the final transfer credits from the previous school and the credits are posted to the UA Little Rock transcript final decisions can be made about registration and course placement. Students are able to enroll before the final transcript articulation is complete with a provisional admission status that will require registration overrides in the first semester on the UA Little Rock campus.

For more details regarding transfer credits, please review the Undergraduate Catalog or visit the Transfer Student Services website.

Recommended Community College Courses

If you are transferring from a community college in Arkansas, you are encouraged to take the following courses while at the community college (course names and numbers refer to the equivalent course at UA Little Rock), as these are required for the BSW program:

  • Introduction to Social Work (SOWK 1300)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 2300)
  • Psychology and the Human Experience (PSYC 2300)
  • Evolutionary and Environmental Biology (BIOL 1400) OR Science of Biology (BIOL 1401)
  • Speech Communication (SPCH 1300)
  • Abnormal Psychology*

Foreign language is no longer required by the BSW program.

* This course does not transfer for the Psychology department but the BSW program accepts it to meet BSW program requirements when taken at Pulaski Technical College and National Park College as well as others by approval.If you have other questions about transferring from a community college and/or would like to speak with someone about this process, email us at socialwork@ualr.edu or call us at 501-569-3240. We would be happy to talk to you about our wonderful program.

Advising

LaShonda Norfolk in the CEHP Advising & Support Center advises our pre-major, pre-admit*, and newly admitted BSW students.For pre-majors and pre-admit students, she can review your transcripts and determine whether there are classes you need in order to apply to the BSW Program or if you can be admitted as a pre-admit student.

To make an appointment with Lashonda please contact the CEHP Advising & Support Center at 501-682-8625 or email cehpstudentsuccess@ualr.edu.

Pre-admission (or pre-admit) students are students who have declared social work as a major and are working towards meeting the admissions requirements of the program.

Beginning with the second semester in the BSW program, students will be assigned to a BSW faculty advisor who will advise them for the remainder of their coursework while in the program. The BSW Coordinator will notify the student and advisor of these assignments during the summer.

In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to track progress toward core and social work major requirements. Prior to each advising session with your advisor, you should review the appropriate advising form:

You will also need to identify the courses you plan to take in the upcoming semester. Your advisor will discuss this form with you and put an updated copy of the form in your file after each advising session. In the spring semester of your senior year, you and your advisor will have to complete and sign a degree plan before your graduation application can be approved.

Step 2: Complete Prerequisites

Social work majors must complete 35 credits of core coursework to satisfy the UA Little Rock core curriculum. Students who have an AA/AS/AAT degree from a community college in Arkansas will have satisfied most core requirements already. All social work majors must complete a biology course with a lab and 6 hours of social sciences to be satisfied by SOCI 2300: Introduction to Sociology and PSYC 2300: Psychology and the Human Experience.

BSW Prerequisites

  • Completion of a minimum of 50 credit hours, at least 35 of which must be in the UA Little Rock Core Curriculum by the end of the summer semester.
  • Have completed at least one of the three prerequisite courses (listed below) by the end of the Spring semester and all three prerequisite courses by the end of the Summer semester:
    • SOWK 1300: Introduction to Social Work
    • PSYC 2300: Psychology and the Human Experience
    • SOCI 2300: Introduction to Sociology
  • Have at least a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.5 GPA in all three prerequisite courses with a grade of C or above in each course.

Pre-social Work Course Requirements

The admissions committee realizes that applicants may not have completed all required coursework by the application deadline; therefore, applicants should submit transcripts for all completed coursework with their application packet. Students accepted on a provisional basis will have their transcripts reviewed again at the end of the spring semester to ensure that all required courses are complete and that the required GPA is met. In addition, you must have a 2.5 GPA in these three prerequisite courses with no grade of D or F regardless of what your cumulative GPA is for the three prerequisites.

Step 3: Apply to the BSW Program


The BSW program focuses on developing and advancing the knowledge base, practice skills, and value system of students so they are able to further the well-being and functioning of people, especially those who live in poverty or have been otherwise marginalized in society, and to promote social and economic justice.

The application process for the BSW program takes place in the spring for admission to the program. 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 due February 1st and applicants will be notified by mid-May.

Program Application Instructions & Materials

The application MUST be typed. Applications that are not typed will be returned with a request that they be typed before applicants are reviewed for admission. Incomplete applications cannot be considered by the admissions committee.

To apply to the School of Social Work, you must submit:

Submit your application documents in a single packet to:

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Attn: BSW Admissions
Bachelor of Social Work Program
Ross Hall, Room 401
2801 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204

Emergency Contact Info
By listing an individual’s name and contact information, you agree to allow us to contact him or her if we cannot reach you after multiple attempts over a period of time.AA or Bachelor Degree
If you have an AA, AS, AAT, or Bachelor degree, please make sure this is indicated on your transcript and highlight it on your application.References
You must sign each reference form and indicate whether or not you waive your right to see the completed reference. These forms MUST be completed by the reference writer and included with application materials.All references must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the reference writer’s signature across the seal. Applications are not complete until all references are received. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

There is a separate reference form for the Introduction to Social Work instructor. If you have not taken Intro to Social Work, please provide an additional academic reference.

Felony
This information must be answered and will be used for planning the internship experience. Although a felony conviction does not preclude admission to the program, we cannot guarantee that the BSW Field Coordinator can place you in an internship if you have been convicted of a felony. Many internships require a background check; therefore, you must answer this question truthfully. Failure to do so may result in your application being denied and/or expulsion from the program.

Further, people convicted of certain felony convictions may not be eligible for licensure as a social worker in the state of Arkansas. You must be licensed to practice social work in Arkansas. For more information about the licensing regulations, see http://www.state.ar.us/swlb/licensing_info.html.

Application Deadlines

Students may apply for the fall semester beginning in January. Applications for admission are due no later than February 1 by 5:00 p.m. and applicants will know their program status by mid-May.

The decision will consist of one of the following responses:

  • Admit to the program
  • Admit to the program with provisions. These provisions may include requiring you to take additional coursework as a condition of your admission to the BSW Program.
  • Deny admission to the program.
Please note that admission to the BSW Program does not constitute admission to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Transfer students or applicants not currently enrolled at UA Little Rock must apply and be accepted to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before beginning the BSW Program.



BSW 2+2 Program

Two African-American women sitting on a sofa and talking.
UA Little Rock has a 2+2 agreement with a number of community colleges. This agreement allows students with a two-year degree from specific community colleges to obtain their BSW in two years at UA Little Rock. UA Little Rock prerequisites are covered by the courses the student brings from their community college. Currently 2+2 agreements exist between UA Little Rock and Pulaski Technical College, National Park Community College, and U Hope–Texarkana.


CURRICULUM AND COURSES

Hand holding a pen over an open textbook as they take notes.
The BSW curriculum empowers students to engage their skills and expertise by helping others to create positive relationships, promote balanced mental health, and end periods of trauma and abuse which ultimately develops a healthier body and community.

Curriculum


The Bachelor of Social Work is 120 minimum total hours, including 65 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence.

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit.

University Core (35 hours)

3 hours of Social Sciences in the UA Little Rock Core Curriculum must be satisfied by either PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience and SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology, both of which are prerequisites for the major. 3 hours of Interdisciplinary Studies should be satisfied by ACOM 1300 Introduction to Communication.

Second Language Requirement (None required)

Major (68 hours)

Program Prerequisite (3 hours)
  • SOWK 1301 Introduction to Social Work
Social Work Foundation Courses (33 hours)
  • SOWK 3302 Cultural Diversity
  • SOWK 3303 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SOWK 3304 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SOWK 3313 Social Welfare Policy I
  • SOWK 3314 Social Welfare Policy II
  • SOWK 3322 Methods of Social Work Research
  • SOWK 3331 Practice I
  • SOWK 3381 Social Work Statistics
  • SOWK 4316 Addictions in Social Work
  • SOWK 4332 Practice II
  • SOWK 4333 Practice III
Social Work Field Courses (14 hours)
  • SOWK 4212 Field Seminar I
  • SOWK 4213 Field Seminar II
  • SOWK 4541 Field Experience I
  • SOWK 4542 Field Experience II
Other Required Courses (6 hours)
  • PSYC 3360 Abnormal Psychology
  • One 3-hour upper-level RHET (3000/4000) course
Upper Level Rhetoric Course (3 hours)
  • RHET 3301 Editing for Usage and Style OR RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing OR RHET 3326 Tech Writing
Upper Level Related Field Electives (12 hours)

These courses include but are not limited to, 3000 or 4000 level courses in Gerontology, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Human Services Administration, Health Sciences, & Public Administration.

Minor (None required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.

Graduation Requirements

Retention Requirements

Upon admission to the program, the student begins their professional social work training, which includes two semesters of experience in the field. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain in the BSW program.


Graduation Requirements

Completion of all courses on degree plan with grades as required.

Course Descriptions

Social Work Courses

SOWK 1301 Introduction to Social Work
This course focuses on the major concepts and principles of professional social work, including: the development of social welfare; the history of social work; the knowledge, skills, and value base of social work; models of social work methods; and current social work practice applications. The course also looks at the basis of knowledge from which the theories of social justice and diversity spring and lays a foundation for social workers’ professional entry into both public and private arenas. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3302 Social Work and Diversity
Prerequisites: formal admission to the social work program and completion of SOWK 1301 with a grade of “C” or above. This course focuses on the strengths and challenges faced by different groups including but not limited to gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals; people of color; people with disabilities; religious minorities; and the elderly. Students will learn about the characteristics of culturally competent social work practice with diverse populations and the knowledge, attitudes, and skills for working with different population groups. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3303 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
Prerequisites: formal admission to social work and SOWK 1301 with a grade of “C” or above. Part one of a two-course sequence, this course provides students with the content necessary to understand the complexities of human development and behavior. Students learn to evaluate various social environmental influences that affect human behavior and functioning as well as the ways in which the social environment can impede or promote well-being. Particular attention is paid to life span development of infancy, early childhood and adolescence as well as highlighting issues of oppression, privilege and discrimination. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3304 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
Prerequisites: formal admission to social work and SOWK 1301 and 3303 with a grade of “C” or above. Part two of a two-course sequence, this course continues to analyze theories of the development and behavior of individuals, families, communities, groups, and organizations, as well as the interactions of these systems with and among one another in larger socio-cultural environments. Particular attention is paid to life span development of young adulthood, middle adulthood and older adulthood. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3313 Social Welfare Policy
Prerequisites: Formal admission to the social work program or human services minor and SOWK 1301 with a grade of “C” or above. Part one of a two-course sequence, this course examines policy-making in the governmental context. The process at the local, state, regional and national levels will be reviewed and service and benefits entitlements provided under these policies will be summarized. The history, organization, guiding principles and resulting programs that govern major social welfare institutions will be explored. Theories of social justice will be studied to understand the phrasing of policy claims and their assessment. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3314 Social Welfare Policy II
Prerequisite: formal admission to social work and SOWK 1301 and 3313 with a grade of “C” or above. Part two of a two-course sequence, this course explores topics such as (1) history and current structures of social welfare services, (2) the role of policy in service delivery and in social work practice, (3) attainment of individual and social well being, and (4) comparative and international social welfare. The course also emphasizes understanding of current developments in social welfare, factors affecting the structure and dynamics of social welfare policies/services as well as understanding the role of the social work profession within that framework. Additionally, models for analyzing social welfare policy are introduced, and students apply these models to past policy decisions and current issues. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3315 Policy Practice
Prerequisites: SOWK 3313, SOWK 3314, and formal admission to the social work program. Training student social workers to engage in policy practice. Oriented to the creation of the professional skills associated with policy action. Conceptualizes policy action as a series of skill areas that start with problem identification and analysis and conclude with policy proposal, action planning, and mobilization of political and public support. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3322 Methods of Social Work Research
Prerequisites: MATH 1302 or MATH 1315, and formal admission to the social work program. An overview of the approaches to and uses of research in generalist social work practice. Emphasis placed on the practice-research link with a focus on conducting practice and program evaluation within a social work agency setting. Ethical and human diversity issues are considered throughout the course.

SOWK 3331 Social Work Practice I
Prerequisites: SOWK 3303, and formal admission to the social work program. This is the first course in a three-course practice sequence, introduces the student to therapeutic relationship building, interviewing, and client-system assessment. The primary objective of the sequence is to prepare students to engage in culturally-competent, family-centered practice which incorporates a strengths perspective needed for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Three credit hours.

SOWK 3381 Statistics for Social Workers
Prerequisite: SOWK 1301, formal admission to the social work program. This course is an introduction to statistics and their use in analyzing and interpreting data. The course is designed to teach students statistics applicable to social work practice and decision-making. In particular, it is an introduction to probability, descriptive statistics, and beginning inferential statistics. The course covers basic descriptive statistics and introduces the student to hypothesis testing and bivariate statistics. Students will use the knowledge of statistics learned in this course to interpret and critique statistical analyses published in journal articles. Students will also analyze real data, interpret the findings and write reports. Three credit hours.

SOWK 4212 Field Seminar I
Prerequisites: formal admission to BSW program; a “C” or better in SOWK 1301, 3303, 3304, 3313, 3314, 3302, 3331; a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all social work courses taken to date; a 2.5 overall GPA; and formal admission to the Field Experience. Corequisite: SOWK 4341/4541. Pre or corequisite: SOWK 4332. Field Seminar I is the first of a two course seminar that provides the student with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and insights developed in the classroom by exploring the field experience through the group process. The practice model of engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and termination is the basis for student learning and self-evaluation. This course introduces the student to “use of self” within the group context and utilizes presentations, case consultations, group process, agency resources, ethical dilemmas, and personal development to achieve professional awareness and identity. Student must receive a “B” or higher to move on to Field Seminar II. Two credit hours.

SOWK 4190 Independent Study
Prerequisites: SOWK 1301, formal admission to the social work program, and consent of instructor. Advanced study and assignments in selected areas of social work. One credit hour.

SOWK 4213 Field Seminar II
Prerequisites: formal admission to BSW program; a “C” or better in SOWK 1301, 3303, 3304, 3313, 3314, 3302, 3331; a “B” in SOWK 4212 and 4341/4541; a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all social work courses taken to date; a 2.5 overall GPA; and formal admission to the Field Experience. Corequisite: SOWK 4342/4542. Pre or corequisite: SOWK 4333. Field Seminar II is the second of two seminars that provide the student with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and insights developed in the classroom by exploring the field experience through the group process. The Generalist Intervention Model of engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and termination is the basis for student learning and self-evaluation. Seminar II builds on the strengths and experience of Seminar I to further student development toward full integration of knowledge, skills and values in generalist practice. Group discussion and process, the basis and coordination of skills, establishment of values, collaboration with colleagues, and community visits provide the framework to identify as a professional social worker. Student must receive a “B” or higher to move on to graduate. Two credit hours.

SOWK 4290 Independent Study
Prerequisites: SOWK 1301, formal admission to the social work program, and consent of instructor. Advanced study and assignments in selected areas of social work. Two credit hours.

SOWK 4330 Animal Assisted Therapy
Prerequisite: junior status. Course provides an overview of the interdisciplinary field of animal-assisted therapy and the human-animal bond. Course will include observations of AAT visits to human service settings and web-enhanced classes. Three credit hours.

SOWK 4310 Social Gerontology
This course explores the social aspects of aging – how do older adults affect society and how does society affect older adults? The interaction of older adults with society is examined along with many of our social institutions such as family, healthcare, government, and the economy. Also examined are the issues associated with our aging population and how those issues affect people of all ages. A number of current controversies associated with our changing population structure will be discussed in class. Three credit hours.

SOWK 4316 Addictions in Social Work
Prerequisites: SOWK 1301; Senior status is BSW Program. Addictions in Social Work provides an introduction to core concepts in the addiction field. An overview of historical, biological and psychosocial perspectives on addiction, a summary of the current trends in addictions and substance use, the influence of multicultural factors, how addiction is understood and treated by professionals, including preventative interventions, basic assessment methods, evidence-based interventions from a strengths perspective, and relapse prevention. Three credit hours

SOWK 4330 Animal Assisted Therapy
Prerequisite: junior status. Course provides an overview of the interdisciplinary field of animal-assisted therapy and the human-animal bond. Course will include observations of AAT visits to human service settings and web-enhanced classes. Three credit hours.

SOWK 4332 Social Work Practice II
Prerequisites: SOWK 3331. The second in the three-course sequence, this course builds on the foundation interviewing and client-system assessment skills by introducing students to various intervention skills to be used with individuals, groups, communities, and in family-centered practice. The focus is on generalist practice utilizing problem-solving and solution-focused techniques. Skills learned in this course are integrated with actual practice experience through the SOWK 4541 Field Experience I and SOWK 4212 Field Seminar I. Three credit hours.

SOWK 4333 Social Work Practice III
Prerequisites: SOWK 4332. The third in the three-course sequence, this course builds on the foundation interviewing and client-system assessment skills presented in Practice I and the various intervention skills to be used with individuals, groups, communities, and in family-centered practice, which were the focus of Practice II. Practice III introduces methods for terminating a client from service by focusing on final empowerment strategies and strategies for program and practice evaluation. The focus on program and practice evaluation, in correlation with social work values, will integrate research methods into the professional world of practice. Skills learned in this course will also help to prepare the student for supervisory and managerial positions within the agency arena and are integrated with actual practice experience through the SOWK 4542 Field Experience I and SOWK 4213 Field Seminar I. Three credit hours.

SOWK 4336 Social Aspects Death & Dying
Gerontology and social work seek to apply knowledge from the social sciences, medicine, and the humanities with the skills and values of the helping professions. The multidisciplinary study of death (thanatology) itself comes out of studying these different disciplines. There are many social, psychological, philosophical, and religious theories concerning the passage of death—for both ourselves and those around us. We will study many diverse contributions in the social aspects of death and dying. Three credit hours.

SOWK 4337 Adult Development and Aging
This course emphasizes the life course perspective as it looks at adult development and aging within the context of the social environment. Aspects of “successful aging” that will be examined cover growth and development from emerging adulthood to old age, and the impact that culture, gender, ethnicity, and individual differences have on these processes. Human development and aging is examined during early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood. We will study aspects of development that are common to persons at all ages across the life course, individual differences in development, and differences that characterize the separate age cohorts. Three credit hours.

SOWK 4341/4541 Field Experience I
Prerequisites: formal admission to BSW program; a “C” or better in SOWK 1301, 3303, 3304, 3313, 3314, 3302, 3331; a “B” in SOWK 4212 and 4541; a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all social work courses taken to date; a 2.5 overall GPA; and formal admission to the Field Experience. Corequisite: SOWK 4542. Pre or corequisite: SOWK 4332. Field Experience I is the first of two opportunities for the student to integrate knowledge and values acquired in the classroom into practice by observing and engaging with the client system under supervision of a social worker in a human services agency. The introduction of the student to direct practice will involve the elements of the generalist intervention model: engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and termination. Field Experience I provides a structured learning environment in which professional ethics, critical thinking, generalist practice, and applicable skills are explored for greater depth and application. The corequisite SOWK 4212, Field Seminar I, is offered concurrently with Field Experience I for in-depth consultation with other students and seminar instructor to allow feedback and consultation in a group process. SOWK 4541 is 240 hours in the field setting in the fall semester of the senior year for five credits. The student must receive a “B” in order to progress to Field Experience II.

SOWK 4342/4542 Field Experience II
Prerequisites: formal admission to BSW program; a “C” or better in SOWK 1301, 3303, 3304, 3313, 3314, 3302, 3331; a “B” in SOWK 4212 and 4341/4541; a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all social work courses taken to date; a 2.5 overall GPA; and formal admission to the Field Experience. Corequisite: SOWK 4342/4542. Pre or corequisite: SOWK 4333. Field Experience II is the second of two opportunities for the student to integrate knowledge developed in the classroom into practice by working directly with the client system under supervision of a social worker. Field Experience II provides a structured learning environment in which professional ethics, critical thinking, generalist practice, and applicable skills are explored for greater depth and application. The corequisite SOWK 4213, Field Seminar II, is offered concurrently with Field Experience II for in-depth consultation with other students and seminar instructor to allow feedback and consultation in a group process. SOWK 4542 is 240 hours in the field setting in the spring semester of the senior year for five credits. The student must receive a “B” in order to graduate from the social work program.

SOWK 4390 Independent Study
Prerequisites: SOWK 1301, formal admission to the social work program, and consent of instructor. Advanced study and assignments in selected areas of social work. Three credit hours.

MEET OUR COORDINATORS

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May Atkins

BSW Program Coordinator

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David Namir

BSW Field Coordinator


STUDENT RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

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The profession of social work offers some wonderful resources to social workers and other interested parties. Please view the sections below to learn more about those resources. Some of the resources below may redirect you to another website.

Student Resources

Student Support Services

Advising

Our advising center aids all degree-seeking undergraduate students who need to be advised prior to scheduling for classes. We facilitate advising sessions for our graduate and undergraduate students who have questions about their degree-plan and how to move forward.

All students who declare social work as their major (pre-majors or pre-admits) will be advised by LaShonda Norfolk in the CEHP Advising and Support Center. LaShonda Norfolk will also advise students who have applied and been offered admission to the BSW program for their first semester of junior level BSW coursework. Students will be assigned a BSW Faculty advisor who will advise them for the remainder of their coursework while in the program. The BSW Coordinator will notify the student and advisor of these assignments during the summer.


Additional Support Services

Academic Success Center
Academic Success Center provides the opportunity for students to develop their skills in a way that promotes advance achievement, administration, and demonstrates self-coordinated learning through astounding support services.

Blackboard Student Support
Blackboard Student Support offers a variety of resources for students taking classes online at UA Little Rock including tutorials, links to helpful resources, and answers to students’ frequently asked questions. Our support staff will try to respond to your help request within 24 hours, excluding weekends and U.S. holidays.

Career Services
Our Career Services program provides one-on-one guidance support for career planning, professional development and job searching. We help our students recognize and explore career opportunities/options, distinguish and research prospective company openings that prompt your definitive profession objective, and develop resumes, introductory letters, and savvy interviewing techniques.

Community Connection Center
Community, Careers, and Extended Education (CCEE) promotes career building and learning that will enhance the lives at UA Little Rock. We encourage group networking, promote experiential learning to increase student involvement, and enhance collaborative faculty and student research.

Counseling Services
Counseling Services aims to give the best individual and group advising/counseling assistance to students experiencing mental, social, or learning complications.

Disability Resource Services
Our Disability Resource provides accessible services to people with disabilities so they may thrive and actively participate within their communities. We strive to work proactively with the campus on accessibility issues by developing convenient course design and accommodating all disability complications.

Financial Aid
We don’t want you to miss out on financial assistance opportunities! The office of Financial aid is dedicated to help you qualify and fund your education. Our staff will help you find the right scholarships, grants, and student loans just for you. Schedule a meeting with one of our Financial advisors today!

Green Dot initiative
The Green Dot initiative is all about creating a safe and positive campus environment through the power of community and we believe that any behavior‚ choice‚ word‚ or attitude has the capacity to promote the safety and well-being for all of us. The Green Dot Initiative communicates zero tolerance for violence and we are dedicated to making sure your experience at UA Little Rock is a danger-free zone.

Health Services
The UA Little Rock Office of Health Services aims to improve the health and wellness of the university community by providing all-inclusive, quality health care and wellness promotion services. We believe in pushing aside barriers and hope to rekindle close relationships through our wellness building system.

Mathematics Assistance Center
The Mathematics Assistance Center (MAC) is an excellent place for students to study and receive exceptional guidance from experienced tutors. Needing help with an assignment at the last minute? No worries! We provide walk-in tutoring services in a friendly and relaxing environment for your needs!

Ottenheimer Library
The Ottenheimer Library provides students the access to FREE and useful research databases and sources including but not limited to scholarly articles, journals, and essays. Wanting to check out a book or dvd? Come on down!

Writing Center
The University Writing Center (UWC) provides quality feedback about your writing, problem-solving strategies for your writing, and assistance with academic technology through both face-to-face and virtual writing consultations. If you are having trouble completing that essay for class or starting that rough draft, we are here to aid you. Our services are free and accessible to all colleges, so don’t be shy! You have the “write” to be here.

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 Student Success Center. To make an appointment with Lashonda, contact 501-682-8625 or email: cehpstudentsuccess@ualr.edu.

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.

I already have a bachelor’s degree, can I still apply for the BSW program?

If you already have a BA or BS degree in another major and would like to return to UA Little Rock for your BSW degree, the following information may be helpful:

  • When you apply to UA Little Rock, as a Post-baccalaureate (or post-bac) student, the BSW faculty does not have access to your transcript, therefore it is essential that you submit copies of ALL transcripts with your application to the BSW program. Unofficial copies are acceptable as long as they show the course name and number, the semester taken, and the credits and grade you received. Please make sure that the transcript from the school that granted your BA/BS degree clearly indicates that you received the aforementioned degree.
  • All students, post-bacs included, must take our three major pre-requisites and earn a 2.5 GPA in these three courses with no grade of D or F regardless of what your GPA is for your three prerequisites:
    • SOWK 1301: Introduction to Social Work,
    • SOCI 2300: Introduction to Sociology, and
    • PSYC 2300: Psychology and the Human Experience (Intro to Psychology) or the equivalent thereof.
  • All students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in order to be accepted into the program.
  • The state of Arkansas requires that all students who graduate with a degree from a public institution must have American History/Government. If your degree is from a public institution within Arkansas, you have likely met this requirement. If it is from an out-of-state school or a private school in Arkansas and you have not met this requirement, you will have to take an American History/Government (HIST 2311, HIST 2312, or POLS 1310) course in order to graduate with your BSW.
  • As a post-bac student, you are not required to have a foreign language.
  • Depending on your major, courses from your first degree may enable us to waive some of the degree requirements for the program. For example, if you have taken a statistics or research course in a related field such as sociology or psychology, the BSW program may be able to waive the statistics course requirement. Please ask about this when you inquire about the BSW program.
  • Once admitted, you will need to take your social work courses along with two other courses, RHET 3301, 3315, or 3326 and PSYC 3360: Abnormal Psychology, in order to complete your degree.
  • In order to graduate with your BSW, you must take at least 30 credit hours from UA Little Rock.

If you have any questions about the above, please contact the BSW program at socialwork@ualr.edu or by phone at 501-569-3240.

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 guarantee 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 socialworkers.org

NEWS & EVENTS


FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION

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The sections below provide a variety of options on financing your education. Please visit the official site for the Admissions and Financial Aid Office for more information.


Financial Aid


Undergraduate Financial Aid
We’re here to help you through the financial aid process every step of the way. At UA Little Rock, we believe everyone should be able to receive a college education and that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to that education. Financial Aid can seem scary, complicated and intimidating at times—but it doesn’t have to!

Financial aid helps fill the gap between the cost of attending UA Little Rock and the amount that a student and their family are able to contribute. To be considered for financial aid awarded through the UA Little Rock Office of Financial Aid, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a degree or aid-eligible certificate program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Make satisfactory academic progress toward completion of the academic program
  • Registered for Selective Service (if applicable)
  • May not be in default on a loan previously received for college expenses nor owe a refund on a scholarship, grant, or loan from a previous enrollment period.

Whenever possible, aid will be offered to meet the full amount of the student’s eligibility. All students who meet the February 1 financial aid application priority deadline (including any requested supporting documentation) will receive maximum consideration of campus-based aid programs.

Your first step in the Financial Aid process is to complete and submit your FAFSA. You must complete and submit a FAFSA every year you would like to be considered for Financial Aid and institutional scholarships.

Scholarships


Information regarding deadlines for scholarship applications will be sent out by the department to all students in the late spring. Scholarship amounts depend upon a variety of funding sources, and thus individual scholarship amounts vary each year. All students entering their concentration year are encouraged to apply for scholarships for which they qualify.

General Scholarships
The general scholarship application, instructions, contact information and departmental links can be found here. The deadline for most scholarship applications is February 1st.

Departmental Scholarships
The School of Social Work offers several departmental scholarships specifically for undergraduate students through the College of Education and Health Professions. Applicants will hear directly from the department regarding scholarship results, usually in May.


Bachelor of Social Work Scholarship

The School of Social Work will award this scholarship to a student enrolled full-time in the second year of the BSW program who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need. Applications will be reviewed and the funds will be made available to the recipient in the fall of student’s second year in the BSW Program, assuming funds are available.

Requirements for the scholarship include:

  • A statement of financial need.
  • A 3.0 overall GPA and/or 3.25 or higher GPA in all BSW courses.
  • Expected full-time enrollment in the second year of the BSW program.

Students should submit:

  1. A statement describing their current financial situation and how this scholarship will assist them in pursuing their BSW degree;
  2. A written statement which describes the student’s qualifications, experiences, interests, and goals for this scholarship; and
  3. A letter of reference from a faculty member in the School of Social Work.

On receipt of the scholarship, the recipient must write a thank you letter to the donor. Questions should be directed to Amy Angel at aegarland@ualr.edu. Deadline for application is February 1. Submit applications at https://goo.gl/forms/mWLcWr3McrrQCEnh2


Centers for Youth and Families Scholarship

The School of Social Work will award this scholarship to a full or part-time student admitted to the BSW program who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need. Applications will be reviewed and the funds will be made available to the recipient in the fall semester of the BSW Program, assuming funds are available.

Requirements for the scholarship include:

  • A statement of financial need.
  • A 3.0 overall GPA and/or 3.25 or higher GPA in all BSW courses.
  • Full admission to the BSW program

Students should submit:

  1. A statement describing their current financial situation and how this scholarship will assist them in pursuing their BSW degree;
  2. A written statement which describes the student’s qualifications, experiences, interests, and goals for this scholarship; and
  3. A letter of reference from a faculty member in the School of Social Work.

On receipt of the scholarship, the recipient must write a thank you letter to the donor. Questions should be directed to Amy Angel at aegarland@ualr.edu. Deadline for application is February 1. Submit applications at https://goo.gl/forms/mWLcWr3McrrQCEnh2


Mark Krain Scholarship

The School of Social Work will award this scholarship to a student enrolled full or part-time in the second year of the BSW program who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need. Applications will be reviewed and the funds will be made available to the recipient in the fall of student’s second year in the BSW Program, assuming funds are available.

Requirements for the scholarship include:

  • A statement of financial need.
  • A 3.0 overall GPA and/or 3.25 or higher GPA in all BSW courses.
  • Expected full-time enrollment in the second year of the BSW program.

Students should submit:

  1. A statement describing their current financial situation and how this scholarship will assist them in pursuing their BSW degree;
  2. A written statement which describes the student’s qualifications, experiences, interests, and goals for this scholarship; and
  3. A letter of reference from a faculty member in the School of Social Work.

On receipt of the scholarship, the recipient must write a thank you letter to the donor. Questions should be directed to Amy Angel at aegarland@ualr.edu. Deadline for application is February 1. Submit applications at https://goo.gl/forms/mWLcWr3McrrQCEnh2

Internships & Employment Opportunities

Internships

The BSW Field Experience I/II (SOWK 4541/4542) is completed in the fall and spring semesters of the senior year and consists of 240 hours of supervised internship each semester. In conjunction with the internship, students must take Field Seminar I/II (SOWK 4212/4213). The BSW Field Coordinator oversees the internship program and is responsible for placing students in settings that are consistent with standards mandated by the Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting body for BSW and MSW programs.

Internship Materials
Information about the internship program is presented to students late in the fall semester or early in the spring semester. If you would like to be a field instructor, please contact the School of Social Work at 501-569-3240.

BSW Program Field Manual


HAVE QUESTIONS? ASK AN ADVISOR.

We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have about our available programs. Use the form below to submit your inquiries to the School of Social Work advisors or call us at 501-569-3240.

  • Please let us know if you are a high school student considering attending UA Little Rock, a transfer student, a current student at UA Little Rock, etc.
  • If you are currently attending UA Little Rock, please include your T# in your correspondence with us.
    Which program(s) would you like more information about?
  • What semester term do you have questions about?
  • What year do you have questions about?
  • What questions do you have for our social work coordinators?