BSW Fact Sheet

Important facts for Undergraduate Social Work students…

  1.  When you have chosen Social Work as your major, you are listed as a Pre-Social Work student.  There is a process to applying for the Undergraduate program which you are not eligible for until you have only 6-9 hours of remaining core classes to complete. See your advisor for details.
  2. Applicants are accepted in the Fall and Spring semesters for the BSW program (Hattiesburg campus) and in the Fall semester only for the Gulf Coast campus.
  3. SWK 301, Introduction to Social Work, requires a 40 volunteer field placement.
  4. No more than 62 hours can be transferred from community and junior colleges.
  5. Only pre-social work classes and social work electives are offered in the summer semesters.
  6. You must maintain a 2.5 GPA to be accepted and stay active in the BSW program.
  7. A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses going towards your degree program.  If you do not meet this minimum requirement, you can take the course again to achieve a “C” or better.
  8. Once you are accepted into the BSW program, we request that you limit your course work to 12 hours a semester.  Any additional hours need to be approved by the BSW Coordinator.
  9. Social work elective courses need to be taken AFTER your 1st semester in the program to ensure credit.  Social work electives taken prior to your 1st semester in the program will not count towards your degree and will only count for general elective hours.
  10. 8 hours of lab sciences are required.  Please see your advisor or the BSW coordinator for any questions concerning the transfer of lab sciences into our program.
  11. If you are a transfer student, please see our BSW Coordinator regarding the  transferring of courses.
  12. Under the social work core requirements, you have the option of taking PSY 436, 450, 456, or 455.  We advise that you take PSY 436, Abnormal Psychology.  There is material from the course (psychopathology, psychopharmacology, DSM-IV criteria, introduction to assessment and clinical diagnosis) that will be a part of the licensure exam.  This is the only course as an undergraduate that you will be exposed to this material.  It is in your best interest that you take this course.
  13. Under the Social Sciences requirement, it is advised that you take SOC 101.  There are 200, 300 and 400 level Sociology courses required later in the program, and SOC 101 is a pre-requisite for these courses.
  14. Under Decision Making and Responsibility, it is best to opt for PSY 110. You will be required to take a 200 and 400 level Psychology course and PSY 110 is a pre-requisite for these courses.
  15. SOC 450 can be taken in place of PSY 450 or vice-versa. Both of these courses are listed as Social Psychology. But only one can be used to satisfy either the sociology elective or the psychology elective.
  16. Consider joining the BSW (undergraduate social work) Club, an organization that promote social work as a profession, contributes to the professional development of its members and provides the means for engagement in community service as well as relevant human rights and social justice issues.
  17. Field Education is an experience where you are placed in a local agency under the supervision of a licensed social worker.  You get the chance to apply the skills that you have learned in the classroom.  Other majors call this experience an “internship”.  These courses, SWK 430 (Field Education) and 431 (Field Seminar), must be taken in the same semester and cannot be taken with any other courses.  Together these courses count for 12 hours, making you a full time student.  These courses are taken in your last semester of the BSW program.  Once you have your BSW Degree and pass
  18.  your licensure exam, you will be a licensed social worker in the state of Mississippi!
  19. Never hesitate to call the school of social work if you have any questions or concerns about your academic experience!  We want to hear from you!


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