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ADMISSION AND RETENTION REQUIREMENTS

Students entering the School of Social Work as freshmen are required to meet the admissions standards of the University set forth in the section titled “Admissions” in this catalog. The University accepts transferred credit from accredited associate of arts programs (see “Admissions” in this catalog). The School of Social Work also accepts those hours but requires that all students meet the course requirements for the bachelor of social work degree. An evaluation of each transferred course is made by the University’s Academic Records office or the registrar of the School of Social Work. Any transfer credit of a social work course must be approved by the program chair. No academic credit, course waivers, or credit for field practicum shall be granted for life experience or for previous work experience.

Transfer credit from four-year institutions is accepted as long as the specified requirements for the BSW degree are met. Credit for 400-level social work courses can be granted only for such courses taken in a CSWE-accredited social work program. Social work courses below the 400 level taken in programs without CSWE accreditation are evaluated for transfer credit on a course-by-course basis. Because of the number of social work courses required of junior- and senior-level students, it is difficult for a transfer student to enter the School of Social Work after the first semester of the junior year and complete the program within an additional two-year period, unless the general education requirements have been completed during the first two years of study. Most transfer students attend at least one summer session.

University of Alabama students who have completed 45 semester hours or more of academic work and who wish to transfer from any other UA division to the School of Social Work must have grade point averages of 2.0 or higher for all college work.

Admission to the professional program. The priority deadline for application to enter the upper division (professional program) in social work is February 15 of each year for admission in the following fall semester. Application forms are available from the School’s registrar in 106 Little Hall.

Each applicant for the professional program should have completed BSC 108 or BSC 109, PY 101, and SOC 101 (or their equivalents). A student who has completed at least two of those courses may apply if he or she is enrolled in the other course at the time of application. An applicant must have qualified for UA Core Curriculum–level math courses either by placement score or by having earned a “C” or higher in MATH 100. To be considered for admission, the student must also have passed the School of Social Work writing examination and have completed at least 45 hours toward the degree with an overall grade point average of at least 2.25 and a social work grade point average of least 2.5.

Spaces for students in the upper division are limited. Two faculty readers will score each application and make tentative admission decisions by April 15. Depending on the number of applications and spaces available, some applicants who meet minimum admissions requirements may be placed on a waiting list. Students who are tentatively admitted in April must retain overall grade point averages of at least 2.25 (and 2.5 in social work courses) through the spring semester or the tentative offer of admission will be withdrawn.

After the completion of approximately 54 hours toward the social work degree, with the required overall and social work grade point averages, students who have been admitted to the professional program begin taking the professional courses, which are the 400-level social work courses listed in the “Program Requirements” section that follows.

Performance and retention policies. To continue in the social work professional program, students must meet the following criteria:

Field Education

Field education, a 9-credit-hour course, is a four-day-per-week learning experience taken during the fall semester of the senior year. Students are given opportunities, under supervision, to develop social work skills. The School of Social Work uses agencies in a variety of settings for field education placements. Students must make arrangements for transportation in order to complete field education requirements. During this semester, students also attend classes at the School of Social Work one day per week.

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