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 on our Web site and from the School’s registrar.
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 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. 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 during the spring semester must maintain 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:
- Students must earn minimum grades of “C” in all required social work courses, including two social work electives.
- Students must earn minimum grades of “C” in all other courses required in the major (e.g., BSC 108 or BSC 109; COM 123; PY 101; SOC 101; PY 358; PY 372 or SOC 205; BER 345, CJ 381, PY 211, or ST 260).
- Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” on the designated writing assessment in SW 440 (Social Work with Individual and Families) in the fall of their first year in the professional program. Students who have not earned a “C” on the writing assessment by the end of SW 440 will placed on probation and will be required to enroll in SW 310 Professional Writing Seminar during the following spring semester. Students must pass SW 310 in order to continue in the professional Social Work Program.
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.
To be eligible for their field placement, students must maintain overall grade point averages of 2.25 or higher and 2.5 or higher grade point averages in social work courses, and they must have passed a statistics class. Students on probation and/or holding grades of “I” in any social work courses may not be admitted to field education.