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What classes might I take while majoring in social work?

HI, I'm Jhirnelle, and a couple months ago I realized I wanted to be a social worker. I know I want to help children out, and make sure they get the help they need. I want to be able to work with children in foster homes and who are being abused so I can help them be successful and at a stable state, but I want to know what kind of classes will I take during college. #social-worker #case-worker

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Hi Jhirnelle,

Prerequisites to Social Work Major:

You'll have to meet certain educational requirements before you can apply to the social work major in most colleges and universities, but the exact requirements can vary by institution. Generally speaking, you should complete core coursework in sociology, statistics, psychology and an introduction to social work during your first two years of study. Some institutions may also require you to take a basic biology course before admission to the social work major. Many colleges and universities also require the completion of certain core liberal arts courses, such as history or other courses in the humanities, during the first two years of undergraduate study.

Social Work Major Requirements:

The social work major generally entails around 125 credit hours and can typically be completed within two years of full-time study. Once you are admitted to the social work major, your program of study will mainly focus on courses in social work theory, research and policy. Coursework usually includes human behavior and the social environment, social work research methods, social welfare policy and social work practice. Social work practice courses include practice with individuals, couples, families and groups and cultural diversity issues. Most undergraduate programs also require the completion of a field placement of at least two semesters and advanced coursework in social and behavioral sciences.

A bachelor's degree in social work isn't always required. Bachelor's degrees in other relevant fields, such as psychology or sociology, are usually accepted by many schools offering social work majors. Some candidates have degrees in liberal arts fields completely unrelated to social work, but you must usually show that you have taken introductory statistics courses, biology and some coursework in the social and behavioral sciences. If you don't have a degree in social work, it's also advisable to obtain volunteer or paid experience in a social services related field prior to application. Most graduate schools require a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last two years of study, regardless of your degree field.

About Social Work Programs:

Before you decide on a social work career, it's important to learn the differences between the two main levels of practice. The key differences between bachelor's and master's programs are their length and level of coursework. Bachelor's programs are usually four-year programs that require you to complete specific prerequisites during your first two years of study before you can apply for entry into the social work major. The social work major is essentially an introduction to social work that allows you to work in entry-level positions. Master's degree programs are two year programs, if completed full-time, that require you to have a bachelor's degree and, in some cases, specific experience or education related to social work. Master's programs allow you to work in almost every area of social work, including direct service and clinical work.


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Thank you comment icon Hey Jhirnelle! The best thing you can do is to look on a college website and look under their bachelor of social work program! That will give you a good idea of what a semester will look for you if you decide to pursue in this career. Introduction to Social Work <br> Perspectives on Family Violence <br> Human Diversity and Social Justice <br> Social Welfare as a Social Institution <br> Social Welfare Policy and Services Human Behavior and the Social Environment I <br> Social Work Practice I <br> Junior Field Practicum and Seminar <br> Special Topics in Social Work <br> Social Work Practice II <br> Senior Field Practicum and Seminar <br> Research Methods for Social Work Some examples of classes, hope this helps! Brianna Schussler