• 120 total semester hours total with an overall UGA GPA of 2.0.
  • Senior year field internship in a social service setting
  • Senior year capstone project

For details, view the information below or contact a program advisor.

BSW Program Requirements and Sequencing

April 10, 2020: Core requirements have changed. See BSW Program Curriculum Revisions (PDF) for details. The new program requirements and course sequencing will be reflected in the Fall 2020 BSW Program listing in the UGA Bulletin.

For another view of the program of study, see this example of typical course sequencing (PDF).

Questions? Contact an advisor at ugabsw@uga.edu

BSW Minor

A minor in social work provides a knowledge base for persons interested in helping others, with special emphasis in social justice, service, dignity and worth of the individual, importance of human relationships, integrity and professional competence.


  • Minimum of 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Earn at least a “C” grade in each minor course.
  • Must take at least 9 hours of upper-division course work.

For more information, visit the BSW minor at the UGA Bulletin.

Questions? Contact an advisor at ugabsw@uga.edu

Core Competencies

The Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards require all social work students to develop nine competencies. All course content including readings and assignments are linked to specific competencies and associated practice behaviors. These core competencies are:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities..
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

For details, see the BSW Handbook.

Professional Program

Students apply to the BSW Professional Program during the semester that they are completing the last of their 2000-level / Lower-Division SOWK courses. They must submit an application and be accepted into the BSW Professional Program before they may enroll in any 5000-level courses.

To be eligible to apply to the BSW Professional Program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in classes at the University of Georgia
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Completed 60 semester hours
  • Earned a B- or higher in all SOWK courses
  • Completed or be in progress (IP) to finish all 2000-level, lower-division SOWK courses (i.e., SOWK 2154, SOWK 2154S, SOWK 2155 and SOWK 2156) during the current semester.

Students typically apply to the BSW Professional Program during the fall semester of their junior / third year. Under certain circumstances, a student will apply to the BSW Professional Program during the spring semester of their junior / third year.

Capstone Project

Capstone is a year-long collaborative, experiential and community-engaged project required of seniors. It is designed for students to demonstrate how they can apply what they’ve learned in class with CSWE core competencies.

In the fall semester, students meet in small groups to design and implement community-based social justice projects that incorporate social justice and service. Emphasis is placed on engaging and building relationships with community stakeholders. In the spring semester, student groups continue to work collaboratively and with stakeholders to implement their projects. In late spring student groups present their capstone projects in a poster session at the BSW Capstone Symposium. Students also write an individual reflective report on their experience.

Students earn a total of two credits for their capstone project through their SOWK 5850 BSW Senior Capstone Experience I and SOWK 5851 BSW Senior Capstone Experience II courses. The courses are graded pass / fail.

For more information, see the BSW Handbook or contact an advisor.

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