Social Work, Comprehensive Major

Liberal Arts (Code 460-051)

University Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.
1

Certain programs exceed this minimum.

2

See special requirements in each College.

3

See special requirements for the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

LIBERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTSa minimum of 36 credits
Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Human Sciences Departments

Specific Degree Requirements

Specific requirements for some human science degrees are published in conjunction with the Catalog description of the major leading to the degree, with specific courses required in several Liberal Education outcomes.

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Education and Human Sciences

Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science from a human sciences department must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.(see University Graduation Requirements)

General Information

Placement Tests. The mathematics/foreign language placement tests are given during the orientation periods for new freshmen and transfers. Further information about the foreign language or the mathematics tests is available from the chair of the appropriate department.

Degree Requirements

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

Human Sciences Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All degree candidates must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 or higher in both the major and the second program if one is required. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the second program are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements.  Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must present one of the following:

  • Comprehensive major (at least 59-60 credits)
  • Standard major (at least 36 credits) plus one of the following:
    • Another standard major (at least 36 credits), or
    • A minor (at least 24 credits), or
    • A certificate (12-18 credits)

No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major or with two majors of 36 credits each.

Certain degree programs which include Comprehensive Majors may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Admission Requirement

Admission to Social Work Program

Major Requirements

Core courses in Social Work

Sixty semester credits, including:
SW 100Introduction to Social Welfare (Meets LE - I1) 13
SW 220Interpersonal Skills3
SW 290Human Rights and Global Justice3
SW 320Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals3
SW 323Methods of Social Work Research (Meets LE - S3)3
SW 335Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
SW 383Social Welfare Policies and Programs3
SW 405Culturally Competent SW Practice3
SW 471Generalist Social Work Practice with Families/Groups3
SW 472Generalist Social Work Practice with Communities/Organizations3
SW 481Social Work Internship (Meets LE - I1)12
or SW 482 Social Work Internship - International
Select any elective from the following:3
Aging and the Aged
Death and Bereavement
Child Welfare
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
Social Work in Mental Health Settings
Special Topics
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology3
Any Sociology course3
Any Political Science course3
Any Economics course3
One course with K3 designation 23
Total Credits60
1

 IDIS is equivalent to SW 100

2

 This is in addition to the university requirement of two K3 learning experiences

Recommended learning experiences to fulfill LE requirements:
K1 (Natural Sciences)
BIOL 105General Biology3
BIOL 130Human Sexual Biology3
BIOL 151Biology of Humans4
K3 (Humanities)
AIS 101Introduction to American Indian History and Cultures3
AIS 240American Indian History3
AIS 243Introduction to Contemporary American Indian Communities3
ENGL/WMNS 296Perspectives on Women's Literature3
HIST 205American Women's History3
LANG 160Ojibwe Culture and History3
WMNS 100U.S. Women's Experience: Gender, Race, and Class3
WMNS 210Culture of Third Wave Feminism3
WMNS 215African-American Feminism in the Humanities3
WMNS 260Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theories3
S1 (Written and Oral Communication)
Spanish is recommended and may be used for S1. Non-foreign language S1 courses such as the following may be substituted if desired.
CJ 201Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3
CJ 203Fundamentals of Human Communication3
R1 (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity)
AIS 101Introduction to American Indian History and Cultures3
AIS 240American Indian History3
AIS 243Introduction to Contemporary American Indian Communities3
ENGL 268Survey of American Ethnic Literature3
ENGL 296Perspectives on Women's Literature3
HUMS 210Voices of Color in America3
PSYC 230Human Development3
PSYC 332Psychology of Adolescence3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 312Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.3
WMNS 100U.S. Women's Experience: Gender, Race, and Class3
WMNS 111Gender, Race, Class, and Communication: The Social Construction of Identity3
WMNS 205American Women's History3
WMNS 206Perspectives in LGBTQ Studies3
WMNS 215African-American Feminism in the Humanities3
WMNS 260Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theories3
WMNS 335Transnational/Global Feminisms3
6

Other courses may apply. Students should consult an adviser to determine applicability of courses being considered.

NOTE 1: Social Work majors will still be required to complete their Service-Learning Requirement prior to application for admission to the program and SW 290 has Service-Learning embedded for all students. Some social work positions require fluency in a foreign language, and students are encouraged to consider a minor in Spanish.

NOTE 2: A maximum of nine credits earned in Directed Studies, Independent Studies and Instructional Assistant may count toward the major.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Policy. No degree credit may be earned under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option in IDIS 100 or SW 100  or any Social Work Department course numbered 200 or higher which is required for the major.

Students must meet all course prerequisites.