Social Work, Comprehensive Major

Liberal Arts (Code 460-051)

University Requirements

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
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.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Minormaximum 1 course
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFImaximum 32 credits

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 five learning goals of our liberal education core and the 12 learning outcomes they comprise. 

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 experience
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experience
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

The Social Work Program operates under a selective admissions policy. The policy is based on the need to maintain a program of excellence in the classroom and to assure availability of quality internship placements. The Department of Social Work reserves the right to admit a limited number of students each semester. Meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee a student will be admitted to the major.

Social Work is a professional discipline on the baccalaureate level, and, thus, admissions and retention processes are implemented and strictly followed. Students are evaluated on a regular basis. Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Social Work Degree must first be admitted to the Social Work major. Enrollment in selected upper division social work courses is restricted to students who have been formally admitted to the major. This formal application to the major is the first step in meeting requirements for graduation with a B.S.W. degree. A second review of continued eligibility occurs with application for admission to internship (SW 481). Students with any concerns regarding eligibility are urged to consult their academic advisor. Students will be asked to sign a statement that they have read and agreed to abide by the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics. Students may appeal a denial of admission to the major or internship by following procedures outlined in the Social Work Student Handbook or the Social Work Internship Manual, as applicable.

Application Process and Procedures

  1. Students seeking admission are required to complete an application form available from the department office. At the point of admission:
    1. Students must have accumulated 30 credits.
    2. The university service learning requirement must have been completed. SW 290 has Service-Learning embedded for all students.
    3. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the following courses:  SW 100,  SW 290, and PSYC 100. Each course must be completed with a grade of C or above.
    4. A minimum total GPA of 2.5 is required, which includes courses transferred from other colleges and universities.
    5. Students will show knowledge of social work and a commitment to social work values as demonstrated by the submission of a single-spaced essay up to two pages that addresses how your values and experiences have informed your decision to select social work as a major.
    6. Students must be in good academic standing in the semester in which they apply.
    7. Any student who withdraws from the social work major at UW-Eau Claire or who does not take classes at UW-Eau Claire for two or more sequential semesters must reapply for admission into the program. Readmission to program is not guaranteed.
    8. Students may repeat a grade below C in SW 100 and/or SW 290 according to University guidelines. Repeat of course(s) must be completed (not current) for any such courses before application for admission will be processed. 
    9. Completion of University Writing Requirement

Admission to Social Work Internship

Criteria for admission into Internship: The Social Work Field Director will determine eligibility for internships on the basis of the following criteria. A student must have

  1. completed SW 100SW 220SW 290SW 320SW 323SW 335SW 383SW 405, and SW 471 with a grade of C or above. This includes courses that are transferred in as equivalent to any of these courses;
  2. earned a minimum GPA of 2.50 in SW 100 and all courses with an SW prefix;
  3. earned a total GPA of 2.50;
  4. completed a criminal background application within one year of the planned internship;
  5. participated in the Internship Orientation Sessions prior to registration;
  6. been accepted by an agency approved for field instruction by the Department of Social Work;

Major Requirements

Liberal Arts (Code 460-051)

Core courses in Social Work

Sixty semester credits, including:
SW 100Introduction to Social Welfare (Meets LE - I1)3
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)6-12
or SW 482 Social Work Internship - International
Select any elective from the following:3
Community-based Corrections
Aging and the Aged
Death and Bereavement
Child Welfare
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
Social Work in Mental Health Settings
Special Topics
Additional Requirements:
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology3
Any Sociology course3
Any Political Science course3
Any Economics course3
One course with K3 designation 13
Total Credits54-60
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/WGSS 296Perspectives on Women's Literature3
HIST 205American Women's History3
LANG 160Ojibwe Culture and History3
WGSS 100Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
WGSS 210Contemporary Feminisms3
WGSS 215African-American Feminism in the Humanities3
WGSS 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
WGSS 100Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
WGSS 111Gender, Race, Class, and Communication: The Social Construction of Identity3
WGSS 205American Women's History3
WGSS 206Perspectives in LGBTQ Studies3
WGSS 215African-American Feminism in the Humanities3
WGSS 260Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theories3
Some Social work positions require fluency in a foreign language, and students are encouraged to consider a minor in Spanish