Students interested in declaring social work as a major are required to complete the Application for Admission to the BSW Program. Applications can be obtained from the department. Completed applications are evaluated by the BSW Admissions Committee and recommendations are forwarded to the BSW Program Coordinator. Typically, an application is made spring semester of the sophomore year. Admission to the BSW program is based on the following criteria:
- Completion of the University Core Curriculum
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.3
- Completion of SOWK 2200*Human Needs and Human Services (gateway course) with a grade of C or better
- Completed Application for Admission to the BSW Program includes:
- Two Letters of Reference: One from a Savannah State University professor and one from an employer or supervisor (you may substitute a supervisor for a volunteer experience.)
*Gateway Course - SOWK 2200
SOWK 2200 is the gateway course for admission to the BSW program at Savannah State University. Only CSWE Accredited Social Work courses will be considered for substitution of SOWK 2200.
Transfer applicants may submit a reference letter from a previous university or college
- Current official transcript
- An interview may be requested by the committee
The SSU Admissions office provides preliminary evaluation of transfer credit in the core curriculum. The BSW Program evaluates and provides final approval for all transfer credits in the social work curriculum. The Department of Social Work makes decisions about transfer of credit toward requirements specifically for the social work major. Students who wish to transfer other social work courses from other CSWE accredited programs must submit a copy of the course syllabus for each course being considered for transfer. The course syllabus is reviewed by the BSW Program Coordinator and faculty to determine whether there is a comparable course in the BSW Program for which credit may be given. Non-equivalent social work courses from CSWE-accredited programs may be transferred as social work electives.
Students who wish to transfer other social work courses from non-CSWE accredited programs must submit a copy of the course syllabus for each course being considered for transfer. The course syllabus is reviewed by the BSW Program Coordinator and faculty to determine whether the course meets the BSW program standards for transfer.
Only social work courses completed within the last ten years of readmission or transfer to Savannah State University will apply toward the BSW degree requirements.
Applications are due on or before April 15th for fall semester. Students who register for SOWK 2200 in the summer must submit their application by June 15th to:
BSW ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE
P.O. Box 20553
Savannah State University
Savannah, Georgia 31404
Academic credit for life or previous work experience is not considered in whole or in part in lieu of admission requirements or in lieu of social work courses including field practicum requirements (CSWE Accreditation Standard 5.2, Oct 2004).
Requirements For Graduation
In addition to completing 47 hours of Savannah State University's CORE CURRICULUM requirements (Areas A, B, C, D, E, and additional requirements), social work major must also complete 18 hours in Area F (course appropriate to the program of study); and 60 hours of social work major (SOWK) courses.