Jul 04, 2020  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

Social Work Major (BSW)

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Social Work Major - Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW)

Please see the School of Social Work web page at www.unlv.edu/socialwork for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.

Please see advising information at the School of Social Work Undergraduate Advising at urbanaffairs.unlv.edu/advising/.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Program - The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) www.cswe.org/Accreditation.aspx

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, neighborhoods and communities.  

University Graduation Requirements

Social Work Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

Recommended Courses That Meet General Education Core Requirements

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs strongly recommends that students address their General Education Core curriculum requirements through our college. The following classes offered in our college meet graduation requirements.


In addition

Incoming freshmen are strongly encouraged to join a themed Learning Community (LC) during their first-year at UNLV. A Learning Community is a cohort of students who take coursework together and benefit from the following outcomes: greater course satisfaction, increased interaction between faculty and students, increased understanding of the connections between disciplines, better connections with peers, improved student engagement and involvement on campus, increased satisfaction with the college experience.

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 36-39 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 18

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
    • Two courses from two different areas - 6 credits
    • One course in Fine Arts - 3 credits
  • Social Science
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 6-7 credits

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements. A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

Additional Requirements - Credits: 9

Select one from the following:

ECON 180 preferred.

Social Work Electives - Credits: 6

Electives - Credits: 20

Total Credits: 120


  1. In keeping with the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) accreditation standards, academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given.
  2. In satisfying the University General Education Core requirements, all social work majors must take:
    Social sciences:  ,  ,  , Mathematics:  , Sciences:  ,
    and Humanities:  

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