BA in Social Work

  • Social Work is a practical and academic discipline dedicated to social welfare through scholarship, professional activities, and advocacy. The practice of Social Work requires the understanding of human development and behavior and how social, economic, and cultural institutions interact with these factors. The Social Work program at Auburn University offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, which is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

    Undergraduate Degree Offered:
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Work
  • Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Emily Myers

    Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
    7030 Haley Center
    Phone: 334-884-5049
    Fax: 334-844-2851

  • Careers in Social Work

    Social Workers help individuals and families cope with mental illness and problems such as inadequate housing, unemployment, lack of job skills, financial mismanagement, serious illness, disability, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy, or antisocial behavior. They also work with families who have serious conflicts, including those involving child or spousal abuse.

    Approximately 600,000 Social Workers work in the U.S. Nearly 40 percent of those jobs are in State, county, or municipal government agencies, primarily in departments of human resources, social services, child welfare, mental health, health, housing, education, and corrections. Most in the private sector are in voluntary social service agencies, community and religious organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, or home health agencies.

    The bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for most positions. Besides the bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW), undergraduate majors in psychology, sociology, and related fields satisfy hiring requirements in some agencies, especially small community agencies. A master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) is generally necessary for positions in health and mental health settings. Jobs in some private agencies also require an MSW. Employment of Social Workers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005. Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors’ degree.

    Career Titles for Social Work Majors

    Agency Director
    Deputy Director
    International Social Worker

    Aging/Gerontology Specialist
    Developmental Disabilities

    Assistant Director of Agency
    Eligibility Specialist

    Mental /Clinical Social Worker

    Case Worker
    Executive Director
    Policy & Planning Specialist

    Community Organization Dir.
    Social Worker
    Policy Advocate

    Food Stamp Administrator
    Policy Analyst

    School Social Worker
    Health Care Specialist
    Program Manager

    Research Analyst

    Criminal Justice/Corrections Specialist
    Substance Abuse Counselor
    Intake Counselor
    Child Welfare/Children’s Services

    Employment/Occupational Social Worker


Curriculum in Social Work

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates are trained to become beginning-level generalist practitioners eligible for licensure and to apply for advanced standing social work graduate programs. Admission to the program is required before enrolling in SOWO 4060. SOCY 1000, SOWO 2000 and SOWO 3910 must be completed with a C or better prior to application.

SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective3BIOL 1010 A Survey of Life
   & BIOL 1011 A Survey of Life Laboratory
BIOL 1000 Introduction to Biology
   & BIOL 1001 Introduction to Biology Laboratory
4ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Core Fine Arts3
PSYC 2010 Introduction to Psychology3Core Math3
Elective3Core History13
 16 16
Core Literature13Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence13
Foreign Language I (College Core)4COMM 1000 Public Speaking3
Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13Foreign Language II (College Core)4
SOWO 2000 Introduction to Social Work3ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
SOWO 2650 History of Social Welfare3SOWO 3910 Field Practicum Seminar3
 16 16
SOCY 3500 Minority Groups3SOWO 3850 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II33
SOWO 3800 Human Behavior in Social Environment I3PHIL 1033 Ethics and the Health Sciences3
SOWO Elective23SOWO 4090 Social Welfare Policy3
Elective3SOWO 4060 Social Work Practice Methods I3
SOCY 3700 Methods of Social Research3Social Science Elective23
 15 15
SOWO 4080 Social Work Methods III3SOWO 4920 Internship in Social Work9
Elective1SOWO 4950 Senior Integrative Seminar3
STAT 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences4UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
Social Science Elective23 
SOWO 4070 Social Work Methods II3 
 14 12
Total Hours: 120

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.


Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved courses for SOWO electives and social science electives.


Last Updated: March 13, 2014