Social Work

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Social workers advocate for those who can’t defend themselves—the elderly, the impoverished, the disabled, the uneducated, the voiceless, the young—and are passionate about improving the life of every member of society.

The B.A. in social work is a dynamic program in which students are taught the core competencies necessary for successful social work practices. To enrich the training and learning of social work students, the faculty is made up of professors with both research and clinical backgrounds in mental health, aging, policy analysis, disabilities, crisis management, homelessness, and children. Students engage in structured practicums and internships that facilitate learning and experience and have a number of additional opportunities to participate in community enhancement activities. They learn how to apply research to promote the investigations, treatment, and material aid of the economically, physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged. 

Auburn’s social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and prepares students for both generalist professional practice and continued studies in social work. Graduates can take the licensure examination as a baccalaureate-level social worker (LBSW) and apply for advanced standing in social work graduate programs. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, and, with numerous job opportunities, social workers can find their professional and personal fulfillment in serving society. 

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in social work from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Social Work

A minor in social work requires 15 semester hours of coursework in social work (minimum 9 hours at 3000 level or above) including:

  • SOWO 2000: Introduction to Social Work
  • SOWO 2650: History of Social Welfare
  • SOWO 3910: Field Practicum

For more information about Social Work

Social Work Program Website


  • Carole Zugazaga, Director of Social Work

  • zugazcb@auburn.edu
  • 7030-F Haley Center
  • (334) 844-2879

Careers in Social Work

Examples of possible employers in different fields:

Health Care Hospitals

  • Hospices
  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Mental Health Services
  • Public Health Agencies

Child Welfare

  • Adoption Agencies
  • Foster-Care Agencies
  • Child Daycare
  • Public and Private Child Welfare Organizations

Aging/Gerontology

  • Senior Housing Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Senior Volunteer Programs
  • Nursing Homes

Justice/Corrections

  • Substance Abuse Programs
  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • Prisons
  • Courts
  • Treatment Facilities
  • Victim Services Programs

Community Development

  • Social Action
  • Work with the Homeless
  • Battered Women
  • Persons with AIDS
  • Hunger Coalitions

International Social Work

  • United Nations
  • Peace Corps
  • World Health Organization (part of UN)
  • U.S. Agency for International Development

Federal Government Jobs

  • U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Federal Prisons
  • Services to Native Americans
  • Federal Health Facilities
  • Administrative Agencies
  • U.S. Congress
  • Armed Forces

Curriculum Guide for BA 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.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective3BIOL 1010 A Survey of Life
   & BIOL 1011 A Survey of Life Laboratory
4
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
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
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
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
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
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
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
1

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.

2

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

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Last Updated: August 03, 2016