B.S.W. Program

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is the School of Social Work (SOSW) Accredited?

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  • Do I have to be admitted to the School of Social Work undergraduate program?

    • You are admitted to the major as a CSU student by simply declaring the major. When you have completed about 60 credits you must apply for Progression in the Major. The application is distributed in SOWK 286 A and B. See Progression and Student Performance in the BSW Handbook (pdf).
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  • Who is in charge of the program?

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  • What can I do with a degree in social work?

    • Lots. You may work with many different populations in many different settings. For more details see Appendix G of the BSW handbook (pdf).
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  • How will I know if I will like social work?

    • SOWK 150, Introduction to Social Work, offers a good overview of the profession of social work and helps students explore the major. Social Work 286 A & B are exciting courses, unique to the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. In two semesters of classes, you will learn from a community mentor who receives services from one of the various agencies in Northern Colorado. While SOWK 286 A and B can help you decide if social work is a good fit, you must have declared social work as a major to enroll in these courses.
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  • Will I need a background check?

    • Yes. The agency partners for SOWK 286A and B require background checks of students. In addition, most field placement agencies for SOWK 488 also require background checks. Please speak with an advisor if you have any questions regarding the mandatory background check. If you have a criminal background, it is in your best interest to talk with the field team early in your academic career.
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  • Can I get credit for my job or volunteer work?

    • No. In compliance with CSWE standards you may not receive academic credit for life experiences.
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  • Can I have a double major with social work or a minor?

    • Yes. You will need to meet with your advisor in both majors to plan your course work. Often students major in criminology, psychology, human development and family studies, or Spanish with social work. There is no minor in social work.
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  • Will my courses from another school transfer to CSU?

    • Possibly. The CSU registrar evaluates transcripts and determines what courses will transfer, for what credits at CSU. You will find information HERE. You may get an unofficial transcript evaluation prior to transferring from the Student Transfer Center. There are transfer guides for CSU and Colorado Community Colleges. Another resource is https://www.transferology.com/. This web site will tell you how a course from another university will transfer to CSU if the other university or college participates in transferology.com. Finally, the BSW Program Director can review social work courses (syllabi) from other schools and decide how that course work will transfer for credit to the School of Social Work.
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  • How can I know the policies and procedure?

    • The BSW Handbook (pdf) has the history of the school, details regarding the curriculum, and the policies and procedures for the school including the grievance procedure.
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  • How can I find a faculty member with expertise in my area of interest?

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  • How can I communicate with the School?

    • The SOSW welcomes your ideas and feedback. All students are invited to a monthly forum, “Brown Bag with Faculty,” or the Student Advisory Team, to discuss what they wish. There is also student representation on all SOSW working committees and the School Council, the governing body for the SOSW. Email the school at sswinfo@colostate.edu. Volunteer to be a student member or contact the Social Work in Action student group to find out who your representative is. The BSW director will also visit your classes.
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  • Who do I contact for an override for a class?

    • If it is a social work class, you may start with your advisor or the BSW program director.
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  • Can my advisor give me an override for a non-social work class?

    • No. You must contact the instructor of the class for an override.
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  • What do I do if I have trouble registering?

    • First, carefully read the message you are getting once you click the specific CRN for the course when you attempt to register. Then correct the problem if you can. If not, contact your advisor.
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  • How can I be involved with other social work students?

    • Social Work in Action is a student organization run by social work students. It is open to any CSU student. SWA does service projects, has social gatherings, and discussions of current social issues. See them on Facebook, or contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Malcolm Scott, at malcolm.scott@colostate.edu. Phi Alpha Honor Society membership is open to social work students who have achieved sophomore status, completed nine or more semester hours of required social work courses, achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and achieved a 3.25 GPA in required social work courses. Dr. Emily Dakin is the faculty advisor and can be contacted at emily.dakin@colostate.edu.
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  • Is what I say in class or to my advisor private?

    • CSU abides by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as amended, 20 U.S. 1232g et. seq. Your academic performance may not be discussed with persons without academic standing outside of CSU unless you grant permission. See http://www.catalog.colostate.edu for more information. The faculty also models National Association of Social Workers ethics in safeguarding client information. (See the NASW code of ethics.) As state employees, the faculty is mandated to report any sexual harassment or violence involving a CSU employee or student when they become aware of such. Faculty may also discuss your behavior or grades with other units at CSU if deemed necessary.
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  • If I have questions about repeating a class, taking a semester off, or auditing a class how can I find information?