BSW Admissions

We are so glad your interest in social work has brought you to this page. Take a look at the social work trajectory and admissions criteria we have for social work majors.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deanna Cooper, BSW Program Director at 406-243-5587.


Students may declare a social work major at any time in their college career, but must do so before entering the 300 level core courses. As a major you begin your work experience by taking the following courses.

  • Social Work 100 Introduction to Social Welfare
  • Social Work 200 Introduction to Social Work Practice

Students also take five of the following extra departmental courses prior to applying for admission to the department. Once admitted, students must complete all eight courses.

  • BIOB 101N Discovering Biology or PSYX 250N Fundamentals of Biological Psychology
  • ECNS 101S Economic Way of Thinking or ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • PSCI 210S Introduction to American Government
  • PSYX 100S Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYX 230 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYX 233 Fundamentals of Psychology of Aging
  • SOCI 101S Principles of Sociology


Students can only take upper division core courses and practice courses once they have been formally admitted to the social work program. Application deadlines are finals week fall and spring.

Admission Criteria

In order to be considered for admission students must have:

  • completed 5 of the 8 extra-departmental classes
  • completed SW 100 and SW 200
  • an overall GPA of 2.75 and GPA of 3.00 in SW 100 and SW 200
  • submitted an application to the social work office, either by emailing it to Elisha or dropping off in Jeannette Rankin Hall, room 004.

Students admitted to the BSW program may then take the following upper division courses:

  • Social Work 300 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Social Work 350 Social Work Intervention with Individuals and Families
  • Social Work 310 Social Policy and Community Change
  • Social Work 360 Interventions with Groups
  • Social Work 400 Research Methods
  • Social Work 410 Social Work Ethics
  • Social Work 464 Cultural Humility in Social Work Practice:Valuing Diversity
  • Social Work 487 Advanced Practice I
  • Social Work 495 Field Practicum I
  • Social Work 488 Advanced Practice II
  • Social Work 495 Field Practicum II
  • Students also take six credits of upper division electives from any department on campus. These credits are meant to support a student’s interests and passions in social work.