Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

BSW Major CoursesCredit Hours
SOWK 200: Introduction to Social Work 3
SOWK 201: Social Welfare and Social Work I 3
SOWK 301: Social Work with Individuals and Families I 3–4
SOWK 302: Social Work with Individuals and Families II 3
SOWK 303: Social Work Groups 3
SOWK 305: Human Behavior Social Environment I 3
SOWK 307: Policies and Strategies of Community Intervention 3
SOWK 330: Social Work Practice I 4
SOWK 340: Social Work Practice II 4
SOWK 350: Integrative Practice Seminar 3
SOWK 370: Ethnicity, Race and Culture 3
SOWK 390: Methods of Social Work 3
SOWK 501: Human Behavior Social Environment II 3
Related Requirements Credit Hours
Social Science Electives 9
Statistics Elective (fulfills quantitative analysis requirement): STAT 103, CRMJ 206, PSYC 304 or ISOM 241 3

Honors: Candidates for the honors degree must meet the general requirements for collegiate honors.

Laudatory Status: A student who earns a cumulative Loyola GPA of at least 3.50 will be graduated cum laude (with honors); of at least 3.70, magna cum laude (with high honors); of at least 3.90, summa cum laude (with highest honors). For the purpose of calculating the grade point average (GPA), averages are NOT rounded, i.e., 3.49 is not rounded to 3.50. Laudatory status requires exactly 3.50 or better.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 60 graded Loyola hours (excluding pass-no pass hours) to be eligible for academic honors. Work completed at a program or college not formally affiliated with Loyola will not be counted. The computation is based on the student's entire academic career at Loyola.

Laudatory status for the degree will be based on certification of all requirements and may differ from the status announced at graduation ceremonies if degree requirements are not certified at the time of the ceremony.

University Core Requirements: Loyola undergraduates also are required to fulfill core curriculum requirements.

Requirements for Field Placement: All students who plan to graduate with a BSW must fulfill the requirement of a one-year practicum in a community agency designed and approved by the School of Social Work. For more information, see Fieldwork

General electives: Students take approximately 40 credit hours of general electives. You may consider taking courses that can count towards a double major, a minor, or towards your MSW. For social work electives that are taken during your BSW, up to two courses may count toward your MSW coursework.

Graduate elective options: 700 level courses are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. If you earn a B or better, these courses can count towards the MSW requirements. By doing so, these courses take the place of summer courses for students going into their 5th year. In addition, SOWK 205 and SOWK 361 also count as elective options that count towards the MSW requirements. You can take up to two courses as an undergraduate student that count towards your graduate record.