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Social Work Major: BA Degree Requirements

Pre-Social Work Major (Freshman and Sophomore years)

Pre-social work majors are expected to work on the University’s general education requirements, the Social Work Program liberal arts foundation areas (SOC 100, PSY 100, PSC 110, ANT 106, and BIO 202, or equivalent courses) and SWK 200 – Introduction to Social Work.

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Requirements

Eastern’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LAC) is the core rquirement for all Eastern students. Tier I Natural Science will be fulfilled by completing BIO 202, Tier I Social Science fulfilled by completing LAC courses such as SOC 100, PSY 100 or PSC 110, Tier II Applied Information Technology fulfilled by completing SWK 333, and Tier II Individuals and Society by completing SWK 311. See the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum website and your advisor for more information.

Social Work Program Liberal Arts Foundation Courses

  • Sociological foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding the organization and functioning of human societies, social institutions, and groups. Typical courses used to fulfill this requirement include: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, SOC 300 Sociological Theory
  • Anthropological foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding of, and appreciation for the diversity of human ways of life and cultural perspectives. Typical courses used to fulfill this requirement include: ANT 106 Cultural Anthropology, ANT 337 Urban Anthropology
  • Human biology foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding the biological bases of human physical development and behavior. The course typically used to fill this requirement is: BIO 202 Human Biology.
  • Psychological foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding the psychology of individual perception and behavior. The typical course used to fulfill this requirement is PSY 100 General Psychology
  • American government foundation: A course or courses providing a foundation for understanding the American political system and government. Typical courses used to fulfill this requirement include: PSC110 American Government and Politics, PSC 200 State and Local Politics and Government.

Completion of at least three of the five Social Work Program liberal arts foundation areas above and Introduction to Social Work (SWK200) is required for program admission. All the rest of five foundation courses must be completed before graduation.