The social work major requires a comprehensive set of courses that integrate knowledge, skills, and values to prepare students for entry into the social work profession. These requirements are designed to produce individuals, both as citizens and as social work professionals, who function intelligently and responsibly to serve the special needs of the less fortunate in our society.

Students completing a bachelor's degree with a major in social work must complete 51 hours of core social work courses along with additional courses in social sciences, humanities, general education, and electives.

A minimum of 120 hours are required for graduation. In order to graduate with a major in social work, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the core courses (with no core social work course grade below a ā€œCā€), and a 2.5 GPA in all courses taken at KSU.

Specific course requirements and checklists for completing courses can be found below:

Core Social Work Courses

  • SOCWK 100: Social Work: The Helping Profession
  • SOCWK 315: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SOCWK 330: Introduction to Social Work Research
  • SOCWK 510: Social Welfare
  • SOCWK 530: Seminar in Applied Social Work Research
  • SOCWK 550: Field Practicum Preparation
  • SOCWK 560: Social Work Practice I
  • SOCWK 561: Social Work Practice II
  • SOCWK 562: Field Experience
  • SOCWK 564: Social Work Professional Seminar
  • SOCWK 565: Social Policy Formulation and Analysis
  • SOCWK 568: Macro Practice and Theory
  • SOCWK 570: Social Work with Groups

Social Work Electives

  • SOCWK 200: Basic Skills for Working with People
  • SOCWK 320: Dynamics of Working with Older Adults
  • SOCWK 350: Social Work with Criminal Offenders & Victims
  • SOCWK 370: Child Welfare
  • SOCWK 380: Social Work and Intimate Partner Violence
  • SOCWK 620: Global Social Work

Substance Abuse Electives

Completion of specific substance abuse electives allows social work students to become certified in person-centered case management and sit for the Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) licensing exam upon completion of their bachelor's in social work. Contact Cheryl Calhoun ( for more details on LAC course requirements.

  • SOCWK 360: Case Management & Holistic Recovery
  • SOCWK 610: Nature and Effects of Addictive Substances
  • SOCWK 610: Substance Abuse and Addictions
  • SOCWK 650: Assessment & Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

See K-State Undergraduate Course Catalog for course descriptions