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Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education and leads to eligibility for licensure as a licensed Bachelor’s Social Worker in Michigan. A supervised experience and passage of an examination after graduation are required for licensure.

See the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work section for additional requirements for admission to the Social Work Program.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30-42 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Other Degree Requirements I (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

HDF 100Lifespan Development


PSY 220Developmental Psychology


Other Degree Requirements II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

BIO 151Human Biology


HSC 211Human Anatomy and Physiology


Other Degree Requirements III (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

PSY 330Social Psychology


SOC 201Social Psychology


Specialized Studies (68-72 hours)

Major: Social Work (48 hours)

Minor: (20-24 hours) a student will select one of the following alternatives:

  1. Any University-approved minor or second major.
  2. 20 or more hours of coursework from at least two departments (not including required courses in the degree program, Sociology or Social Work courses) planned in advance by a student with a Social Work advisor. These courses are to be a planned program to meet the students’ individual learning objectives or to complement their professional interest.


The number of elective hours will vary depending upon the requirements for the degree and the major.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 124 hours

  • To graduate from CMU you must complete a minimum of 120 hours, at least 40 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Please note: the combination of some majors and minors may require more than 120 hours for graduation.
  • Not all major/minor combinations are allowed. Please consult with a university advisor to confirm your choice.
  • No more than a total of 27 hours may be taken from the College of Business Administration and counted towards graduation.
  • You should read the Requirements for Graduation in this Bulletin for a complete description.