Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

Help make a difference in the lives of people and their communities: Develop the skills necessary to become a professional social worker. Offered by Salisbury University and administered by UMUC Europe, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) helps prepare graduates for entry-level generalist social work practice and advanced graduate education. The BASW is a professional degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which is essential for licensure after graduation.

In a combination of hands-on practice in your community and theoretical study in the classroom, learn how to work with individuals, families, and groups. The goal of this comprehensive program is to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for private and public sector entry-level social work practice.

Program Flier: A summary of the program.

The Basics

  • The program is 120 credit hours, with 41 credits required for the major, including 8 credits of supervised field instruction.
  • The program is offered entirely overseas in two formats: online and hybrid (combines online and on-site instruction).
  • You must complete the pre-admission requirements prior to being fully admitted into the program (completion of all the pre-admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program).

Advanced Standing Program

  • Recent graduates of an accredited bachelor's social work program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for the Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing Program, which is an accelerated program of 32 credits, rather than the normal 62 credit program.

What is Social Work?

Social work is a profession with many different opportunities and areas, all with the common goal of helping individuals. Social workers are people who care about the needs of others and want to make a difference. According to the National Association of Social Workers, “Social workers are skilled professionals who work to empower individuals, relieve suffering, and affect social change. They are generalists and specialists who work in a wide variety of settings, but apply common core values, principles, and techniques.” For more information about social work, visit Social Work Helps.

How do I know Social Work is for Me?

Social workers provide a wide range of services to individuals, families, small groups, communities, and organizations. Working from a strengths perspective, social workers are guided by the values of social justice and human rights. Social workers often reach out to people who may be described as oppressed and underserved.

Where you might work: Social workers most commonly work in non-profit or government agencies. The fields of social work practice include, but are not limited to, mental health, child welfare, family work, substance abuse, adult and juvenile justice, school or medical social work, geriatric social work, homelessness and housing, domestic violence, and community organizing/development. Social work jobs may be found in various environments like schools, hospitals, communities, and other voluntary organizations.

Job Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social workers is expected to grow much faster than average in the next decade. In addition, there are increased opportunities for social workers who are bilingual or want to work in rural, underserved areas.

About Salisbury University

Salisbury University, a member of the University System of Maryland, is an accredited university of national distinction. In 2014, SU was ranked as one of the ‘Nation’s Best Institutions’ by The Princeton Review and one of the ‘Best Regional Universities in the North’ by U.S. News and World Report. Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this four-year university has over 8,000 students and 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. SU prides itself on being an institution where individual talents are celebrated while big ideas are encouraged and nurtured.

UMUC General Education Courses (12 courses)

Group I: English and Literature (2 courses)

  • WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
         or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)
  • Any ENGL course (except ENGL 281, 384, and 486A/B)

Group II: History (2 courses)

  • HIST 115 World History I (3)
         or HIST 116 World History II (3)
  • Any HIST course

Group III: Humanities and Social Science (3 courses)

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology (3) 
         or BEHS 210 Introduction to Social Sciences (3)
  • Any ARTH, ARTT, COMM, DANC, HUMN, THET, foreign language, MUSC, or PHIL course

Group IV: Natural Science, Math, and Computer (4 courses)

  • BIOL 101 Concepts of Biology (3) and BIOL 102 Laboratory in Biology (1)
         or BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology (4) 
  • Any CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS with a lab
  • MATH 103 College Mathematics (3)
         or MATH 107 College Algebra (3), CMIS 102 Introduction to Problem Solving and Algorithm Design (3), CMIS 141 Introductory Programming (3), or CMSC 150 Introduction to Discrete Structures
  • STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics (3)

Group V: Health Fitness (1 course)

  • FTWL 106 Lifelong Fitness and Wellness

Salisbury University Required Core Courses (12 courses)*

* All courses offered overseas through UMUC Europe

Social Work Electives (1 course)

One ​of the following:

  • SOWK 350 Social Work with Older People
  • SOWK 450 Social Work with Families and Children
  • SOWK 455 Substance Abuse: Issues and Services
  • SOWK 460 Social Work in Corrections
  • SOWK 465 Social Work in Health Care
  • SOWK 470 Social Work in Mental Health
  • SOWK 475 Social Work with Persons with Disabilities
  • SOWK 480 Social Work and Disaster Mental Health
  • SOWK 481 Teen Angst: Understanding Adolescent Health and Mental Health
  • SOWK 482 Social Work Perspective on Death and Dying
  • SOWK 483 Social Work Practice in Rural Environments
  • SOWK 484 Social Work and the Law
  • SOWK 486 Social Work with LGBTQ
  • SOWK 487 Social Work in Schools
  • SOWK 490 Individual Directed Study
  • SOWK 499 Special Topics

Hands-On Practice

Field education is an integral component of the social work curriculum, engaging the student in supervised social work practice and providing opportunities to apply classroom learning in the field setting. All field education courses are graded and their primary goals are to:

  • Provide knowledge, values, and skills for intervention with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Help the student develop a professional identity consistent with social work values and ethics.
  • Facilitate the development of skills in the evaluation of one's social work practice.
  • Provide an experience with various client populations including diverse racial and ethnic groups, and at risk populations.
  • Evolve a practice style consistent with the student's personal strengths and capabilities.
  • Develop the ability to work within a human service agency or organization.

SU Policies

  • Students are expected to become a professional and to demonstrate professional behavior while completing the BASW.
  • No social work course may be repeated more than once without permission.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all core courses.
  • The required courses may not equal 120 credit hours; therefore, students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • Students must have a minimum of 30 credits of upper level (300-499) courses.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.

Step 1: How to Get Started

New Students: To apply for the BASW program, submit your application for admission online through UMUC Europe. Select Salisbury Undergraduate and no minor for level of study.

Current UMUC students: Contact the local academic advisor to update your degree program.

Step 2: Complete Pre-admission Requirements

Prior to being fully admitted into the BASW program, you will be required to complete the following courses through UMUC:

  • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 (or BIOL 103)
  • PSYC 100
  • STAT 200
  • SOCY 100 (or BEHS 210)
  • SOWK 200 (Salisbury University)
  • SOWK 300 (Salisbury University)
  • SOWK 310 (Salisbury University)

Register for all courses online through MyUMUC. 

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Step 3: Contact Your Academic Advisor

Once you have completed the pre-admission requirements and have achieved junior standing with at least 45 completed credit hours, you may apply to the BASW program. It is advised that you speak with an academic advisor to ensure that you have completed all of the requirements before applying for full admission to the BASW program.

Step 4: Apply for Admission to the BASW Program

Each applicant for the BASW program must submit a Salisbury University application and written personal statement.

General Admission Requirements:

  • Achieve junior standing with at least 45 completed credits (preferably closer to 60)
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.7 in social work courses

For more information on how to apply to the BASW program once you have completed the pre-admission requirements, please visit SU social work admissions.