​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Through course work and professional experience in CMU’s social work program, you’ll learn how to think about people and the obstacles they face and how their world helps or hurts their problem-solving skills. You’ll learn to help people positively advance their lives and improve the way society treats them. During your senior year, you’ll put your new skills into practice beside an experienced professional in a social work setting.

Points of Pride

  • CMU social work students have been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers, and CMU social work faculty members regularly hold national leadership positions.
  • The majority of CMU social work graduates have gone on to pursue graduate degrees, including Ph.D. programs and law school.
  • Alumni have become officers in the Army or Marine Corps, and many have elected to serve others through the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or Teach for America.

Put Your Degree to Work

CMU’s bachelor’s degree in social work is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, which makes graduates eligible to become licensed social workers in Michigan. Careers include child welfare worker, community mental health case manager, advocate for persons with disabilities, domestic violence advocate, hospice or gerontology case manager, juvenile court worker, Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteer, probation officer, social justice activist, or substance abuse counselor.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Social worker$44,200 per year19% (114,100 per year)
Social and human service assistant$28,850 per year22% (81,200 per year))
Health educator$41,830 per year21% (21,400 per year)

For More Information

Visit the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work website​ or contact:

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Anspach Hall 034
Email: swk@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-2690​

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Social Work Major

The social work major on the BSW degree plan prepares students for generalist practice in the field of social work. The core competencies are learned through a blend of theory, practice, research and policy courses and implemented during the 400 hour practicum that students complete in their final two semesters. Students intending to apply to the social work program should make an appointment with a social work advisor early in their academic career to assure they understand the requirements for admissions. Application for admission to the program is typically completed in the spring semester of the traditional sophomore year. Students should consult their advisor about applying. Students should sign a major by the end of their sophomore year. Signing a major does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program. A minor in Social Work is not available.
Total: 48 semester hours Note: The student will enroll in SWK 470 AND SWK 480 consecutively within two years of completing the course prerequisites.
Required Courses I
(42 hours)
SOC 100
Introductory Sociology
3
SWK 100
Introduction to Social Work
3
SWK 250
Social Welfare Policies and Services I
3
SWK 315
Social Work Generalist Practice I
3
SWK 321
Social Work Generalist Practice II
3
SWK 331WI
Social Work Generalist Practice III
3
SWK 350
Social Work Research Methodologies
3
SWK 374
Social Work and Human Behavior I
3
SWK 375
Social Work and Human Behavior II
3
SWK 450
Social Welfare Policies and Services II
3
SWK 470
Social Work Practicum I
4
SWK 471
Social Work Practicum Seminar I
2
SWK 480
Social Work Practicum II
4
SWK 481
Social Work Practicum Seminar II
2
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
SOC 221
Social Problems
3
SOC 302
Social Inequality
3
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
PSY 211QR
Introduction to Psychological Statistics
3
SOC 200
Introduction to Social Research and Analysis
3
STA 282QR
Introduction to Statistics
3
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