1 The BASW Degree At California State University San Bernardino Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
2 What is the goal? To educate students for beginning social work (SW) practice-helping people and communities solve problems and enhance social functioning For example, working with Child Protective services to strengthen families and keep kids safe.
3 Other Places Graduates Have Gone Social worker with San Bernardino s Public Health Department Social worker at Central City Lutheran Mission Social worker at the Inland Regional Center Graduate study in Social Work or another field
4 So how do you get there? What are the challenges and opportunities along the way?
5 First, lets talk about Undergraduate Degrees In the old days Students came to campus and expected to graduate after 4 years of full time study, with summers off These days many students combine work and family, start later in life, attend part-time, and take courses in the evening and in the summer But somehow, four years of college credits (180 units at CSUSB) still need to be earned!
6 About Undergraduate Degrees Students need to meet the requirements of the university AND the requirements of the specific degree All universities have required lower division courses (numbers in the 100 s and 200 s) And required upper division courses. (numbers in the 300 s and 400 s) Lower Division coursework can be taken at community colleges. You should ensure you are taking the correct courses. Upper division courses can only be taken at a fouryear university.
7 Find out if SW is right for you As soon as possible, take SW 200 to find out if Social Work is a good fit for you. (Cross enrollment available) HMS 18: Introduction to Social Work (Moreno Valley College- enrollment may be limited.) SOWO 101: Introduction to Social WorkProposed at Crafton Hills College, Spring 2015 SC SCI 13: Introduction to Social Work (Chaffey College- no longer offered). Fill out paperwork/ apply to CSUSB as a pre- BASW student
8 Important to Know! The BASW program accepts students applications in March. Students begin courses in the major only in the fall following acceptance. The BASW courses are offered in a strict orderand it takes two years to complete them The second (last) year of the program you will need 2 free days per week for field-no exceptions! These need to be daytime hours.
9 Examples of Field Placements Public child welfare agencies Public mental health agencies Department of Aging and Adult Services Bilingual Family Counseling Family Service Agency Building a Generation Catholic Charities
10 What courses should you take?
11 There are several sources of information that are critical for course planning: The BASW website: Your PAWS report (for CSUSB students- make sure it is pre-basw) or- The Assist website (for community college students): The CSUSB Bulletin of Courses: CSUSB Class Schedule: https://acsweb.csusb.edu/schedule/astra/schedule.jsp
12 Prerequisite Courses The BASW program requires that you take certain lower division courses before entering the major. We may allow you to finish one or two after admission to the major. This depends on the feasibility of your overall plan. SW 200 must be completed (can be taken the summer prior to starting the program)
13 Don t Forget You will also have CSUSB lower division general education courses to complete If you have too many lower division GE courses to take when you apply, we may not admit you because it will not be feasible to complete in 2 years.
14 Tips There are usually more opportunities to take GE courses, so try first to get other courses you need and fill in the GE courses. A 2.5 GPA is required for admission into the BASW program. Some prerequisite courses have a minimum grade (C) required (SW 200, CJUS 101 and Statistics)-so plan to do well in your courses!
15 Your goal is to have all, or nearly all of your social work prerequisites completed so that you can apply to the BASW major in March If accepted you will start the program the following Fall
16 The Admission Process Starting in November (or before), admission packets are available online What s in the packet? How long will it take to complete it?
17 Admissions Packet Application Form Work/ Volunteer Experience Form Personal Statement Field Placement Statement Title IV-E Interest Form Demographic Information For statistics only Provisional Plan of Study Transcript/PAWS Letters of recommendation (2)
18 Deadlines! The end of March is the deadline for admission Space is limited in the program, so getting your admission application in before the deadline is very important. Late applications have not been accepted for several years
19 Once you are in Letters go out to all applicants at one time. If you have your application in by the deadline, you should know by the end of May.
20 Title IV-E (Public Child Welfare) Stipend Program For those students who are interested in working in public child welfare willing to commit to working for a county child welfare agency in California for at least one year upon graduating from the BASW program The stipend is $15, (3 installments of $5,000.00) granted in your second year in the BASW program. You must apply separately once admitted to the program.
21 Main Social Work Courses Year One (Junior Year) Fall - SW 302A HBSE I SW 300A Policy I Winter SW 302B HBSE II SW 300B Policy II Spring - SW 301 Research SW Elective Year Two (Senior Year) Fall SW 400A Practice I SW 401A Field Placement I Winter SW 400B Practice II SW 401B Field Placement II Spring SW 400C Practice III SW 401C Field Placement III
22 Keep your eye on the ball! Take Social Work 200 as soon as possible! Know the admission procedures For the BASW Program (through our application on our website) For the University (if you are a transfer student or a new admit to CSUSB) Know what the program entails once you are admitted Know what else is required by the university to graduate
23 For Further Assistance Double check our website to see if you can get your question answered Contact our office: (909) Set up a time for pre-major advising
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