Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Work Pathway, A.S.

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Social workers are trained professionals responsible for assisting people with personal and social challenges affecting their lives. Social workers help clients with disabilities, health crises and family conflicts, delinquency, substance abuse, unemployment and others. At the advanced level, students become familiar with community partnerships and resource development. Social work is a field for those with a passion for social justice, an interest in social policy and a love of working with people from all walks of life.

Studying social work strengthens students’ ability to think critically about the world around them, to better understand the role of social structure in our lives and to learn to put theory into practice. Students will take coursework in research methods, social theory, communications and social welfare policy.

Degree Requirements

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)

See 1410 Core Curriculum Requirements  in the Undergraduate Catalog. 

  • Area A: Essential Skills 
  • Area B: Institutional Foundations 
  • Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts 
  • Area D: Natural and Computational Sciences 
  • Area E: Social Science 


Area D

  • 3 Credit Hours (formerly MATH 1070) is required in Area F. Another course should be chosen for the Area D2 mathematics/technology course.
Area E

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

A separate application and decision process is required before a student can be formally accepted into the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.). The priority application deadline is May 15 prior to the junior year. However, applications will be accepted after that date until August 1 on a space availability basis. (B.S.W. applications are NOT processed between August - December.)

For a student to be considered for the B.S.W., the student must:

  1. Be in good standing at Georgia State University with a minimum institutional GPA of 2.5.
  2. File a formal application in the school for B.S.W. status.
  3. Have grades of C or higher in English 1101 and 1102.
  4. Have successfully completed Areas A through F (except SW 2000).
  5. Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or better in the lower-division courses counted for completion of Areas A-F and a minimum grade of C or higher in SW 2000, if completed.

More information about the B.S.W. can be found at socialwork.gsu.edu/.