The faculty of the School of Social Work is committed to the preparation of professional social workers who are dedicated to the enhancement of social functioning and the promotion of social justice. To achieve these goals, social workers provide services to individuals, groups, families, communities and organizations; plan and administer the delivery of social services; and advocate positive social and institutional change. Social work education provides the knowledge, skills and values for these professional activities.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work program are employed as social workers in mental health clinics, child care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional centers, public social service agencies, community centers and other public and private social service agencies. Many pursue graduate degrees in social work. B.S.W. degree holders are eligible for the one-year advanced-standing graduate program leading to a Master of Social Work degree.
The School of Social Work offers the Bachelor of Social Work degree that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. A minimum of 121 semester hours is required for the B.S.W.
To be admitted to the professional preparation program offered in the junior and senior years, students must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of a minimum of 54 credits, including the recommended courses.
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
- Completion of rhetoric and composition with a minimum grade of “C,” and SLWK 201 and SLWK 230 with a minimum grade of “B.”
Transfer students may be granted provisional admission contingent upon meeting those requirements and completing 15 credits at VCU.
Questions concerning the transferability of courses into the School of Social Work should be directed to:
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Social Work
P.O. Box 842027
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2027
Phone: (804) 828-0703
Fax: (804) 828-0716