2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Jan 31, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Social Work, B.S.W.

This major is designed to prepare students for entry-level, generalist social work practice as well as for graduate study in social work or related areas. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates receive the B.S.W. degree. The curriculum emphasizes content in each of five areas: social welfare policy, human behavior in the social environment, research, practice methods, and field instruction. Even though students may declare the social work major and begin coursework at Saint Leo University, formal admission to the Social Work Program is by special application (see "Requirements for Admission to the Social Work Program").

For admission into the final field placement, SWK 425 - Field Placement in Social Work, students must meet the specific program requirements (see Requirements for Admission to SWK 425 - Field Placement in Social Work"). To successfully complete the Social Work Program, it is expected that students maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, maintain a 2.5 in the social work major and pass all social work courses with a grade of 'C+' or better prior to entering the senior field placement, and earn a minimum grade of C+ in SWK 426, the senior seminar, taken concurrently with the field placement, which students must pass with a grade of P.

The Social Work Program is available to students enrolled through the University Campus, the Adult Education Center at University Campus (Weekend Program), New Port Richey PHSC Education Office, Spring Hill PHSC Education Office, Gainesville Education Center Magnolia Parke Office, and the Tampa Education Center.

Religion is a minor highly compatible with a social work major, as are minors in management, computer information systems, sociology, and psychology.

Technology Competency Skills

Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills                                             

Technology is threaded through our personal, professional, and educational interactions. To successfully manage these interactions - specifically relating to education and employment - our students must have the ability to navigate and operate essential computer functions, beyond social media. Demonstrating competency of basic technology skills is essential for the success of all Saint Leo University students.

Saint Leo University requires undergraduate students to demonstrate technology competency prior to degree conferral. These technology competency skills can be satisfied through a waiver exam, microcredential module, or academic course (COM-140 or equivalent, earning a grade of C or better within 10 years). Students should meet with their advisors to discuss options and establish a plan to satisfy the graduation requirement.

Technology Competency Skills Microcredential:

A self-paced, online module designed to develop and reinforce computer competencies and literacy. The module introduces general computer operations using current computing technologies and software. Selected topics include the Internet, security and safety, digital communication practices, operating systems, as well as creating and evaluating documents, worksheets, and presentations. Guidelines for selecting computer hardware and software are addressed. Satisfactory completion of this microcredential meets the Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills graduation requirement. Upon completion the microcredential, students will earn a digital badge. This badge can be shared as confirmation of demonstrated skill and ability. This course is not covered by financial aid.

Technology Competency Skills Waiver Exam:

Students may take the technology competency skills waiver exam to satisfy the Saint Leo University technology competency skill requirement. The Waiver Exam tests your knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Windows, and the Internet. The exam is Pass/Fail and you must receive a minimum score of 74% to pass. 

University Campus Only Course Requirements

University Explorations (42 credit hours)

General Elective Credits: Complete enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion.

Total Credits: 120


Majors are strongly encouraged to take Spanish language courses because bilingual skills enhance employment opportunities in the social work field.

Requirements for Admission to the Social Work Program

Students are responsible for contacting a member of the Social Work faculty regarding admission to the Social Work Program. Requirements for admission include:

Students are responsible for their own transportation to their field placements.

Requirements for Admission to SWK 425: Field Placement in Social Work

To be eligible for SWK 425 , a student must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in the major, 2.5 cumulative GPA, and pass all social work courses with a grade of 'C+' or better.

A student must demonstrate dependability, good character, acceptable standards of professional conduct, effective integration of practice skills necessary for professional social work practice, and satisfactory academic standing.

Students who are denied admission to field placement must select another major.