Social Work (B.S.) - Online

Social Work (B.S.) - Online

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

General Education/Foundational Skills Requirements

Communication & Information Literacy 1
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric3
Communications Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Technological Solutions & Quantitative Reasoning 1
UNIV 104Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning0-3
Math ElectiveMATH 114 or higher3
Critical Thinking 1
RLGN 104Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 24
Critical Thinking Elective3
Civic & Global Engagement 1
Cultural Studies Elective3
Social & Scientific Inquiry 1
Natural Science Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Christianity & Contexts 1
BIBL 104Survey of Old and New Testament4
THEO 104Introduction to Theology Survey 24
Total Hours39-42

Refer to the list of approved general education electives before enrolling in foundational skill requirements


Students transferring in 45 or more UG credit hours will have the requirement of RLGN 104 Christian Life and Biblical Worldview (4 c.h.) waived; Students transferring in 60 or more UG credit hours will also have the requirement of THEO 104 Introduction to Theology Survey (4 c.h.) waived

Major Requirements 

Major Foundational Courses
BIOL 102Principles of Human Biology 13
ENGL 102Composition and Literature 13
GLST 220Intercultural Communication and Engagement 13
GLST 290Cultural Anthropology 13
Math ElectiveMATH 115 or higher 13
PHIL 201Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas 13
PSYC 101General Psychology 13
Total Hours21

Course may fulfill select general education requirements

Major Core
PSYC 255Introduction to Research3
PSYC 354Statistics for the Social Sciences3
SOWK 101Introduction to Social Work3
SOWK 135Social Work Professional Exploration3
SOWK 250Health of the Social Worker3
SOWK 260Chemical Dependency3
SOWK 270Ethics in Professional Helping3
SOWK 294BSSW GATE 1 & Approval Process 10
SOWK 300Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
SOWK 325Social Welfare and Policy3
SOWK 350Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families3
SOWK 355Social Work Practice with Groups 23
SOWK 365BSSW GATE 2 & Junior Field Enrollment 10
SOWK 370Junior Field Experience and Seminar 34
SOWK 410Social Work Macro Practice3
SOWK 431Social Work in Mental Health3
SOWK 450Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations3
SOWK 465BSSW GATE 3 & Senior Field Enrollment 10
SOWK 470Senior Field Experience and Seminar 411
SOWK 494BSSW GATE 4 & Comprehensive Exam 10
Social Work Elective 53
Human Services, Psychology, or Social Work Elective 63
Total Hours63

These Gate Courses house the application process for each of the 4 program Gates. All students must apply for and be approved through all 4 program Gates to be eligible to graduate from the program


SOWK 355 Social Work Practice with Groups (3 c.h.) is a required virtual intensive course 


This course includes 100+ hours of field experience, course work, and synchronous seminar


This course includes 400+ hours of field experience, course work, and synchronous seminar


Choose one course from the following: SOWK 425 Social Work in International Settings (3 c.h.), SOWK 432 Social Work with Aging Adults (3 c.h.), SOWK 435 Social Work in the Military (3 c.h.), SOWK 439 International Social Work Experience (3 c.h.), SOWK 495 Directed Social Work Research (3 c.h.), or SOWK 497 Special Topics in Social Work (3 c.h.)


Choose a 300-400 level HSER, PSYC, or SOWK course not already required in the major

Free Electives
Choose 0-18 credit hours of Free Electives0-18
Total Hours0-18

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 120 Total hours
  • 2.5 Overall grade point average
  • 30 Hours must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)
  • Grade of ‘C’ Minimum required for all major and major foundational courses
  • 25% Of major taken through Liberty University
  • 30 Hours must be completed through Liberty University
  • Grad App Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date
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