Missouri State University

BSW Four-Year Graduation Plan

The social work degree at Missouri State can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. A four-year graduation plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University.


Sample schedule

This is a model four-year graduation plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of a minor or second major, and placement in English and mathematics.

This plan is meant to be a guide only and should not replace regular meetings with your advisor. Check out the social work course rotation before scheduling your classes.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
ENG 110 Writing I3
MTH 130 OR above – Math3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
CIS 101 OR CSC 101 Computers Literacy2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
BIO 102, 121, BMS 100, 105 OR 110 – Biology**4
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
General elective3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
SWK 200 Introduction to Social Work3
SWK 300 Service Learning in Social Work1
ECO 155, ECO 165 OR equivalent Economics3
GEN ED – Culture & Society3
GEN ED – Creativity & Vision3
HST 121 OR HST 122 Survey of U.S. History3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
GEN ED – Natural World Science**4
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
GEN ED Self-Understanding Humanities3
General elective3
General elective3
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
SWK 306 Interviewing Skills in Generalist Social Work Practice3
SWK 219 Human Diversity3
SWK 325 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I3
SWK 313 Social Justice3
SOC 302 OR PSY 200 Statistics3
GEN ED – Social Science3
Total hours18

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
PSY 304 Abnormal Psychology3
SWK 326 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II3
SWK 213 Social Welfare Policy and Services I3
SWK 418 Methods of Social Research in Social Work Practice3
Elective3
Social work electives3
Total hours18

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
SWK 307 Social Work Practice with Individuals3
SWK 314 Social Welfare Policy and Services II3
SWK 420 Social Work Practice with Groups and Families3
SWK 430 Social Work Practice in Communities and Organizations3
Social work electives3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
SWK 480 Social Work Integrative Seminar3
SWK 490 Practicum in Social Work9
Total hours12

**One of the science courses must have a lab attached to it.