2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog *As of 05/08/2024 
    May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog *As of 05/08/2024

Sociology/Social Work, B.A.

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The Dual Degree Program in Sociology (UMES) and Social Work (SU) has as its objective to prepare graduates for entry level professional social work positions, state social work licensure, and graduate education in social work. The program is made possible through the shared resources of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and Salisbury University (SU). UMES students can earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work (BASW) from SU and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from UMES. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through SU.

Departmental Requirements

The program can be completed in 120 credit hours. Included in the 120 semester hours are a minimum of 22 hours of required sociology courses and 15 hours of sociology electives. A minimum grade of “C” must be achieved in these courses by the fall of the Junior Year. The student must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA, a 2.5 in the sociology courses and a 2.7 in social work courses. Students should have completed the following courses:


Admission Procedures

To become a Social Work major is a three-step process. The first step occurs at the University level where a student may indicate “sociology/social work” as a desired major at the time of admission to the University as part of the admissions process, or by completing a “Change of Major” form and filing the form with the Office of the Registrar sometime after the initial admission and registration.

The second step occurs during the spring of the sophomore year. Students interested in the Dual Degree must first be admitted to SU. During the spring of the sophomore year, students complete an online Application for Admission to SU. The fee for the application is waived. Students will become dually enrolled in both UMES and SU.

The third step occurs at the Salisbury University departmental level during the fall of the junior year. All students are required to complete an Application to Major in Social Work which is reviewed by the Social Work Department Admission Committee.

In order to be accepted in the Social Work major, students must have a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.7 Social Work GPA. The Social Work GPA will include the following courses; MATH 102 1, PSYC 100 , SOCI 101 , SOCI 222 , SOCI 223 , SOCI 303 , SOWK 2002, SOWK 3002 and SOWK 3022.

1MATH 102  must completed with a grade of C or better.

2This SOWK course is taught by Salisbury University. Students must enroll in this course through the Inter-Institutional Enrollment Process.  See advisor for details.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements

All students are expected to complete a common body of academic course work. The General Education Requirements are designed to promote the development of a comprehensive educational base which will effectively support a student’s choice of a major concentration. MATH 099  does not meet the General Education Requirement and does not apply toward graduation requirements.

Curriculum Area I - Arts and Humanities: Credits 9

Curriculum Area II - Social and Behavioral Sciences: Credits 6

Students must select one course in each of two disciplines:

Curriculum Area III - Biological and Physical Sciences: Credits 7

Choose One of the Following:

Students must select one science course which must be a 3 credit course, from the following:

Curriculum Area IV - Mathematics: Credits 3

Curriculum Area V - English Composition: Credits 9

Curriculum Area VI - Emerging Issues: Credits 7

Additional Courses: Credits 6

In addition, it is recommended that students take EXSC 111  and BUED 212  or approved electives from the following disciplines:

Total Required for General Education: Credits 41

1Students must pass ENGL 101  and ENGL 102  with grade of “C” or above before taking ENGL 203 .

2Honors students should take honors courses.

Sociology/Social Work BA: Credits 79

Social Work Core I: Credits 42

The following SOWK courses are taught through Salisbury University. Students must enroll in these courses through the Inter-Institutional Enrollment Process. See Advisor for details.

  • SOWK 200 Introductory to Social Work Credit: 4
  • SOWK 300 Human Behavior I Credit: 4
  • SOWK 302 Human Behavior II Credit: 4
  • SOWK 306 Social Welfare History Credit: 4
  • SOWK 310 Basic Interviewing Skills and Techniques Credit: 2
  • SOWK 320 Social Work Practice I Credit: 4
  • SOWK 330 Policy Advocacy Credit: 4
  • SOWK 400 Social Work Practice II Credit: 4
  • SOWK 410 Social Work Practice III Credit: 4
  • SOWK 420 Field Instruction and Seminar I Credit: 4
  • SOWK 421 Field Instruction and Seminar II Credit: 4

Social and/or Behavioral Science Support Requirements: Credits 3

Student must complete one three (3) credit social or behavioral science course from the following disciplines:


Curriculum Guide for Sociology/Social Work


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