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Undergraduate Catalog | 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2019-2020 Previous Edition

Social Work, Honors Program

The Social Work Honors Program is an academic honors program which emphasizes community-engaged research and scholarship activities such as drafting, submitting, and presenting research outcomes.

Admission Requirements

Students may apply for admission to the Undergraduate Social Work Honors Program (USWH) during the application to the Upper Division Social Work program.  The undergraduate admissions committee will determine consideration for the USWH program.

Admission criteria is as follows:

  • Overall GPA of 3.50
  • Submit a typed statement addressing the following areas (maximum length 500 words):
    • What are your academic/career goals specifically related to social work?
    • How is the USWH relevant to your academic and/or career goals? How will participation in the USWH help achieve these goals?
    • Have you identified a faculty member whose research area interests you?
    • Briefly discuss a project or potential project that you will participate in and complete as a thesis to fulfill USWH requirements.
  • Upon acceptance, the student must sign the Honors College Student Code form.

Certification Requirements

The Honors section/requirements of each of the following courses must be successfully completed:


These courses are offered as regular or honors courses.  Students who do not wish to proceed in honors or do not meet requirements will enroll in regular sections of the same courses.

Grade Requirements

To remain in the Social Work Honors program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

To graduate with Honors in Social Work, students must:

  • Write a Research Paper in SOWK 3988  of grade A quality, as judged by a committee of readers.
  • Obtain grades of B or above in SOWK 3482 , SOWK 3484 , SOWK 3900 , and SOWK 3988  
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all Social Work courses counted toward the major
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0

The honors notation will appear on a student’s official transcript.

If all requirements are not met, students can still progress through the BSW program and complete degree requirements but they will not graduate with designated honors.