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BSW General requirements

Applicants to the Undergraduate Program must have completed  a minimum of 57 credits that must be earned prior to beginning the program. Within these credits, students must have completed courses providing a broad liberal arts base with core content in the following areas.

  •  A minimum of one 3 credit course in English composition, which develops proficiency in the composition of expository and argumentative essays. This requirement may be met by WRT 102: Intermediate Writing Workshop, by having taken comparable course work at another institution or by scoring 4 on the English placement examination and completing a designated intensive writing course.
  • A minimum of one 3 credit introductory course in biological sciences which provides an understanding of the major concepts of human biology, including the cell, the gene, molecular biology, development and evolution, the human implications and values associated with these concepts, and the impact of biology on human behavior. This requirement may be met by BIO 101: Human Biology, or comparable course work at another institution*.
  • A minimum of one 3 credit course in mathematics that fulfills the QPS learning outcomes designation of the Stony Brook Curriculum (certain statistics courses may fulfill this requirement). 
  • A minimum of one 3 credit course in the humanities that fulfills the HUM learning outcomes designation of the Stony Brook Curriculum.
  • A minimum of one 3 credit course in the fine arts that fulfills the ARTS learning outcomes designation of the Stony Brook Curriculum*
  • A minimum of one 3 credit course in foreign language that fulfills or partially fulfills the LANG learning outcomes designation of the Stony Brook Curriculum.
  • A minimum of one 3 credit course in American political systems that provides knowledge about the organization of American government, including the Constitution, Congress, political parties, pressure groups, growth of the presidency, the Supreme Court, judicial review, federalism, separation of powers and the Bill of Rights. This requirement may be met by POL 102: Introduction to American Government, or comparable course work at another institution.
  • A minimum of one 3 credit introductory course in sociology or anthropology which provides an analysis of the principles of social structure through an examination of various forms of kinship, marriage, family, age group, voluntary associations and various levels of political, judicial, religious and economic organization. This requirement may be met by ANT 102: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology or SOC 105: Structure and Methods, or comparable course work at another institution.
  • A minimum of one 3 credit introductory course in psychology which provides an understanding of psychology as the science of behavior, including content related to personality theory, social and developmental psychology and psychological testing. This requirement may be met by PSY 103: Introduction to Psychology, or comparable course work at another institution*.
  • A minimum of one 3 credit course in modern American history (post-Reconstruction era) that provides knowledge of modern American history, including industrialization, the impact of industrialization upon social, cultural and political life, the Great Depression, the New Deal and the resulting social and technological changes. This requirement may be met by HIS 104: United States Since 1877, or comparable course work at another institution*. 


*Consult School of Social Welfare for approved courses.