The Bachelor of Arts with a major in social work requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 60-64 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in all UI courses and a GPA of at least 3.00 in social work courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core. Courses used to fulfill GE CLAS Core requirements may not be used to satisfy the social work electives requirement.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) program is available only in Iowa City, and prepares students for beginning professional social work practice as generalists. The goals of the program are to prepare students for employment in public and private social services in home and community-based settings such as public welfare, child welfare, health, mental health, elderly services, and corrections; to prepare students for informed community participation in social welfare issues; and to provide a base for graduate study in social work or allied professions. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work is a selective admissions program and has a separate application process. Interested students must apply by completing and submitting the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work application by February 15th. Details about the admission criteria and the application process can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions page.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree. For more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the BASW, visit the UI General Catalog.

Coursework Requirements
Title Hours
Social Work Courses 35-38
Required Electives 12
Cognate Areas 13-14
Total Hours 60-64


For more information, please contact:
Carolyn Hartley, Ph.D.
BA Program Director, Associate Professor
359 North Hall (NH)

or contact or call 319-335-1250.