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2021-2022

Social Work, Bachelor of

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Social Sciences, Pre-Social Work Specialization (Reynolds Community College)
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Program description

The goals of the profession of social work are to provide services to persons who are vulnerable due to a lack of personal, social and/or institutional resources to meet their emotional, health and economic needs. Social work practice is the application of professional knowledge, skills and values across a range of settings and populations. The focus of practice is on individuals, couples, families, groups and communities.


In addition to direct clinical social work practice, social workers are involved in the administration of human service programs, social planning, the development of social policies, research and evaluation, and teaching. In order to achieve the goals of promoting social justice and enhancing well-being for individuals, families, groups and communities, social workers provide a variety of services primarily in public and nonprofit organizational contexts. Examples of the range of settings in which social workers practice include community centers, public social services, child welfare, residential treatment facilities, schools, community mental health agencies, family and children’s service agencies, psychiatric and acute care hospitals, substance abuse treatment facilities, services for the elderly, court services and adult and juvenile rehabilitation facilities.


Social work practice is designed to enrich quality of life by enabling individuals, groups, communities and organizations to achieve their greatest potential development. The goal of the School of Social Work at VCU is to provide professional education in response to these needs.

Career opportunities

A B.S.W. enables our graduates to empower others and effect change in prevalent areas such as addiction, substance abuse and behavioral health, aging, child welfare, community development, corrections/justice, developmental disabilities, employment/occupational social work, family services/group services, health care services, homelessness/housing, international social work, mental health, public welfare, rehabilitation, and school social work. When our students enter the field as professionals, they do so equipped with a nuanced understanding of the day-to-day demands of the job and a commitment to meeting the challenges of social work with strength and compassion.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Child, Family, and School Social Worker
  • Community and Social Service Specialist, Other
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Educator
  • Healthcare Social Workers
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Patient Representative
  • Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Social Workers
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Policy Advocate
  • Supervisor
  • Therapist
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • 1-2 additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA to declare, 2.0+ cumulative GPA to graduate

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Social Work, Bachelor of

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Social Sciences, Pre-Social Work Specialization)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to social work through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Social Work-related events.
  • Continue learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Register for SDV 100.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to social work through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Social Work-related events.
  • Continue learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Social Work, Bachelor of

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Social Sciences, Pre-Social Work Specialization)

Reynolds Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications and ConceptsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
Foreign LanguageForeign Language 101VCU equivalent4General education
MTH 154Quantitative ReasoningMATH 1313Major
BIO 101General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major (Ancillary)
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003General education
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
HLT/PEDPersonal Wellness electiveVCU equivalent1Elective
SOC 200Principles of SociologySOCY 1013Major (Ancillary)
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103General education
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
BIO 102General Biology IIBIOL/Z 1524Major (Ancillary)
ENGLiterature elective (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252ENGL3General education
PSY 200Principles of PsychologyPSYC 1013Major (Ancillary)
PHIL 220EthicsPHIL 2013Major (Ancillary)
ENG 210Advanced CompositionENGL 3043Elective
PSY 230Developmental Psychology PSYC 3043Major (Ancillary)
SOC 210 (or SOC 211)Survey of Physical and Cultural AnthropologyANTH 1033Major (Ancillary)
HMS 100Introduction to Human Services (students must complete a social work-designated section with a minimum grade of “B” to receive credits for the VCU equivalent)SLWK 2013Major
HMS 121Basic Counseling Skills I (students must complete a social work-designated section with a minimum grade of “B” to receive credit for the VCU equivalent)SLWK 2303Major
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU62
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign LanguageForeign Language through the 102-level4General education
SLWK 311Social Work and Oppressed Groups3Major
SLWK 313Person in Society I3Major
SLWK 330Person in Society II3Major
SLWK 332Social Work Practice: Fundamentals3Major
SLWK 380Foundations of Social Work Research I3Major
SLWK 381Foundations of Social Work Research II3Major
SLWK 393Junior Field Instruction3Major
SLWK 422Social Welfare Legislation and Services3Major
SLWK 431Person in Society III3Major
SLWK 441Social Work Practice I3Major
SLWK 442Social Work Practice II3Major
SLWK 494Senior Field Instruction I3Major
SLWK 495Senior Field Instruction II3Major
SLWK 499Senior Seminar (capstone)1Major
PSYC 407Psychology of the Abnormal 3Major (Ancillary)
Open Electives 11Elective
Credits completed at VCU58
Bachelor's degree total120
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