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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

Rutgers offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, a major through the School of Social Work and the Camden College of Arts and Sciences and the New Brunswick School of Arts and Sciences. This outstanding professional degree program prepares graduates for foundation-level social work practice. The major in social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Apply early in the spring semester of your sophomore year for admission to the major and begin classes at the beginning of your junior year. Apply today, applicants will be considered on a rolling admission until spaces are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged and will be given priority. 

Students also need to:

  • Complete all pre-requisites (listed below)
  • Finish approximately 60 credits of coursework, including general education requirements
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0

For more information on how to apply, click here.


  • Basic Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Biology or Facts of Life (Camden)
  • Statistics for Social Science or Elementary Applied Statistics
  • One course in art, communications/speech, literature, or history
  • One course in music, philosophy, religion, or theatre

Social Work and Social Justice Minor 

Available on the Camden campus and University College only at this time. The minor includes 18 credits, three required courses, and a choice of three electives.  

Required courses include the following:

  • Introduction to Social Work & Social Justice 910:220
  • Groups at Risk 910:352
  • Professional Development Seminar 910:332 

Electives include:

  • Introduction to Human Sexuality 910:230
  • Global Health Perspectives: Vulnerability, Human Health, and Well-being 910:240
  • Child Welfare Services & Practices 910:476 

Study Abroad options:

  • Social Welfare System in China 910:959 
  • Israel, an Exploration of People, Places, and Challenges 959:358
  • Empowerment Through Community Engagement in the Yucatan 959:396
  • Romania's [R]Evolution: Investing in Children and Families Across the Life Cycle 959:396

For questions about the social work and social justice minor, contact Dr Sara Plummer at . Students in Schools 50 (College of Arts and Sciences) and 64 (University College) can contact the Office of the Registrar to declare a minor by emailing or calling 856-225-6053.

For questions about the program or application process, contact the program director.

Following acceptance into the program, all social work majors are assigned a faculty advisor within the School of Social Work. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in social work courses. In order to graduate, students must have grades of C or better with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in all social work core-content courses and a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average in the courses making up the liberal arts foundation.

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