Students interested in a degree in social work must apply for admission to the Social Work Program and be an approved social work major before enrolling in courses above the 2600 level.
To apply to the program, students must:
- Complete SWK 2300 Contemporary Social Work Practice and earn a grade of “B” or better.
- Be currently enrolled at the time of application in SWK 2400 Human Behavior and the Social Environment.
- Complete the Social Work Program Admission Forms and submit them to the Social Work Department Chair. Forms include an application form and autobiographical statement, and three recommendations. A list of admission requirements is available as a checklist: Admission Requirements
- Student Agreement Form
- Application Form and Biographical Statement Form
- Recommendation Form
- Schedule an interview with the social work faculty on the designated date.
To be admitted students must:
- Earn a GPA of 2.5 on a four-point scale.
- Provide an unofficial transcript (no cost to the student, available in the registrar’s office).
- Complete the criminal background check. The Carthage College Social Work Department uses National Background Check. This package tracks the student’s residency using their social security number and taxes, so regardless of where they have lived, their history will be checked. The students go to http://www.castlebranch.com and follow the prompts. The Carthage College Social Work Code is CX28. The cost of the background check is $73. Students hit submit when they have completed the form.
- Evidence personal character on the application and during the interview.
- Be committed to social justice and interested in improving the condition of vulnerable and oppressed persons.
Before acceptance into senior-level courses, faculty will review students’ evaluations and commitment to pursue Senior Field Placement. To enroll in senior classes, students must demonstrate social work skills, values, and ethics in supervisory practice and academic settings. Non-academic performance requirements are found in the essential standards of practice behavior. Non-academic standards measure a student’s “likely performance as a social work generalist practitioner.”
Termination from the program is based on the student’s failure to demonstrate professional conduct and behavior consistent with the values and ethics of the profession. However, knowledge, skill and value expectations are all academic in a professional program.
It is very important that all transfer students see the department chair immediately upon acceptance to Carthage.
The Social Work Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.