Social Work Program Admission

Social Work Program Admission

Candidates for the Social Work bachelor’s degree program first complete the two-year, Pre-Social Work curriculum, which is one of the concentrations in the Sociology bachelor’s degree program. Upon completion (or as early as the second semester of their sophomore year), the candidate may apply for admission into the BSW program, which is designed to take another two years to complete, depending on class loads and other factors.

You can download the BSW Student Handbook here.


The following courses are required and must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to application for admission:

  • SOWK 1000 – Introduction to Social Work
  • SOWK 2000 – Professional Development for Social Workers
  • SOCI 2000 – Introduction to Sociology
  • PSYC 2110 – General Introductory Psychology
  • ANTH 2110 – Cultural Anthropology
  • BIOL 1000 – Introduction to Biology OR BIOL 1010 – Cellular and Molecular Basis of Life

Application Process

Complete the application packet by:

  • Completing the online program application.
  • Submitting the following to the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Auburn University at Montgomery, Liberal Arts Room 331, Montgomery, AL 36124:
    1. At least one letter of recommendation from someone you believe knows you well. This may include professors, social workers, work supervisors, or social service agency personnel. Note: AUM social work faculty (full-time or adjunct) cannot write your recommendation letter for admission into the program.
    2. Current transcript (unofficial)
    3. Resume
    4. Written professional essay (see directions below)
    5. Social Work Standards Form

Essay Instructions

Write an original 3 to 4-page typed essay in which you:

  • Discuss the reasons you believe Social Work is an appropriate career choice for you given your personal values, life experiences, and ability to contribute to the profession.
  • Discuss your history of helping others, or personal events which have contributed to your growth in awareness, sensitivity and understanding of diversity with regard to race, age, gender, lifestyle, class, culture, political ideology, immigration status, sexual orientation and gender identity, spirituality, or physical or intellectual ability.  
  • Discuss your personal values as they relate to the profession of social work values. Please review NASW Code of Ethics thoroughly.  If there is a conflict with the profession’s values, how will you resolve those conflicts
  • Discuss your strengths and areas of growth as it relates to becoming a social work professional. 

This essay should not be a paper from a previous class. 

Applications expected to be available in June 2021. For further information contact Dr. Suzie Cashwell, Liberal Arts Building 349, scashwel@aum.edu, (334) 244-3402.

For More Information

Suzie T. Cashwell, PhD, MSW
BSW Program Director
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Liberal Arts, Room 349

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