Welcome to Carleton and your Bachelor of Social Work degree program

First Year Course Selection Guide

Please read this degree guide prior to registering.

Your Degree Program

The Bachelor of Social Work is an Honours (4-year) degree that requires completion of the following 20.0 credits:

Core Social Work courses [10.5 credits]

  • Includes 4.0 credits of supervised field practice in a community setting.

Non-Social Work courses [9.5 credits]

  • 2.0 credits in any combination of the following subjects: Anthropology (ANTH), Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRCJ), Economics (ECON),  History (HIST), Human Rights (HUMR), Indigenous Studies (INDG), Law (LAWS), Public Affairs and Policy Management (PAPM), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology (SOCI), or Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST).
  • 6.0 credits not in Social Work
  • 1.5 credits in Free Electives (which may include Social Work elective courses and/or SOWK 4908 [1.0 cr.] – the Honours Essay).

The degree is typically completed over 4 years of study with 5.0 credits taken per year.

If you have completed studies prior to your admission to Carleton, please consult your admission documents to find out which courses you have been granted credit for. Typically, in the School of Social Work, students are not given advanced standing for core courses.

More Program Information

For program information please visit the School of Social Work’s web site and read through the BSW Student Handbook as well as the BSW Essential Requirements. These are important documents for you to read and understand thoroughly.

Students should attend the mandatory Academic Orientation session in early September as this is an invaluable opportunity to begin to familiarize yourselves with faculty, staff, and the Social Work program. The faculty and administrative staff at the School of Social Work are approachable and helpful and continuously work at creating an open and pleasant environment. We look forward to meeting you!

Courses Required for First Year

Fall Term (2.5 Credits):

SOWK 1001 [0.5 cr.] Introduction to Social Welfare

Winter Term (2.5 Credits):

SOWK 1002 [0.5 cr.] Introduction to Social Work


2.0 credits not in Social Work (i.e. any course other than SOWK XXXX)

Please Note: An average of C+ (or 6.0) CGPA over all credits is required at the end of first year to achieve good academic standing. After 15.5 credits have been completed towards the degree the requirements are 6.5 in the major (Social Work) CGPA and 6.00 in the overall CGPA.

Contact Information

Megan Stansel
Undergraduate Administrator
School of Social Work
509 Dunton Tower
1125 Colonel By Dr.
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
P: 613-520-2600, ext. 5601
E: megan.stansel@carleton.ca

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