Generalist social work practitioners work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, social policies, and communities in a variety of settings in pursuit of social and economic justice. Generalist practitioners view people and systems from a strengths perspective in order to recognize, support, and build upon the innate capabilities of all human beings. They engage, assess, broker services, advocate, counsel, educate, and organize with and on behalf of individuals, families, and collections of people. Generalist practitioners engage in community development, organizational development, and evaluation in order to ensure that services are useful, effective, and ethical.
Licensure as a Clinical Social Worker in California requires an MSW from a Council on Social Work Education accredited graduate social work program, registration as an Associate Social Worker (ASW) and 3,200 hours of supervised clinical experience post-MSW. Applicants, current students, and graduates interesting in pursuing their license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California are encouraged to review information provided by the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences webite. The National Association of Social Workers California Chapter website also has helpful information. If you are interested in licensure in another state, you are encouraged to review information provided by the licensing body of that state.
BASW students can receive a waiver from their social work advisor for SW 255 based upon prior completion of at least 60 hours of work or volunteer/service work in an organization or community site that involved direct service. The waiver process also requires a letter from a past supervisor and completion of an essay, as well as approval from the BASW Program Director or the Director of Field Education.
For additional information, please contact the BASW Program Director or the Director of Field Education. No other coursework can be waived and no other credit is provided for past volunteer work experience.
The BA Social Work program will accept a D in a prerequisite course. However, if the course double counts for an HSU GE course it may not count for the GE requirement.
Yes. However, you need to complete the prerequisites before beginning the major course sequence (300-level courses) in the Fall. Full admission to the BASW program will not be granted until you have completed and passed all prerequisites. Applicants wishing to transfer to HSU as a social work major and continuing HSU students who want to change their major to social work are strongly encouraged to review their standing in relation to pre-reqs so they do not find themselves taking classes at HSU for a longer period than they intended. As a reminder, the upper division major course sequence can only be started in the Fall.
Our Admissions Coordinator will be happy to discuss the individual prerequisite courses needed to be admitted into the BASW program. However, review of individual transcripts may not be possible.
If you submit your application by the January deadline you will find out with enough time to register for the Fall major courses if you have met all program requirements.
No. MSW programs are designed for people with a variety of degrees. Applicants who do have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from an accredited social work program may apply to enter the "Advanced Year" of the Program. Please see Advanced Standing above.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is optional and will be used in considering admissions for students whose GPA does not meet minimum requirements.
Courses taken at another accredited MSW program can be reviewed for substitution. Graduate unit transfers are rarely approved, however, because of the unique emphasis in the HSU MSW program.
In consultation with local tribal communities, our program curriculum maintains an emphasis on working with Indigenous and other rural peoples and is designed to assist our students to engage in "decolonizing social work." Students are better prepared for this approach by having at least one course in Native American Studies.
The Department of Social Work offers SW 420: Decolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Peoples to any interested student or community member for the second 8 weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters. The course is a 1.5 unit online course offered through the College of eLearning Extended Education. Students can call the office at (707) 826-3731 or VISIT THE CEEE WEBSITE to register. Fees are due at the time of registration. You are encouraged to look for eligible courses at community colleges near you or online.
The typical master’s degree program consists of the equivalent of 2 years’ full-time study. Advanced Standing allows applicants to complete the full time MSW program in 1 year and the part-time DL MSW program in 2 years.
To qualify for Advanced Standing, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited social work program. Unfortunately, we can not grant academic credit for professional experience in the social services.
The minimum requirements for admission to the Advanced Standing MSW Program are:
Baccalaureate degree in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited institution.
GPA of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 for the last 60 hours of course work.
Liberal arts background demonstrated by having met the CSU general education requirements or a comparable course of study as an undergraduate.
Completion with a grade of “C” or better in Elementary Statistics (Math, Psychology or Sociology).*
Completion with a grade of “C” or better in a course related to Native American Studies.*
Applications for Advance Standing (both on campus and DL programs) are due on January 31st of every year. Coursework for Advance Standing students begins in the following summer.
Yes. The program is open to students across the country and there are no additional out-of-state fees. International student applicants need to meet the criteria for "Classified" status for graduate students (See University Catalog for International Students).
The deadline for the 3.5 year online (DL) program is August 31st of every year. The deadline for the on campus program is January 31st of every year.
Classes for the full-time, on-campus program begin in late August (Fall Semester). Classes for the part-time, online (DL) program begin every year on MLK JR. weekend (Spring Semester).
Review notices are typically sent out two months after the application deadline.
The Distributed Learning (DL) Program in the Department of Social Work at Humboldt State University provides an opportunity for students who would not otherwise have access to higher education. We recognize that many individuals in rural communities are already invested in serving their local organizations or tribal programs, and the decision to relocate in order to obtain a degree would potentially create a hardship for the community being served.
Humboldt State University offers both online undergraduate (BASW) and graduate (MSW) degree programs. Our DL (also referred to as online) programs follow the same curriculum content as our campus-based programs. In addition, our online MSW program provides students with a community seminar that is designed to support student success.
All curriculum plans follow a sequence and courses are only offered one time a year. The Online BASW program follows the same two year plan as the campus program. The Online MSW program is designed as a part-time pathway and has a separate application process and fee structure. Online course sections are usually limited to 25 students.
While the majority of course content for DL students is fully online, all students come to campus for a mandatory orientation at the beginning of their program and then once a year to participate in our January Intensive. This intensive is typically held over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, just prior to courses beginning.
All BA Social Work courses are available on campus or online. Non-Social Work courses may be available online through the University, but the Department of Social Work doesn’t regulate them so interested students are encouraged to check course schedules for other departments if non-Social Work courses are required. Students in the Distributed Learning BA Program must come to campus for a mandatory orientation the first 2 days of fall semester of their Junior year in the program and once per year for a 3 day Intensive during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend in January.
Yes. However, this is outside the Department of Social Work’s jurisdiction. Humboldt State is increasing the number of GE courses that are available online. California Community Colleges also have many GE courses online.
All of the prerequisites for the BA Social Work program are available online from various Community Colleges. It is not possible to list all the potential courses here because the names of the courses differ from Community College to Community College. The Social Work Department maintains a list of known online courses that fulfill our prerequisites. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for that list. You are encouraged to consult the California Virtual Campus for a comprehensive list of online courses in the state.
Yes. The BA Social Work program is fully accredited, whether courses are taken on campus or online.
Yes. The intensive is a crucial aspect of the online BASW and MSW programs. It is an opportunity for students to meet faculty, other students, and learn about academic and community resources that are highly relevant to their education. While there are no fees associated with this event for students, the average travel cost to attend this annual residency requirement is $1,250.00, depending on mode/distance of transportation and lodging choices. Students who do not attend this orientation/intensive each year will be withdrawn from classes and their offer of admission will be rescinded. In extreme cases of a documented catastrophic event, the student may petition to the department to be excused from this requirement. These waivers are rarely granted and in most cases students are required to reapply for admission to the program in the following application cycle.
Our Field program maintains a database of a wide variety of sites with current placement agreements. If there is not currently an existing site in your community, we will partner with you to identify potential sites and work with those organizations to explore developing an internship placement agreement. Please bear in mind that if you are applying from a community with an existing Social Work program, there may be limited availability of internships, based on their priority for those placements. It can also be a challenge to identify sites that can provide MSW supervision to students who are seeking internships outside of regular work hours.