Students may declare a social work major at any time in the departmental office, however, formal acceptance to the BSW Program will not occur until students have made application in the manner described in the BSW Admission Policy. The admissions application process provides one opportunity for an evaluation of a student's ability to reach desired program goals and objectives.
Social work majors are assigned a social work faculty advisor upon declaration of the major. This closely monitored advisement process ensures that social work faculty advise all social work majors, and BSW Program faculty meet with advisees at least once during each semester.
Introduction to Social Work (SW 330) is a prerequisite to many social work courses and should be taken no later than the first semester, Junior year. This course provides necessary information to assist students in a rational decision of whether to pursue the BSW degree. It is recommended that students complete the General Studies requirements before taking advanced social work courses above SW 330. Some General Studies requirements are prerequisites for social work courses, so students are urged to read the JSU Catalogue carefully when planning schedules and seek clarification from Academic Advisors when questions arise.
Instructions for Academic Advisement and Registration
Identify your Social Work academic advisor. For this information you can contact the BSW Assistant @ 256-782-5591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review your academic transcript on MyJSU.
Complete the BSW Program Checklist
Focus on General Studies Requirements first.
Sign up for advisement with your advisor.
List any questions about the schedule.
Bring your completed BSW Program Checklist, completed Trial Schedule Registration Form and any questions to the meeting you have arranged with your advisor.
Have your Trial Schedule Registration Form signed by your academic advisor.