BSW Student Advisement

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. 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 of your Junior year. This course provides necessary information to assist students in a 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 review the JSU Catalogue carefully when planning schedules and seek clarification from Academic Advisors when questions arise.

Instructions for Academic Advisement and Registration

  1. Identify your Social Work academic advisor.  For this information you can contact the Sociology/Social Work assistant @ 256-782-5591 or

  2. Review your academic transcript on MyJSU.

  3. Complete the BSW Program Checklist.

  4. Focus on General Studies Requirements first.

  5. Sign up for advisement with your advisor.

  6. Complete a fall_spring trial schedule or a summer trial schedule using JSU class schedule.

  7. List any questions about the schedule.

  8. Bring your completed trial schedule form and any questions to the meeting you have arranged with your advisor.

  9. Have your trial schedule form signed by your academic advisor.

  10. You and your academic advisor will present your signed trial schedule form to the social work secretary who will remove the alternate PIN for online registration.