This document lists the MSW Program Prerequisites Course Categories. In the MSW Online Application, applicants will list each course perquisite title, year and semester attended, indicate college/institution, units earned, and list if this course has been completed or is in progress. This document is a tool for applicants applying through the Online MSW Application.
MSW Program Prerequisites
These three prerequisites require a C or higher grade, and may also be used to meet the Liberal Arts requirements below.
Course Category Units Course Examples
Statistics 3 Basic Statistics Human Biology 3 Human Biology that includes Human Body content. These may be courses in:
Anatomy, Human Biology, Physiology, Genetics, Sexuality, Physical Pathologies,
Nutrition, or Health Ethnic Diversity or Multi-Cultural Studies
Quantitative Reasoning 3 Ethnic Diversity or Multi-Cultural content through Multicultural and Gender
Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Latin American Studies, Chicano Studies, American Indian Studies, Religious Studies, Geological & Environmental Sciences, Geography, History, Literature, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science.
Liberal Arts Prerequisites
Courses may be counted more than once where applicable.
Units Course Examples
3 Quantitative Reasoning includes mathematical concepts, quantitative reasoning and application. (Computer Science with significant mathematical component, Mathematics, Statistics) Written & Oral Communication Reasoning Humanities Natural Science Behavioral & Social Sciences Personal Development & Lifelong Learning 6 3 6 3 9 3 Written & Oral Communication: Ability to communicate knowledge, attitudes and ways of thinking characteristic of a broadly educated person. (Communication, Debate, English Composition, Journalism, Linguistics, Speech, Teaching, Theater) Reasoning: Understanding relationship of language to logic; ability to analyze, critique and advocate ideas; distinguishing fact from judgment; formal and informal fallacies of language and thought. (Critical Thinking, Epistemology, Ethics, Logic, Philosophy, English, Psychology, Sociology, Religious Studies) Humanities: Cultivation of intellect, sensitivity, imagination, objective & subjective response to experience; creative experience; refinement of affective, cognitive & physical faculties. (Art, Dance, Ethnic Studies, History, Literature, Language, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Women’s Studies) Natural Science: Understanding scientific methodologies and their limitations.
(Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies,
Geography, Geology, Health Sciences, Physics, Physical Anthropology) Behavioral and Social Sciences: (Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics,
Geography, History, Human Management, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology,
Special Education, Teaching, Women’s Studies) Personal Development & Lifelong Learning: Understanding of self as integrated persons; human behavior; sexuality, nutrition, health, stress, death & dying; relationships of humans and environments. (Anthropology, Child Development,
Communication Studies, Ethnic Studies, Psychology, Recreation, Social Work,
Sociology, Women’s Studies)