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BASW Prerequisites


To be considered for the BASW major, applicants must be a continuing UW student or a transfer/ returning student in the process of admission to the UW (Transfer students can obtain applications to the UW through the Undergraduate Admissions Office) and:

  1. Have at least a 2.00 GPA and at least 65 college-level credits by the time of enrollment in the program;
  2.  Have earned at least a 2.0 (“C”) grade in one (1) of each prerequisite course areas listed below:

Please note: The words in bold, below, are the prerequisite course areas.  All of the course numbers listed below are for UW courses.  To find out how courses from a Washington State community or technical college will transfer to the UW, click here.

Human Biology: BIO 100, BIO 118 (survey of physiology), BIO 180, PSYCH 202 (biopsychology), PSYCH 357 (biopsychology of women), GENOME 261 (genomes and society), 351 (human genetics)

Psychology: PSYCH 101 (intro to psychology), 203 (intro to personality and individual difference), 206 (human development), 210 (human sexuality), 245 (intro to social psychology), 250 (racism and minority groups)

Sociology: SOC 105, 110 (survey of sociology), 111 (American society), 212 (comparative social change), 240 (intro to social psychology), 251, 260 (African American Family), 247 (contemporary social movements), 270 (social problems), 271 (social deviance and social control); WOMEN 251 (gender and pop culture); ANTH 330 (religion, identity and cultural pluralism)

Economics or Political Science: LSJ 363 (law and society); POLS 202 (American politics); POLS 382 (state government); ECON 101 (survey of economics), 201, 200 (Micro-economics); AFRAM 437 (blacks in American law); GEOG 208 (geography of the world economy)

*STAT 220, 221 or ED Psy 490 may be taken as late as spring quarter of the junior year, but is a required prerequisite of the senior year courses and is recommended prior to admission.

College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)

All applicants must complete a minimum level of preparation in six subject areas. This requirement ensures that students entering the University have an appreciation for the liberal arts and are adequately prepared to succeed in college.

CADR are admission requirements. Therefore, they must be satisfactorily completed before the first quarter of enrollment at the  UW.