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

  1. A 2.0 cumulative minimum GPA or higher

  2. Earned 2.0 (“C”) grade or higher in each prerequisite course areas listed below

  3. A minimum of 65 college level credits by start of program 

  4. Completed four BASW prerequsites (these DO NOT have to be completed at time of application, but must be completed before you start the program). 

    We require one course in each of the following subjects: Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics or Political Science. All the course numbers listed below are UW courses (with the exception of ECON 100).  The Equivalency Guide shows how courses from a Washington State community or technical college will transfer to the UW.

Human Biology: 

  • BIOL 100, 118, 180
  • PSYCH 202, 357
  • GENOME 351


  • PSYCH 101, 203, 206, 210, 245, 250


  • SOC 105, 110, 212, 240, 247, 260, 270, 271 
  • GWSS 251
  • ANTH 330

Economics or Poltical Science:

  • LSJ 363
  • POLS 202, 382
  • ECON *100, 200, 201 (*ECON 100 is only offered at community colleges, not at UW)
  • AFRAM 437
  • GEOG 208

Notice Regarding Statistics and Foreign Language:

  • Though not a requirement for BASW admission, an approved introductory Statistics class is a required prerequisite of senior year BASW courses and is recommended prior to admission.
  • Though not a requirement for BASW admission, BASW seniors must fulfill the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (third year of high school foreign language or third college quarter of a foreign language, or equivalent) in order to graduate.  This graduation requirement is different from the UW foreign language admission requirement.

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.