Prerequisite Courses

Professional social work education builds on the broad knowledge base of the biological, psychological, social and cultural contributions to human beliefs, attitudes and behavior. Effective professionals perceive, think critically about, and work with this breadth of contributions to the human experience. Therefore, George Fox University's graduate social work program requires completed undergraduate courses in the areas that are listed on this page.

If you do not have sufficient undergraduate work in a particular area, this may not preclude your acceptance in the program, but if you are accepted, you will need to complete coursework for that requirement as a prerequisite. 

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”. A general description of prerequisite course work is listed below:

  • Natural Science, 3 semester credits, (4-5 quarter credits) Examples include Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, and Geology.
  • Communication or Language Skills, 6 semester credits (9 quarter credits). Can include foreign languages, speech, grammar, linguistics, written communication, media.
  • Social and Behavioral Science, 6 semester credits (9 quarter credits). Can include psychology, anthropology, sociology, social psychology, human diversity, social work.
  • Humanities and/or History, 9 semester hours (13-14 quarter credits). Can include philosophy, religion, arts, government, political science, economics, history, literature.
  • Statistics, 3 semester credits (4-5 quarter credits)

This Prequisite Worksheet can be helpful in preparation for your application.