The Social Work Honors Program provides preparation for graduate study or professional careers in Social Work. It is designed to enhance students’ problem solving skills, critical and independent thinking, and application of research/evidence-based practice.


Participating in the Social Work Honors Program benefits you by:

  • Giving you one-on-one mentoring with faculty in the department, the opportunity to participate in professional presentations, and exposure that will enhance your understanding of the field and practice of social work.
  • Graduating with "Honors in Social Work” once you complete the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Interested students must:

  • Have completed four required social work courses (SW 100, 200, 203, and 222/222L).
  • Have been accepted into the social work major.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 overall GPA and a minimum of 3.8 GPA in required social work courses listed above.
  • Apply to the honors program no later than the second Friday of November for spring admission, or the second Friday of February for fall admission.

Course Requirements

To complete the departmental honors program, you must earn 10 honors credit hours. Honors sections will be offered in the following courses:

  • SW 320: Research Honors (3 credits)
  • SW 494: Field Seminar Honors (3 credits)
  • SW 496: Honors Seminar (3 credits) — must be taken as the required social work elective
  • SW 498: Honors Independent Study (1 credit)

How to Apply

Submit application materials to Dr. Stacy Moak, Honors Program Director, by emailing You can also hand deliver material to the Department of Social Work office (Humanities Building Suite 301).

The application deadlines are:

  • Fall Admission — no later than the second Friday in March.
  • Spring Admission — no later than the second Friday in November.

Submit the Social Work Honors Program Application with the following documents:

  • A copy of your unofficial transcript.
  • A recommendation letter from an instructor of SW 100, 200, 203, and/or 222/222L.
  • A copy of your resume.

NOTE: the application must be typed.


If you have further questions, please contact the Honors Program Director, Dr. Stacy Moak, at