Jul 20, 2024  
Spring 2020 Catalog 
Spring 2020 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

Sociology and Social Work

Amy Zlimen Ticho, Chair
Room 488A, Collins Classroom Center
Phone: 715-346-3060 or 2665
Email: sociology@uwsp.edu
Web: www.uwsp.edu/sociology

This department is in the College of Letters and Science .

Faculty: H Alden, D Barry, M Y Bohm-Jordan, J. Bowers, M Chunyu, D DeBoer, A Smart, A Zlimen Ticho.

SOC - Sociology
SW - Social Work


The B.A. and B.S. majors in Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Social Work is a profession designed to assist individuals, families, groups, institutions, and communities to restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, while creating societal conditions favorable to their goals (National Association of Social Workers, 2010).

Sociology is the systematic study of human societies and social groups. Sociologists study the workings of social organizations, institutions, and cultures, as well as their influence on the social behavior of individuals.

Anthropology is the study of human, cultural, linguistic, and biological diversity, both in a contemporary context and in the context of historical and biological evolutionary changes that have resulted in a rich archaeological and ethnographic record of human physical and cultural adaptation and variety.

Admission and Retention Requirements for Social Work Major

If you declare a social work major prior to being formally accepted into the program, you will be titled intended majors until successful application and acceptance into the social work major.

If you’re seeking admission you must:

  • Have completed at least 45 credits of undergraduate coursework at the time of application (application for admission typically takes place in the second semester of the sophomore year).
  • Have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.5 from all accredited institutions attended.
  • Have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the required pre-admission coursework (SOC 101 , SW 261 /SOC 261 ).
  • Have earned a minimum grade of C- in SW 261  /SOC 261 .
  • Be in good academic standing in the semester in which you apply.

NOTE: Conviction of past criminal activity or conduct will not be used as criterion for denial of admission into the Social Work Major. However, past or future criminal activity or conduct maybe limit or inhibit you from securing a Social Work Internship which is required for completion of the social work degree. In addition, you may be ineligible to receive state certification or licensure to practice social work. You should discuss any question with your adviser.

To remain in the social work major you must:

  • Maintain 2.5 GPA in Social Work Major and supporting coursework.
  • Maintain 2.5 cumulative GPA in all UW-Stevens Point and transfer credits attempted.
  • Maintain a “C-” or better in each required social work course.
  • Comply with the social work student code of conduct and the NASW Code of Ethics as outlined in the student manual.

NOTE: If you violate any of the above retention standards, you will be allowed a two-semester probationary period in which you can attempt to bring yourself into compliance with the standards while remaining in the major. If, following your probationary period, you are still not in compliance with the retention standards, you will be dropped from the Social Work Major.

Academic Standards for Sociology

  1. To be retained, approved for graduation, or accepted as a major or minor at the beginning of your junior year, you must have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (2.75 to student teach) in the major, including transfer courses, regardless of any declaration of academic bankruptcy. You may repeat a course in the major if you follow the course repeat policy found in the Grade-related Policies  section of this catalog. The chair may allow exceptions on a conditional basis.
  2. You may petition the chair to accept coursework done at other institutions, but no more than one-half the credits applied to your major may be earned outside this university. The chair may allow modifications.
  3. You may take courses out of normal class level sequence only if you have adviser and instructor approval.
  4. If you are preparing for specialized graduate studies, a professional school, or a specific career, you should request assignment to an adviser knowledgeable in that area to help you select your study program.

Test-Out and Credit-by-Exam Policy for Sociology

You will receive course credit for SOC 101  if you take the Introduction to Sociology CLEP exam and receive a score equal to or greater than the 50th percentile. You must arrange to take the CLEP exam with Testing Services in Delzell Hall.

Test-out (not course credit) is available for SOC 102 , SOC 225 , SOC 230 , SOC 240 , SOC 270 , SOC 300 , SOC 310 , SW 316  , SOC 327 , SOC 343 , SOC 355 , SOC 360 , SOC 366 , SOC 368 . After you confer with the department chair about a course, the faculty member who teaches the course will prepare a comprehensive exam and define the passing score for you before you take the test. You may take a test-out exam only once. You are not eligible for test-out if you are currently enrolled in the course.