Ross  Sherman, Ph.D.

Ross Sherman, Ph.D.

"The biggest thing I like about teaching at Grand Valley is that you get to spend time with students, and not just in the classroom, but also in the laboratory." - Ross Sherman, Movement Science Department Read More

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Lansing Community College

Program Guide: Social Work

First Year

First Semester
WRIT 121 4
MATH 120 4
PSYC 200 4
Science elective 3
Second Semester
ENGL 122 4
POLS 120 4
World Perspectives elective 3
BIOL 125 4

Second Year

First Semester
SOCL 120 4
STAT 170 3
PSYC 203 3
Humanities elective 3
PSYC 250 3
Second Semester
SOCL 260 3
Humanities elective 3
SOCL 255 3
SOWK 101 3
ECON 201 or 202 3


Degree offered: B.S.W.

  • Additional courses are required at Grand Valley prior to applying to the social work program.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Science elective must be a non-BIOL course.   Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • World Perspectives electives:  ANTH 270, FREN 202, GEOG 200, GRMN 202, HUMS 125, HUMS 160, HUMS 214, POLS 201, SPAN 202

Students must earn a minimum grade of B- (2.7) and not have repeated the following GVSU courses (or their transfer institution equivalents) more than once: PLS 102; PSY 303; PSY or SOC 360; SOC 280; SOC 382 or SW 300; SOC 384; SOC 385; and SW150

Grades earned at another institution in these courses will be considered for admission into the School of Social Work and must meet the grade and repeat criteria indicated above.


All social work majors must formally apply to the School of Social Work at the end of their sophomore year.

To be eligible for consideration of candidacy, students must have:

  1. Completed all freshman and sophomore course requirements in the B.S.W. curriculum.
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.0. Earned a minimum grade of 2.7 in selected courses.
  3. Complete the application and process for candidacy for the B.S.W. degree.


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