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Gate Courses

Gate Courses

Gate Process

Admissions Process

You may declare a major in social work at any time. However, this does not automatically approve you into the BSSW Program. You will be officially admitted into the program only after you have applied for and been approved through Gate 1, which includes successfully passing SOWK 294. Typically, if you are following a more traditional 4-year schedule, you are eligible to apply for Gate 1 (SOWK 294) in your sophomore year. If you are a hybrid student who transfers in courses, you may be eligible to apply as soon as your second semester at LU, depending on the transferred courses. If you have not met the criteria by that time, you may apply in a subsequent fall or spring semester.


All of the following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to apply for Gate 1 (SOWK 294):

  • You must be in good standing with the department, which includes the following:
    • Have a “C” or higher in all Major Requirements and Gate Prerequisite courses.
    • Maintain satisfactory citizenship and ethical behavior.
    • Consistently demonstrate the values of the profession: integrity, service, the value of human relationships, dignity, and worth of a person, competence, and social justice.
  • You must complete a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer work at a social service agency; this excludes church ministry volunteering in areas such as nursery, youth group, etc.
  • You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • All required prerequisite courses for Gate 1 (SOWK 294) must either be completed or in progress during the semester you are registered for SOWK 294.
    • SOWK 101 is the only prerequisite that must be completed prior to a student’s enrollment in SOWK 294.


Students will register for the Gate courses through A.S.I.S.T in the same manner that registration for traditional classes are done. Hybrid/Online students can also get registered for Gate courses by contacting LUO Advising. Students must register for these courses by the registration deadlines for A term courses set by the Registrar’s office.

Course Information

Gate 1 Course: SOWK 294

Gate 1: SOWK 299

SOWK 294 includes the BSSW Gate 1 & Approval Process.

Gate 2 Course: SOWK 365

Gate 2: SOWK 365

SOWK 365 includes the BSSW Gate 2 & Junior Field Enrollment Process.

Gate 3 Course: SOWK 465

Gate 3: SOWK 465

SOWK 465 includes the BSSW Gate 3 & Senior Enrollment Process.

Gate 4 Course: SOWK 494

Gate 4: SOWK 499

SOWK 494 includes BSSW Gate 4 & the Comprehensive Exam.

If you have questions about the Gate process, please email socialworkgate@liberty.edu.

Field Experience

For more information on the required Junior and Senior Field Experiences, please review the Field Experience and Online Field Experience webpages.