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SOWK 294: Gate 1 Course

SOWK 299: Gate 1

Gate 1

Gate 1 (SOWK 294) includes receiving formal approval into the BSSW program.



Students are eligible to apply for Gate 1 (SOWK 294) once they have met the following criteria:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Successful completion (C or higher) or current enrollment in the prerequisite courses during the semester they are enrolled in SOWK 294:
    • BIOL 101/BIOL 102*
    • ENGL 102
    • PSYC 101
    • SOCI 200**
    • SOWK 101***
    • SOWK 120 & 150 or SOWK 135
    • SOWK 250****
    • SOWK 260
    • SOWK 270


*Hybrid students on a 2015-16 or 2016-17 DCP must take BIOL 101. All Residential students and Hybrid students on the 2017-18 or later DCPs must take BIOL 102.

**Students on the 2020-2021 or later DCP are not required to take SOCI 200 to be eligible for SOWK 294.

***SOWK 101 must be completed in a prior semester before a student is eligible for SOWK 294.

****Students on the 2015-16, 2016-17 DCP are not required to take SOWK 250. Students on the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 DCP can take HLTH 216 in place of SOWK 250. Students on the 2020-21 and beyond DCP must complete SOWK 250.

The first assignment due in each Gate course is submitting a Degree Completion Plan Audit (DCPA) to ensure that the student meets the eligibility requirements for the course. If the DCPA does not reflect successful completion (C or higher) or current enrollment for each of the appropriate Gate prerequisite courses, the student will not be eligible to successfully complete the course. If the student is unable to successfully complete the course, he/she will need to re-enroll for the course in a later semester.

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


Effective Fall 2019, 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.

Gate Handbook

For more detailed information about the Gate Process, please review the B.S. in Social Work Gate Handbook.

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