Social Welfare is an impacted ("capped") major. Due to very high demand, special restrictions on declaration of the major are in effect. Transfer students must apply during their first semester. Non-transfer students must apply prior to exceeding 80 units of post-high school coursework. See the department website for details.
The Social Welfare major introduces students to problems, policies, and methods in the area of providing educational, cultural, medical and financial assistance to the needy. The curriculum focuses on courses which acquaint students with current knowledge about the field, rather than vocational training.