NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Northern Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Social Work

This program leads to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Community college students should concentrate on liberal arts courses including sociology, psychology, and economics. Upon completion of the Bachelor's degree, employment opportunities are diverse: serving all ages in public welfare agencies, community mental health centers, hospitals, juvenile courts, schools, and special programs. Within the program at NMU, all majors must complete 12 semester credits of field instruction.

The social work curriculum contains two "lower-division" courses (SW 100 and SW 230) that also must be completed (or be in the e process of completing) prior to being admitted into the practice methods courses. A student must have a 2.5 grade point average in these courses and must maintain this minimum GPA for all social work courses (SW prefix).

Admission Criteria For The BSW Program

NMU's Human Behavior Cluster Minor must be completed before admission to the Social Work program. Many courses in the minor may double-count as liberal studies requirements. All courses in the human behavior cluster must have been completed or be in the process of being completed at the time of admission into the social work program. A student must have a 2.6 grade point average in the cluster minor.

Basic Requirements

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA): Students who transfer to Northern Michigan University from a Michigan community college who have Michigan Transfer Agreement Satisfied posted on their transcript will be considered to have met the requirements of NMU’s Liberal Studies/General Education program. Students will still be expected to complete all other degree requirements, including graduation requirements (world cultures, health promotions, and lab) and any courses listed as “Other Required Courses” that may also be Liberal Studies/General Education courses. Transfer students who do not complete the entire block of courses required by the MTA will receive credit for courses they do complete on the basis of individual evaluation and established transfer equivalencies.

If you do not fulfill the MTA agreement, you will need to use 2 transfer guides to fulfill NMU's Division requirements: this guide and General Education Without MTA. For more information the MTA, please contact an advisor at NMC or NMU Representative Cary Vajda at (906) 250-3679.

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition



Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Humanities list

You may choose HST 211 Native American History, HUM 116 World Cultures, or PHL 122 Eastern Religions to fulfill both the World Cultures and 1 Humanities choice. Or, if you fulfill World Cultures with a social science choice, GEO 109 World Regional Geography or ANT 113 Cultural Anthropology, select 2 Humanities class from the link above.

Visual/Performing Arts


Choose 1 class from the courses listed below:


ART 100

Art Appreciation


ART 111

History of Western Art I


ART 112

History of Western Art II (see note above)


ART 213

Modern Art History (see note above)



HUM 111

American Experience


HUM 116

World Cultures



ENG 267

Film as Literature



MUS 110

Music Appreciation Standard Literature


MUS 111

Music Appreciation Jazz


Natural Science


Choose one of the Biology classes below:

BIO 106/L

Human Biology


BIO 110/L

Essential Biology


Choose one additional Natural Science course

Social Science


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


SOC 101

Intro to Sociology


Choose one Economics class (ECO 201 is recommended to be taken prior to ECO 202):


ECO 121

Basic Economics (if taken previously or elsewhere - NMC has not offered for several years) OR


ECO 201

Principles of Macroeconomics OR


ECO 202

Principles of Microeconomics




MTH 131

Probability & Statistics


Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023