Earn Your Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree
Social workers help people cope and solve everyday problems while promoting human and societal well-being. They’re self-aware, culturally informed, critically-thinking leaders committed to social and economic justice, professional values, and ethics. They enhance the well-being of clients, assist in organizational and community development, and influence policy.
The BSW program stresses the critical, empirical, and applied aspects of social work while incorporating a liberal arts perspective throughout the curriculum. Students are required to complete 43-credit hours of human behavior, practice, research, and policy courses in social work, 30-credit hours of related area coursework, and 570-clock hours of fieldwork in a social services agency, providing a strong focus on community and agency fieldwork in a social work setting. The practicum provides students the opportunity to practice what they learn in the classroom in generalist social work practice activities.
Professional social work education enables students to integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of the profession into competent practice.
Open registration begins on the third Monday in April for Fall and the third Monday in November for Spring. All new degree-seeking students must see an advisor before registering for classes.
Social Work Minor
For students who are enrolled in a major outside of our BSW or MSW programs, selecting the Social Work minor is an excellent way to broaden your skills and complement your chosen major. Selecting the Social Work minor shows potential employers that you are a well-rounded individual capable of acquiring skills in addition to your chosen field of study.
|SOC WK 2000||Social Work and Social Issues||3|
|SOC WK 2200||Social Welfare as a Social Institution||3|
|SOC WK 3100||Social Work Practice with Individuals||3|
|SOC WK 3700||Diversity and Social Justice||3|
|Select one additional social work course at the 3000 level or above.||3|
Outcomes & Career Outlook
The Bachelor of Social Work program prepares students for entry-level employment in social welfare agencies, schools, hospitals, correctional institutions, social action and community organizations, daycare, and geriatric rehabilitation and residential centers.
The demand for social workers will increase 13 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, making social work an in-demand career with meaning.
- Case Manager
- Community Outreach Specialist
- Crisis Intervention Specialist
- Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
- Employment Specialist
- Family Services Worker
- Foster Care Specialist
- Hospice Social Worker
- Housing Specialist
- Probation Officer
- Residential Care Worker
- Social Service Coordinator
- Youth Service Worker