BSW Curriculum Description


BSW Curriculum Description

The 120-credit hour BSW prepares students for entry-level, professional, generalist social work practice and for graduate social work education.

Courses include 36 undergraduate required Social Work core credit hours (6 of which constitute the field practice sequence); 9 credit hours of social work electives; 47 credit hours of general education requirements as outlined in the degree progress report; 12-18 credit hours in a minor or certificate and 10-16 other elective credit hours.


Curricular Highlights



Social Work Practice Sequence:

The Social Work Practice sequence equips students with the specialized knowledge and skills needed to work with clients and communities across a wide range of client groups.  Students develop social work intervention and problem-solving skills needed to work with people of diverse backgrounds using a person-in-environment approach.

Field Practice:

Through our field practice sequence, students develop their skills by completing no less than 400 hours of field practice (e.g. internship). Field practice integrates theoretical and conceptual classwork with the practice setting. It’s a wonderful way to gain “real world” experience and networking to prepare for social work careers.


Minor Outside Social Work:

BSW students complete at least one 12-18 credit hour cross-disciplinary certificate and/or minor through the School of Public Affairs, the Department of Sociology, and the College of Education including (but not limited to) criminal justice, disability studies, sociology of diversity, social dimensions of health and health care, and gerontology.

Electives and Elective Clusters:

Elective offerings unique to social work practice are designed around five high need areas of military social work, healthcare social work, school social work, child welfare training, and community development.


BSW Requirements


General Requirements:
Upper-Division Requirements:
Compass Curriculum:

Admission Criteria

Students may declare social work as their major at any time following admission to the University; however, declaration of the social work major does not guarantee admission into the BSW program. Generally, first- and second-year Social Work Majors complete general education requirements and lower-division social work courses.

More information on SPA Undergraduate Admissions.