Bachelor of Social Work
The Bachelor of Social Work program at Saint Joseph’s College prepares students for entry-level generalist practice as a professional licensed social worker (LSW) and provides a strong foundation for graduate work in a Master of Social Work (MSW) program.
The program provides an academically challenging, socially relevant curriculum designed to equip students with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for careers in social work. Graduates will be qualified for entry-level positions in service areas such as addictions, child welfare, mental health, and gerontology, and in a variety of settings, including, schools, hospitals, non-profit agencies, and juvenile detention centers.
The hands-on curriculum allows students to gain practical experience through internships and service-learning opportunities. These are valuable resume builders for future employment. Students will have the opportunity to start networking immediately by joining the Student Social Work Society, the National Association of Social Workers as well as the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work, if eligible.
This program began a 3-year national accreditation process in March of 2016 with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). When the process is completed (June 2019), students will be able to be licensed as a BSW in all states with licensure laws and be eligible for advanced standing in MSW programs across the country.
At a glance
- Strong preparation for career and graduate studies
- Emphasis on experiential learning with two student-selected internship placements
- Opportunities for faculty-student collaboration, with access to the Social Science Observation Lab
- Graduates will be qualified to become licensed as social workers
- Graduates will be eligible for advanced standing, shortening the path to an MSW
Courses required for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree include social work specific classes in human behavior, policy, research, practice, and field internships, as well as other closely aligned social sciences with the profession of social work.
Students will gain practical experience through two internships, including a full-year placement. The College works with agencies and organizations in hospital systems, private non-profits, schools, drug rehabs, and other community agencies.
Complimentary minors for BSW students include sociology, criminal justice, gender studies, social justice, sustainability studies, or psychology. Dual majors may be available by working with your academic advisor.
A minor in the social services profession is also available and requires students to take 18 credits of social work specific course work. The social services profession minor is appropriate to pair with majors such as sociology, criminal justice, and/or psychology.