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Bachelor of Social Work


This program provides an academically rigorous, socially relevant curriculum designed to equip students with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for careers in social work. The online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Saint Joseph’s College prepares students for entry-level generalist practice in positions such as case manager, discharge planner, mental health and behavioral health technicians. This degree also leads immediately to a professional license as social worker and provides a strong foundation for graduate work in a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. This degree path will lead you on your start to multiple career choices including private practice if you so choose.

The online BSW program in a natural cohort model that fosters peer-support along with a strong faculty presence throughout the learning process. Students will have the opportunity to start networking immediately by joining the National Association of Social Workers as well as the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work if eligible.

CSWE Accreditation

This program began a three-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 licensable as a BSW in most states with licensure laws and also be eligible for advanced standing in MSW programs across the country. Students are encouraged to verify license eligibility in the state(s) they plan to practice as a social worker.

View our Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes.

At a glance

  • Strong preparation for career and graduate studies
  • Flexibility to learn on your own time and at your own pace
  • Ability to transfer in credits from other accredited programs
  • Emphasis on experiential learning with two student-selected internship placements
  • Guidance from Field Directors to help students find internships in their own state
  • Opportunities for faculty-student collaboration
  • Graduates will be qualified to become licensed as a social worker
  • Graduates will be eligible for advanced standing, shortening the path to an MSW


Courses required for the Bachelor of Social Work 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 take a course on the impact of trauma, poverty, addiction and abuse on the brain to understand and empathize the challenges people face, which relate to their environment but also have a biological base.

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 degrees for BSW students include criminal justice or theology. Dual majors may be possible by working with your advisor.


Social Service Profession Minor
The Social Service Profession minor is designed to augment majors in the helping profession like sociology, psychology or criminal justice.



Kelly Ward, Ph.D, LCSW, LCADC
Kelly Ward, Ph.D, LCSW, LCADCSocial Work Consultant
PhD, Fordham University
MSW, Rutgers University
BSW, Eastern Michigan University
Lindsay Tuman, LCSW
Lindsay Tuman, LCSWOnline Social Work Faculty
MSW, Monmouth University
BSW, Monmouth University
Erin Tyson
Erin TysonOnline Social Work Faculty
MSW, Monmouth University
BSW, Monmouth University


Meghan Elmore ’19
Meghan Elmore ’19BSW major
“One of the perks of being a social work major is that there is such a wide variety of populations and work settings to choose from. Saint Joseph’s BSW program exposes you to different fields, to help you get a sense of what fits you best. We also have two required internships, which offer direct, realistic experience in social work. This prepares us for life after SJC, whether it’s graduate school or jumping straight into the workplace.”
Ray Ruby ’05
Ray Ruby ’05House Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine
Giving Back: Ray Ruby has made a career of it. Almost every endeavor Ruby undertakes is for the benefit of others. When he’s not at the Ronald McDonald House, he’s volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, or working with families in Honduras, or building homes in New Orleans.
Pauline Cyr Cormier ’61
Pauline Cyr Cormier ’61Meet alumna Pauline Cyr Cormier
Pauline Cyr Cormier ’61 volunteered five years of her life to achieve justice for marginalized farm workers.


The social work major is a strong foundation for professional careers in various organizations including Child Welfare, Corrections, Health Care, Policy and Planning, Private Non-Profits, and non-governmental agencies (NGOs). According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the profession is growing faster than most and the U.S. Government has loan forgiveness programs to help social workers with some of their student loans. Individuals with a BSW are prepared for entry-level direct practice within the field. Most states will require licensure, certification. Additional information on professional licensure can be obtained at the Association of Social Work Boards and through the State of Maine Board of Social Work Examiners.