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 prepares students to become licensed as a professional social worker and provides a strong foundation for graduate work in a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. This degree path will prepare you for multiple career paths across diverse fields including settings such as healthcare, education, government, human resources, criminal justice, and the non-profit sector.
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.
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of this program will be prepared for licensure as an LSW in most states according to licensure laws and also be eligible to pursue 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.
What is SARA?
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. For further information, please visit the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) website at http://nc-sara.org/content/basic-questions-about-sara.
Maine’s Acting Education Commissioner, Bill Beardsley says, “SARA facilitates Maine’s interface with education opportunities across the country while bypassing the old case-by-case burdensome course approval system. Maine students benefit and state red tape is minimized with no loss of accountability. It is a state consortium approach we value.”
It is important to note that NC-SARA does not deal with professional licensing board approval for any courses or programs leading to professional licensure. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine cannot know nor guarantee where our coursework will meet requirements for professional licensure, endorsements, or license renewal in states outside of Maine. If you are planning on using our coursework towards a license or credential in your state, we recommend that you consult with the appropriate licensing agency or board in the state for which you seek to obtain licensure.
NC-SARA Professional Licensure Directory: https://www.nc-sara.org/professional-licensure-directory
Links to Professional Licensure Boards/Requirements
National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards
U.S. Department of Education
View our Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes.
Consumer Grievance Information
The following are links to consumer information notices and disclosures provided in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act with the reauthorized Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
Consumer Grievance Contact Information
Consumer Grievance Form and Release
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 may 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.