Bachelor of Social Work

  • Overview

    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.

    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
  • Curriculum

     

    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.

     

    Minor

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

  • Some of our faculty
    • Kelly Ward PhD, LCSW, LCADC

      Social Work Program Director

      PhD, Fordham University
      MSW, Rutgers University
      BSW, Eastern Michigan University

      Learn more about Kelly

    • Lindsay Tuman, LSW

      Online Social Work Faculty

      MSW, Monmouth University
      BSW, Monmouth University

      Learn more about Lindsay

    • Erin Tyson

      Online Social Work Faculty

      MSW, Monmouth University
      BSW, Monmouth University

      Learn more about Erin

    Kelly Ward PhD, LCSW, LCADC

    Social Work Program Director

    PhD, Fordham University
    MSW, Rutgers University
    BSW, Eastern Michigan University

    Learn more about Kelly

    Lindsay Tuman, LSW

    Online Social Work Faculty

    MSW, Monmouth University
    BSW, Monmouth University

    Learn more about Lindsay

    Erin Tyson

    Online Social Work Faculty

    MSW, Monmouth University
    BSW, Monmouth University

    Learn more about Erin

  • Student Stories
    • Meghan Elmore ’19

      BSW 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.”

      Learn more about Meghan.

    • Ray Ruby ’05

      House 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.

      Read Ray's story.

    • Pauline Cyr Cormier ’61

      Meet alumna Pauline Cyr Cormier

      Pauline Cyr Cormier ’61 volunteered five years of her life to achieve justice for marginalized farm workers. Read more