Bachelor of Social Work

  • Overview

    The Bachelor of Social Work program at Saint Joseph’s College prepares students for entry-level generalist practice as a professional licensed social worker (LCSW) 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.

    CSWE Accreditation

    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
  • Curriculum

    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.

  • 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

    • John J. McAuliffe

      Assistant Professor of Sociology

      MTh, Loyola University
      MSSW, University of Louisville
      BA, Saint Francis College

      Learn more about John

    • Shlomo Hollander

      Online Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty, Psychology

      Ph. D. Yeshiva University
      MA Yeshiva University
      BA Touro College

      Learn more about Shlomo

    Kelly Ward PhD, LCSW, LCADC

    Social Work Program Director

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

    Learn more about Kelly

    John J. McAuliffe

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    MTh, Loyola University
    MSSW, University of Louisville
    BA, Saint Francis College

    Learn more about John

    Shlomo Hollander

    Online Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty, Psychology

    Ph. D. Yeshiva University
    MA Yeshiva University
    BA Touro College

    Learn more about Shlomo

  • 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