A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) combines liberal arts with social work classes to prepare individuals for entry into direct human service professional positions.
BSW students learn to work collaboratively in a variety of settings, and learn skills including assessment, interviewing, service planning, case management, crisis intervention, problem solving, program evaluation, community outreach, community organizing, advocacy, research and networking. Students receive the training needed to seek an exciting professional career and land employment in many different public and private work settings.
All students begin the program as pre-social work majors and complete requirements in language arts, social and behavioral sciences, math and natural sciences, and the humanities.
After these requirements, eligible students may apply to the upper-division professional sequence as social work majors. Admitted students take social work courses and complete a supervised internship (480 clock hours) in a social services agency in the last semester.
All pre-social work and all social work majors are considered social work students and are under the auspices of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Learn more about degree requirements. Learn how to apply to the BSW program.
Social work students take advantage of all the university-wide and community activities, and at the same time enjoy the benefits of a small program which provides a great deal of personal attention. There are approximately 300 undergraduate students enrolled in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work (see quick facts, pdf). Class sizes are usually between 25-35 students; and the seminar that accompanies the students’ field practicum has 15-20 students.
The school enjoys one of the most diverse faculty, staff and student bodies at the university. The school also has an active student council that holds a variety of academic, social, and social services-related activities each year.
All classes are conducted at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work building. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) includes a reference library, study space, multimedia and audio-visual laboratories, and a computer lab. The student lounge has vending machines, kitchen facilities, and a spacious comfortable design for casual meetings and group work.