Professional Programs Social Work

The BSW Curriculum

The BSW Program requires that students complete 41 social work credits during their junior and senior years. Students complete these requirements in the following sequence:


Fall Semester: 7 Credits

  • SOC WORK 301: Research Methods for Generalist Social Work Practice (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 305: The Social Work Profession (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 313: Skills Lab I (1 cr.)


Spring Semester: 8 Credits

  • SOC WORK 300: Professionalism and Teamwork in Social Work (1 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 323: Skills Lab II (1 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 370: Methods I (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 371: HBSE (3 cr.)


Fall Semester: 13 Credits

  • SOC WORK 402: Field Practicum & Integrative Seminar I (5 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 411: Methods II (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 413: Skills Lab III (1 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 431: Social Policy I (2 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 461: Program Eval I (2 cr.)


Spring Semester: 13 Credits

  • SOC WORK 403: Field Practicum & Integrative Seminar II (5 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 420: Methods III (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 423: Skills Lab IV (1 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 433: Social Policy II (2 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 463: Program Eval II (2 cr.)
For information on specific courses, see course descriptions. A listing of required courses is available in the course catalog. Field placement requirements are described in field experience.

Child Welfare Emphasis

Students who wish to enroll in the Child Welfare Emphasis complete four additional courses while they are in the program:
  • PSYCH 331 Infancy & Early Childhood Development (3cr.)
  • PSYCH 332 Middle Childhood & Adolescent Development (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 351: Overview of CW System (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 451: CW Practice (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 455: First Nations Futures and Decolonizing Social Work (2 cr.)
To complete the Child Welfare Emphasis, students are placed in a child welfare agency setting during their senior field practicum.

Substance Abuse Emphasis

Students who wish to enroll in the Substance Abuse Emphasis complete four additional courses while they are in the program:

  • PSYCH 310 Drugs and Behavior (3 cr.)
  • PSYCH 438 Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 340 Strengths-Based Group Facilitation (3 cr.)
  • SOC WORK 342 Psychopharmacology (3 cr.)
The Substance Abuse Emphasis and BSW degree prepares students for transition to a Substance Abuse Counselor training program.

Social Work Competencies

As a competency-based program, both classroom and field experiences are organized around 9 competency themes, and students must successfully complete work in all 9 competency areas in order to graduate. Students will find the competencies reflected in each of their social work courses and in the evaluation tools used to assess their work in the field.

Social Work Support Courses

In order to insure that students have a strong interdisciplinary background and obtain a breadth of understanding of individual, group and community functioning and of the nature of individual and community challenges and the ways that they can change, the Social Work Program requires that students complete 25-31 credits of supporting course work. These credits can also meet the student’s general education requirements.