Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

  • Field experience in first year of study
  • Extracurricular learning through local/state conferences
  • Active student organization
  • Community service opportunties & educational programs

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Social Work at Marywood

Social work is a dynamic and challenging profession, rich in a tradition of helping.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program prepares generalist social work practitioners who are able to help individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

In the BSW program, students acquire the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills necessary for beginning professional social work practice. The curriculum consists of liberal arts, social-behavioral science, and professional social work courses. As part of the curriculum, students complete a series of three field experiences, one of which is a 450-hour field placement in a community social agency during the fall semester of the senior year. Field experiences take place in the freshman, junior, and senior years.

Five-Year Dual Degree Option

At Marywood, you can earn both a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in just five years. This dual degree program will prepare you for a career in a variety of social work settings.

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Joseph Donohue
Coordinator of Field Instruction; Instructor

Dr. Kielty Turner
Director of BSW Program; Associate Professor

Graduates of the BSW program practice beginning professional social work in a range of social agency settings:

  • Children and youth services
  • Mental health/mental retardation
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Drug and alcohol programs
  • Schools
  • Services for the homeless and impoverished populations

Approximately 75% of program graduates enter directly into professional practice upon graduation, while approximately 25% enter graduate school for their MSW degree.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Program Requirements

Specific Liberal Arts requirements for Social Work majors:

BIOL 130 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
PSYC 211 General Psychology

Major (54 credits)

SW 145 Foundations of Social Work
SW 150 Introductory Social Work Field Experience
SW 230 Analysis of Social Welfare Policy
SW 250 Contemporary Social Work Practice
SW 310 Social Work Research I
SW 311 Social Work Research II
SW 345 Junior Field Experience
SW 350 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SW 401 Social Work with Neighborhoods, Communities, and Organizations: Theory and Practice
SW 402 Social Work with Groups: Theory and Practice
SW 403 Social Work with Individuals and Families: Theory and Practice
SW XXX Social Work Restricted Elective
SW 490 Field Instruction
SW 491 Integrative Seminar
SW 495 Senior Seminar
SOC 214 Social Problems
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
PS 210 American Government and Politics