BSW Program Overview

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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)


Our Bachelor of Social Work program combines a liberal arts curriculum with courses in social-behavioral science and professional social work.

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  • People-oriented, student-centered, and community service-focused
  • Courses and field experience begins in the first year of study
  • Personal academic and career advisement
  • Small group seminars that integrate theory and practice
  • A well-established program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974
  • Part of a nationally recognized School of Social Work
  • Involvement with the Scranton Division, National Association of Social Workers
  • Active student organization that provides community service and educational programs
  • Extracurricular learning through local/state conferences
  • Opportunity to minor in a range of disciplines

Field Experiences

Undergraduate social work students must complete a series of three field experiences, during your freshman, junior, and senior years. Field experience in your senior year consists of 450 hours of instruction at one of many local social agencies. Click here to learn about some of the agencies our students have worked with.

Advanced Standing

Graduates of the BSW Program may receive advanced standing in Marywood's CSWE accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) Program. This enables qualified BSW graduates to complete the MSW degree in one year.

Thinking About Social Work?

Here is a helpful link to see if social work is right for you and to real stories about social workers in the profession.

Learn more about Social Work