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 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.

Qualified graduates may receive advanced standing in Marywood's Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, which enables them to earn an MSW degree in one year. 

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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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