Social Work Degree (B.S.W.)

Why Major in Social Work?

The BSW program offers a major in Social Work that leads to a Bachelors Degree in Social Work (BSW). Graduates of this program are eligible, upon graduation, to sit for the state social work licensure exam (LSW) and may be eligible for advanced standing at graduate schools of social work across the country. The program has a generalist focus and prepares students to work with clients in a variety of setting from programs that work with children, to health care settings, to services for the elderly. The Social Work major consists of 16 credits of foundation prerequisites and 42 credits of social work courses. The major is designed to be completed in the final two years of the four year degree, but can be completed part-time over a longer period of time. This plan makes the Social Work major accessible to full-time and part-time students and an option for students transferring from other colleges. The program has articulation agreements with many area community colleges to ease the process of transfer. The Social Work major is offered as day classes with some on-line classes.

If you would like more information about the BSW program, feel free to explore the BSW Program Description  and BSW Admission Policy at the links to the right.

If you would like to listen to a 5 minute podcast about the BSW Program recorded by Dr Kersting, the department chair click here: BSW Program

If you would like more information about completing the BSW Program part-time, please click the Part-Time Bachelor's link to the right.

You may also feel free to contact us.

BSW Program Director
Dr. Nora Padykula at 413-572-8239 or npadykula@westfield.ma.edu

WSU Catalogue Description for BSW Degree

Requirements for Social Work Majors - 65-69 Credits

    Foundation courses - 16 Credits:

     

    • EGST 0101 - Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies or
    • EGST 0102 - Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
    • SOCI 0101 - Principles of Sociology
    • PSYC 0101 - Introduction to Psychology
    • POLS 0101 - American National Government or
    • HIST 0132 - United States History and Government 1865 – Present
    • BIOL 0104 - Human Biology or
    • BIOL 0106 - Biology Today

    Major courses - 49-53 Credits:

    • SOCW 0103 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
    • SOCW 0204 - Introduction to Research Methods in Social Work
    • SOCW 0241 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
    • SOCW 0242 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
    • SOCW 0243 - Social Welfare Policy Analysis
    • SOCW 0301 - Advanced Research Methods
    • SOCW 0340 - Introduction to Generalist Practice
    • SOCW 0341 - Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations
    • SOCW 0342 - Generalist Practice with Individuals
    • SOCW 0343 - Generalist Practice with Families and Groups
    • SOCW 0351 - Social Work Practicum I
    • SOCW 0353 - Senior Capstone I
    • SOCW 0352 - Social Work Practicum II
    • SOCW 0354 - Senior Capstone II
    • SOCW 0360 - Diversity and Social Justice

    Admission to in the Social Work major:

    Students formally apply for admission into the social work program during the first semester of their junior year. Prior to submitting their application, students are required to complete 60 hours of human service activity.  This experience is designed to give students an opportunity to engage in face-to-face helping activities that will allow the student to determine if s/he is well suited for a career in social work.  Students should have completed or be enrolled in the required pre-requisite/foundation courses as well as SOCW 0103.

      Retention in the Social Work program:

      To remain in the major, a student will have to receive at least a “C” in all major and foundation courses, retain at least a 2.5 grade point average in all required major and foundation courses, and retain an overall GPA of 2.5. A student who does not meet these standards will not be permitted to enroll in the fourth-year field practicum.

        Additional Graduation Requirements

        All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .