Bachelor of social work
Saint Martin's University's Bachelor of Arts program in
Social Work (BSW) prepares students for entry-level
generalist practice in the field of social work. The
interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to provide a broad
theoretical and practical base, from which students may draw in
their professional social work practice.
Like the existing
Community Services Program (CSP), the bachelor's degree in
social work (BSW) embodies Saint Martin's core themes of
faith, reason, service, and community, and resides in the
Department of Society and Social Justice. Social work methods
are a values-based practice. These methods take students'
inspired good intentions and provide an opportunity for them to
direct that energy into competent, ethical, research-based
practice. The new BSW program, aligned with the
Council of Social Work Education's (CSWE) standards for
accreditation, complements existing professional programs at
SMU. It also professionalizes the university's social service offerings
in important ways, by providing an alternative track that better
prepares students for both entry-level positions in the social
work profession and advanced status entry into graduate programs
in social work.
General education courses (42-48 semester hours)
BSW courses (61 semester hours)
Lower division courses (26 semester hours)
||Biology with lab
||Introduction to economics
||Introduction to statistics
||Introduction to psychology
||Child and adolescent
||Modern society and culture
||American social problems
||Introduction to social work
Upper division courses (35 semester hours)
||Case management and advanced
Choose one from:
||Sex, race, and disability
||History of women in American
||Women, culture, and society
Choose one from:
||Gerontological social work
Choose one upper division psychology course.
Choose one upper division sociology, political science, or
religious studies course.
||Advanced research methods in
the social sciences
Before enrolling in any upper division internship (SW 390),
students must meet the following requirements:
- Complete twelve semester hours of required
major courses on the main campus.
- Complete SW 210, SW 290/291, SW 340, and SW
344 with a grade of 3.0 or better.
- Have an overall grade point average of at