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2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

Social Work

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The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) focuses on generalist social work knowledge, values, and skills that are necessary to work with disenfranchised populations in our communities. The program provides an academically challenging, socially relevant curriculum designed to equip students with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for careers in social work. Graduates will be qualified for entry-level positions in service areas such as addictions, child welfare, mental health, and gerontology, and in a variety of settings, including, schools, hospitals, non-profit agencies, and juvenile detention centers. Students will gain practical experience through two internships, including a full-year placement. The College works with agencies and organizations in hospital systems, private non-profits, schools, drug rehabs, and other community agencies.

Completing this degree will:

  • Prepare students for the Social Work field and clinical state professional licensure.
  • Provide students with a high-quality educational experience aligned with national accreditation requirements.
  • Provide students with an accredited BSW program that is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and fits with the mission statement of Saint Joseph’s College.
  • Offer eligible students an opportunity of pursuing one-year of advanced standing toward Master’s degree in Social Work.
  • Prepare students to demonstrate mastery of all core competencies required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Social Work classes:

Course Number Course Name Credits
SW 101   Introduction to the Profession of Social Work 3 credits
SW 201   Writing for the Profession of Social Work 1 credit
SW 209   Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 credts
SW 301   Brain Processes and Social Work 3 credits
SW 310   Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3 credits
SW 330   Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3 credits
SW 330L   Social Work Practice Lab 1 credit
SW 331   Social Work Practice with Groups 3 credits
SW 332   Social Work Practice with Communities * 3 credits
SW 402   Social Welfare and Policy and Services I 3 credits
SW 403   Social Welfare and Policy and Services II 3 credits
SW 408   Social Work Internship I * 3 credits
SW 409   Social Work Internship II * 3 credits

* Denotes internship course

Please Note: Students must receive a B- or better in SW 330, SW 330L, SW 331, SW 332, SW 408 and SW 409. Students must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA in the social work major 2.5 as a 2.5 overall GPA in order to graduate.

While the CSWE establishes and maintains national standards for all social work programs, each state reserves the right to establish their own standards for licensure to practice within their state borders. It is important to research and understand the proper licensing requirements for your respective state. This is a commercial site listing all state information, no guarantee on currency of the site. http://www.socialworklicensure.org/

The most current information is always on the state web site of the state that you wish to practice in.  You are eligible to be licensed in more than one state of you choose.  The examinations are developed by and processed nationally by the Association of Social Work Boards https://www.aswb.org/  but the person who wants to be licensed contacts the state in which they want to be licensed.



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