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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Become an advocate for the vulnerable.


Become that guiding voice in a dark place, a listening ear and a steady hand, and the first step for many in a path to healing. Step into the multi-faceted, ever-evolving world of social work, where you will have the unique and rewarding job of improving the wellbeing of individuals and whole communities.

Join the largest profession of mental health service providers in the country and become part of a network of students and faculty with a vision for change. Nationally accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE), the William Woods University Social Work Program graduates go into the workforce or go on to graduate school to become skilled clinicians and administrators. Due to CSWE Accreditation and the strength of our program, many of our qualified graduates apply for advanced standing status in graduate schools which reduces the amount of coursework required to earn a Master of Social Work. Our dream is to see you succeed in the work that will not only have an impact on you personally, but on every person you meet.

9 out of 10 of our social work graduates secure employment or attend the graduate school of their choice
50 years of teaching excellence in social work
19% projected increase in jobs for healthcare, mental health and substance abuse social workers from 2016 to 2026

Unlike many other helping fields, social work will allow you to see through the eyes of those you are serving, as well as use critical thinking and action-planning on multi-systemic levels to bring compassion, intervention and justice where it is needed most. Last academic year, William Woods University students collectively provided over 5,500 hours of service to the surrounding Fulton community through the social work field practicum program, gaining hands on experience in addition to the valuable knowledge learned in the classroom and through side-by-side mentorship learning with faculty experts.

Special opportunities

  • Participate in service learning activities through various courses, as well as practice interviewing skills and gain experience in developing intervention and action plans
  • Create a professional portfolio demonstrating your mastery of the 9 core competencies and 60 practice behaviors of social work
  • Conduct research alongside our expert faculty members through the Mentor/Mentee program
  • Attend professional conferences to expand your knowledge and network with professionals in the field
  • Get hands on experience through a two semester-long field practicum during your senior year, gaining 500 hours of direct social work practice in various social service agencies across Missouri under the supervision of a qualified field supervisor
  • Join a group of like-minded individuals and participate in social work activities that serve the Fulton and Central Missouri communities through William Woods University clubs such as Students for Social Work or Phi Alpha, an honors society for Social Work majors
  • Advance your education and pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) alongside 60 percent of our Social Work Alumni who have traveled the same successful path

Our Social Work degree at work 

Pursue an exciting career as a/an:

  • Domestic violence advocate
  • Child abuse investigator
  • Hospital social worker
  • Children’s division supervisor
  • Therapist/counselor
  • Youth treatment worker
  • Juvenile officer
  • Forensic interviewer
  • School social worker
  • And more

Our alumni have gone on to work in:

  • Medical Social Work
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Criminal Justice
  • Schools
  • Child Abuse
  • Veterans
  • Domestic Violence
  • Children Residential Programs
  • Juvenile Treatment
  • Elderly

Recent Employers

Our students are highly sought after by distinguished employers across the country, including:

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Other employers of our recent alumni include:

  • Missouri Children’s Division
  • Hermann Area District Hospital
  • Fulton State Hospital
  • Arthur Center Mental Health
  • Missouri Division of Youth Services, Statewide residential treatment programs and State Central Office
  • New Horizons
  • Boone County Group Homes and Family Support
  • Missouri School for the Deaf
  • St. Mary’s Health Center
  • Cooke County Hospital
  • Pine Ridge Native American Reservation
  • Mexico Veterans’ Home
  • Boone County Prosecutor’s Office, Victim Services Unit
  • And more

Perspectives

My degree in social work from William Woods University qualified me for advanced standing at the University of Missouri. As a result, I was able to obtain my master of social work degree in one year and now I'm a licensed therapist. The small classes at William Woods and my nine-month internship gave me the education and experience to be qualified for my first job.

— Stacie Eastwood Smithee, LCSW, Director of Social Services at Mexico Veteran’s Home

Requirements/Curriculum

The Bachelor of Social Work degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 42 core major credits and 6 credits of required social work electives, as well as 500 hours of social work experience through the Field Practicum requirement requirement.

Courses you may take

PSY 313

Statistics for the Social Sciences

3.00

SWK 215

Social Welfare -S

3.00

SWK 230

Interaction Skills

3.00

SWK 312

Intervention Strategies Indiv/Famil

3.00

SWK 313

Research Methods

3.00

SWK 314

Group Dynamics & Interventions

3.00

SWK 315

Community & Organizational Developm

3.00

SWK 316

Human Behavior in the Environment I

3.00

SWK 317

Human Behavior in Environment II

3.00

SWK 338

Social Welfare Policy

3.00

SWK 450

Senior Field Practicum I

4.00

SWK 451

Senior Field Practicum II

4.00

SWK 452

Senior Field Seminar

2.00

SWK 453

Senior Capstone Seminar

2.00

Curriculum


Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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