Academics Menu ▾

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Become a champion of justice for all.

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 your 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 Accreditation, the William Woods University Social Work Program has a 100 percent job placement rate, as well as a 100 percent acceptance rate for our alumni that apply to graduate school. 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.

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, refuge and justice where it is needed most. William Woods University students have collectively provided over 5,500 hours of service to the surrounding Fulton community through the social work 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 action plans
  • Create a professional portfolio demonstrating your mastery of the 10 core competencies and 41 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 internship during your senior year, gaining 500 hours of direct social work practice in various welfare 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 community 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
  • Department of youth services worker
  • Juvenile officer
  • Forensic interviewer
  • School social worker
  • And more

Our alumni have gone on to work in:

  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Gerontology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Schools
  • Child Abuse
  • Veterans
  • Elderly

Employers of our alumni include:

  • Missouri Children’s Division
  • Hermann Area District Hospital
  • Missouri Girl’s Town
  • Fulton State Hospital
  • Cole County Juvenile Office
  • Division of Youth Services State Office
  • New Horizons
  • Boone County Group Homes and Family Support
  • Missouri School for the Deaf
  • St. Mary’s Health Center
  • Central Missouri Community Action
  • Cooke County Hospital
  • Pine Ridge Reservation
  • Mexico Veterans’ Home
  • Boone County Prosecutor’s Office, Victim Services Unit
  • And more

Alumni 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, social work graduate, director of admissions at Missouri Girls Town


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 electives, as well as 500 hours of social work experience through program internship requirement.

Courses you may take

PSY 313

Statistics for the Social Sciences


SWK 215

Social Welfare -S


SWK 230

Interaction Skills


SWK 312

Intervention Strategies Indiv/Famil


SWK 313

Research Methods


SWK 314

Group Dynamics & Interventions


SWK 315

Community & Organizational Developm


SWK 316

Human Behavior in the Environment I


SWK 317

Human Behavior in Environment II


SWK 338

Social Welfare Policy


SWK 450

Senior Field Practicum I


SWK 451

Senior Field Practicum II


SWK 452

Senior Field Seminar


SWK 453

Senior Capstone Seminar



Admissions Information

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

Share this page: