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Social Work B.S.W.

Delivery Method: Day/Fulton Campus

The Social Work Program at William Woods University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Bachelor in Social Work (B.S.W.) is recognized by employers and graduate schools. Students seeking the Master in Social Work (M.S.W.) are given credit for their undergraduate work toward their M.S.W. degree by most graduate schools.

Social Work Program Mission

A student-centered, multifaceted BSW program grounded in the liberal arts and generalist foundation, that prepares competent beginning level social work professionals to enhance human and community well-being, work with diverse and vulnerable populations, increase access to resources and advocate for social and economic justice within all systemic levels of social work intervention. In addition to academic foundation preparation, the William Woods University Social Work Program strongly believes that parallel engagement is paramount to student development. As such, the program utilizes active observations, interactions and service learning opportunities with service delivery systems, the clients they serve and the communities in which they live. Through faculty mentored hands-on learning opportunities and the 500 hour senior field practicum, students are able to master the core competencies by demonstrating the knowledge, values and skills of the profession’s practice behaviors.

The core belief held by the WWU Social Work Program is as follows:

  • All human beings have intrinsic worth and dignity and deserve access to resources they need for safety and self-determination
  • The uniqueness and individuality of each person is a strength.
  • Social workers demonstrate respect for and acceptance of the unique characteristics of diverse populations.
  • Social Workers are responsible for ethical conduct, competent practice and for life-long learning

Social Work Program Goals:

1. Prepare competent professional bachelors level social workers that have a liberal arts perspective and a professional social work foundation, which prepares them for entry-level generalist practice with diverse client systems of various sizes and contexts.

2. Prepare professional social workers who understand themselves and the diverse populations they serve; who appreciate and embrace diversity, a historical perspective, human behavior, and view client systems through a strengths perspective.

3. Prepare professional social workers who can enhance social service delivery by understanding the reciprocal relationship between policy and practice and are prepared to practice and advocate for social justice at all systemic levels.

4. Prepare professional social workers that are committed to ethical practice, which includes critical thinking, the problem solving process, research based decision making, evidence based practice, life-long learning and preparation for graduate education.

WWU BSW Program Objectives/Competencies

The following Objectives reflect the CSWE 10 core competencies that are common to all of social work practice as outlined by the Council for Social Work Education EPAS 2008. Each competency has several measurable practice behaviors that are used to assess student performance.

1. Students will understand the history and core values of the profession and begin to identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. Supports Program Goals 1, 2, 3, 4

2. Students will learn to apply social work ethical principles to guide ethical practice and ethical decision making. Supports Program Goals 3, 4

3. Students will be able to apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments. Supports Program Goals 3, 4

4. Students will understand how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experiences and engages diversity and difference in practice. Supports Program Goals 2, 3, 4

5. Students will develop the skills to advance human rights and practice social and economic justice. Supports Program Goals 2, 3

6. Students will engage in research-informed practice & practice-informed research. Supports Program Goals 3, 4

7. Students will apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment. Supports Program Goals 2, 3

8. Students will learn to engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services. Supports Program Goals 3, 4

9. Students will be able to recognize and respond to contexts that shape practice. Supports Program Goals 1, 2

10. Social work graduates are informed, resourceful, and proactive in responding to evolving organizational, community, and societal contexts at all levels of practice. Social workers recognize that the context of practice is dynamic, and use knowledge and skill to respond proactively. Supports Program Goals 1, 2, 3, 4.


During the junior and senior years students develop the skill base for beginning professional practice of social work. The centerpiece to this intellectual and professional development of the social work major is the internship taken both semesters in the senior year. The internship provides 500 hours of direct social work practice in a social welfare agency under the supervision of a qualified agency field instructor.

Social Work majors are required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and a C or above in social work Internship courses. Social work majors are required to complete the General Education courses listed below:

In addition, MAT 114 Elementary Statistics is highly recommended


WWU Social Work Program Handbook
WWU Social Work Field Education Manual

Course List - Total Hours: 48

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Course # Course Title Hours
PSY313 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
SWK215 Social Welfare 3
SWK230 Interaction Skills 3
SWK312 Intervention Strategies Indiv/Famil 3
SWK313 Research Methods 3
SWK314 Group Dynamics & Interventions 3
SWK315 Community & Organizational Development 3
SWK316 Human Behavior in the Environment I 3
SWK317 Human Behavior in the Environment II 3
SWK338 Social Welfare Policy 3
SWK450 Senior Field Practicum I 4
SWK451 Senior Field Practicum II 4
SWK452 Senior Field Seminar 2
SWK453 Senior Capstone Seminar 2

Required Electives

Elective Hours
Social Work Required Electives 6

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