Are you passionate about the study of human behavior and the application of systems change?

If you're interested in a social work career, you can get started now. Our BSW students train as generalist practitioners. That means they graduate with the knowledge, values and skills they need to assist individuals, families, organizations and communities manage and learn from life's complex challenges.

With a BSW, you'll be prepared to:

  • Apply to MSW Programs as an "advanced standing" students;
  • Apply to take the licensing exam for bachelor's level social workers (LSW) upon graduation;
  • Enter the workforce as a practitioner in a variety of settings, working with children, the elderly, immigrant populations, patients in hospitals, and other populations;
  • Pursue additional professional BSW level social work credentials, including:
    • Social Worker in Gerontology (SW-G)
    • Certified Children, Youth, and Family Social Worker (C-CYFSW)
    • Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker (CHP-SW)
    • Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM)

We also offer an accelerated program that allows students to complete both the BSW and MSW in 4 years.

Learn more about the School of Social Work

Program Requirements

Required Social Work Courses:

  • SW 101 Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare
  • SW 200 Social Welfare Policy
  • SW 251 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
  • SW 252 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • SOCI 249 Social Inequality
  • SW 351 Social Work Practice I: Introduction to Generalist Practice
  • SW 352 Social Work Practice II: Work with Individuals and Families
  • SW 353 Social Work Practice III: Groups
  • SW 354 Social Work Practice IV: Macro Social Work
  • SOCI 239 Introduction to Social Research
  • SW 345 Social Work Junior Field Seminar
  • SW 370 Social Work Field Placement & Seminar I
  • SW 371 Social Work Field Placement &; Seminar II
  • SW 390 Social Work Senior Seminar

In addition to those courses, BSW students are also required to complete the following courses as part of their liberal arts plan of study:

  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics
  • BIOL 102 Biology of Human Development or BIOL 113 General Biology
  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
Minor Requirements

The minor in social work consists of the following 5 courses:

  • SW 101 Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare
  • SW 200 Social Welfare Policy
  • SW 251 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
  • SW 252 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • SOCI 249 Social Inequality

Students interested in minoring in social work should consult with a BSW faculty member to guide them in their course and field work.

Customize Your Program

You'll work with a faculty advisor to tailor your program to your interests and career goals. Many of our students consider the accelerated 3 + 1 BSW/MSW option. You can further customize your program by adding complementary minors.

Faculty
    Paul Gould
    • Paul Gould
    • BSW Program Director, Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-3973
    • Office: P412F
    Shelly-Ann Dewsbury
    Anjali Fulambarker
    Katherine Novick Nolan
    • Katherine Nolan
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Social Work
    • Office: P412J
Field Education

Classroom and field learning have a synergistic and critical relationship within social work education. Our students prepare gradually for the profession through theoretical learning in the classroom and hands-on learning in the field. First, students fulfill service-learning hours and then are placed in formal internships. Learn more.

How to Apply
So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.