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 and 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 - Junior Field Experience and Seminar 
  • SW 370 - Social Work Field Placement and Seminar I
  • SW 371 - Social Work Field Placement and Seminar II
  • SW 390 - Senior Seminar (Capstone Course)

Additional required course: SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology 

Students accepted into Social Work will take the following as part of their Key Content Area (KCA) Courses:

  • BIO 102 - Biology of Human Development (fulfills Scientific requirement)
  • ECON 101- Principles of Macroeconomics (fulfills Social/Historical requirement)

General Electives (5 courses of student's choice)

In order to be eligible to graduate with a BSW, all students must:

Course Work

  • Earn a minimum of 128 credits (with an overall GPA of 2.0)
  • 13 required Social Work courses (B or better course grade), plus one pre-requisite
  • 5 general electives

Field Work

  • Complete social work field placement requirements
  • Service-learning hours (may be waived for transfer students)
  • 40 hours as freshmen
  • 80 hours as sophomores
  • Field Placement and Instruction
  • 100-hour formal field placement in the junior year
  • 425-hour formal field placement in the senior year
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. 
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.