Social Work

Our students are devoted to empowering society's most vulnerable members and protecting the health and well-being of their communities.

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Study human behavior and make change happen

In our Bachelor of Social Work program, you'll train as a general practitioner— meaning you'll develop the knowledge, values and skills you need to assist individuals, families, organizations and communities manage and learn from life's complex challenges.

Our students graduate from Simmons prepared to apply to take the licensing exam for bachelor's level social workers (LSW), apply to Master's of Social Work programs as an advanced standing student, and pursue additional 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), and Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM)

You'll enter the workforce as a practitioner in a variety of settings, including working with children, the elderly, immigrant populations and patients in hospitals.

Required BSW Program Courses

SW 101 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare 4
SW 200 Social Welfare Policy 4
SW 251 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 4
SW 252 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 4
SOCI 249 Inequalities 4
SW 351 Social Work Practice I: Introduction to Generalist Practice 4
SW 352 Social Work Practice II: Work with Individuals & Families 4
SW 353 Social Work Practice III: Groups 4
SW 354 Social Work Practice IV: Macro Social Work 4
SOCI 239 Introduction to Social Research I 4
SW 345 Junior Field Experience Seminar 1
SW 370 Social Work Field Placement I 8
SW 371 SW Field Placement & Sem II 8
SW 390 Social Work Senior Seminar 4

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 4
 
BIOL 102 Biology of Human Development 4
OR
BIOL 113 General Biology 4
 
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 4

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

SW 101 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare 4
SW 200 Social Welfare Policy 4
SW 251 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 4
SW 252 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 4
SOCI 249 Inequalities 4

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.

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.

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