Bachelor of Social Work Program

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is a professional degree which prepares graduates for generalist professional practice and/or the opportunity to be admitted to a Master of Social Work (MSW) program with advanced standing within appropriate advanced standing GPA guidelines. The AU baccalaureate program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through the year 2027.

The foundation curriculum consists of 10 core competencies that are required in every BSW program:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  7. Assess and Plan with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  9. Evaluate Practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  10. Demonstrate Christian social work perspective.

Throughout the curriculum, the program integrates concepts of professional ethics and values, critical thinking, sensitivity to diversity, oppression, social and economic justice, and populations-at-risk. Field education is an integral component of the program.

Although students may declare themselves as social work majors in their freshman or sophomore year, they must apply for acceptance into the social work program. Application is made at the beginning of the Spring semester of the sophomore year, with formal acceptance into the program at the end of that same semester. Applications are available from the student's advisor.

BSW students are able to receive a Child Welfare Certificate after completion of the requirements.  Requirements include completing SOWK 410 Children and Families at Risk, SOWK 440 Assessment and Treatment of Victims of Violence, they would also complete an elective course relevant to child welfare practice.  Students must complete their 400 hour internship in a Department of Human Services Child Welfare area such as Child Protective Services or Foster Care.  Students interested in the Child Welfare Certificate should consult with their advisor and BSW Program Director to outline their plan in order to assure needed requirement completion. 

Past experience strengthens all BSW student applications. However, following Council on Social Work Education requirements, no academic credit can be given for life experience.