Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program prepares undergraduate students for ethical, competent, entry-level, generalist professional social work practice with diverse, poor, vulnerable and oppressed individuals, families, groups and communities. 

Detroit's urban context provides rich and compelling experiences that aid BSW students in developing their professional competence and prepares them to uphold the core values of the profession. In the classroom and in field, our faculty guide BSW students to make connections between social work practice and broader struggles to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. We help students understand the need for cultural and intellectual humility and to value and appreciate the strengths and expertise of the clients they serve.


  • The BSW program application deadline has been EXTENDED until June 1.

Degree options

BSW students are offered full- and part-time program options with day, evening, weekend, and online classes to fit their schedules. Classes are offered on the main Detroit campus, at our Macomb and Schoolcraft centers, or fully online via our BSW WOW! program (the 460-hour, two-semester internship cannot be completed online). We also offer two specialized minor options to provide students with advanced interprofessional training - Social Work and Social Justice, and Law and Social Work.

Students interested in obtaining both a BSW and MSW degree can save both time and money with AGRADE and Senior Rule, which apply designated classes to both degrees at the lower undergraduate tuition rate, providing them the opportunity to enter the job market faster and for less money. 


Applicants must have earned a minimum overall grade point average of 2.50, completed (or be in progress of completing) 60 credits (must be transferable to Wayne State if taken elsewhere), and complete (or be in progress of completing) pre-professional coursework.

Program requirements

The Bachelor of Social Work degree requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credits. These consist of 60 credits in the freshman and sophomore years, including University General Education requirements, and social work prerequisite course for admission to the professional component for the program. The remaining 60 credits in the junior and senior years include 51 credits of required social work courses and fieldwork and 9 credit hours of general education elective course offering. Students are required to achieve and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 throughout the classes and field experience. 

Students must show suitability and fitness for the profession of social work. Any breach of the values and ethics of the profession embodied in the Code of Ethics established by the National Association of Social Workers may result in termination from the BSW program.

Students are responsible for informing themselves of all Academic Regulations noted in the WSU Bulletin, including the Academic Credit and Work/Life Experience which notes that no academic credit for life experience or previous work experience will be awarded in the BSW or MSW degree programs, in whole or in part, in lieu of the field practicum or of courses in professional foundation areas.


The BSW curriculum is strong in class and field, and approximately two-thirds of the curriculum is comprised of professional courses. The additional third is in co-requisite courses and electives. Students will take courses in five curricular areas including human behavior and the social environment, research methods, social work practice, social welfare policy and services and field education.

Field education 

Field education takes place in a wide variety of social service agencies and students may work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, or communities. Emphasis is placed on working in urban areas with the poor and oppressed, persons of color, and at-risk populations representing a variety of ethnic, racial and cultural groups. Field work stresses both amelioration and prevention of personal, interpersonal, and social problems, as well as improvement of the human condition.

For BSW students, field education is concurrent with classwork except in the first semester of the junior year for full and part-time students. The 460-hour, two-semester internship cannot be completed online.


The Wayne State University School of Social Work BSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). WSU B.S.W. program assessment of Student Learning Outcomes - form AS-4(B)


Geoffrey Jones, LLMSW
Academic Services Officer II

Norma Love-Schropshire, DSW, LMSW 
Assistant Professor, Teaching and BSW Program Director