Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program prepares students for entry-level practice in social work. The BSW curriculum is strong in class and in field, and approximately two-thirds of the curriculum is comprised of professional courses. The additional third is in co-requisite courses and electives. Field education is concurrent with class work except in the first semester of the junior year for full and part- time students.

  • Flexible program offers full-time and part-time planned studies; day, evening and Saturday courses; classes available at WSU main campus in Midtown Detroit, and the Macomb and Schoolcraft extension centers. All programs offerings are based on availability.
  • Doctoral level faculty involved in leading research activities brings currency to classroom instruction, while building on values and traditions of social work.
  • Coursework emphasizes a generalist social work practice model preparing students to work with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities addressing contemporary challenges
  • Opportunities available for community activism, leadership development, school governance participation and volunteer activities
  • Computer lab available at all sites for individual work and classroom instruction
  • Nurturing environment with small class sections promotes academic excellence and individualized attention; mentoring program for core academic areas and professional development

BSW Program Goals

  1. To prepare BSW students for ethical, competent entry level, generalist professional social work practice, particularly in urban settings with diverse, poor, vulnerable and oppressed individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  2. To foster a commitment to continuing education, maintaining competence in practice, and enhancing and increasing opportunities for BSW graduates for renewal and advancement within the profession.

Program Competencies

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgment.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  11. Analyze the impact of urban context on a range of client systems, including practice implications.

WSU B.S.W. program assessment of Student Learning Outcomes