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. 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. Field education is concurrent with classwork except in the first semester of the junior year for full and part-time students.

The Detroit Social Work Advantage

  • URBAN CONTEXT: Detroit and southeast Michigan have a distinct history and set of challenges and opportunities that offer lessons and insights for social work practice in agencies and organizations in diverse urban environments. The urban context provides rich and compelling experiences that aid in developing professional competence and prepare students to uphold the core values of the social work profession. Opportunities abound for community activism, leadership development, school governance participation and volunteer activities.
  • FLEXIBLE: Full- and part-time program options with day, evening, weekend, and online classes to fit your schedule. Classes are offered on main Detroit campus, at our Macomb and Schoolcraft centers or fully online via our BSW WOW! program.
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We offer over 40 private student scholarships awarding nearly $300,000 annually.
  • STUDENT SUPPORT: In addition to our nurturing environment with small class sections that promotes academic excellence and individualized attention, we have also developed a student peer support mentoring program, in-house writing support, active advising, a professional development program and established a state of the art computer lab.
  • EXPANDING JOB MARKET: According to the U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 12–19% from 2014 to 2024, depending on the specialty. This is faster than the average for all occupations.
  • SPECIALIZED MINORS: We offer two specialized minor options to provide students with advanced interprofessional training - Social Work and Social Justice, and Law and Social Work.

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