BSW Degree Options

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 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 Degree Options 

We offer multiple formats and specialized minors for undergraduate Social Work students.

On-campus BSW program

The Bachelor of Social Work degree requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credits. Full- and part-time program options are available with day, evening, weekend, and online classes to fit your schedule. Classes are offered on main Detroit campus, at our Macomb and Schoolcraft centers.

Fully-online BSW Where Online Works! program (BSW WOW!)

The BSW Where Online Works (WOW) program provides a fully accredited online learning experience as an alternative for full-time students who need a flexible schedule of classes to earn their BSW degree. The course schedule and content follow the same sequence of classes and semesters as the full-time on-campus program.

Minor in Social Work and Social Justice

The Minor in Social Work and Social Justice provides undergraduate students from different majors with the opportunity to learn how to apply practical solutions to fostering environments that are socially just, diverse, inclusive, and equitable.  It serves to complement majors in other departments where students enter fields like state and local government, criminal justice, education, immigration, human resources, and advocacy. 

Minor in Law and Social Work

The emerging intersection of law and social work provides an opportunity for connections between social work practice and broader struggles to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. The minor in law and social work will provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to integrate expertise from both the Social Work and Law disciplines examining subjects including the interworking of major social welfare programs, law as an evolving social institution, the lifecycle of a case in court, and the fundamentals of legal analysis.