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. BSW students engage in a nurturing environment with small class sections that promote academic excellence and individualized attention. We offer multiple formats and specialized minors to prepare our undergraduate Social Work students to empower social change in their communities upon graduation.

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.

Honors Track

The Irvin D. Reid Honors College provides Wayne State's highest-achieving undergraduates with a program that is both academically rigorous and culturally engaged. Founded in 2008, the Honors College is comprised of both University Honors and Departmental Honors tracks, including the BSW Honors track. Honors students may pursue either or both tracks.


Are you planning to get your BSW and MSW at Wayne State?

If so, be sure to speak with your advisor about AGRADE and Senior Rule, which can save you time and money in earning your MSW degree! AGRADE and Senior Rule participants take courses which apply to both degrees at the lower undergraduate tuition rate, providing them the opportunity to enter the job market faster and for less money.