Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

BASW students

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The BASW Program prepares its graduates to engage in entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities locally and globally. Professional practice settings for entry-level generalist practitioners include child welfare, family preservation, mental health, substance use treatment, juvenile justice, aging, shelters for victims of intimate partner violence, homeless programs, community food banks, neighborhood citizen organizations, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers, among many others.

Direct 12-month path from a BASW degree to a MSW degree!

Earning the BASW degree also prepares our graduates for the MSW graduate school program, earning a MSW degree in just 12-months.

Please visit our BASW Admissions webpage for admissions-related information.

The BASW Program

The Goals of BASW Program are to prepare students to competently engage in generalist social work practice.

Program Admission and Requirements

Read about the requirements for social work majors and minors.


The course schedule listed on this page allows students to plan accordingly in order to facilitate their completion of either the major or the minor.

Student Advising System

When admitted, new BASW Majors are assigned an advisor by the BASW Program director (students completing the Social Work Minor maintain their academic advisor in their current college or school). 

Bachelor of Philosophy in Social Work

The B.Phil in Social Work creates the opportunity for social work majors to engage in research and scholarly work toward a more rigorous baccalaureate degree traditionally reserved for the graduate level.  

Opportunities with University Honors College

The BASW Program now offers two new options, a Joint Degree and an Honors Distinction, both in partnership with the University Honors College (UHC). These two options are in addition to the existing Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) option.

Social Work Minor

Learn about the requirements for a social work minor.

Browne Leadership Fellows Program

The Browne Leadership Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary fellowship aimed at preparing students to be engaged civic leaders working for economic and social justice.