Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

BASW students

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.

Since 2001 the BASW Major has offered the Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates Program (CWEB) as an educational opportunity for undergraduate social work majors to prepare for employment in one of Pennsylvania's 67 public child welfare agencies,  The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education:  A Fellowship in Gerontology is a unique educational program designed to enhance both direct practice and leadership skills in gerontology.  

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.


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.

Required Courses

A list of courses that are required for the BASW Program

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.

Service to Others Living Learning Community (LLC)

Service learning guides the upperclass Service to Others Living Learning Community (LLC) experience in partnership with Pitt’s School of Social Work.