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Social Work, BSW

At a glance

  • Strong preparation for career and graduate studies
  • Emphasis on experiential learning with student-selected internship placement
  • Only BSW program in the State of Delaware
  • Nationally ranked by US News and World Report
  • Opportunities for faculty-student collaboration,
  • Graduates will be eligible for advanced standing, shortening the path to an MSW
  • We work with community college students who have associate degrees that are similar to social work through our connected degree program.
  • Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for their license, if needed, as required by their home states

The Baccalaureate Social Work Program was granted full accreditation status by the national professional accrediting agency, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), in 1982 and Reaffirmation of Accredited Status in 1990 and 1998. Currently, the BSW Program’s Reaffirmation of Accredited status continues through 2020.

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Social Work Program is designed to fulfill the program’s Mission, which is to prepare baccalaureate students for generalist practice at the entry level of the profession. Upon graduating from the BSW program at Delaware State University, students are prepared to demonstrate the knowledge, values and skills integrated in the 10 core competencies and all 41 practice behaviors when working in diverse practice settings with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The BSW curriculum is grounded in the Department of Social Work’s five underpinnings.

Applicants seeking admission to Delaware State University are expected to follow the general admission procedures. Formal admission into the Baccalaureate Social Work Program (BSW) is decided at the departmental level. The following admissions criteria must be completed: successful completion of two years of undergraduate study with a GPA of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale; a grade of “C” or better in all social work courses and corequisites; Introduction to Psychology; Introduction to Sociology; Microcomputer Applications; a completed application form; and an interview. The Baccalaureate Social Work curriculum is structured to offer a well-integrated program in the liberal arts, socio-behavioral sciences, scientific-analytical study, and professional content courses. The foundation content areas include: Social Welfare Policies and Programs, Human Behavior and Social Environment, Social Work Practice, Research, and Field Practicum. Students must complete General Education requirements as defined by the University, social work corequisites and social work courses, including twelve (12) credit hours of field practicum for a total of 122 credit hours as presented in the attached curriculum.

Students are provided individual advisement by the social work faculty from time of contact through graduation. All care is taken to ensure that student career goals and objectives are in congruence with the objectives of the social work program and the profession. No credit is given for prior field of life experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in student organizations of the department and University and with affiliated professional organizations.

The Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Delaware State University prepares individuals to become professional social workers. The social work profession values integrity, service, human relationships, dignity and worth of the person and justice. We are a nationally accredited program through the Council of Social Work Education.

The curriculum for the Baccalaureate of Social Work degree is designed to fulfill the program’s mission, which is to prepare students for generalist practice at the entry level of the profession. Upon graduating from the BSW program at Delaware State University, students are prepared to demonstrate the knowledge, values and skills integrated in the 9 core competencies (Ethics, Diversity, Justice, Research, Policy, Engagement, Assessment, Intervention and Evaluation) and all 41 practice behaviors when working in diverse practice settings with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The BSW curriculum is grounded in the Department of Social Work’s five underpinnings.

Applicants seeking admission to Delaware State University are expected to follow the general admission procedures. Formal admission into the Baccalaureate Social Work Program (BSW) is decided at the departmental level. Criteria is found in the handbook as well as the undergraduate course catalog https://www.desu.edu/academics/course-catalogs  Students take all the necessary course work to sit for any undergraduate license in the country, prepare themselves for entry level social work positions and are eligible for advanced standing in MSW programs that offer an advanced standing program. Course work is found in the Course Curriculum below.

Academic and career advisement is provided by the full-time social work faculty. All care is taken to ensure that student career goals and objectives are in congruence with the objectives of the social work program and the profession.

Required Courses

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