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Social Work (BSW)

Social Work is a diverse and unique profession encompassing the power to make a difference in others’ lives and in communities.  There are many areas where social workers are employed such as mental health, social justice, family counseling and legislative advocacy.  Thomas University ensures its graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and ethics necessary to serve individuals, families, organizations and communities.

For more detailed information on practice areas, see the Information Sheet.

Program Director: Dr. Kryss Shane 229-226-1621

Completion of this degree provides students with the ability to pursue a graduate degree in Social Work (MSW) and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Students can also apply directly to the TU Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program.

+Courses

General Education

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Oral Communications
  • University Studies
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Math/Science electives (2 classes)
  • Social Science elective
  • Cultural Foundation electives (2 courses)
  • Creativity electives (2 courses)

Major Courses

  • Social Work Practice with Individuals
  • Social Work Practice with Families
  • Social Work Practice with Groups
  • Social Work Practice with Communities & Organizations
  • Human Behavior in Social Environment
  • Ethical Issues in Human Services
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Field Practicum I
  • Field Practicum II
  • Senior Seminar I
  • Senior Seminar II
  • Open Electives

TOTAL CREDITS 120

Bachelor of Social Work Curriculum PDF

CIP Code 45.0101

+Accreditation

TU’s BSW curriculum is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

CSWE sets rigorous accreditation benchmarks for all social work programs in the country and is considered the “gold standard” for social work education.

All programs (BSW and MSW) are required to have a field internship component to their curriculum. All BSW programs must have a minimum of 400 hours of field practicum experience.

Assessment of Student Outcomes:

All CSWE programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training.

Our assessment is the final evaluation by field placement (internship) supervisors of student performance at the end of the student’s senior year. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

Students are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5 regarding their overall competency in a given area with:

  • 1 = No or minimal competency
  • 2 = Some competency
  • 3 = Expected competency for a BSW graduate
  • 4 = Integrated competency displayed consistently
  • 5 = Role model for competency behavior

Our benchmark goal in our evaluation is to have 100% of our graduates achieve at least a 3 or above.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

+FAQs

Why should I seek the BSW degree from Thomas University?
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