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Social Work Program

The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Social Work is a profession concerned with the prevention and remediation of social problems. The bachelor’s degree in Social Work provides students with skills, knowledge, and values that are essential in generalist social work practice. Students focus on working with individuals, families, groups, and community organizations. The Brescia Social Work (BSW) degree prepares the student for careers in social work. Social Work majors may attend graduate school in social work, at advanced standing, may take the BSW state licensure exam, and they qualify for liability insurance through NASW as a BSW practicum student.

The BSW Program contributes to the University’s mission by the strong emphasis on understanding people, a willingness to help others, understanding cultural diversity, and assisting in improving the quality of life of individuals, groups, and communities.

Admission Procedures for Social Work

The Social Work Program has an admission procedure designed to attract and screen those students who have the knowledge base, attitudes, and values which will make effective social workers.

Application Procedure

The following courses must be completed prior to making formal application for admission to the program.

Social Work – 280
Sociology – 204
Psychology – 105
Biology – 100
Math – 111
Social Work – 301 (in progress)

After completing the prerequisites, students make a formal application to the program.  Students should electronically submit their application materials to the Program Director.  The application materials must include the following items:

  1. An application form.
  2. A copy of a photo identification card**.
  3. A 5-10 minute autobiographical video. (See Instructions)
  4. A written response, not to exceed 5 pages, including an introduction of self, addressing appreciation for diversity, macro social work, and awareness of social work ethics. (See Instructions)
  5. A recommendation form from a social work instructor who has taught the student (See Form)
  6. A GPA of 2.5 or higher.

* The Program reserves the right to require an interview of any applicant.

** A non-expired photo ID (a copy, do not send original) is required to confirm the identity of each applicant.  The ID must be clear and legible.

If you do not have access to a photo ID, please contact the BSW Program Director at [email protected] to discuss alternatives.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: To be set every semester by the Program Director. Applicants may be contacted after the deadline to schedule an interview.

ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION:

Students will be notified via US Postal Service regarding acceptance to the program.

CREDIT FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IS NOT PERMITTED.

Admission and Retention Committee

The committee is composed of members of the Social Work faculty, staff and may include a member of the Social Work Advisory Board. The committee reviews student issues once students are admitted to the program and/or field practicum. Faculty or staff having a serious issue with student performance are instructed to complete a Behavior of Concern form. The committee meets to discuss the issue and may ask for additional information from the student in question. Students are informed in writing of the committee’s decision to resolve the issue or terminate the student from the Social Work program.

Grievance Procedure

Every precaution will be taken to protect the student’s rights. If the student does not agree with the determination of the Social Work Program, an appeal may be made. The appeal will follow the grievance procedure, which can be found in the Brescia University’s Student Handbook.