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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
  • Social Work 301 (enrolled in course at the time of application)

After completing the prerequisites, students make formal application to the program. Application forms are available on the website. Students, as a part of the application for admission process, submit a detailed autobiographical statement which includes motivations for becoming a social worker, career goals, relevant work, volunteer and life experiences, and strengths and weaknesses for social work practice. See link to application. CREDIT FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IS NOT PERMITTED.

Admission Committee

The committee is composed of members of the Social Work faculty and one member of the Social Work Advisory Board. The committee reviews each application and interviews all prospective majors. Students are informed by letter of the committee’s decision.


Any student receiving a “D” or lower in any required social work course will be required to repeat that course to improve the grade.

A student may be recommended for non-retention at any time by any social work faculty or field instructor who has evidence that the student’s performance is indicative of non-compatibility with the profession of social work. Any such recommendation must be made in writing to the Director of the Social Work Program who will schedule a committee meeting with members of Social Work Advisory Board and the Academic Dean. Since the advisement process within the Social Work Program includes ongoing evaluation of the student’s professional potential and progress, use of this non-retention process is expected to be extremely rare.


If the student does not concur with the committee’s recommendation, an appeal may be made through the usual channels of appeal within the college consistent with the college grievance procedures found in the student handbook, and in the Social Work Student Handbook.