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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.  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.


Students will be notified regarding acceptance to the program.


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.