Southern CT State University’s BSW Program is 1 of 7 accredited undergraduate programs in CT. Accepting between 70-80 students per year, this 45-credit program prepares students for social work generalist positions and graduate programs. Students will gain experience in the field practicum that consists of a year-long, 400 hour (minimum) internship during the third and fourth semesters in the program.
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|SWK 320 — Human Behavior & Social Environment I||SWK 321W — Human Behavior & Social Environment II|
|SWK 350 — Social Work Research Methods||SWK 390 — Social Work Interviewing Skill|
|SWK 376 — Methods of Intervention I||SWK 380 — Child Welfare Practice,
SWK 381 — Mental Health & Addictions,
or SWK 382 — Social Work with Elders
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|SWK 330W — Social Welfare Institution & Policy I||SWK 378 — Methods of Intervention III|
|SWK 377 — Methods of Intervention II||SWK 430 — Social Welfare Institution & Policy II|
|SWK 490 (6cr.) — Field Practice: Seminar I||SWK 491 (6 cr.) — Field Practice: Seminar II|
Applications open in early-December and close on February 15th. A link to the online application will be posted on the BSW Admissions page. After review, candidates that applied by the priority deadline will be notified of a decision by March 31st via email. Students who are accepted, will be so on a conditional basis dependent upon their completion of spring courses.
Priority Application Requirements include:
- Completion of online application by February 15th
- Completion of a minimum of 57 credits
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher (catalog term Spring 2020 and after);
- SWK 200: Introduction to Social Work (Grade of B or above)
- Completion of ENG 112: Composition (Or course equivalences)
- Completion of MAT 107: Statistics (Or course equivalences)
*** Students may be enrolled in these credits/courses during spring semester of application period.
Second-year BSW students will complete a one-year field internship with an agency-based field instructor who has been approved by the Social Work Dept. Field Education Office. Students will simultaneously attend a weekly field seminar course (SWK 490/491), where they may share their experiences with the professor and classmates. The goal for the academic year is a minimum of 400 hours, which breaks down to 16 hours a week, or a minimum of 200 hours per semester.
The on-site experience acquired in this internship is the cornerstone of a social work education. Each year the SCSU Social Work Department has a number students interning across the state. Many students get jobs and references from these positions after they graduate.
Students who declare social work their major will be assigned a full-time faculty member as their adviser. Their advisor will provide support with course planning and guidance on career trajectory.
BSW students become primed for social work generalist positions, including:
- Youth: Adoption, Child Day Care, Foster Care, Family Service, Public and Private Child Welfare Agencies, and Elementary/Secondary Schools
- Substance Abuse: Head Start, Early Intervention, Outpatient and Residential Treatment, and Community Mental Health Centers, and Psychiatric Hospitals
- Older Adults: Senior Medical Centers, Hospice, Home Care Agencies, and Hospitals
- Government: Advocacy Organizations, Community Action Agencies, Community Centers, Local, State, and Federal Agencies and Courts
- Correctional System: Prisons, Youth Detention Centers, Parole Agencies
- Veterans: Military and Veteran Affairs
The BSW also grants students eligibility for advanced standing in a Masters in Social Work degree.