Bachelor of Social Work
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The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Springfield College prepares students for professional, responsible, ethical, and competent entry-level generalist social work practice in a wide range of settings. Graduates will possess the skills, knowledge, values, and cognitive and affective processes to effectively work at the direct practice level. The program also challenges students to engage and intervene with larger community and political issues that contribute to human suffering among individuals, communities, and global societies. Students are challenged to understand themselves as change agents in society, committed to social, economic, and environmental justice, and equipped to defend the dignity and worth of all human beings.
For students who seek to make a difference in the lives of others, there is no better time to earn their bachelor's degree in social work. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting overall employment of social workers to grow 9% by 2031, students who earn a degree in social work from Springfield College will be prepared to enter the workforce. Additionally, students who earn an undergraduate degree in social work from an accredited program qualify for advanced standing into a Master of Social Work (MSW) program, allowing them to complete their master's in one year.
The Social Work Minor is designed for students who are interested in enhancing a primary academic area with the lenses of social justice and social welfare within the professional social work content. The social work minor emphasizes social work theories, policies and research in the development of comprehensive solutions to major social problems.
Through the teaching of social work practice and knowledge informed by research and practice wisdom, the BSW program at Springfield College prepares individuals to meet universal human needs in order to engender mutually beneficial interaction between individuals and societal systems at all levels, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally, with respect for diversity and enhancement of quality of life for all, based on principles of economic and social justice, dignity, and human rights.
Springfield College has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.
Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.