Social Work Program

The bachelor of social work (BSW) degree is a four-year undergraduate degree. The first two years consist of a series of foundation courses and the last two years focus on social work courses including human development, practice, policy and research. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 480 internship hours. BSW graduates are also allowed to complete a master of social work degree in a shorter amount of time or waive courses.

BSW students at WSU are actively involved in the community to improve the lives of the disadvantaged individuals and families in Minnesota. Students also address the need for social change to alleviate discrimination, poverty, oppression and other social problems.

Our BSW program measures and reports student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of CSWE. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. Students have learning opportunities to master each competency through social work courses. Below is a table of our curriculum contents associated with the competencies. For more detailed information and the recent assessment results, please find the following documents:

2013 WSU Location of Curriculum Associated with Competency (PDF)

2015 WSU Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)