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Undergraduate Social Work Program

WSU's bachelor of social work (BSW) degree is a four-year undergraduate degree. The first two years consist of general education classes along with a series of foundation courses.

In the Junior and Senior years, students focus on social work courses including human development, practice, policy and research. Students are also required to complete a 480 hour practicum internship.

BSW graduates from our program are eligible for "advanced standing" in master of social work programs. This allows the student to finish an MSW in a shorter amount of time.

BSW students at WSU are actively involved in the community to improve the lives of 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 and the annual assessment of student learning outcomes. For more detailed information and the recent assessment results, please find the following documents:

2017 WSU Location of Curriculum Associated with Practiced Behaviors (PDF)

2018 Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)