Are you ready for a career that empowers you to:
- work for social action and social justice?
- connect service and community?
- counsel and help those in need?
To be a social worker requires empathy and self-awareness, an understanding of the social problems that affect people, and a commitment to the ethics of a challenging and satisfying profession.
At the Silver School of Social Work, you can translate your social concern into a professional career of helping people in need, and receive the foundation necessary to work for social action and social justice. The Bachelor of Science in social work program teaches you how to counsel and serve people within the client’s context – social, economic, and cultural – whether you are helping a child in foster care, a homeless teen mother, an isolated elderly person, or a developmentally challenged adolescent. Classes are small, allowing you to study and train in a supportive, nurturing community environment.
Students in this program will gain an in-depth understanding of today’s many complex social problems that exist in every strata of society. They will also learn what can be done to alleviate some of these problems. Through a program of more than 600 hours of on-site field learning in agencies throughout the metropolitan area, undergraduates have the kind of social work experience usually found only at the graduate level. Students have the opportunity to learn social work within a global perspective, including work with refugees, immigrant populations, and optional study abroad trips.
In addition to foundational classes, students can explore various aspects of social work through a substantial range of relevant electives. Some of our most recent additions include Global Perspectives in International Social Policy; Social Justice and Peacemaking; and Service Learning for Community Engagement. View all course descriptions.
The undergraduate program at the Silver School of Social Work is broad enough to permit many choices. Because of the extensive professional training you receive as an undergraduate, you may be able to earn a master's degree with only one additional year of study. If, on the other hand, you want to go to work immediately upon graduation, you will be well prepared to enter your profession.
The School's program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
BS assessment findings from the 2009 CSWE EPAS (PDF).
Program Outcomes (PDF)