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Degree in Social Work - Kansas and Colorado

Bachelor of Social Work Overview

Yelando Johnson

Dr. Yelando Johnson, LMSW, MBA

BSW Program Director

Welcome to the new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at Newman University! We know you have many choices in your education and am pleased that you have chosen us. Our program offers an empowering experience that prepares students with skills for broad, entry-level, generalist social work practice. Whether you are taking on-ground courses at our Wichita campus or blended courses at the Colorado Springs campus, you will find an engaged faculty offering you the opportunity to learn from their extensive practice skills and knowledge, bringing an array of experiences and diversity to our program.

Social Work is not just a job, it is a helping profession rooted in dedicating oneself to continuous growth, learning, change and becoming the best version of yourself. Social workers build their identities in order to honor and support people and communities and work to improve conditions in the world around us.

At Newman University, we are proud to introduce a Bachelor of Social Work program that is tailored to 21st Century students. Offering contemporary Generalist programming, our students will be inspired to develop passion for the profession as well as learn from concentrations in Social Justice-Social Services with Diverse Populations and Substance Abuse that is relevant and necessary for Social Work today.

BSW Application Steps


The BSW is officially launching at two Newman University locations beginning Fall 2019 for Wichita and Colorado Springs locations.

Visit the Colorado Springs page to learn more about the Social Work programs offered specifically for that location.

BSW Mission

"To prepare thoughtful, reflective, and compassionate generalist social work practitioners who are committed to professional ethics and values, service to others, and the promotion of peace, justice and human rights; inclusive of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities."

The School of Social Work is committed to upholding the following values and ethical standards:

  • Respecting the belief, dignity, and worth of all individuals
  • Preparing students to serve in a wide array of career fields including social, economic, environmental welfare, and justice
  • Practicing with integrity and competence

About Our Faculty

School of Social Work

High achieving faculty passionate about Social Work education and practice with interests and
experience in mental and behavioral health, medical social work and health and wellness, families and children, domestic violence and justice systems, community development, gerontology, social and
economic justice, policy and program development.

Career Outlook

While pursuing a degree in social work, you can expect a promising future. The social work field is projected to grow 16% between 2016 and 2026 (well above the national average) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BSW program aims to prepare students to meet the expected demand for the field of social work.


A degree in counseling will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to counseling. Here are some examples of potential careers in Social Work:

  • Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Psychologists


Our Catholic university has partnerships with more than 40 public and private agencies as well as other service providers in the Wichita area where you can practice working in areas including addiction, children and adolescents, and criminal justice.

Get Involved on Campus

One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our counseling program, our students can join the Campus Counseling Club. This organization allows for personal growth, networking, and future career success.

Program Outcomes

Kenneth Kent'18

Kenneth Kent

All the professors are wonderful, they're very approachable. Not once did I feel put down. Fantastic... I can't say it any other way — it was fantastic.


Dylan Van Dorien '18

I expected a close community and that's really what I got, and I got a faculty that really, really cared.