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Bachelor of Science in Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work program honors students’ natural interest to help others and focuses on prevention and treatment of social problems, promoting well-being and service, and improving community and society though policy, research, and practice. The BSW Program operationalizes core values of “service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence” as guided by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW, 2008). With contemporary curriculum grounded in professional social work education standards developed by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), liberal arts and Catholic Social Teaching, the Bachelor of Social Work program at Newman University prepares students for 21st Century social work micro, mezzo, and macro practice, as well as for admission to Advanced Standing MSW and other graduate school programs.

Competencies are used to describe knowledge and skills gained in Social Work education and the Newman BSW program will fully prepare you to practice from a BSW Generalist perspective, as well as train in the delivery of 21st century service through concentrations in Social Services with Diverse Populations and Addiction Counseling.

Grounded in social systems theory, constructionism and empowerment, Newman’s BSW degree offers development of knowledge, skills and values in eight curricular areas:

  1. Social Work Values and Ethics
  2. Diversity
  3. Social and Economic Justice
  4. Human Behavior, the Social Environment and Populations-at-Risk
  5. Social Welfare Policy and Services
  6. Multi-System Practice
  7. Research
  8. Field Practicum


Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure as professional social workers through the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) in Kansas.


View the Program Curriculum and Requirements

Visit the University Catalog page for the most up-to-date curriculum requirements

Program Requirements

The following Pre-Social Work courses must be completed prior to entering the Bachelor of Social Work program:

Pre-Social Work Course Requirements - 17 credit hours including:

  • PSY 1013 Gen Psychology (3)
  • SOC 1003 Prin of Sociology (3)
  • BIOL 1001 Human Bio, Hlth, Environ Lab (1)
  • BIOL 1003 Human Bio, Hlth & Environment (3)
  • PSY 2003 Developmental Psychology (3)
  • GNST 2881 College Research Literacy (1)
  • SWK 1013 Intro to Social Work (3)

Social Work Major Requirements – 46 credit hours including*:

  • SWK 3033 Human Behavior & the Social Environment (3)
  • SWK 3043 Social Justice & Advocacy (3)
  • SWK 3063 Generalist Practice 1 (3)
  • SWK 3233 Faith & Spirituality in Social Work (3)
  • SWK 3243 Social Welfare Policy (3)
  • SWK 3263 Generalist Practice 2 (3)
  • SWK 4034 Field Practicum 1 (4)
  • SWK 4041 Integrative Seminar 1 (1)
  • SWK 4063 Social Work Research (3)
  • SWK 4234 Field Practicum 2 (4)
  • SWK 4241 Integrative Seminar 2 (1)
  • SWK 4273 Social Work Senior Seminar (3)
  • SWK 288- or 488- Select Topics – Elective (3)
    and concentration in Substance Abuse/Social Services with Diverse Populations (9)

*Transfer students must meet with a Social Work advisor to develop a plan of study documenting specific major requirements needed for BSW degree completion