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.

Program Curriculum


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

BSW Professional Licensure

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