BSW Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) introduces students to the dynamic, changing, and challenging profession of social work. Social workers help people of all ages and varying social and economic backgrounds in many settings, including child and family agencies, programs for the mentally ill, programs for the developmentally and physically disabled, vocational rehabilitation and employment counseling, the criminal justice system, community centers, the child welfare system, hospitals, day care and schools.

This degree is for individuals with a desire to advocate for and work with people. Social workers help people of all ages and varying social and economic backgrounds in many settings. This degree will prepare students for a broad range of work including but not limited to human services, community organizing, resource brokering, and case management, with a strong focus on work with individuals. Students will develop their understanding of organizations and how they function; human development and engagement; and basic intervention skills with different systems, individuals, families, groups, and organizations.

In partnership with the School of Social Work, SCPS is offering this degree in an 8 week session blended format on Saturday mornings. For students also interested in pursuing their MSW and working toward becoming a licensed social worker, Loyola University Chicago offers one of the few combined BSW/MSW degree programs in the United States that allows first-year MSW requirements to be completed during the student's undergraduate years, therefore the MSW degree portion of the program, conferred through Loyola's School of Social Work, can be completed in much less time.

FASTRACK Benefits of the program

  • Prepare for a career in social services, including child welfare, community mental health, drug/alcohol rehabilitation, developmental disabilities.
  • Earn real-world experience and professional connections through curriculum-based fieldwork.
  • Blended online and in-person courses offered on our downtown Water Tower Campus on alternating Saturdays ideal for students who have demanding work or family obligations during the week.
  • A program grounded in the University Core Curriculum, students will be challenged to develop skills crucial to facing the challenges of contemporary society.

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Total Number of Major Courses 13
Total Number of Major Credit Hours 41 credit hours. Each student's remaining hours toward Core, mission specific requirements, and general elective requirements will vary depending on transfer credit. Please review the curriculum page to learn more about your requirements beyond your major credit hours.
Start Terms Students can begin during any of the 5 sessions throughout the academic year.
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Major 15 credit hours / 5 classes. Transfer credit for the major can only be applied toward SOWK 200, SOWK 201, and the social science elective requirement.
Schedule Format for Major
Courses offered in 8 week session blended FASTRACK Saturday morning format.
Schedule Format for Other
Courses (Core, mission, and
school requirements)
Courses offered in 8‐week sessions with fully online options, which may include both synchronous and asynchronous meetings, and blended options with either evening or Saturday morning meetings.

Course Locations
(Major Courses)

Major courses are offered in a blended format with face‐to‐face meetings held on Saturday mornings on the Water Tower Campus – 820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Fieldwork Requirement All students who plan to graduate with a BSW must fulfill the requirement of a one-year practicum, designed and approved by the School of Social Work, in a community agency during their senior year. This fieldwork will be for 2 days/week, mainly daytime only, and placement will be managed by the School of Social Work. Please note, if you have a felony conviction, you may not be able to obtain a field placement and/or licensure to practice as a social worker.
Master's Program Students have the option of starting coursework for their MSW within their senior year and working toward a combined BSW/MSW degree. A GPA of 3.0 in all university courses and 3.2 in BSW courses is required prior to a student’s senior year for admission to this dual program.
Application and Admission Requirements

Official transcripts from all prior institutions 2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
Students must earn a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher within their first semester to remain in the program.

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