Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)


The curriculum requires 38 credit hours at the Generalist/Foundation level.

Required Social Work Courses

  • SOWK 200: Introduction to Social Work (3 Credit Hours) 
  • SOWK 301: Practice Skills with Individuals and Families (3 Credit Hours) 
  • SOWK 302: Integrated Micro/Mezzo/Macro Theory and Practice (3 Credit Hours) 
  • SOWK 303: Group Work Practice in Social Work: Micro/Mezzo/Macro (3 Credit Hours) 
  • SOWK 305: Lifespan Development, Human Behavior, Trauma, and Theory (3 Credit Hours) 
  • SOWK 307: Social Work Policy and Community Intervention (3 Credit Hours) 
  • SOWK 330: Field I and Simulated Experience (3.5 Credit Hours) 
  • SOWK 340: Field II and Simulated Experience (3.5 Credit Hours) 
  • SOWK 350: Preparation for Practice (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOWK 362: Field Seminar Foundations (1 Credit Hour)
  • SOWK 370: Power, Oppression, Privilege, and Social Justice (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOWK 380: Assessment of Client Concerns in Context (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOWK 390: Research and Evaluation in Social Work Practice (3 Credit Hours)

38 credit hours to complete the required BSW courses.
15 credit hours are required for social science courses. (PSYC 101, SOCL 101 + 9 credits of social science electives)

67 credit hours remaining of the required 120 credits are fulfilled by CORE requirements and electives.

See BSW Template 

Program benefits

  • Prepare for a career in social services, including child welfare, community mental health, drug/alcohol rehabilitation, and developmental disabilities. 
  • Make professional connections and gain experience through an internship at one of more than 1,000 partner agencies.
  • Graduate from an established, accredited BSW program with a 100-year history of excellence in social work education.
  • With the 5-year MSW, experience increased career mobility and a wider range of job prospects.
  • Take advantage of student loans, scholarships, and career assistance resources available at Loyola.

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