Program Overview

If you want to make a difference in your community, our Bachelor of Social Work program is for you! Founded nearly 50 years ago, the BSW at West Chester University trains students to work in a variety of settings with diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and promotes ethical thinking, life-long learning, and self-evaluation. Our program is designed to help you put theory into practice. Our students enjoy a high level of hands on experience through three semesters of field placements, and learn to view difference as a strength rather than to perpetuate negative stereotypes about diverse groups in society. Our program focuses on the unique contributions and potential of groups of people who have suffered from discrimination, oppression, or restricted opportunity based upon their race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical, mental, or intellectual ability, and socioeconomic status. Get Involved:

  • Social Work Club Phi Alpha (Social Work Honor Society)
  • Association of Black Social Workers
  • SuperMoms of WCU
  • National Association of Social Workers

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

  • Three semesters of field placements in urban, suburban, and rural settings

  • Experience working with diverse clients

  • Faculty experts and practitioners

  • Engaged learning community

  • Scholarship and travel grants available

  • Study abroad opportunities

  • Conference attendance and presentations

  • Leadership opportunities through the Social Work Advisory Board

  • Close relationships with faculty mentors

  • Program also offered at the Center City, Philadelphia Campus

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates are highly regarded by the social service community and are successful in finding jobs as entry-level generalist practitioners in urban, suburban, and rural contexts. Our graduates traditionally get jobs in the fields of child welfare, aging and adult services, residential and in-home services, homeless and housing services, community mental health, crime victims' assistance, and social justice advocacy. Moreover, students are prepared for graduate study for the Masters in Social Work (MSW) upon successful completion of the BSW Program and, if eligible, may qualify for the one year Advanced Standing MSW program of study.

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