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Develop your professional practice as a social worker while focusing on the values of service, social and economic justice, dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, as well as integrity and competence. Through Spring Arbor University’s online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), you’ll learn to provide social work services to individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities that promotes and advocates for anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of life.
Online Bachelor of Social Work Program Highlights:
Pulling from their real-world experience, our faculty creates learning opportunities that reflect the realities of current social work practice. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the online BSW program helps students develop the core skills necessary to improve relationships, develop solutions and connect with clients on a deeper, more spiritual level.
- Prepare to become a competent, confident, engaged, and ethical social worker committed to social and economic justice.
- Work with a faculty site instructor to secure the social work internship site that best fits your personal and professional goals.
- Learn from a faculty member who will become your program mentor, shepherding you through upper-level courses and your fieldwork internship.
- Enjoy small class sizes of no more than 20-25 students.
- Receive 1:1 support from a student success advisor throughout the program.
- Earn a degree recognized as a top 10 Bachelor of Social Work program in Michigan.
- Child Welfare Endorsement available for qualified Michigan residents.
- Transfer up to 80 credit hours into the program.
Examines cultures and experiences of minority ethnic groups in the U.S., and the impact of prejudice, discrimination and racism on these minority groups and on white society. Cross-listed SWK 311. Minimum grade of "C" for social work majors.
The social work programs at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which ensures students, employers and graduate social work programs that SAU graduates have received an education that meets CSWE's rigorous standards.
Covers theoretical foundations of generalist social work practice with individuals and families. Theories of Human Behavior and Social Environment (HBSE) will be applied to practice of assessment, goal-setting, intervention, termination and practice evaluation. Special attention given to intervention with diverse and vulnerable populations. Problem-solving process is learned that will also be applied to practice with groups, organizations and communities. May be taken concurrently with SWK 335 Interviewing. Minimum grade of "C" for social work majors. Prerequisite: SWK 305 Human Behavior in the Social Environment, or permission.
Provides a review of the historical development and philosophical basis of social work’s response to those in need and of social welfare policy. Examines the current welfare system to enable students to develop beginning practice skills in the construction, analysis and implementation of social welfare policy at local, state and national levels. Prepares students to effectively utilize social policy as a generalist social worker. Minimum grade of "C" for social work majors. Prerequisites: SWK 281 Introduction to Social Work, POL 213 American National Government or POL 214 State and Local Government, and an introductory, microeconomics or macroeconomics course.
- 39 core credit hour major
- 121 hours total (transfer in up to 80 credit hours)
- As few as 20 months; program length varies depending on the number of transfer hours
- Fully online coursework with no required campus visits
- 400 internship hours at internship sites in your area
- 6 start dates per year
- High school diploma or GED test score above 500
- Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in completed college coursework
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- Brief writing sample
Spring Arbor University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
SAU is authorized to offer the online BSW program to students in all fifty states.