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Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) program prepares graduates for entry-level, generalist social work careers with individuals, families, and groups in need.

It gives students a broad perspective and a basic understanding of social work's values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, populations-at-risk, social work practice, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work research, and a generalist field practicum. View Curriculum

The 120-hour credit program includes a yearlong internship in a human service or social change organization during the senior year (read more on fieldwork). To meet the complex demands of today's students, the School of Social Work (SSW) has created a number of program options for BSW students:

  • Full-time: Students may complete the program in four years through full-time attendance for eight semesters. They may also further shorten the duration of their full-time studies by attending one or both sessions of summer school.
  • Part-time: For students who need to work and/or who have family caregiving responsibilities, SSW offers a part-time BSW program that students may take up to eight years to complete. Students take between one and three courses a semester and may also choose to attend summer sessions to help fulfill their BSW course requirements. In their senior year, all BSW students must take three concurrent courses each semester, one of which is a 16-hour field practicum.
  • Transfer: Transfer students are given credit, as appropriate, by the University and/or the School of Social Work for courses completed elsewhere that meet Temple's core requirements and/or the requirements for social work majors.

Graduates will understand the effects of structural inequities based on race, class, gender, or sexual orientation, as well as other forms of oppression and discrimination that present barriers to individual and collective growth, well-being, and the development of full potential. Graduates also are encouraged to practice social work using the strengths perspective and to establish partnerships with people committed to the enhancement of social and economic justice for the vulnerable and oppressed and to human rights.

In addition to the standard curriculum, the BSW program offers students creative options in their study program. The Capital Semester program provides students who are accepted the chance to spend the fall semester in the state capital of Harrisburg in a government related internship (or field practicum if seniors). Students continue their program of study but at the Temple Harrisburg campus. The program has been a great success and offers students the chance to get a direct experience of the workings of state government while maintaining their timeline for graduation.

There are also several opportunities for study abroad within this program. <Read more>