Our Bachelor’s of Social Work degree will allow you to advance human well-being, human rights and social justice through innovative social work education and practice.
The BSW Program:
- Offers a professional practice degree that prepares graduates for entry-level employment in a wide range of community and social service agencies.
- Offers innovative field unit internships in the Greater Hartford area.
- Educates students about diversity and the impact of social justice on individuals, groups, families and communities.
- Is one of the few majors that can be completed at the UConn Hartford campus
- Prepares BSW graduates to be eligible to apply for the MSW program advanced standing option.
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BSW Program FAQs
Why Social Work?
There are many reasons why social work is a good choice for your future. Social work is a challenging and rewarding profession that offers state, national and international career opportunities. It is also one of the
fastest growing professions in the United States.
Social workers make a difference in the lives of others and communities. They work at the individual, group, family, organizational, community and policy levels. In generalist practice, social workers may work in settings such as schools, community centers, hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes, shelters, libraries, after school programs, clinics, courts, criminal justice settings and child welfare. They may also work in social action organizations, advocacy organizations, political offices and community organizations. In each of these roles, and social workers are advocates for human rights and social justice.
A social work degree provides a gateway to a meaningful professional career where you can positively improve the well-being of individuals and communities.
What is the Bachelor’s in Social Work Program?
Majoring in the two-year social work program allows you to earn a Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) degree. Social work education combines specialized coursework with hands-on experience. Those who complete the program will acquire knowledge and skills working with individuals, families, groups, and communities, assisting them to access services, provide support, conduct advocacy, and promote social justice and human rights. The BSW program at UConn prepares undergraduates to become entry-level professionals working in a wide range of community-based human services organizations. Graduates may work in direct practice with individuals, families, and groups; policy and advocacy; research and education. Social workers work in an array of fields, including child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, healthcare, aging, immigration, juvenile justice, corrections, food or housing assistance programs, job training programs for low-income individuals, community organizing and entry-level policy research and advocacy. In sum, a BSW degree prepares you for generalist social work practice and the ability to apply for advanced standing in graduate social work education programs.
The Social Work profession has identified 9 competencies students must fulfill in order to graduate:
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
For full explanation of social work competencies please click on this link: https://cswe.org/getattachment/Accreditation/Accreditation-Process/2015-EPAS/2015EPAS_Web_FINAL.pdf.aspx
What is Advanced Standing?
As a graduate of a BSW program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), you are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing status for Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs. Advanced
Standing status allows you to complete a MSW program in one academic year plus a one-month summer session, rather than the typical two years it would take a student from another undergraduate major, like
psychology, sociology, etc., to complete a MSW program.
Is UConn’s BSW accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)?
UConn’s BSW program is in the process of receiving accreditation from CSWE. The program will be accredited by the time the first student’s graduate from the program in 2020. The process is already underway and is expected to be complete by 2020. While this is a 3-year process, initial accreditation covers those students who were admitted in the academic year in which the program was granted candidacy and they are considered to have graduated from a CSWE-accredited social work program.
How many hours of coursework will it take me to complete a BSW degree? How many of these hours are in the area of Social Work?
Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of coursework to graduate from the University of Connecticut with an undergraduate degree. Social work majors are required to complete 51 hours of Social Work coursework. Students take classes in the areas of social work practice, policy, research, human behavior, social justice, and two electives in varied fields of practice, such as violence prevention and substance abuse. In addition, all students complete two semesters of fieldwork.
What is the structure of a BSW field internship?
In a BSW internship, you will:
• Be immersed in an agency or organization for15 hours a week for two semesters.
• Meet with a member of the professional field education staff to arrange a field placement assignment.
• Have a faculty member meet with you on-site to review your progress, discuss any concerns, and provide continued support.
• Participate in a concurrent seminar class that provides an opportunity for you to deepen your understanding of social work practice and how to advance social work values and ethics in your work.
• Graduate with valuable practice experience that prepares you for generalist social work practice and graduate education in social work and related fields.
Where will I complete my internship?
You will work closely with the School of Social Work’s field education faculty to secure an internship. You are given the opportunity to choose an internship from a variety of social service organizations based on your interests. The agencies we work with serve a multitude of diverse populations, cultural backgrounds, and socioeconomic classes in areas including healthcare, child welfare, extended care facilities, and community advocacy agencies. BSW students will intern in schools, healthcare organizations, mental health centers, homeless shelters, mentoring agencies, and probation departments.
What can I expect to do during my internship?
During your last year of undergraduate studies, you will gain rich learning experiences while immersed in an internship within a local social services agency. Some examples are the Hartford Public Library and local schools and health care agencies.
Through the internship experience, you will gain hands-on experience, which may include:
• Assessing client and community needs
• Obtaining social histories
• Empowering clients, communities, and systems of all sizes
• Contacting and using community resources
• Offering individual, group, and family counseling under the supervision of a clinician
• Conducting interviews with individuals, families, and stakeholders
• Implementing intervention plans
• Evaluating the effectiveness of a policy or program
• Keeping concise and accurate records
• Collaborating with colleagues
• Managing client caseloads
• Advocating on behalf of clients
• Participating in a community needs assessment
• Testifying before the legislature or local government
• Planning and facilitating a community meeting or event
How many students are currently in the program?
The BSW program operates within a cohort model. Each year up to 25 students will be accepted into the program.
How large are classes?
All required classes in the BSW program do not exceed 20 students.
On which campus are classes held?
All required classes for the BSW program are held on the Hartford Campus.
Currently, students can apply to live in residential housing at the Storrs campus or can live elsewhere. Regardless of where the student lives, they will identify Hartford as their campus.
If I decide that Social Work is the major for me, how do I apply?
UConn sophomores can apply to the School of Social Work by completing the School of Social Work’s application and choosing Social Work as their major.
Any current junior who is interested in the program must talk with their advisor about their options.
Are there any courses that I should take before applying?
While there are no specific courses that are required to enter the program, we have prepared a list of recommended courses for those interested in the BSW Program.
Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions about the application process, please contact Milagros Marrero-Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Office of Student Academic Services at the School of
Social Work at 38 Prospect Street, on the Hartford Campus room HSSW 106.
For questions about the program itself, you can work with your undergraduate advisor or contact the BSW Program Director, Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, at email@example.com