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Bachelor of Social Work

Our Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program prepares students for entry-level, professional, and generalist social work practice. It also sets the stage for advanced standing entry into a Master of Social Work degree program.   You will learn to practice as a professional social worker through the combination of classroom learning and an immersive field education experience working with individuals, families, groups and/or communities.

BSW Degree Suggestions       

Whether you are applying as a first-year, transfer, or inter-collegiate transfer student, you can reference the following helpful tips for application to our Bachelor of Social Work Program:

  • Completion and documentation of volunteer or paid work experience in a social service agency prior to the beginning of the program
  • Cumulative minimum GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of personal attributes that are suitable for the profession of social work
  • Successful completion of the application process for professional program entry

Degree requirements include completion of 120 earned credit hours. A minimum of 60 hours must be completed at Illinois.

Complete List of Degree Requirements

BSW Course Descriptions

The curriculum of the School of Social Work is under continual review through the collaboration of faculty, students and administrators. A particular course, though listed, may not be offered each year. Students are responsible for reading notices that contain additional information relative to curriculum and policies. Insufficient enrollment in a particular class results in its cancellation.

Course Descriptions

BSW Student Handbook

headshot of BSW student, Amanda Yeazel

“Throughout my time in the BSW program, I have seen myself prosper and flourish. The atmosphere of the School of Social Work is beyond uplifting, motivating, and encouraging to become the most educated, amazing, and humble individual that you can be.”

Amanda Yeazel, BSW Student
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