Social Work, B.S.W.
The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree prepares students to promote and enhance the well-being of underserved populations and to advocate for and advance social, economic, and environmental justice for individuals, families, groups, and communities.
The B.S.W. requires 120 semester credit hours. The program is built on a liberal arts foundation plus 31 hours of cognate and international courses. The required courses complement 48 credit hours of professional social work courses, which emphasize CSWE core competencies and foundation practice behaviors.
Topics include: social work practice, human behavior in context, values and ethics, social and economic justice, diversity, policy, research, and critical thinking.
Why Study Social Work at Grand Valley?
- The social work program provides a foundation curriculum in a high-quality learning environment that prepares students for success in the community social work concentration.
- Through the combined efforts of the faculty, staff, and the advising center, students are provided with the personal advising and support they need to get their degree, pursue a master's degree, or start their careers.
- Students learn from engaged faculty, many of whom are nationally known for their contributions in diverse areas of the social work profession.
- The School of Social Work hosts several faculty-led International programs. These programs are typically two-week-long programs with many opportunities to be involved in the social work process in a variety of settings.
- Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
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Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.
- Face To Face
Coursework includes the following:
- Professional development in social work
- Generalist practice
- Interviewing in social work
- Social work field education
- Human needs in complex societies
- Social work research
- Human behavior and the social environment
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCEHands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.
The Bachelor of Social Work degree program is a secondary admission program, which only admits students one time per year. An eligible applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
- Have all admission prerequisite coursework successfully completed or in progress at the time of application.
- Earn a C or better in all admission prerequisite coursework (excluding general education requirements and MTH 110).
- Adhere to the SSW course repeat policy which states that a student may not repeat a required course more than once.
The B.S.W. program starts in the Fall semester and the SSW admits students one time per year.
“The B.S.W. program at GVSU taught me the fundamentals of social work practice. The program gave me the necessary skills in the classroom to effectively serve clients in the field. It was a great experience.”
SOCIAL WORK B.S.W. AND M.S.W. ALUMNA