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Social Work, B.S.W.

The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree prepares students for a variety of conditions that limit people's ability to function. Grand Valley graduates are prepared to help such individuals and groups overcome these limitations.

National Job Growth

Social work opportunities are projected to grow 8% in the U.S. by 2025.

Job Growth for Marriage and Family Therapists

The demand for marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 18% by 2025.

Job Openings in Social Work

Annually in Michigan, there are more than 1,400 job openings in social work.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

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?

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