Bachelor of Social Work
The Opportunity to Serve
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an additional 100,000 social workers will be needed by 2018 to keep pace with the volume and complexity of social needs in their communities.
The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree is offered by the KU School of Social Welfare at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The program provides upper-level social work courses in the Kansas City area designed for students who complete their freshman and sophomore courses at another institution.
The B.S.W. program prepares students for work in public or private social agencies in hospitals or other supervised health care settings. Social workers may respond to concerns such as aging, alcoholism, unemployment, homelessness, family violence, child abuse and neglect, health care and many other human service issues. Many graduates continue with their studies to earn a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) to advance their practice in either clinical or macro practice.
Accreditation Is a Competitive Advantage
The Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE is the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the country. The B.S.W. program became one of the first in the nation to receive accredited status in 1974 and most recently was reaccredited in 2010.
A KU social work degree prepares you to take your licensing exam and start practicing social work immediately. Our 2014 B.S.W. graduates had an 80 percent pass rate for the licensing exam, which was 9 percentage points better than the national average.
A Variety of Ways to Help People
There are many popular fields in social work: mental health, aging, substance abuse treatment programs, adoption and foster care, community development, disability services, school social work, fund raising, health care, homeless services, international and refugee services, domestic relations and family violence, and policy and advocacy. A bachelor’s degree in social work from KU Edwards Campus can help you find the right career path for you.