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Bachelor of Social Work, BSW

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  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Integrated Life Science
  • Methods of Social Research
  • Field Internship

Why choose Social Work at Saint Leo?

Saint Leo University's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program offers students who are physically living in Florida an innovative, full-time program at the University Campus, Tampa Education Center, and the East Pasco Education Center- Pasco Hernando Education Office (Spring Hill and New Port Richey locations, and an online Blended Option). The BSW program is based on a liberal arts foundation, which enables our graduates to analyze and solve problems from a variety of perspectives. Students will receive intensive academic advising and oversight of student progress.

The program prepares students to become professional generalist social workers in social work agencies that promote social justice, economic justice, and human rights on local, national, and global levels. Students are prepared to lead in generalist social work practice that serves diverse populations—including children, the elderly, military personnel, and those who experience discrimination and oppression.

Saint Leo's BSW program delivers courses during the day and in the evenings, allowing students to take classes that best fit their schedules. Students should enter the program knowing that they will be required to complete internship hours during the final term. Students who excel in the BSW program will be eligible for advanced standing for the Master of Social Work (MSW) (our 4+1 model) program, which allows traditional campus students to complete both degrees in five years, instead of six years. A student with an A.A. or A.S. degree can transfer into the university and finish the BSW program in two years and the advanced standing MSW in one year, for a total of three years.

Saint Leo’s Social Work program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). An advisory board composed of students, alumni and human service professionals guides the program, assuring the curriculum’s quality, relevance and currency.

You may declare the Social Work major when you begin coursework at Saint Leo University. However, to be formally admitted to the social work program, you must complete a major application and interview with Social Work faculty. 

View Degree Requirements

  • Diversity Issues in Social Work Practice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Gerontology
  • Practice Methods with Individuals and Families, Groups, and the Community
  • Field Instruction

Program Option Overview

Catered to your schedule and educational modality preference, our BSW program offers two program options that each have a single start date in the fall term:

  • BSW – Day Program – University Campus: This two-year program is offered to students who desire to complete coursework during the day. Classes are held on the University Campus in Saint Leo, Florida. This is a full-time program in which students take three to four courses each 16 weeks. In addition, all courses are sequential and must be taken according to the curriculum outline.
  • BSW – Evening Program – Center Locations: Geared for working adults, this two-year program is located at the Tampa Education Center and East Pasco Education Center- Pasco Hernando Education Office (Spring Hill and New Port Richey locations). Students attend social work courses only two nights per week for 16 weeks. This option is a full-time program in which students take three to four courses within the semester. All courses are sequential and must be taken according to the curriculum outline. Any electives or general education courses required can be completed online through the Education Centers.
  • BSW – Evening Program – Online Blended Option: The two-year Blended Option, located at East Pasco Education Center – Pasco Hernando Education Office, is geared to working adults who cannot attend weekly classes in-person at a physical location. Students meet in synchronous, online sessions two nights a week and meet in-person five Saturdays a term at University Campus. This Blended Option allows students to attend classes face-to-face using a virtual platform while maintaining a balance of work, school, and home. This option is a full-time program in which students take three to four courses within the semester. All courses are sequential and must be taken according to the curriculum outline. Any electives or general education courses required can be completed online through the Education Centers.

What can you do with a degree in Social Work?

The BSW curriculum prepares students for careers in social work in various settings—nonprofit, community, child investigative services, veteran's services, and more.

Examples of Careers for BSW students:

  • Case Managers in nonprofit organizations
  • Crisis Intervention Counselors
  • Child Protective Investigators
  • Substance Abuse Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Aids in Government Offices
  • Community Organizer
  • Victim Advocate
  • School Social Worker

Accreditation

Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

CSWE Council on Social Work Education

The Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program has been fully accredited since 1983. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.

Program Features & Differentiators

  • In-Demand Field: Social Work is one of the fastest-growing professions, projected to grow 15.5% by 2026 (click here for info graphic). In Florida, social work is expected to grow by 19.2% by 2024. The public health-related occupations (health care, mental health, substance abuse, health educators, and community health workers) are expected to grow by 26.3% by 2024.
  • 4:1 Model: Student who earn their BSW can earn their MSW in one-year at Saint Leo University. The MSW is the terminal degree, making the 4:1 model profitable, quicker, and beneficial for career advancement.
  • Sequential Learning: Each course builds on the previous course, which provides coherence to the practice sequence.
  • Key Industry Focus Areas: Social justice and mental health.
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities: Work with local and state government agencies, active community advisory board, and student organization.
  • Popular Courses: Hip Hop and Social Justice, Forensic Social Work, Maternal and Child Health.
  • Diverse and Experienced Faculty

Professional development opportunities.

Professional development opportunities.

Field internship

Gain hands-on experience at a social service agency for 32 hours per week during the spring semester of your senior year.

Senior seminar

Taken in tandem with the field internship, the seminar provides an opportunity to discuss your field placement, present your cases, build your resume, practice interviewing and complete an integrative senior paper.

Co-curricular activities

Become a member of Phi Alpha, the national honor society of undergraduate and graduate social work students. Join other do-gooders in the Social Work Club, Samaritans, RotarAct Club, and Lions S.E.R.V.E.—our alternative spring break program. Participate in Saint Leo's Community Service Day.

Service learning

Education should be meaningful and hands-on. Saint Leo is honored to have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll each year since it was started in 2006.

Where are Saint Leo Social Work grads now?

  • Metropolitan Ministries
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul – Veteran Services
  • Pasco County School District
  • Pasco County Sheriff Department Child Protective Services
  • Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
  • Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
  • Hillsborough County Aging Services
  • Emerald M Therapeutic Riding Center

 

View the BSW Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

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