Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work program at GWC combines a strong liberal arts foundation with professional training in theory and meaningful field work. Our faculty members will help you acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become a qualified social worker guided by strong values and practical experiences. We will teach you how to empower individuals, families and communities to overcome problems and manage difficult situations, and together we will chart a path to meet your personal and professional goals.

When you graduate from the BSW program, you will be prepared to take the Illinois state social work license exam (LSW) to enter the workforce as a professional social worker or you may choose to pursue graduate education in the field. Many GWC BSW graduates enter our MSW program with advanced standing and complete their MSW in as little as one year

Program overview

You will complete general education requirements during the first two years of the program, with professional orientation during the third and fourth years. You may transfer into the program during the first two years without loss of credit toward the BSW degree. The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis

General Education

You will work with your academic advisor to select at least 62 hours of general education requirements, including required courses in General Psychology, Principles of Sociology and United States Government (or suitable transfer courses).

Social Work Courses

You will complete at least 40 hours of social work courses, including required courses and electives.

Field Experience

A key component of the program are field experience and internship opportunities; You will complete 450 hours of supervised agency-based social work over three terms, allowing you to explore in depth the fields of practice that interest you most.

Career Opportunities

The BSW program will prepare you to pursue beginning-level direct practices in human services. Many of our students work in agencies such as community centers, hospitals and rehabilitation centers, group homes, child welfare agencies, correctional facilities, housing and food programs, crisis centers and adoption agencies.

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