BSW Program Overview


The primary mission of the CUW Social Work program is to prepare graduates for baccalaureate level, generalist, social work practice, within the context of faith, service and social justice.

To fulfil this mission, the CUW Social Work program is based on CSWE’s nine competencies:

  • Demonstrate Ethical & Professional Behavior
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  • Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  • Engage in Policy Practice
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

BSW Graduates

  • BSW graduates are eligible for an entry level Social Work licensuree as a professional Social Worker (CSW)
  • Advanced standing in an MSW program

BSW’s are trained in areas such as:

  • Advocacy
  • Assessment
  • Case management
  • Community outreach
  • Crisis intervention
  • Critical thinking
  • Intake/referral
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Interviewing
  • Intake/referral
  • Networking
  • Problem solving
  • Program evaluation
  • Research
  • Service planning & provision

BSW Employment

BSW’s are valued by employers. The BSW program educates students for professional Social Work practice and prepares them for entry level positions in all areas of Social Work and social service professions. Some of the areas of practice include:

  • Addictions
  • Aging
  • Criminal Justice
    • Probation services
    • Police and government agencies
    • Juvenile Justice programs
  • Family & Children Services
    • Children & youth services
    • Child welfare agencies
    • Domestic violence programs
    • Family services
    • Human trafficking services
  • Health Care
    • Home health agencies
    • Hospices
    • Hospitals
      • Medical care
      • Psychological care
      • Emergency Care
      • Rehabilitation Services
    • Public Health
    • Inter-Professional Health Education and Services
  • Mental Health
    • Mental health services
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Community Mental Health Services
  • Schools
    • School Social Work (elementary & secondary)
    • Day Care Centers
    • Special Education
  • Social Welfare
    • Community action agencies
    • Homeless Shelters and Services
    • Residential Treatment Programs

View the USDL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook

Complementary Majors/Minors

Social work majors have the option of working creatively with their advisors to design individualized degree options for double majors and/or minors. Some of the options have included:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Lay Ministry Certification
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Spanish