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Bachelor of:

Social Work

The Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) program at Kutztown University - nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - is a professional program that prepares generalist social work professionals.

Generalist social workers work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in a variety of social work and host settings. Generalist practitioners view clients and client systems from a strengths perspective in order to recognize, support, and build upon the innate capabilities of all human beings. To do so, they recognize and celebrate the strengths within and among diverse groups. They use a professional planned change process to engage, assess, broker services, advocate, counsel, educate, and organize with and on behalf of clients and client systems. Generalist practitioners recognize the impact of social welfare policies upon these services and work to create and refine policies so that they are responsive to the needs of clients and client systems. In addition, generalist practitioners engage in community and organizational development. Finally, generalist practitioners evaluate service outcomes in order to continually improve the provision and quality of services most appropriate to client needs.

Generalist social work practice is guided by the NASW Code of Ethics and is committed to improving the well being of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations and furthering human rights and social justice.

BSW Program Goals

  • Goal 1 - Integrate Theory into Practice: To help graduates use critical thinking and integrate liberal arts and professional knowledge, values and skills into the development of a generalist perspective for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.
  • Goal 2 - Celebrate Diversity: To help graduates recognize the value of human diversity, acquire knowledge related to diverse populations for professional practice, and acquire skills for change to redress economic and social injustice.

  • Goal 3 - Conduct Policy Practice: To prepare graduates to understand social policy and its impact upon professional practice and to participate in efforts to assure that policy responds to human needs.
  • Goal 4 - Assume Professional Identity: To motivate graduates to assume responsibility for continuing professional growth and development.
Advanced Standing Status

Graduates of the BSW program are eligible for admission into a Master of Social Work (MSW) program with advanced standing. They can complete an MSW at KU or any other accredited social work program in the US in as little as one calendar year.

Minor in Social Work

Students may elect to add Social Work as a minor. This program includes 18 semester hours of required courses in the social work field.

Career Opportunities

What can you do with a BSW from KU? The link above will take you to the Bureau of Labor Statistics page on social workers.

This program is taught by the Department of Social Work.