Saint Louis University

B.S. in Social Work

Accelerated Social Work Bachelor's Degree at Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies

The social work program at SLU is designed for busy adults wanting to earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Work.

A Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) degree provides the skills necessary for beginning generalist practice as a professional social worker and is considered the first professional social work degree. This Bachelor's Degree in Social Work program is intended to provide an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate education in social work or in other graduate programs.

This program is offered in collaboration between the School for Professional Studies and the School of Social Work.

All courses offered through Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies are in an accelerated format designed for busy adults, with convenient online and evening classes. After finishing prerequisites in SPS, students will transfer to the School of Social Work and take classes on campus in an accelerated format. 

Please note: The Social Work program cannot be completed online. All Social Work classes are required to meet at the St. Louis campus. 

Emphasis of the Bachelor Degree in Social Work Program
The Social Work Program at Saint Louis University has two areas of emphasis:

  1. Skilled Practitioners
    The program is dedicated to ensuring that graduates are skilled practitioners. To accomplish this, the program includes five classes devoted specifically to social work practice skills. These courses address all levels of social work practice, as well as social work practice with diverse and oppressed populations. Students ground the skills they learn in classroom through their application in a social service agency. During their senior year, BSSW students complete 12 to 15 hours per week of field practicum under the supervision of an experienced MSW-level social worker. Students in our Social Work program can choose placement in St. Louis from over 400 agencies.
  2. Commitment to Social Justice
    The BSSW Program's commitment to social justice is reflective of the social work profession as a whole, as well as the Jesuit and University mission. Social work degree students are introduced to the concept of social justice in their first social work course and further discuss it throughout the social work degree curriculum. Students' commitment to social justice is enhanced through work of the School of Social Work's Center for Social Justice Education and Research. This Center promotes social justice through the funding of student projects, including field practica that emphasize social justice; collaborative research projects involving students, faculty, and community agencies; and educational workshops and conferences.
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A student will need to apply and be admitted to the School for Professional Studies in accordance with SPS guidelines. They will then take SPS core courses (60 credits), elective courses (24 credits) and may take up to 3 social work courses (9 credits). After core curriculum courses, general elective courses and any social work courses are completed, students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 will be transferred to the School of Social Work as a social work major for degree completion.

If you're considering furthering your education by earning your MSW, the School of Social Work also provides an accelerated Master of Social Work program.  

Courses for B.S. in Social Work

Core Curriculum Courses
Any Literature course
PHIL 2055
Any Theology course
Any Science course
Any Fine and Performing Arts course
Any two Foreign Language or International courses
POLS 1105
PST 1900
PSYK 1010
PSYK 4390
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Social Work Courses
SWRK 1000
SWRK 3700 can be waived if PST 4900 was taken
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College of Public Health & Social Justice Courses
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General Electives
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