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 a combination of online and on-campus classes.
Please note: The Social Work program cannot be completely entirely online. Some 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:
School of Social Work
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 (57 credits), elective courses (24 credits) and two social work degree courses (6 credits). After both social work courses and a minimum of 60 credit hours are completed, the student will need to apply to the School of Social Work as a social work major. After being accepted and completing 90 credit hours, the student will transfer to the School of Social Work to complete the junior and senior level social work degree courses to obtain their BSSW degree. Note, some on-campus classes are required to complete this degree.
Check out the Social Work Bridge Program (BSSW to MSW) to learn how you can prepare for your master's degree now to save time and money later.