Bachelor of social work (BSW)
Credits required: 122
- Because of increased demand for health care and social services, employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Make a difference where you live
Western Michigan University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree prepares you for a future in social work, whether that means generalist social work practice or graduate training in social work and related professions. You’ll be taught to address a range of social issues, to work in a variety of practice settings and to facilitate positive change to enhance the social function of individuals, groups, families and organizations in your own community.
Southwest Michigan has a very diverse population with diverse needs for social services. Social work is a broad profession that generally seeks to help people interact more effectively with other people and their environment. The BSW at WMU-Southwest was developed specifically to be reflective of the diversity in Southwest Michigan, including a field practicum to give you relevant, practical experience in your own community.
Flexibility is key
Offered through WMU’s College of Health and Human Services, the BSW at WMU-Southwest is a part-time program. Classes meet on evenings and weekends and some courses are offered in a hybrid format, where much of the learning occurs online and there are only a few face-to-face meetings during a semester. All that flexibility allows you to work this professional bachelor’s degree into your busy schedule.
Who should apply?
The program is really ideal for individuals with an associate degree in a related field who want to pursue careers in social work. This includes people with associate degrees in liberal arts, social work, political science, criminal justice, psychology and sociology, to name a few. Those who are already working in social work or human services might also find the degree beneficial.
Social work is a broadly based profession that encompasses a number of different fields. Program graduates are prepared for entry or mid-level careers in various settings, like adoption agencies, child welfare departments, community mental health agencies, foster care agencies, labor unions, public interest groups, schools, social service agencies and many more.
Employer tuition reimbursement
If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.
"Best bang for the buck"
Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.