online bsSW degree
online bsSW degree
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Analyze social work policies and practice outcomes
Apply ethical and professional behavior in a social work setting
Employ advocacy strategies to advance human rights
Put diversity, equity and inclusion into practice strategies
Use intervention, assessment and social work skills
Utilize practice-informed research and research-informed practice
You’ll need 120 credits to complete this online social work program. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits or credits earned through the University’s Prior Learning Assessment.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.
These courses lay the foundation for all our degree programs. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in this field — they’re useful in daily life.
Elective courses allow you to gain a solid foundation in the liberal arts. This will help prepare you to tackle intellectual and practical challenges related to social work.
As part of your 14 core courses, you’ll be required to complete 400 hours of field education experience over two 15-week courses, Field Education I SWRK 405 and Field Education II SWRK 420, or one 15-week course, Field Education Block || SWRK 425.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.
Select from a variety of courses that help lay the foundation for your degree program. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in the professional world — they’re useful in daily life.
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
This course introduces students to the foundations of social work and social justice. Students examine the professional dispositions of social work, the scope of practice, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, and professional identity. Students also identify careers within social work, boundaries, other professionals, and cultural competence.
Students will use the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics to navigate ethical issues and dilemmas faced by social workers throughout their careers. Students will gain exposure to these ethical and legal aspects in social work, learn proper self-care, and how to support the discipline's role and responsibilities.
This course introduces students to social work communication theory and techniques, including verbal, non-verbal, and written communication. Students develop an understanding of culturally appropriate and professional communication. Students develop verbal and written communication skills to develop professional relationships.
This course introduces students to human development and functioning across the lifespan using a strengths-based biopsychosocial approach. Consideration is given to the person-in-environment and ecosystems theory as students study developmental content in preparation for professional social work practice.
This course focuses on utilizing rights-based, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive lenses to assess how social welfare policies influence the delivery of and access to social services. Students apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.
Students are introduced to the role of the social work advocate. The role includes acting as advocates for their clients in multiple facets that advance human rights and social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. Students learn advocacy skills such as communication, collaboration, presentation, and maintaining professional relationships.
Students learn to advocate for human rights and social justice, exploring diverse strategies for working with groups that may be oppressed due to race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, or other factors. Students learn to recognize how a society's structures and values may oppress, alienate, or marginalize diverse segments of the population.
Students will learn ethical, culturally informed, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive approaches to critically evaluate research to inform decision making in their practice and articulate how their practice experience informs research and evaluation decisions. The course will include ways to analyze inherent bias in current literature and research. Students will learn to articulate and share research findings in ways that are usable to a variety of clients and constituencies.
Students learn to engage with and on behalf of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students reinforce the theories of human behavior and person-in-environment and critically evaluate and apply this knowledge to facilitate engagement with clients and constituencies. Students will learn to be self-reflective and understand bias, power, and privilege to advocate for human rights. Students will utilize an anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework to evaluate how their personal values and personal experiences may affect their ability to engage effectively with diverse clients and constituencies.
Students will learn that assessment is an ongoing component of the dynamic and interactive process of social work practice. Students will understand theories of human behavior and person-in-environment, as well as interprofessional conceptual frameworks, and they will critically evaluate and apply this knowledge in culturally responsive assessment with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students will demonstrate self-reflection and develop an understanding of how bias, power, privilege, and their personal values and experiences may affect their assessment and decision making.
Students will understand that intervention is an ongoing component of the dynamic and interactive process of social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students understand theories of human behavior, person-in-environment, and other interprofessional conceptual frameworks, and they critically evaluate and apply this knowledge in selecting culturally responsive interventions. Students understand methods of identifying, analyzing, and implementing evidence-informed interventions to achieve goals.
Students will understand that evaluation is an ongoing component of the dynamic and interactive process of social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students evaluate processes and outcomes to increase practice, policy, and service delivery effectiveness. Students apply anti-racist and anti-oppressive perspectives in evaluating outcomes. Students understand theories of human behavior and person-in-environment, as well as inter-professional conceptual frameworks, and critically analyze and apply this knowledge in evaluating outcomes.
This course provides students an opportunity to integrate and apply their generalist practice theories within their field experiences. Students will be required to demonstrate increased knowledge and skills learned from previous coursework. The field experience will be a combination of classroom activities, field supervision, and agency activities as assigned related tasks.
A continuation of SWRK/305, this course provides 5 additional weeks of supervised generalist practice within the community.
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The course introduces theories and concepts in psychology that will foster academic success and provide students with opportunities to synthesize and apply that knowledge.
This course develops the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential for academic and life success.
Students learn how to think critically, focusing on developing the necessary tools and skills to analyze problems, make decisions, and formulate well-supported points of view on key academic, social, and professional issues.
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This course will introduce students to the scientific principles that are required to identify environmental phenomenon. Students will explore the composition and processes of Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere to examine environmental impact and mitigation of environmental risk.
Students apply advanced quantitative reasoning skills to solve real-world problems. This course emphasizes modeling skills, statistical methods, and probability to create, analyze, and communicate solutions.
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This course focuses on a historical view of human development leading to the current life span approach to form an understanding of the developing individual, and it explores influences on human development, ranging from individual models to cross-cultural groups. Emphasis is given to personality, social, intellectual, and physical development, and the major theories used to describe how people change throughout their life span.
This course introduces the basic concepts of human nutrition to highlight ways that students can integrate healthy nutrition into their lifestyles. Principles of digestion and absorption, the function of nutrients, lifecycle nutrition practices, disease prevention, diet modifications, and weight management are covered. Practical application of these principles to the students' lives is emphasized.
This course provides an overview of the mechanics of American English grammar as it applies to academic reading and writing.
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This course introduces students to the constitutional foundations and governing institutions of the federal government. Throughout the course, students address common political themes, such as the nature and scope of governance, democracy, and patterns of political behavior.
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To learn more about field education, preparation and placement, view the BSSW Field Education Handbook.
There is no in-person residency requirement for the BSSW, but there is an in-person field component. To learn more about class requirements and to gain a general program overview, view the BSSW Program Handbook.
When you earn your online social work degree, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.
You’ll learn how to:
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The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) is an undergraduate degree program that provides a foundation in social work theory and teaches the application of professional social work values, principles, standards and techniques to educationally prepare graduates to pursue state licensure or certification as a bachelor’s-level social worker in select states. Licensure requirements vary by state. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to become a social worker. See the licensure requirements and contact information for your state.
A BSSW can prepare you to be a:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for social workers is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031. However, it is important to note that this job growth accounts for career outcomes for professionals in bachelor’s and master’s prepared roles.
BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.
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University of Phoenix’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
Accreditation of a baccalaureate social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.
Social work addresses social problems and advocates for social justice. Earning our social work degree online helps prepare you to become an effective, ethical and culturally aware professional. Our coursework and curriculum give you the knowledge and tools to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities toward these goals.
An online social work degree, along with the appropriate licensure in your state, could open opportunities in the field of social work, such as family protection specialist, foster care social worker and youth services specialist. You could work in settings such as child protective services, healthcare agencies and community outreach and advocacy organizations.
Many social work professionals work in government and non-profit settings, but graduates gain a well-rounded, versatile social work foundation that can translate to a variety of practice settings.
Our online social work degree curriculum is designed specifically so working professionals like you can get an education. Our social work coursework helps students build a strong foundation in social work while teaching leadership skills that can help prepare you for a career in the field.
In our online social work degree, you’ll learn from faculty who are practitioners in the field, and you’ll be able to join our large alumni network. Enjoy a flexible learning environment as well as robust resources and support for your local community-based field placement.
The BSSW program provides the academic preparation for bachelor’s level social work licensure or certification in select states. Students must meet the licensure requirements in any state in which they desire to practice.
Bachelor’s level social work licensure or certification requirements vary by state. Program requirements may change based upon your home state’s agency licensure requirements. Please visit the social work licensure page for state specific requirements prior to reaching out to your state agency.
*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
The BLS Projected Growth for 2021-2031 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.