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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

General Outline - Simmons College Baccalaureate Social Work Program Curriculum Design

In order to be eligible to graduate, successful BSW students must:

Course Work

Earn a minimum of 128 credits (with an overall GPA of 2.0)

  • 12 courses in the College Core Curriculum (+2 ILR which double count as SWK)
  • 13 required Social Work courses (B or better course grade), plus one pre-requisite
  • 5 general electives

Field Work

Complete social work field placement requirements

  • Service-Learning (may be waived for transfer students)
    • 40 hours as freshmen
    • 80 hours as sophomores
  • Field Placement & Instruction
    • 100-hour formal field placement in the junior year
    • 425-hour formal field placement in the senior year

Grid of Required Courses (with Credits)

College Core Curriculum -20 credits
# Title Credits
FYS101 College Seminar 2
FYS102 College Writing I 2
FYS103 College Writing II 4
  Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement I (or elective if test out) 4
  Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement II 4
  Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement III 4
Modes of Inquiry Courses - 24 credits
# Title Credits
  Mode I: 4
  Mode II: 4
MATH 118 Mode III: Introductory Statistics_(or score of 4 or 5 on AP exam) 4
BIO 102 or BIO 113 Mode IV: Biology of Human Development or General Biology 4 4
ECON 101 Mode V: Macroeconomics 4
  Mode VI: 4
Pre-Requisite to Social Work Major - 4 credits
# Title Credits
SOCI 101 Principles of Sociology 4
Required Social Work Courses - 60 credits
# Title Credits
SOCI 101 Principles of Sociology 4
SW 101 Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare 4
SW 200 Social Welfare Policy 4
SW 251 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 4
SW 252 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 4
SOCI 249 Inequality: Race, Class and Gender 4
SW 351 Social Work Practice I: Intro to Generalist Practice & Theory 4
SW 352 Social Work Practice II: Work with Individuals and Families (100 hr fld plcmt) 4
SW 353 Social Work Practice III: Groups 4
SW 354 Social Work Practice IV: Macro & Global SWK 4
SOCI 239 Introduction to Social Research 4
SW 370 Social Work Field Placement & Seminar I 8
SW 371 Social Work Field Placement & Seminar II 8
SW 390 Senior Seminar (ILR requirement) 4

General Electives (5) 0 20 credits

# Title Credits
    4
    4
    4
    4
    4

Total 128 credits


Traditional BSW Course Sequence:

Fall Freshman Year:
  • FYS101 College Seminar
  • FYS102 College Writing I
  • SW 101 Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare
  • Foreign Language
  • MATH Math Requirement (or elective if proficiency exam passed), Mode, or elective
Spring Freshman Year:
  • FYS103 College Writing II
  • SOCI 101 Principles of Sociology
  • SW 200 Social Welfare Policy
  • Foreign Language, Mode, or elective
Fall Sophomore Year:
  • SW 251 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
  • BIO 102 or 113 Mode IV: Biology of Human Development or General Biology
  • Foreign Language
  • Mode, or elective
Spring Sophomore Year:
  • SW 252 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • ECON 101 Mode V: Macroeconomics
  • Foreign Language, Mode, or elective
  • Any foundational courses not yet complete
Fall Junior Year: Point of official entry into Social Work Program (including transfer students)
  • SOCI 249 Inequality: Race, Class and Gender
  • SOCI 239 Introduction to Social Research
  • SW 351 Social Work Practice I
  • Mode, Elective, any foundational courses not yet complete
Spring Junior Year:
  • SW 352 Social Work Practice II - includes junior field placement
  • MATH 118 Mode III: Introductory Statistics
  • Mode or Elective
  • Any foundational courses not yet complete
Fall Senior Year:
  • SW 353 Social Work Practice III
  • SW 370 Social Work Field Placement and Seminar I - integrative seminar & fall sr fld placemt
  • Mode, Elective, any courses not yet complete
Spring Senior Year:
  • SW 354 Social Work Practice IV
  • SW 371 Social Work Field Placement and Seminar II - integrative seminar & spring sr fld plcmt
  • SW 390 Senior Seminar (also satisfies one College ILR requirement)