Social Work Education at Park University

About the BSW Program

Park University’s BSW prepares students for beginning professional practice in a wide variety of social service settings. As generalist social work practitioners, graduates will be prepared to work with diverse populations. The Strengths Perspective and Eco-systems theory serve as overarching conceptual frameworks throughout the curriculum. The BSW program includes both classroom work and two-semester field instruction in a social service agency; is fully accredited; senior year BSW courses are currently only offered face-to-face on the Parkville campus; and requires 122 total credit hours to graduate.

Students considering social work as a major at Park must have a strong desire to help others help themselves as they resolve personal, social, or environmental problems. WBoth challenging and rewarding, social work practice requires a sharp intellect, empathetic interpersonal skills, good personal adjustment, and a commitment to maintaining ethical relationships with colleagues, staff, supervisors, and  service participants. Students are required to apply to the BSW Program, this is a separate process from declaring a Social Work major. Please see BSW Admission Criteria for more information on application to the BSW Program.


Park University's Bachelor of Social Work Program has been awarded full, unconditional re-affirmation of accreditation by the Council of Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation. The Program received this honor at the CSWE's June 2010 meeting in Alexandria, Va. The period of accreditation granted is for eight years.

Park University's BSW Program was one of the first programs in the nation to be assessed under the new 2008 Educational Program Accreditation Standards. These standards shift the focus from assessing program goals and objectives to graduates' attainment of 10 competencies of professional social work practice.