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.