Social Work

Serve diverse communities through professional practice in social services.

Park University’s Bachelor of Social Work degree prepares you to begin professional practice in a wide variety of social service settings. You’ll train to become a generalist social work practitioner equipped to work with diverse populations.

Locations & Learning Options

The Bachelor of Social Work program (122 hours, 45 in the core curriculum) is offered in a face-to-face format at our flagship Parkville, Missouri, campus.

  • Parkville, MO

BSW MAJOR – 45 HOURS , 2.5 GPA , GRADE OF C OR BETTER

(SW Major, pre-application to BSW Program)

PS 309 Human Sexuality ………………………………… 3 cr.

SO 302 Study of the Family ……………………………… 3 cr.

SW 205 Introduction to Social Work ………………….. 3 cr.

SW 325 Human Diversity & Social Justice ………….. 3 cr.

SW 330 Social Welfare Policy and Programs ………… 3 cr.

Core Curriculum

(S.W. Major, post-admission to BSW Program)

SW 400 Human Behavior in the

Social Environment I …………………………… 3 cr.

SW 405 Human Behavior in the

Social Environment II ………………………….. 3 cr.

SW 406 Social Work Research …………………………… 3 cr.

SW 407 Generalist SW Practice II Groups…………… 3 cr.

SW 409 Generalist SW Practice I

Individuals & Families …………………………. 3 cr.

SW 410 Generalist SW Practice III

Organizations & Communities ……………… 3 cr.

SW 420 Generalist Field Education I ………………….. 3 cr.

SW 430 Generalist Field Education II ………………… 3 cr.

SW 492 Social Work: Ethical Practice and Professional Behavior………………… 3 cr.

SW 491 Special Topics in Social Work ………………… 3 cr.

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 45 cr.

Conditional Admission to the BSW program (referred to as Pre-Major status): Students who have successfully completed Criteria 1 through 3 may be conditionally admitted to the BSW program and begin taking those social work courses not restricted to social work majors. Full admission to the major is contingent upon completion of Criteria 1 through 7. Students who have met the pre-requisites may apply to the BSW program by November 15 and, if admitted, may begin taking upper level social work courses the following spring.

Students majoring in Social Work are required to apply to the Bachelor of Social Work Program. This is a separate process from declaring a Social Work major. BSW program applications are reviewed and approved or denied by the BSW Admissions Committee.

The admission requirements for the BSW program are as follows:

  • Completion of 60 credit hours of college coursework.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. GPA is computed on all college credit, transfer and Park University.
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be a college/university social work faculty member; the second letter may be from a faculty member or another person known in a professional capacity.
  • Successful completion of Park University’s Writing Competency Test (WCT).
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: SO 141 Introduction to Sociology; PS 101, Introduction to Psychology; MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics; SW 205, Introduction to Social Work; and EN 306b, Professional Writing. Students must also complete two semesters of one Modern Language (Spanish is preferred).
  • Completion of all required materials in the Bachelor of Social Work admission packet, which includes a personal narrative and values statement that relates the student’s interest, experiences and goals in the social work profession.

In accordance with CSWE accreditation standards, the BSW program does not grant course credit for previous work or life experiences.

Park University’s Bachelor of Social Work Program was awarded full, unconditional reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Council of Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation in 2010. We were granted accreditation for eight years.

As a Social Work student, you’ll learn critical thinking and research skills, as well as the field’s code of ethics, issues of diversity and social justice, social welfare policy and theories of human behavior.

BSW Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

This fully accredited, 122-credit-hour program includes both classroom work and two-semester field instruction in a social service agency. There are two overarching conceptual frameworks throughout our curriculum: the idea of emphasizing clients’ abilities, talents, and resources (known as the “strengths perspective”) and the ecological systems theory, which focuses on relationships between individuals, communities and the wider society.

Careers

  • Behavioral Mangers
  • Child Protection Workers and Investigators
  • Family Support Workers
  • Advocates for victims of domestic violence
  • Adult Protective Service Workers
  • Refugee Support Services Workers
  • Victims Services Workers
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Program Highlights

It’s not just a job. It’s a calling.

Social work is both challenging and rewarding. If you’re considering social work as a major at Park University, you should have a strong desire to help others help themselves as they resolve personal, social, or environmental problems. Ideal candidates have sharp intellects and empathetic interpersonal skills. It’s also key to maintain ethical relationships with colleagues, staff, supervisors, and service participants.


How to apply

Applying for this program is a separate process from declaring a Social Work major. Please see our Bachelor of Social Work Admission Criteria for more information.

Faculty

The Park University Social Work faculty has a breadth and depth of experience in the field, in clinical settings and in the classroom.


 

Gary E. Bachman

Associate Professor, Social Work
gary.bachman@park.edu

Leslie Jensby

Assistant Professor, Social Work
leslie.jensby@park.edu

Ricki L. Moran

Assistant Director of Field Education
RMoran@park.edu

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.