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Social Work (BSW)

The BSW Program prepares students for strengths-based generalist professional practice that teaches students to assist individual, families, and groups to identify their strengths and solve problems. Graduates will be equipped to work in a variety of public, nonprofit, and proprietary human service agencies.

This upper department undergraduate program is designed to mesh both with community college associate degrees and with the General Education Program at FGCU. In the junior and senior years, students will develop a core set of skills in case management, information and referral, and community organization, which can be utilized in a variety of practice settings. Graduates are prepared for advanced study if they seek to pursue a graduate degree. Those choosing to enter a MSW program must do so within 5 years after completion of the BSW in order to receive advance standing status.

  • Local Partnerships: The Department of Social Work enjoys partnerships with a number of local agencies, many of which provide field education opportunities for our students. These agencies provide a wide variety of services in the local community. Social work professionals supervise internships within such agencies.
  • International Partnerships: Faculty from the Department of Social Work have established relationships with social work professionals and academics around the globe including but not limited to Armenia, the Bahamas, England, Germany, and Russia.
  • Distance Learning: A number of elective courses for the BSW program are currently available via distance learning. See the BSW Program Coordinator for information.
  • General Education: Students are expected to complete 36 hours of approved general education coursework during the first two years of attendance (see the General Education section). Some coursework can be used to satisfy both general education and common prerequisite requirements.

The Bachelor of Social Work Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation.   The link to the Assessment of Student Outcomes  is provided for your convenience.