Undergraduate program information for prospective and current students
Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function as well as they can with their environments. B.S.W. graduates are entry-level generalist social work professionals who provide services to individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities. Of particular importance is concern for and willingness to work with oppressed and underserved populations. The BSW level practitioner is seen as a generalist with certain areas of special expertise. The curriculum focuses on such roles as advocacy, referral, casework and problem solving functions. In addition, a major thrust and identity of the program is to prepare graduates for case management positions, a strongly emerging trend in Arizona and other states. Most case management models include the basic social work skills which the program currently covers. These are skills which are handled competently and professionally by BSW graduates.
No academic credit is awarded for life or work experience.
Career Opportunities in the Field
Graduates work in public and private social service agencies that provide such services as medical, psychiatric, and financial assistance. B.S.W. level social workers serve persons of all ages, from infants to elders in society. They help clients who face social problems, including homelessness, drug abuse, chronic mental illness, catastrophic illness (such as AIDS), decreasing resources for the aged population, and racism. Due to the current demand for social services, agencies are now seeking more trained social work graduates. Salaries range from $23,000 - $30,000, depending on qualifications and geographic location.
Program Uniqueness at ASU
The BSW program is one of the two programs in Arizona fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The school also has a continuum of education, including the Master of Social Work and Ph.D. Students are placed in a breadth of agency settings for their "field placements". Some examples are public health service on nearby Indian reservations, child protected service, treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children and adults, senior citizens' centers, and shelters for homeless and abused persons.
The School of Social work serves students throughout Arizona at ASU's Downton campus, but its Tucson Component specifically serves students in Southern Arizona. Full- and part-time students interested in the Tucson location can complete all required upper division BSW courses and electives at our centrally located site near downtown Tucson while completing general studies and other degree requirements through area community colleges, the University of Arizona or Northern Arizona University.