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Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

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Temple University School of Social Administration

Note: Department chairs frequently change at the beginning of the academic year.  Students should contact departments for updated information.

Mission Statement

The School of Social Administration (SSA) is dedicated to societal transformations to eliminate social, political, economic injustices for poor and oppressed populations, and advancing the quality of life for all through:

    Education emphasizing the discovery of knowledge, use of critical inquiry, and the exertion of professional ethics to guide solution-seeking and action-taking to effect social change among professional social workers in front-line, supervisory, managerial, and leadership positions. Research and scholarship to advance applied knowledge and generate evidence-based strategies to resolve problems occurring between people and their social environments at local, state, national, and global levels. Public service to aid the dissemination of knowledge and evidence-based strategies, and the responsiveness of the School to the needs of constituents through collaborations and partnerships with communities, agencies, and organizations.


The goals of the School of Social Administration are the following:

1.  The preparation of ethical and competent social work practitioners and leaders who are committed to social and economic justice and to the eradication of barriers to the fullest development of human potential;

2.  The provision of educational opportunities to a diverse population of students representative of the constituencies served;

3.  The production of scholarship and research that contributes to the social work knowledge base;

4.  The engagement in service-related activities with relevant constituencies.             

B.S.W. Program Goals

Overall Program Goals

The primary goal of the Baccalaureate in Social Work (BSW) program is to prepare entry-level, generalist, social work practitioners committed to social work practice that ensures human rights and social, economic and cultural rights for all.  Graduates will understand the effects of structural inequities based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other forms of oppression and discrimination that present barriers to individual and collective growth, well-being and  to the development of full potential.  Graduates of this program with practice social work using the strengths perspective and partner with people to increase access to resources and power.

Program objectives

By completion of their undergraduate studies, students will be able to:

    understand and adhere to professional social work values and ethics assess situations using knowledge about the effects of structural injustices based on race, class, gender, culture, sexual orientation, ability, age, and other forms of oppression exercise self-awareness and reflection as part of the development of their professional and personal selves understand human behavior from holistic and developmental perspectives that encompass dynamic interaction among social, political, cultural, economic, psychological, spiritual, and biological factors engage in practice that enhances the capabilities of people to transform their lives and communities communicate effectively verbally, non-verbally and in writing with agencies, advocates, legislatures, policy makers and people in client status apply skills and knowledge of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes practice social work with a commitment to social and economic justice and the empowerment of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities critically select and apply theories and research findings to social work practice evaluate the effectiveness of their own practice understand the relationship of historic social patterns, values and institutional arrangement, recognizing their impact on social welfare policy and services an the social work profession use supervision and consultation to enhance their professional development and the delivery of services understand the dynamics of human service organizations and know how to engage in productive organizational change understand how global issues affect local practice.

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit.

·          A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 overall and in the major.

·          A grade of C- or higher is required in all Core courses. A grade of "C" or better is required in courses for the major.

University Requirement

University Core Curriculum requirements (18 s.h..), Math 0055, English C050, Intellectual Heritage X051 and X052, Arts, Foreign language or International Studies.

1.      Completion of the Library Orientation.

2.      Major requirements.

3.      Lower level courses (34 s.h.), Specified Core courses, plus: Economics CO51, C052, C050, or C055, History or African American Studies 0068, Anthropology CO61, Human Biology 71 or KIN 100, Science II, Political Science CO51, Psychology CO60, Sociology CO50, Statistics C021 or Math C067 or SOC C067 or PSYCH C067.

4.      Upper level courses Political Science (100+), Socio-Behavioral (100+). At least one course should be writing intensive.

5.      Courses in Social Work (59 s.h.).

6.      Electives (approximately 13 s.h.).

7.      Field Work Practice: Learning by Doing. A minimum of 544 hours in supervised field settings is required. Students are directly involved in actual professional tasks in the agency and in the community. This intrinsic part of the professional educational process provides experiential learning for the students in a variety of carefully selected health, welfare, and educational settings.

Supervision or field instruction is provided by qualified, trained, and experienced practitioners in the agencies. Some of the fields of practice in the five-county area in which majors do their field work are:

·          Aging: including adult service centers; assistance in a variety of public and private organizations, treatment and protective functions;

·          Children and Youth: child abuse, foster care and adoption agencies, parenting and support services;

·          Community Organization/Planning: public issues and policies, neighborhood services at settlements, Y's, community centers;

·          Correctional/Justice: probation, parole, prison, community rehabilitation organizations;

·          Developmental Disabilities: community living arrangements, day programs, other public and private functions;

·          Education: schools and alternative education programs;

·          Family Services: material aid, crisis intervention, ongoing counseling;

·          Health/Hospitals: advising, counseling, direct service with and on behalf of patients; a variety of functions in hospitals and community health centers;

·          Legal: public agencies assisting low income population in matters relating to law, housing, discrimination, etc.;

·          Mental Health: small and large institutions, community based units, public and private auspices;

·          Substance Abuse: counseling, direct service in a variety of settings, both public and private;

·          Violence and Domestic Issues: domestic violence of all kinds, sexual assault, child abuse, in a wide variety of settings.

Transfer Students with 45 Credits or More or Core-To-Core Transfer

Students who transfer 64 credits may be eligible to complete the B.S.W. degree requirements in two years of full time study and two summer sessions. This depends on the number of credits that Temple accepts and what requirements they match in Temple’s curriculum. All core curriculum and B.S.W. degree requirements must be met.

Major requirements

Lower level courses: Specified Core courses, plus: Economics CO51, C052, C050, or C055, History or African American Studies 0068, Anthropology CO61, Human Biology 0071 or KIN 0100, Science II, Political Science CO51, Psychology CO60, Sociology CO50, Statistics C021 or Math C067 or SOC C067 or PSYCH C067.
Upper level courses: Political Science (100+), Socio-Behavioral (100+). Students should refer to the BSW Handbook for suggested courses.
Courses in Social Work (59 s.h.)

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