The B.S.W. Curriculum

The B.S.W. curriculum is organized so that courses scheduled to be taken later in the program assume, and build on, the knowledge and skill foundation provided in the General Education and social work courses taken earlier. For this reason, most social work courses designate successful completion (with a C or better) of earlier courses as prerequisite to taking later courses. This program of study for B.S.W. students has been carefully designed and approved by faculty. It is intended to provide students with a coherent, integrated, and high-quality learning experience. 

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

University Requirements

  • All students are required to complete the university General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    (Students who entered prior to fall 2011 should check with their advisor for the appropriate year and program requirements.)
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are SSWU 3096 and SSWU 4396.

College Requirement

  • All CPH students, including SSW students, must complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001.

Clearance Requirements

Please note the Social Work program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off the University campus. These placements will require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances and perhaps a drug screen. Placements may also require the student to maintain personal health insurance. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, conviction of a misdemeanor, felony, or felonious or illegal act may prevent you from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice social work. Please see for more information about state licensure.

School of Social Work Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 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 social work courses and HRPR 1001.

B.S.W. Program Requirements

University and College Courses
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
CSI 1111Introduction to Public Speaking3
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1176Introduction to Sociology3
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
or BIOL 1001 Human Biology
*Any Biology course with a course number of 1000 or above will satisfy the BSW BIO requirement; however, some graduate programs may require successful completion of an undergraduate Human Biology course.
Select one of the following:3
ECON 1001
Introduction to the Economy
ECON 1101
Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 1102
Microeconomic Principles
ECON 1103
Global Economics
ECON 0858
The American Economy
POLS 1101The American Political System3
or POLS 1911 Honors Introduction to American Politics
Select one of the following:3
SOC 1167
Social Statistics
SOC 1967
Honors Social Statistics
MATH 1013
Elements of Statistics
PSY 1003
Statistics for Psychology
*Any Statistics course with a course number of 1000 or above will satisfy the BSW STAT requirement.
Social Work Specific Elective Course3
Free Electives5
Professional Courses in Social Work
SSWU 2005Introduction to the Social Work Profession I3
SSWU 2006Introduction to the Social Work Profession II3
SSWU 2089Service Learning in the Social Work Profession2
SSWU 3003History and Values of Social Welfare3
SSWU 3004Social Welfare in the US3
SSWU 3007Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
SSWU 3009Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Communities and Organizations3
SSWU 3011The Social Worker in the Group3
SSWU 3096Institutional Racism3
SSWU 4001Seminar in Social Work Practice3
SSWU 4002Seminar in Social Work Practice3
SSWU 4187Social Work Field Practicum I5
SSWU 4107BSW Field Seminar I2
SSWU 4287Social Work Field Practicum II5
SSWU 4207BSW Field Seminar II2
SSWU 4396Introduction to Social Research3
SSWU 4407Evaluating Programs and Practice in Social Work3
Total Credit Hours85

Field Work Practice

A minimum of 400 hours in supervised field settings is required. Students are overseen by an M.S.W. (or B.S.W. with at least two years of experience). They are directly involved in professional tasks in the agency and in the community. This component of the educational program of study facilitates the integration of classroom learning, particularly in the social work subject areas of human behavior, policy, practice, and research. Students apply what they are learning and receive feedback from both classroom and field instructors on their work. Field work practice consists of 10 credits of the 55 credits of professional social work courses specified above.

Some of the fields of practice in the five-county Philadelphia area in which majors do their field work are these:

  • Aging: including adult service centers as well as assistance in a variety of public and private organizations with 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, and discrimination;
  • Mental Health: small and large institutions, community-based units, public and private auspices;
  • Substance Abuse: counseling and other direct service in a variety of settings, both public and private;
  • Violence and Domestic Issues: domestic violence of all kinds, sexual assault, and child abuse, in a wide variety of settings.