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.)
- 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.
- All CPH students, including SSW students, must complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001.
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 https://www.aswb.org/licensees/ 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 courses satisfying Social Work major requirements.
B.S.W. Program Requirements
|University and College Courses|
|HRPR 1001||Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play||3|
|PSY 1001||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|SOC 1176||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|KINS 1223||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|or BIOL 1001||Human Biology|
|*Any BIO course 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|
|Introduction to the Economy|
|Global Economics Issues|
|The American Economy|
|POLS 1101||The American Political System||3|
|or POLS 1911||Honors Introduction to American Politics|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Honors Social Statistics|
|Elements of Statistics|
|Statistics for Psychology|
|*Any STAT course will satisfy the BSW STAT requirement.|
|Social Work Specific Elective Course||3|
|Professional Courses in Social Work|
|SSWU 2005||Introduction to the Social Work Profession I||3|
|SSWU 2006||Introduction to the Social Work Profession II||3|
|SSWU 2089||Service Learning in the Social Work Profession||2|
|SSWU 3003||History and Values of Social Welfare||3|
|SSWU 3004||Social Welfare in the US||3|
|SSWU 3007||Human Behavior in the Social Environment||3|
|SSWU 3009||Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Communities and Organizations||3|
|SSWU 3011||The Social Worker in the Group||3|
|SSWU 3096||Institutional Racism||3|
|SSWU 4001||Seminar in Social Work Practice||3|
|SSWU 4002||Seminar in Social Work Practice||3|
|SSWU 4187||Social Work Field Practicum I||5|
|SSWU 4107||BSW Field Seminar I||2|
|SSWU 4287||Social Work Field Practicum II||5|
|SSWU 4207||BSW Field Seminar II||2|
|SSWU 4396||Introduction to Social Research||3|
|SSWU 4407||Evaluating Programs and Practice in Social Work||3|
|Total Credit Hours||85|
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.