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Program at a Glance

College of Health Professions and Sciences
Social Work, Schl of
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Facilitate Solutions as a Generalist Social Worker

Social workers are professionals who care about people, want to assist in improving the well-being of others, and want their work to make a difference through services provided to individuals, families, groups, communities, and society. Social work is an academic discipline that promotes social change, and empowerment for their clients in a practice-based field. Few occupations can match the diverse range of opportunities available to social work professionals.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program affords students the opportunity to learn how to engage, assess, and intervene with clients to help enhance their quality of life and achieve social justice. Students need to apply and be accepted to this limited-access program. There are opportunities for students to enhance their study by earning certificates and minors within this program of study. This well-planned program exposes students to the latest social work theory with practical application in a variety of social service agencies including healthcare, schools, child welfare, criminal justice and more.

Field Education
Field education is a central component of the BSW curriculum. The internship provides the opportunity for students to apply and integrate classroom learning into practice for a total of 420 hours which averages out to 28 hours per week. The internship may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Students are placed at community partner organizations through our Field Education Department in their final semester(s) as a BSW student.

The BSW is a limited access major, requiring a separate application. Please go to the BSW website for more information about admission requirements, prerequisite classes, and the application process.

Optional Certificates and Minors:

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1/3 of the BSW Class of 2020 were first-generation graduates
16% projected growth in the social work profession between 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
200+ Central Florida agencies offer internships for BSW students

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Course Overview

Human Behavior and Social Environment II

Further your skills and knowledge in understanding how human behavior and the environment impacts individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Explore social welfare, programs, and services, including concerns impacting human needs in society.

Apply culturally-competent social work practice using the Code of Ethics while refining your interviewing skills.

Understand social work practice as it pertains to individuals, groups, and families utilizing various models of interventions through the psychosocial, behavioral, and crisis models of intervention.

Analyze the legal system with focus on the roles that social workers may play within courts and other legal processes.

Learn about practice considerations in providing services to children and families by identifying a variety of problems such as child abuse, neglect, childhood trauma, and family dynamics.

Massiel Hernandez

My experience both in and outside of the classroom as a BSW student was my foundation into this field that I truly love. I attribute my strong advocacy and compassion-driven work skills to the many professors, diverse classes and mentorship offered to me during my BSW journey.”

Massiel Hernandez, ‘17 BSW, ‘18 MSW

Social Work Skills You'll Learn

  • How to implement ethical & professional practice
  • Human rights & social, economic, & environmental justice
  • Engage, assess, intervene, & evaluate with individuals, families, groups, communities, & organizations
  • Provide services that are research-informed & evidence based.

Career Opportunities

  • Court Advocate
  • Developmental Disabilities Specialist
  • Foster Care/Adoption Worker
  • Hospital Social Worker
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Community Advocacy & Outreach
  • International Social Worker
  • Policy Analyst
  • School Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Case Manager
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Victims Services Social Worker
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