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ASU's BSW program is offered on the Downtown Phoenix campus, West campus and in Tucson.
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 strong emerging trend in Arizona and other states.
The BSW program is one of 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.
Please note: Students interested in completing the BSW program in Tucson are encouraged to complete a Transfer Admission Guarantee program. The Tucson location option is only available to transfer students. For admission requirements, please see https://socialwork.asu.edu/bsw.
Social work practitioners are committed to the enhancement of individual, family and group problem-solving capacities and the creation of a more nurturing, just and humane social environment. The undergraduate curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Social Work. Juniors and seniors majoring in social work focus on social work courses in social policy and services, human behavior in the social environment, social work practice, research and field instruction in community agencies. In addition, majors take elective courses in related areas.
Social Work (BSW)
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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
The program prepares students to be generalist social work practitioners, focusing on advocacy, referrals, case management and problem-solving functions with individuals, groups, families, organizations and the community.
Employment in social work is expected to increase commensurately with the needs of a growing and diverse population.
Social workers are employed in public and private agencies dealing with a wide variety of social issues, including:
Social work skills such as problem-solving, resource utilization, counseling, group work and community organization are also useful for positions with industry in employee relations and mediation.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||22.3%||$39,270|
|Social Workers, All Other||3.8%||$59,100|
|City and Regional Planning Aides||5.6%||$39,460|
|Counselors, All Other||11%||$44,830|
|Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors||8.2%||$53,370|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||5.8%||$56,310|
|Social Science Research Assistants||5.6%||$39,460|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||14.8%||$48,040|
|Healthcare Social Workers||19.3%||$51,930|
|Mental Health Counselors||19.6%||$40,850|
|Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists||3.6%||$49,060|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary||11.6%||$63,630|
|Religious Workers, All Other||4.7%||$29,620|
|Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other||17%||$65,320|
|Social and Community Service Managers||9.5%||$62,740|
|Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary||13.9%||$62,440|
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||6.2%||$42,120|
|Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers||18.9%||$41,380|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).