Social Work, BSW

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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 BSW. 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.

Students interested in completing the Bachelor of Social Work program in Tucson are encouraged to complete a MyPath2ASU program. The Tucson location option is only available to transfer students. For admission requirements, students should see

At A Glance

Social Work, BSW

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

Financial Aid
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Career outlook

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:

  • adoption and teen pregnancy
  • aging
  • child abuse and foster care
  • corrections and delinquency
  • disability
  • discrimination
  • domestic violence and family dysfunction
  • health and mental health
  • homelessness and poverty
  • substance abuse

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.

Example careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Social Workers, All Other 5.1%$64,210
Counselors, All Other 13%$45,760
Social Science Research Assistants 5.8%$49,210
Marriage and Family Therapists 22.3%$51,340
Healthcare Social Workers 14.4%$57,630
Mental Health Counselors
Social and Community Service Managers 17%$69,600
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 11.7%$48,430
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 16.8%$48,720

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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