Position yourself for professional success with Walden’s bachelor’s program in social work.
Coursework in the BSW program is designed to prepare you to become a generalist scholar-practitioner, with skills in compassionate mentoring, supervision, advocacy, and collaboration.
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits from work completed at a previous institution. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.
The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||HMNT 1001||Course||Living and Learning in a Technological World||Credits||(6 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 2001||Course||Introduction to Social Work||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 2002||Course||Basic Skills for Social Work Practice||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 2003||Course||Introduction to the Welfare State||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 3001||Course||Diversity and Multiculturalism||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 3002||Course||Human Behavior in the Social Environment I||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 3003||Course||Human Behavior in the Social Environment II||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 3004||Course||Social Work Research I||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 4001||Course||Policy and Advocacy||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 4002||Course||Social Work Research II||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 4003||Course||Generalist Practice I—Individuals/Families||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 4004||Course||Generalist Practice II—Groups||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 4005||Course||Generalist Practice III—Organizations and Communities||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 4100||Course||Field Seminar I||Credits||(10 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 4110||Course||Field Seminar II||Credits||(10 cr.)|
|Course Code||SOCW 4900||Course||Social Work Residency||Credits||(1 cr.)|
Imagine life without cell phones, television, or the Internet. Recent technological developments have significantly altered all aspects of human life: at work; in play; and in personal, family, and social interactions. In this course, students examine the advantages, disadvantages, and controversies of living and learning in an ever-changing technological environment. By exploring multiple perspectives, students discover how technology is changing media, culture, business, health, human behavior, and overall access to information. In a dynamic, reflective, and engaging classroom environment, students use a variety of audio, visual, literary, and artistic resources, to engage in open dialogue. Students are also introduced to the tools essential to success at Walden. Students complete the course with a personalized success plan that provides a customized roadmap and tools that they can use immediately on their journey toward the completion of their bachelor's degree. *Note: virtual, cyber, digital, and asynchronous are used to describe online environments in this course.
This course is designed to introduce students to the social work profession. Students in the course explore the history of the profession, the characteristics of generalist practice, social work practice settings, and professional values and ethics. Students also develop knowledge of current issues and directions for the profession, and the requirements and challenges of being a professional social worker.
This course is designed to develop the basic practice skills necessary for BSW students to begin professional social work practice. Students in the course receive an overview of the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics that a generalist social worker must possess to work effectively with a client. Concepts underlying social work practice, such as the helping process—intake and assessment; basic interviewing skills for the beginning social work professional; engagement; and best practices—are addressed. The practice content to be explored includes understanding self-awareness and confidentiality. While the major emphasis of the course is on basic interviewing skills, a strengths perspective within a systems framework is incorporated in the course.
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge to analyze, formulate, and advocate for social policies that advance individual and social well-being. Students explore various methods of policy analysis and develop advocacy plans that involve collaboration with colleagues and communities to address policy issues. There is a special emphasis on policies that impact human rights and advance social and economic justice.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to multicultural social work practice and the importance of cultural competence. During the course, students are encouraged to assess their own level of self-awareness and their ability to engage in critical thinking on the issues of diversity and social justice. Grounded within the professional Code of Ethics, students learn about concepts and theory related to social, economic, and environmental justice. In this course, students analyze and reflect on the impact of oppression and discrimination on diverse groups. They learn how to engage evidence-informed practice, as well as advocate on behalf of others, particularly vulnerable populations. Throughout the course, students learn about various cultural groups and apply their learning to a different population each week. By the end of the course, students will be prepared with the foundational knowledge and skills for social work practice with culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the intersection between the social environment and the healthy lifespan development of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Throughout this course, students enhance their understanding of how the environment and social context serve to mediate or intersect with the healthy development of each individual, family, group, or community. Students are introduced to the ways gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and disability impact human development. Students also explore human behavior through the lens of human development, environment, and social context.
This course is designed to prepare students for clinical social work practice that reflects an advanced understanding of lifespan development and sociopsychological identity development in individuals, families, groups, and communities. Throughout this course, students will use their learning around lifespan development and sociopsychological identity development to understand human behavior and, particularly, individual and family functioning within the environmental context. SOCW 3002).
This course is designed to develop students' understanding of the importance of research to social work practice. Students are introduced to basic principles of scientific method and to various research methods within the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research. This course is designed to introduce students to ethical standards as they relate to research, particularly as it relates to social work. Students explore research that addresses diverse populations. This basic course is the first of two courses designed to prepare students to use research to inform their ethical social work practice.
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge to analyze, formulate, and advocate for social policies that advance individual and social well-being. Students explore various methods of policy analysis and develop advocacy plans that involve collaboration with colleagues and communities to address policy issues. There is a special emphasis on policies that impact human rights and advance social and economic justice. Students will develop skills in the policy analysis process, including the values that influence policy, the legislative process, and the roles of advocacy and lobbying organizations.
This course is designed to support students' development as generalist social workers. Students will identify and apply research that can be used to advance social work practice, including social welfare, advocacy, and policy. Throughout the course, students are provided with resources and activities designed to help them develop as critical consumers of research for the sake of ethical, evidenced-based social work practice. Students in this course have the opportunity to select research utilizing the various research methods and evaluate research design, research methods, and applicability of results to diverse populations. SOCW 3004.)
This first practice course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to utilize in their social work practice with individuals and families. The focus of this course is on preparing students to practice with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and marginalized or oppressed populations. Students demonstrate therapeutic skills to engage individuals and families, to define and prioritize issues, to set mutually developed goals, and to commit to the change process.
This practice course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to apply social work services when working with groups. Students in this course will concentrate on the application of evidence-based practice theories and group work models consistent with empowerment and ecological perspectives. This course is particularly focused on groups from diverse cultural backgrounds and marginalized or oppressed populations. The focus is on the influence of social work professional values in working with families and on group work practice. SOCW 4003.)
This advanced course is designed to prepare students for their roles as supervisors, leaders, and administrators in social work organizations and communities. Students receive academic preparation focused on leadership theory and strategies for leadership development, ethical practice as supervisors, and roles of administrators in social work organizations and as community leaders. Students participate in activities that develop their skills in critical decision making to address some of the complex problems that are common to organizations and communities in social work. SOCW 4003, SOCW 4004.)
This is the first course in the field practicum sequence. Students are required to complete 200 hours in an approved social services agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. Students gain an introduction to the roles of a professional social worker in the practicum experience. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate skills in maintaining social work boundaries and ethics while interacting in a professional manner with clients. Students participate in weekly synchronous hour-long seminars with their instructor and peers. In the weekly seminar, students demonstrate their integration of classroom knowledge with the professional practice skills. All required core and upper division courses.)
This is the second field course in the field practicum sequence. Students are required to complete 200 hours in an approved social services agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. Students have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in engaging clients, developing mutually agreed-upon goals, identifying client's strengths and needs, completing assessments, and completing professional documentation in this practicum experience. Students also identify policies at the organizational, local, state, or national level that impact the client system. Students participate in weekly synchronous hour-long seminars with their instructor and peers. In the weekly seminar, students demonstrate their integration of classroom knowledge with the professional practice skills. SOCW 4100.)
The Social Work Skills Lab is a 1-credit, 6-week hybrid class that includes 3 weeks of online content, followed by a 4-day face-to-face residential component, and then closes with 2 weeks of online content. Students in the Social Work Skills Lab I reinforce the content covered in the Social Work courses with an emphasis on skills development and advanced topics in diversity and inclusion, evidence-based practice, ethics, and development of the professional self. Material covered includes practice labs focused on individual engagement and assessment, group development and leadership, and an understanding of how to advocate within organizations and communities. A key component of the skills lab is to prepare and assess students for their readiness to enter the field. SOCW 3004.)
Walden’s Bachelor of Social Work program offers courses in five optional focus areas to align with your professional goals and interests. You are required to complete a total of 50 credits from elective coursework. You must choose at least 25 credits from courses in the Optional Focus Areas. The remaining 25 credits may be taken from any undergraduate courses as long as their pre-requisites are met.
Optional Focus Areas:
HUMN 2006 Introduction to Addiction
HUMN 3011 Addictions Assessment
HUMN 3012 Prevention and Treatment of Addiction
HUMN 4004 Brain and Behavior
HUMN 4005 Case Management and Addictions
Forensics and the Criminal Justice System
CRJS 1001 Contemporary Criminal Justice Systems
CRJS 2001 Criminology and Social Control
CRJS 2002 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
CRJS 4201 Restorative Justice
CRJS 4203 Victimology
Crisis and Trauma
CRJS 4203 Victimology
CRJS 4303 WMD and Disaster Response
PREL 4103 Crisis Communications
HLTH 4050 Introduction to Disaster and Emergency Management
HLTH 3110 Current Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice
Courts and the Legal System
CRJS 2003 Criminal Law
CRJS 3002 Courts and the Judicial Process
CRJS 4202 Mobilizing and Coordinating Community Response
CRJS 4201 Restorative Justice
CRJS 4203 Victimology
HLTH 4100 Healthcare Organization Theory and Behavior
HLTH 3105 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Healthcare
HLTH 3110 Current Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice
HLTH 1005 The Context of Healthcare Delivery
PUBH 3000 Environmental Health