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Bachelor of Social Work

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Degree Completion
Undergraduate

About the Program

The online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is designed to provide you with key social work ideas, values, concepts, and skills, including the code of ethics, grand challenges, and diversity and social justice aspects. With this degree, you’ll be equipped to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic and complex needs of all people, with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living impoverished.

The BSW degree completion program starts at the junior level. Admission to the program is a two-step process, beginning with the submission of the UOlivet undergraduate admission application. Admission to the BSW program will require an additional application stage that will follow after your initial undergraduate admission application has been reviewed and accepted.

Accreditation

Our curriculum is designed to meet the core competencies of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). The University of Olivet is currently in the accreditation process with the CSWE. For updates on UOlivet’s accreditation, please see the CSWE Accreditation Directory. Read more about our pre-candidacy status.

Careers

  • Case Worker

    Caseworkers help at-risk individuals and families such as children from troubled homes, senior citizens and people with serious chronic or terminal illnesses. Caseworkers meet with clients regularly and may make home visits and provide other services based on the needs of their clients.

  • Child Welfare Specialist

    Child welfare specialists ensure children are protected and secure by making sure they are living in an appropriate environment, receive necessary medical care and have access to schooling. They often have to make tough decisions such as deciding whether a child needs to be removed from their home.

  • Medical Social Worker

    A medical social worker helps patients and their families cope with the social, financial, emotional and psychological hardships related to a diagnosis of a serious, chronic or terminal illness and educates them about patient entitlements, community resources and health insurance coverage. They may also provide counseling advocacy for their patients.

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker

    Mental health and substance abuse social workers help clients with mental illnesses or addictions. They provide information on services, such as support groups and 12-step programs, to help clients cope with their illness.

Courses in the Program

SA 291 - Research Methods and Design
SW 305 - Social Work Ethics
SW 310 - Social Work Policy
SW 315 - Social Work Practice Method I: Individuals and Families
SW 320 - Social Work Practice Method II: Groups & Organizations – Community Action and Social Change
SW 325 - Social Work Practice Method III: National and Global
SW 330 - Social Work Community Assessment and Practice
SW 345 - Social Work Counseling
SW 350 - Social Work Case Management
SW 355 - Practicum Education I
SW 356 - Practicum Education II
SW 400 - Professional Development in Social Work
SW 410 - Application of Research Evidence in Social Work Practice
SW 415 - Social Work Senior Capstone
Social Work Program Mission Statement

The University of Olivet’s online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program aims to provide diverse academic and experiential learning to students grounded in liberal arts studies and core social work values. The purpose of the BSW program is to prepare social work students to become generalist social work practitioners capable of enhancing well-being for all people by addressing social, racial, economic, and environmental injustice both locally and globally.

Social Work Program Purpose Statement

The purpose of the social work profession is to promote human and community well-being. Guided by a person-in-environment framework, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, the purpose of social work is actualized through its quest for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice; the creation of conditions that facilitate the realization of human rights; the elimination of poverty; and the enhancement of life for all people, locally and globally.

The Purpose of The University of Olivet’s Social Work Program is to uphold The University of Olivet’s Institutional Vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility with a set of principles that include learning and personal development, contributing to the learning of others, service, contribution to the quality of the physical environment, treating all people with respect, behaving and communication with honest and integrity in-person and through technological advancements, and being responsible for the development and growth of the college. The BSW program will uphold this vision by not only upholding the NASW code of ethics, but by tailoring learning towards truly being a human service major with the framework of respect for diversity, social justice, and scientific inquiry that can be applied to service. This includes but is not limited to service with vulnerable populations, advocacy towards social, racial, economic, and environmental injustices locally and globally, and educating the campus, local community, and beyond about inclusive efforts that can be made from an equitable advantage for all.

Social Work Program Values Statement

Service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry are among the core values of social work. These values, along with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive perspective, underpin the explicit and implicit curriculum and frame the profession’s commitment to respect all people and the quest for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.

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