USF’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is designed for those who wish to make a career out of helping people improve their lives and reach their highest potential. Our program helps students develop skills that will give them the competency they need to be marketable and to make a difference in today’s multicultural world.
Many students report one of the most interesting aspects of our program is interacting and learning from a diverse student body and faculty. In addition, the required classes for the BSW program are small, which ensures lively discussions and hands-on experiences in and outside of the classroom. Faculty and students get to know each other well and provide a supportive environment for learning. Each year there are numerous opportunities for students to get involved in faculty research and to explore the wide range of opportunities within the social work field.
If you’re passionate about making a difference in the world by helping others and affecting social change, the BSW program at the University of St. Francis will prepare you to do just that!
The University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ibhe.org). The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (cswe.org).
“USF has given me an unforgettable experience. Faculty members have allowed me to grow both intellectually and as a person. Each professor has supported me and my goals and was more than willing to help me achieve anything I set my mind to. I was pushed and motivated to learn, grow, and become a better person. This incredible support system has surrounded me with an incredible group of colleagues, mentors, and friends.”
What Can You Do With This Degree?
The BSW program prepares students to become generalist social workers who commit to increase socio-economic justice and improve the well-being of at-risk individuals, families, groups and communities through education, service and leadership. BSW program graduates are prepared to alleviate poverty, oppression and discrimination, to enhance the quality of life for all client systems and to improve the social, economic and political justice in multicultural social contexts. USF’s graduates are successful in securing entry level social work positions upon graduation and being accepted for admission to MSW programs, including the MSW program at USF.
Grow Through Real-World Experience
As part of the BSW program, students are required to enroll in a field seminar course during their senior year. This course includes an integrative seminar class and a field internship at a community social service agency. Internships are designed to practice the knowledge and skills that comprise the professional base of social work practice, in which students are exposed to the full range of social work practice. USF partners with more than 75 social service organizations to provide students with hands-on experience. The Social Work Department’s field education director works individually with students in order to facilitate internships based on learning needs and interests.