About This Degree

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program gives students the knowledge and skills to succeed in the social work field. The BSW program will prepare students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The BSW program emphasizes social justice for underserved and/or vulnerable populations. Students who obtain the BSW degree may apply for a Certification in Social Work with the State of New Jersey.

There will be admission requirements to pursue the BSW major at NJCU. The acceptance process will include a review of the following: 1) grade point average of 2.75; 2) resume; and 3) essay explaining the applicant’s motivations to major in social work and acknowledgement of the rigorous internship requirement. Additionally, transfer students will be assessed individually based on comparable courses and credits completed, and comparable learning outcomes. 

Female social worker happily making a home visit

Why Become a Social Worker?

Social workers have been fierce advocates and competent professionals who work to empower individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The National Association of Social Workers defines social work is “a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment.”

Social work promotes human and social well-being. Practitioners use a range of prevention and intervention methods in their practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities based on scientific inquiry and best practices.

They also engage diversity in their practices and advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. They recognize, support, and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings.

What Kind of Job Will I Have When I Graduate?

The B.S.W. program at NJCU is designed to develop culturally informed, ethical, and effective professionals for direct social work practice with diverse populations. The program prepares students for a broad scope of practice in a variety of generalist practice settings, including public, private, and nonprofit agencies and organizations, in social services, child welfare services, human services, healthcare, and mental/behavioral health.

Timing

You may apply to the B.S.W. program on a rolling basis. Once in the program, students will fulfill general education requirements during the first two years and focus on major classes during the junior and senior years.