Bachelor of Social Work

Social Work

When 4-8 Saturday mornings each semester
Average Time to Complete 2 years

About the Program

MBU | Bachelor’s | Hybrid – Social Work majors have a caring spirit and desire a meaningful career. The principles of Social Work are to improve human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people. Social workers help empower individuals, especially those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. Social workers are committed to social justice and enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families, groups, communities, and systems.

MBU’s department offers small classes, student-selected field placement options, active community service opportunities through Social Work Club, Phi Alpha Honor’s Society for social work students, concentrations in both medical and school social work, international fieldwork and opportunities to study across the state in a flexible online program.

At Mary Baldwin, you’ll learn alongside others with a passion for service and world change. Social work is among the fastest-growing professions in the United States. The field offers career opportunities as well as the ability to help improve lives and benefit families, groups, organizations, and communities. With a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) you are ready for a professional position or for graduate study.

For working adults in the Charlottesville, Roanoke, Franklin County, Danville, Richmond, South Boston, and Staunton areas, Mary Baldwin’s BSW program can be particularly attractive. MBU helps you fast-track your path to a Social Work degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 84 credits into MBU through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System.  The only requirement is to obtain 18 credits in the major.  Baldwin Online and Adult Programs’ flexibility and convenience make a BSW accessible and achievable.

Students gain extensive hands-on experience in the social work field while completing a field placement of 450 hours during the spring semester of their senior year, preparing them for their professional careers.

Students who major in social work earn the BSW degree; this credential is necessary for entry-level and generalist social work positions with governmental agencies and many nonprofits that serve our communities.

MBU’s program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which provides graduates with advanced standing when pursuing Master of Social Work programs.

Career Paths

  • Substance abuse and addictions
  • Child welfare
  • Justice/corrections
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Employment/occupational social work
  • Medical/healthcare social work

Courses & Requirements

Need to meet major requirements (54) plus degree requirements (120) either through MBU or transfer course work; a minimum of 36 credits must be taken through MBU.

The BSW’s academic foundation includes content on human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work research, and social work practice. Infused into all these subject areas is content on values and ethics, populations at risk, human diversity, and social and economic justice. In addition to foundation courses, elective courses include Aging, Child Welfare, Girl Centered Initiatives, Mindfulness, and School Social Work.

Field practicum is an integral and essential component of the curriculum. Students are required to complete at least 450 hours of supervised social work practice in an approved agency. Through their field practicum, students refine their professional social work skills and integrate course content with on-the-job experience.

Cost & Financial Aid

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Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

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