Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

In-class experience

The BSW is a professional degree built on a liberal arts foundation with supporting social and behavioral sciences coursework. We have the most racially/ethnically diverse program on campus. 55% of BSW students identify as BIPOC.

All BSW students must complete a professional sequence that encompasses a series of classes tied to a 450-hour internship at a social service agency. These classes in conjunction with the internship are designed to provide the professional socialization, knowledge, values and skills needed for entry-level Social Work practice. Students may apply to the professional sequence during the winter of their junior year. 

To make an appointment with a social work advisor or learn more about pre-requisites for our BSW program, schedule an appointment below.

Learning outcomes

Identify as a professional social worker and conduct yourself accordingly

Apply Social Work ethical principles to guide professional practice

Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments

Engage diversity and difference in practice

Advance human rights and social and economic justice

Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment

Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective Social Work services

Respond to contexts that shape practice

Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

Our commitment to racial and social justice

Apply to the social work program

Ready to apply to the professional sequence for the Bachelor of Social Work?

Meet our BSW team

BSW faculty
Ashley Daftary
Ashley Daftary, Ph.D., MSW
BSW Program Director, Assistant Professor
(775) 682-8712
AB 523P
BSW faculty
Jose Parra
Jose Parra, MSW
BSW Coordinator, Lecturer II
(775) 682-5216
RC-A 100Q
BSW faculty
Lindsey Forbes
Lindsey Forbes, M.A.
BSW Coordinator of Academic Success she/her/hers
AB 523L

Explore more resources

Learn about the application process for the School of Social Work BSW program

Apply for available scholarships specifically for BSW students.

Get involved with the social work student community through student groups.