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Division of Social Work|University of Wyoming

Bachelor of Social Work Overview

The Division of Social Work at the University of Wyoming, in the College of Health Sciences, offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). A BSW degree is a professional degree that enables an individual to apply for certification at the state level. The Division of Social Work prepares generalist social work practitioners to work with individuals, groups, families, organizations, communities, and institutions to achieve more effective and efficient functioning.

Because the BSW is a professional degree, students must apply for admission into the Admitted Major status during their first semester of social work coursework (typically during a student's junior year). Admitted Major status is required for students to enroll in additional social work courses (see Admitted Major Application for information and requirements). It is important that students have met prerequisite requirements; if you are interested in pursuing social work as a degree, you should contact the Division to meet with an advisor to review your coursework.

Types of Classes

Coursework includes the University Studies Program (USP) and the division's course work requirements. Completion of a 120 credit hours, minimum is required for the degree. The curriculum is designed to help students acquire important knowledge and skills in the areas of values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, populations-at-risk, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, and research. Students select elective courses in areas such as child welfare, aging, substance abuse, corrections, child and adolescent services, mental health, and disability services. The program culminates in a 450-hour supervised field practicum during the students' senior year; it allows students to learn under the supervision of social workers and the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in one of Wyoming's many human service agencies.

Type of Program

The Baccalaureate of Social Work degree is a professional program that prepares competent and effective entry-level generalist social workers who are committed to practice with people in all walks of life. Social workers seek to alleviate poverty, oppression, and discrimination, and work with all systems levels (individual, family, group, community, organization, and institution).

Our BSW program is available on the Laramie and UW/CC campuses. Coursework is offered face-to-face, via compressed video, and on-line (as part of a face-to-face or compressed video course) on the Casper Campus. Please visit the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center's webpage for more information.

We offer a curriculum that is at the forefront of the new and changing knowledge base of social work and its supporting disciplines, including the changing nature of the social contexts of social work practice, the behavior of organizations, and the dynamics of change.

Whom to Contact

If you are interested in majoring in social work at either the Laramie or Casper UW location, please feel free to contact Carolyn Haney, BSW Program Coordinator at 766-4397 or haneyc@uwyo.edu.

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