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Program Overview

Hospitals, schools, clinics, and the court system all depend on social workers to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals.

The bachelor of social work (BSW) program at Fairfield University prepares graduates to recognize and value the inherent worth and dignity of all people and promote the wellbeing of individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities. The program is committed to serving a diverse society and advancing respect for diversity, human rights and social, economic and environmental justice. Coursework in this program will prepare lifelong learners who possess strong conceptual and generalist knowledge, values and skills and uphold the highest standards of professional conduct.

BSW graduates who qualify, can apply for advanced standing in the MSW program at the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professionals.

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Program Requirements

Applications for the BSW program are evaluated by the Office of Admission. Students who declare a social work major are accepted directly into the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies bachelor of social work program in their first year.

To progress in the program, students are required to successfully complete all core, required courses and internship experiences. By accepting admission in the Egan School, the student understands the program eligibility and progression requirements. Social work students must follow all University educational policies and general regulations including those regarding academic progress.

Social work undergraduates will have close individual advising with social work faculty as well as ongoing group process with faculty beginning in their first year in the program.

In order to complete the BSW degree, students will earn 122 credits. Coursework in the major begins with two introductory courses in the sophomore year, followed by a structured program, including 12 required courses, (38 credit hours) in social work. Beginning in fall of the senior year, students will complete 450 hours (16 hours per week) over two semesters of supervised field education in a variety of social service agencies and community outreach settings.

In order to remain in the social work program, students must have:

  • An overall 2.75 overall GPA at start of junior year
  • Average of 3.00 or higher in all social work courses
  • A passing grade in the first semester fieldwork practicum
  • The recommendation of the Faculty Advisor

A minimum grade of B must be received for all social work courses in order to progress in the program.

Fairfield University students, who are currently undecided or enrolled in any major, have the option to change their major to social work. Interested students should contact the BSW program director, Dr. Kim Oliver at koliver@fairfield.edu.

Course Offerings

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • The History of Social Welfare and Social Work
  • Social Policy and Social Justice
  • Research in Social Work Practice
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • Leadership for Interdisciplinary Health Professionals
  • Generalist Social Work Practice I
  • Generalist Social Work Practice II
  • Integrative Field Practicum Seminar I
  • Integrative Field Practicum Seminar II
  • Field Practicum I
  • Field Practicum II

Sample Four Year Plan

This sample curriculum plan is subject to change, as the University is instituting the new Magis Core Curriculum.

Fall Semester
Credits
MA 006 Concepts of Calculus 3
English (Composition and Rhetoric) (1 course) 3
PH (Orientation) 3
Modern/Classical Language 3
HI (Orientation) 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Credits
MA 0017 intorduction to Probability Statistics 3
English/Modern Languages & Literature/Classics Literature (1 course) 3
Religious Studies (Orientation) 3
Elective 3
PY 0101 General Psychology 3
Total 15
Fall Semester
Credits
SO 192 Introduction to Social Work 3
NS 112 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HI 242 Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race in US History 3
Biology/Chemistry/Biochemistry/Physics (2 of 2 courses) 3
VPA 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Credits
SO 193 History of Social Welfare 3
HS 200 Health Communication for Healthcare Professionals 3
BI 18 Human Biology Form & Function (1 of 2) 3
AY 0010 Introduction to Four-Field Anthropology
OR
AY 0168 Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
OR
AY 0111 Cultural Anthropology
3
Religious Studies/Philosophy/History (2 courses in 2 different departments) 3
Total 15
Fall Semester
Credits
SK 301 Human Behavior in The Social Environment I 3
SK 303 Social Policy and Social Justice with Service Learning 3
AE 285 Ethics of Healthcare 3
Religious Studies/Philosophy/History (2 courses in 2 different departments) 3
Elective 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Credits
SK 302 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3
SK 304 Research in Social Work Practice with Service Learning 3
Ph 301/SK 311 Leadership for Interdisciplinary Health Professionals 3
SO 0112 American Society SO 0161 American Class Structure
OR
SO 0162 Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations
3
Elective 3
Total 15
Fall Semester
Credits
SK 305 Generalist Social Work Practice I 3
SK 307 Integrative Field Seminar I 3
SK 309 Social Work Field Practicum I 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 16
Spring Semester
Credits
SK 306 Generalist Social Work Practice II 3
SK 308 Integrative Field Seminar II 3
SK 310 Social Work Field Practicum II 4
PB 101 Public Health & Social Justice 3
Elective 3
Total 16

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