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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.

Letter From The Director

Welcome to the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies bachelor of social work program at Fairfield University. Social work is a dynamic, values based profession that endeavors to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers pursue careers in settings such as hospitals, clinics, child welfare, addictions, mental health, adoption, schools and criminal justice. The BSW program is designed to prepare graduates who are called to the profession with the strong generalist knowledge, skills, and values required to practice social work with competence and integrity.

We are proud of the unique interprofessional curriculum that will offer you opportunities to learn, to serve and to practice with students in social work, nursing and public health. The interprofessional curriculum provides students with intentional opportunities to learn together and conduct research on important health and social issues. Students across the Egan School will have the experience of working on teams using innovative approaches to addressing real life problems.

The faculty at the Egan School BSW Program are passionately committed to the social work profession and to social work education; they place a strong emphasis on forging relationships with students in order to support personal and professional growth over the course of students time in the program.  

The BSW Program will graduate generalist social workers, prepared to respond to inequities, organizing resources in the community, responding to need, addressing policy issues and engaging in research that can lead to creative and evidence based solutions to social problems. If you are passionate and highly committed to serving a diverse society and advancing respect for diversity, human rights and social, economic and environmental justice, the BSW Program will put you on the path to a rewarding career as an agent of social change. If you have questions feel free to contact Dr. Kim Oliver, koliver@fairfield.edu.

Kim Ann Oliver, PhD, LCSW
BSW Program Director

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.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MA 006 Concepts of Calculus 3 MA 0017: intorduction to Probability Statistics 3
English (Composition and Rhetoric) (1 course) 3 English/Modern Languages & Literature/Classics Literature (1 course) 3
PH (Orientation) 3 Religious Studies (orientation) 3
Modern/Classical Language 3 Elective 3
HI (Orientation) 3 PY 0101 General Psychology 3
Total 15 Total 15

 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
SO 192: Introduction to Social Work 3 SO 193: History of Social Welfare 3
NS 112: Health Care Delivery Systems 3 HS 200 - Health Communication for Healthcare Professionals 3
HI 242: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race in US History 3 BI 18: Human Biology Form & Function (1 of 2) 3
Biology/Chemistry/Biochemistry/Physics (2 of 2 courses) 3 AY 0010 Introduction to Four-Field Anthropology or AY 0168 Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation or AY 0111 Cultural Anthropology 3
VPA 3 Religious Studies/Philosophy/History (2 course in 2 different departments) 3
Total 15 Total 15

 

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
SK 301: Human Behavior in The Social Environment I 3 SK 302: Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3
SK303: Social Policy and Social Justice with Service Learning 3 SK 304: Research in Social Work Practice with Service Learning 3
AE 285: Ethics of Healthcare 3 Ph 301/SK 311:  Leadership for Interdisciplinary Health Professionals 3
Religious Studies/Philosophy/History (2 courses in 2 different departments) 3 SO 0112 American Society - SO 0161 American Class Structure or SO 0162 Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15

 

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
SK 305: Generalist Social Work Practice I 3 SK 306: Generalist Social Work Practice II 3
SK 307: Integrative Field Seminar I 3 SK 308: Integrative Field Seminar II 3
SK 309: Social Work Field Practicum I 4 SK 310: Social Work Field Practicum II 4
Elective 3 PB 101: Public Health & Social Justice 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total 16 Total 16

Faculty

Kim Oliver

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Director, Undergraduate Social Work

Tanika Eaves Simpson

Assistant Professor

Social Work

Get to Know Tanika
Tanika Eaves Simpson, PhD, LCSW has a bachelor of arts in psychology from Fairfield University in addition to a master of social work from Rutgers University. Having practiced as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut for 20 years, Dr. Simpson also holds the CT Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. Her background includes clinical experience in child and family guidance clinics, early intervention programs, early childhood mental health consultation with early care and education programs, policy work at the state level, parent-infant psychotherapy, and training and consultation with home visiting clinicians. Before joining the faculty at Fairfield Egan, she maintained roles as a home visiting clinician, consultant, and trainer at the Yale Child Study Center/School of Nursing’s Minding the Baby Program for ten years. This May, she earned her doctorate in human development and family sciences at the University of Connecticut. Her doctoral research investigates the role of individuals and organizations in work-related stress management amongst child and family oriented social service practitioners.

Joshua Neitlich

Visiting Instructor

Social Work

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