Study Human Behavior and Help Improve the Well-Being of Others
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Grand Canyon University teaches you the skills to help improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities while working with diverse groups of people in a variety of settings. Created by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the diverse set of courses are designed to increase the understanding of human behavior.
Pursue Your BSW Degree From GCU
In GCU’s Bachelor of Social Work, you can explore how the response of individuals to differing variables plays a major role in a social worker’s approach to practice. As you go through the program, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in cultural competency and advocacy while allowing you the chance to gain a deeper self-awareness through the lens of a Christian worldview.
Bachelor of Social Work Degree Coursework
In the BSW degree online and on-campus courses, you will be taught how to examine human behavior in the social environment by critically analyzing biopsychosocial development from conception through late adulthood using an integrative, multidimensional perspective. Classes offer opportunities to learn, practice and reflect on skills throughout the entire intake, assessment, treatment, evaluation and termination process. The coursework is designed to help graduates make an impact on families and individuals.
This undergraduate social work degree program will teach you the following core competencies in the social work field:
- How diversity, advocacy and social justice exist in social work practice
- Ethical professional behavior as it relates to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) code of ethics
- Scientific inquiry and the research process in social work
- Trauma-informed care
- Complexities of leadership and management in social work
- The social work helping process
- Case management
The Bachelor of Social Work program culminates in a capstone project that integrates previous learning and provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. As a student in GCU’s on-campus or online Bachelor of Social Work degree, you will take insight from your academic and field experiences to construct a final project and presentation highlighting your knowledge of assessment, application of theory, practice skills, ethics and cultural sensitivity.
Career Paths for Bachelor of Social Work Degree Holders
This program can prepare graduates to become a social worker. You may also choose to further your education and obtain your Master of Social Work. Graduates may go on to work in:
- Outpatient facilities
- Integrated healthcare facilities
- Private practices
- Residential facilities
- Child welfare agencies
- Community service agencies
- Policy or program development
Additionally, social workers can expect faster than average job growth in their field over the next decade. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 53,800 new jobs are expected to open for social workers from 2022 to 2032.1
This BSW online program adheres to the social work standards and competencies established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). GCU’s Bachelor of Social Work program is not yet accredited but is in Candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
Bachelor of Social Work Degree Program FAQs
If you are interested in pursuing a BSW degree, we invite you to learn more by reading through our answers to these commonly asked questions.
If your dream is to make a difference in people’s lives, consider a career in social work. Learn more about the on-campus and online Bachelor of Social Work degree program at GCU by completing the form on this page. A university counselor will be in touch to answer your questions and discuss your next steps.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. Accordingly, data shown is effective Sept. 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social Workers, retrieved on Sept. 26, 2023.
2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2023, Sept. 6). How To Become a Social Worker. Retrieved on Sept. 26, 2023.
3 National Association of Social Workers. Types of Social Work Degrees. Retrieved July 2022.
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