Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
UCF School of Social Work
UCF’s undergraduate program in social work leads to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) which is fully-accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. As one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, a degree in social work offers a meaningful career. Our curriculum consists of studies in human behavior and social environment, social welfare policy and services, research, and social work practice. Electives are offered in child welfare; addictions; aging studies; health services; immigration; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. An internship in a community agency arranged by the school is required.
The BSW program is a limited-access major, and students must apply (typically after their second year in college) and be accepted into the program to earn a BSW degree.
If you meet the below criteria, you’re ready to get started with your BSW Application!
- Gain admission into the University of Central Florida.
- Completion of Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida College System or State University System college/university, or completion of the UCF General Education Program requirements, including the Gordon Rule requirements.
- Complete a declaration of major indicating Social Work Pending as the major field of study.
- Obtain a minimum of 2.5 grade point average (GPA) or better on a 4.0 GPA scale.
- Completion of the BSW program prerequisites (at least three) prior to admission to the major.
- These include: biology, psychology, sociology or social problems, American national government, macro or microeconomics.
- Complete the BSW application online
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Apply in 3 Easy Steps:
- Prior to applying, prepare your Professional Statement from these questions.
- Letter of Recommendation must be ready to upload
- Once you have all materials needed, you’re ready to fill out this application
*BSW application does not save the information and needs to be completed in its entirety/submitted before closing or navigating away
Program Goals & Mission
Our fully accredited program by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) will expose students to the latest social work theory with practical application in a variety of human service settings.
The UCF School of Social Work BSW Program prepares social work students to become generalist helping professionals who promote optimal well-being, human rights, and social, environmental, economic, and racial justice. The BSW program focuses on social change and culturally responsive practice from a regional, national, and global perspective with individuals, families, groups and communities in diverse practice settings through research informed practice.
- Apply professional knowledge, skills, and values with diverse individuals, families, groups and communities.
- Engage in ethical practice grounded in human rights and social and economic justice.
- Promote the optimal well-being of vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalized populations by building on their strengths and resilience through collaborative community partnerships.
- Integrate research informed practice in generalist settings.
- Advocate for policies and services that promote social change and the quality of professional social work practice.
Field Education is a central component of the BSW curriculum. The internship provides the opportunity for students to apply and integrate classroom learning with actual practice.
- Adult & Juvenile Probation Counselor
- AIDS Case Manager/Counselor
- Aging & Seniors Center Staff
- Child Welfare Specialist
- Community Advocacy & Outreach
- Court Advocate
- Crisis Intervention Counselor
- Developmental Disabilities Specialist
- Domestic Violence Counselor
- Foster Care/Adoption Worker
- Healthcare Social Worker
- Hospice Social Worker
- Policy Analyst
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Rehabilitation Specialist
- Victims Services Counselor
- and many more!
Academic and professional advising is important to the social work program. Students are required to meet with the BSW program coordinator or program advisor to develop an academic degree plan and then revisit with them once a semester to ensure accuracy of the courses and to graduate on time. In addition, students are encouraged to seek out faculty members to discuss research and professional options, and to seek guidance in general. Faculty members post their office hours on or near their office doors.