The Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) will prepare students for generalist social work practice and will be grounded in a person-in-environment framework. This course of study teaches students to use scientific inquiry, ethical principles and critical thinking in micro (individuals), mezzo (families and groups), and macro (organizations, communities and larger systems) practice settings. Social Work students will learn to engage diversity in practice and advocate for human rights and social justice. These basic tenets of social work education are in line with the social justice focused mission statement of Lesley University.

This program continues Lesley University’s longstanding commitment to excellence in the helping professions and will build on the existing Human Services major, Human Services minor, and Social Work minor curriculum, and will be structured around the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards for accreditation.

Program of Study

  • Pre-Requisites for Application to the BSW Program
    Course Title Credits
    Introduction to Social Work: 20-hour volunteer experience 3
    Introduction to Sociology OR Social Problems 3
    Cultural Anthropology 3
    Total credits for pre-requisites 9
  • Core Courses
    Course Title Credits
    Social Welfare Policy & Practice 3
    Concepts and Skills of Professional Practice OR
    Principles of Social Work Practice: 90-hour internship
    4
    Power Privilege & Helping OR
    Challenging Racism
    3
    Case Management 3
    Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3
    Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3
    Principles of Practice with Individuals, Families, & Groups 3

    Principles of Practice with Organizations, Communities, & Systems

    3
    Social Work Integrative Seminar & Capstone 1
    200-Hour Field Placement (First Semester Senior Year)
    6
    Social Work Integrative Seminar & Capstone 2
    200-Hour Field Placement (Second Semester Senior Year)
    6
    Total credits for core courses 37
  • Social Work Electives

    Choose two of the following courses.

    Course Title Credits

    Power, Privilege, and Helping (if not taken in core)

    3

    Challenging Racism (if not taken in core)

    3

    Forensic Social Work

    3

    Child Welfare

    3

    Activism and Change 

    3

    Global Child and Family Policy

    3

    The Girlhood Project

    6

    Race/Class/Gender

    3

    Gender & Globalization

    3

    HBO’s The Wire: The Politics of U.S. Urban Inequality

    3
    Total credits for social work electives

    6

  • Credit Totals

    Total BSW Credits (Including prerequisite courses):

    52

    General Education Credit Requirements:

    42

    Remaining Credits (Electives):

    26

    Total Credits:

    120
  • BSW Course Sequencing

    Year 1:

    Introduction to Social Work; Introduction to Sociology; Cultural Anthropology

    Year 2:

    Social Welfare Policy and Practice; Principles of Social Work Practice; Power, Privilege & Helping/Challenging Racism

    Year 3:

    Semester 1: Case Management; Research Methods; Human Behavior in the Social Environment

    Semester 2:  Principles of Practice w/Individuals, Groups, Families: Principles of Practice with Organizations, Communities, & Systems

    Year 4:

    Social Work Integrative Seminar & Capstone 1

    Social Work Integrative Seminar & Capstone 2