Our nationally-accredited program and expert faculty offer a mentoring environment with opportunities to learn in-and-outside the classroom. You will develop leadership skills while helping actual clients in need, from various backgrounds in the community. Students experience learning beyond the classroom through field-work and service-learning in urban and rural settings with social justice and advocacy organizations. You are provided opportunities to research with faculty and participate in interprofessional learning activities. BSW students gain a distinct advantage for graduate-level learning and career placement, knowing you will be well prepared as a Social Worker for LBSW licensure and are eligible to apply for an Advanced Standing (one-year accelerated) Master of Social Work degree.
Social work is a profession that interacts with many other disciplines. At SVSU, we’ve adopted an interdisciplinary approach. You will come to the program prepared with introductions to psychology, biology, sociology, political science, and economics. The courses offered in the Department of Social Work and Youth Services provide insight into diverse populations and community programs. Faculty have expertise in substance use, foster care and adoption, gerontology, LGBT youth and families, community organizing, research, and the law. Learning beyond the classroom is emphasized throughout the program, culminating in a field experience designed to prepare students for professional social work practice.
Learning beyond the classroom is strongly emphasized in the social work program. Student opportunities include partnering with faculty and other students in research projects, field placement and volunteer opportunities with communities across Michigan. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through participation in the Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) a Registered Student organization dedicated to making an impactful difference on campus and in the community. Faculty led study abroad and domestic service learning opportunities to Uganda, Alaska, New Mexico, and more allow students to gain rich, global perspectives on systemic issues. Students are empowered to creatively engage and solve problems during their time at SVSU in preparation for the roles professional social workers play.
SVSU is committed to making your dreams attainable and your education affordable. We offer a range of scholarships specifically for social work students. For additional details on deadlines, applications, and qualifications, please explore our full scholarship listing.
Social workers work. Whether graduates from the BSW program choose to apply to a graduate program or move right into the job market, SVSU social work graduates are prepared! Students from our program are sought after applicants of Advanced Standing graduate programs, including our own MSW program at SVSU. Those who seek employment with the undergraduate degree are successful and can be found in the fields of mental health, substance use, juvenile justice, child welfare, family services, and gerontology. SVSU graduates with a BSW degree make choices that meet their interests and passions. Faculty mentors are on hand to help guide students as they plan for a future as a professional social worker.
Marianna Cuevas Strasz earned her degree in social work and engaged in much learning beyond the classroom. She found a path that allowed her to make an impact in social justice, homelessness, poverty, and mental health – the subjects about which she carries the deepest passion. For Marianna the objective has always been helping people, and at SVSU she found that not only her courses but also her research, global service trips, and volunteering opportunities, all furthered this goal. Just as Marianna has been changed by SVSU and the Social Work program, she’s also made her own mark on the University: starting the Sexual Assault Prevention Team (SAPT) on campus. Discover more of Marianna’s Cardinal story.