2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Oct 20, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)


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The Bachelor of Social Work degree is designed to prepare students for service to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities as social work practitioners. Each student in the program will complete coursework, skills training, and supervised field experience. Students will receive support designed to prepare them for ethical and competent practice as professional social workers who employ evidence-based practice. Walden anticipates that graduates will be prepared to design culturally and contextually relevant generalist social services in their practice, and to provide mentoring and supervision, advocacy, and collaboration activities with their varied client populations.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the Bachelor of Social Work program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the development of a professional orientation and identity as a generalist social worker.
  2. Follow and apply professional and ethical standards and values as set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to social work practice.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to positive social change by advancing human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  4. Utilize evidence-based research and critical-thinking skills to serve traditionally oppressed and disenfranchised populations.
  5. Apply theories of human growth and development to social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  6. Demonstrate culturally competent knowledge and skills in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation as a  generalist social worker.

Degree Requirements


General Education (76 cr.)


See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Elective Courses (25 cr.)


Students are to select 5 additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from either general education courses or courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs These 25 credits of electives are in addition to the 20-credit general education electives.

Accreditation Status


Walden’s Bachelor of Social Work has achieved candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards but has not yet demonstrated full compliance. 

Students who enter programs that attain candidacy in or after the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains initial accreditation. Candidacy is typically a 3-year process, and attaining candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain initial accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Note on Licensure


The Walden University Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as licensed social workers in states that offer licensure at the bachelor’s level. However, each state board responsible for the regulation of social work has its own requirements for licensure, including appropriate accreditation of academic programs.

Walden’s Bachelor of Social Work has achieved candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.

Students who enter programs that attain candidacy in or after the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains initial accreditation. Candidacy is typically a 3-year process, and attaining candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain initial accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification, or other credential in another state. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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