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Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Social Welfare, Social Justice

Social Workers Are Professional, Compassionate Problem Solvers

University of Detroit Mercy's Bachelor of Social Work program prepares you for understanding of the role of human diversity in a complex, multicultural world as you develop in the skills of leadership in service in the promotion of social justice. By the end of the program, you will have gained strong a foundation in understanding human growth and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, research methods and social work practice methods and skills.
In addition to a solid foundation, you will also complete 400 hours of hands-on experience at a human service agency where you will be supervised by a qualified social worker. The program prepares you for entry-level generalist social work practice, rooted in values and ethics, and instills a commitment to knowledge development and to continuous professional life-long learning.
University of Detroit Mercy's Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Bachelor of Social Work

Degree Requirements

To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

Requirements of the Major
68 credit hours

Required Courses

SWK 2000 Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
SWK 2050 Critical thinking and Writing for Social Workers 3 credits
SWK 2100 Social Welfare and Social Justice 3 credits
SWK 3100 Social Welfare Policy 3 credits
SWK 3200 Human Behavior: Multicultural Environment I 3 credits
SWK 3250 Human Behavior: Multicultural Environment II 3 credits
SWK 3700 Social Research Methods 3 credits
SWK 3990 Social Work Practice I 3 credits
SWK 4000 Social Work Practice II 3 credits
SWK 4010 Social Work Practice III 3 credits
SWK 4700 Field Instruction I 5 credits
SWK 4710 Social Work Seminar I 2 credits
SWK 4750 Field Instruction II 5 credits
SWK 4760 Social Work Seminar II 2 credits
6 supportive courses 21 credits

WCCCD University Center Students
For students attending the part-time social work program at the WCCCD University Center, all Core Curriculum courses as well as supportive course requirements must be completed prior to the entering the field internship and taking 4000-level coursework. 

Please consult the 2016/17 catalog for more information.


Aloha VanCamp Aloha Van Camp
Associate Professor and Department Chair
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Karen Waters Karen Mallory Waters
Associate Professor of Social Work
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Need More Information BEFORE You Apply?

If you would like more information about the Bachelor of Social Work Program please contact Aloha VanCamp, department chair: (313) 993-2010 or vancampa@ucmercy.edu.

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To apply, please go to the University of Detroit Mercy Admissions page: http://www.udmercy.edu/apply/online/index.htm.