Social Work BSW Required Courses | Temple University

The B.S.W. Curriculum

The B.S.W. curriculum is organized so that courses scheduled to be taken later in the program assume, and build on, the knowledge and skill foundation provided in the General Education and social work courses taken earlier. For this reason, most social work courses designate successful completion (with a C or better) of earlier courses as prerequisite to taking later courses. This program of study for B.S.W. students has been carefully designed and approved by faculty. It is intended to provide students with a coherent, integrated, and high-quality learning experience. 

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

University Requirements

  • All students are required to complete the university General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    (Students who entered prior to fall 2011 should check with their advisor for the appropriate year and program requirements.)
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are

    SSWU 3096


    SSWU 4396


College Requirement

  • All CPH students, including SSW students, must complete the College Core Course,

    HRPR 1001


Clearance Requirements

Please note the Social Work program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off the University campus. These placements will require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances and perhaps a drug screen. Placements may also require the student to maintain personal health insurance. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, conviction of a misdemeanor, felony, or felonious or illegal act may prevent you from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice social work. Please see for more information about state licensure.

School of Social Work Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 overall and in the major.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all social work courses and

    HRPR 1001


B.S.W. Program Requirements

Course List Code Title Credit Hours

HRPR 1001

Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3

CSI 1111

Introduction to Public Speaking3

PSY 1001

Introduction to Psychology3

SOC 1176

Introduction to Sociology3

KINS 1223

Human Anatomy and Physiology I4 or 

BIOL 1001

Human Biology 3

ECON 1001

Introduction to the Economy

ECON 1101

Macroeconomic Principles

ECON 1102

Microeconomic Principles

ECON 1103

Global Economics

ECON 0858

The American Economy

POLS 1101

The American Political System3 or 

POLS 1911

Honors Introduction to American Politics 3

SOC 1167

Social Statistics

SOC 1967

Honors Social Statistics

MATH 1013

Elements of Statistics

PSY 1003

Statistics for Psychology 3 5

SSWU 2005

Introduction to the Social Work Profession I3

SSWU 2006

Introduction to the Social Work Profession II3

SSWU 2089

Service Learning in the Social Work Profession2

SSWU 3003

History and Values of Social Welfare3

SSWU 3004

Social Welfare in the US3

SSWU 3007

Human Behavior in the Social Environment3

SSWU 3009

Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Communities and Organizations3

SSWU 3011

The Social Worker in the Group3

SSWU 3096

Institutional Racism3

SSWU 4001

Seminar in Social Work Practice3

SSWU 4002

Seminar in Social Work Practice3

SSWU 4187

Social Work Field Practicum I5

SSWU 4107

BSW Field Seminar I2

SSWU 4287

Social Work Field Practicum II5

SSWU 4207

BSW Field Seminar II2

SSWU 4396

Introduction to Social Research3

SSWU 4407

Evaluating Programs and Practice in Social Work3 Total Credit Hours85

Field Work Practice

A minimum of 400 hours in supervised field settings is required. Students are overseen by an M.S.W. (or B.S.W. with at least two years of experience). They are directly involved in professional tasks in the agency and in the community. This component of the educational program of study facilitates the integration of classroom learning, particularly in the social work subject areas of human behavior, policy, practice, and research. Students apply what they are learning and receive feedback from both classroom and field instructors on their work. Field work practice consists of 10 credits of the 55 credits of professional social work courses specified above.

Some of the fields of practice in the five-county Philadelphia area in which majors do their field work are these:

  • Aging: including adult service centers as well as assistance in a variety of public and private organizations with treatment and protective functions;
  • Children and Youth: child abuse, foster care and adoption agencies, parenting and support services;
  • Community Organization/Planning: public issues and policies, neighborhood services at settlements, Y's, community centers;
  • Correctional/Justice: probation, parole, prison, community rehabilitation organizations;
  • Developmental Disabilities: community-living arrangements, day programs, other public and private functions;
  • Education: schools and alternative education programs;
  • Family Services: material aid, crisis intervention, ongoing counseling;
  • Health/Hospitals: advising, counseling, direct service with and on behalf of patients; a variety of functions in hospitals and community health centers;
  • Legal: public agencies assisting low-income population in matters relating to law, housing, and discrimination;
  • Mental Health: small and large institutions, community-based units, public and private auspices;
  • Substance Abuse: counseling and other direct service in a variety of settings, both public and private;
  • Violence and Domestic Issues: domestic violence of all kinds, sexual assault, and child abuse, in a wide variety of settings.