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.)
- 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
- All CPH students, including SSW students, must complete the College Core Course,
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 https://www.aswb.org/licenses/ 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
B.S.W. Program Requirements
Course List Code Title Credit Hours
Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
Introduction to Public Speaking3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Human Anatomy and Physiology I4 or
Human Biology 3
Introduction to the Economy
The American Economy
The American Political System3 or
Honors Introduction to American Politics 3
Honors Social Statistics
Elements of Statistics
Statistics for Psychology 3 5
Introduction to the Social Work Profession I3
Introduction to the Social Work Profession II3
Service Learning in the Social Work Profession2
History and Values of Social Welfare3
Social Welfare in the US3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Communities and Organizations3
The Social Worker in the Group3
Seminar in Social Work Practice3
Seminar in Social Work Practice3
Social Work Field Practicum I5
BSW Field Seminar I2
Social Work Field Practicum II5
BSW Field Seminar II2
Introduction to Social Research3
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.