Bachelor of Science - Social Work

By design, Goodwin’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program fully embraces the purpose of the social work profession—the promotion of human and community well-being. Guided by a person and environment approach, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work’s purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons.

The primary mission of the Goodwin College Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare students with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to be competent and effective entry-level generalist practitioners in diverse social service settings. To this end, we adopted as program student-learning outcomes the 10 core competencies as articulated in the Council on Social Work Education - Educational Policy Accreditation Standards (CSWE-EPAS). We embrace fully the six core values expressed in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics—service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. We also value the application of a person and environment framework in concert with a strength-based approach to practice. The program curriculum was designed to fully integrate these values and explicitly support students’ development and mastery of practice behaviors related to the CSWE-EPAS core competencies.

In addition to preparing students for work as generalist practitioners, the faculty encourages students to pursue a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) program. Students in the BSSW program are provided with the theories and skills required to become practitioners who will support individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities—all of which center around the person and environment practice approach. The social work program curriculum prepares students to take on key roles in advocacy, referral, case management and problem-solving functions—with special attention to those considered to be the most oppressed and marginalized in our society. Additionally, the BSSW program seeks to provide students with the knowledge, values and various frameworks necessary to engage in ethical and culturally-competent practice, with a focus on advancing social and economic justice for all.

Admission Requirements

Admission is based upon the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the application for admission into Goodwin College. Applicants to the Social Work Program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin College.
  2. Completion of the Bachelor in Social Work Application. Applicants must download the Social Work Application from
  3. Official college transcripts are required with the application if the applicant has courses from another institution that will need to be transferred in to meet the prerequisite courses required for admission.
  4. Complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, which include the six courses listed below. Student must receive a minimum of a 'C' in each of the following courses or their equivalent:"
    1. SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology
    2. PSY 112 – Introduction to Psychology
    3. PSC 201 – The Legislative Process
    4. ENG 115 – Writing for the Human Services Professional
    5. SWK 110 – Introduction to Social Work
    6. SOC 201 – Multicultural Issues
  5. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.35 or higher for the 36 prerequisite credit hours that must be completed before applying. Students can earn a ‘C’ on prerequisite courses and transfer courses; however, the students’ overall GPA must be a 2.35.
  6. Submit a 500 word essay (with the application) on the students’ understanding of the social work profession values and ethics, their reasons for choosing Social Work as a major and future profession, and the unique attributes the student will bring to the classroom and field placement.
  7. After submission of ALL application materials students will schedule an interview with the Director of the Social Work Program or faculty. The interview will consist of a discussion of the students’ essay.
  8. All students accepted into the Social Work Program will sign an acknowledgment statement regarding the completion of a background check prior to starting the first semester of their field placement. Tuition covers the cost of both. Students will be notified if the background check reveals any criminal record that might interfere with field placement assignment. In the event that a field placement site finds the results of a students’ background check objectionable and, as a result, prohibits the student from participating as an intern at their facility, the program will make two additional attempts to place the student in an alternative facility. If neither of the two further attempts yields a placement for the student, he or she will not be permitted to progress with the program. Students are advised to take this into consideration upon initial receipt of the results of their background check. It is ultimately the decision of the field placement site/agency to decide if the student can be placed at the respective site.

Program Outcomes

The BSSW program outcomes are adopted from the Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE) the accrediting body for social work programs. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly;
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice;
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments;
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice;
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice;
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research;
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment;
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance well-being and deliver services;
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice; and
  10. Engage with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.

Additionally, graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Social Work will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes of the General Education components.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all general Bachelor graduation requirements as stated in the catalog.  In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete all Social Work core courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.35 or better.

2. Complete SWK 450 and SWK 460 with a minimum grade of C or better.


Bachelor in Social Work

General Education Requirements - 52 Credits

General Education Core Requirements: 40 Credits


Computer Literacy Competency (CL)



Communications Competency (COM)


ENG 101

English Composition


ENG 115

Writing for the Human Service Professional


ENG 300

Advanced Composition


MATH 135

Contemporary Math (MATH)



Science Competency w/lab (SCI)


PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)


SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology (SS)



Cultural Competency (CU)



Philosophy or Ethics Elective (E/P)



Global Studies Competency - (G/US)



Global Studies Competency - (G/W)


Programmatic General Education Core Requirements: 12 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience or General Education Elective


SOC 201

Multicultural Issues


PSC 201

The Legislative Process


SWK 110

Introduction to the Social Work Profession


Social Work Major Core Requirements - 40 Credits

Semester 1

SWK 250

Social Work Practice in Research I


SWK 260

Human Behavior & the Social Environment I


Semester 2

SWK 310

Human Behavior and the Social Environment II


SWK 320

Social Work Practice in Research II


SWK 390

Generalist Practice I



HSC 305

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare


SWK 410

Generalist Practice II


SWK 450

Social Work Internship and Seminar I


Semester 4

HSR 335

Social Welfare Policy


SWK 420

Generalist Practice III


SWK 460

Social Work Internship and Seminar II


General Electives - 30 credits

Directed Electives - 12 Credits








Open Electives - 18 Credits





Total Credits in the Program