Declaring a Major in Social Work

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program

Social workers share a fundamental commitment to creating social and economic justice in a diverse and rapidly changing world. Through practice that challenges oppression and increases the power and wellness of vulnerable people, we work to create a more just society. The School of Social Work embraces the profession’s commitment to the values of human diversity and the dignity and worth of all people, with particular attention to those who are oppressed, marginalized, or living in poverty. We view social and personal problems as resulting from complex interactions between people and the structures of society itself, and we work to address those problems at the level of public policy, community organizations, families, groups, and individuals. The BSSW prepares graduates for generalist practice in a wide range of organizations.

To obtain the BSSW degree, students must complete required coursework as well as substantive field placements to develop the necessary skills for ethical and effective practice.

As a profession, social work is premised on a code of ethics. The expectation for BSSW students is to understand and act according to the following values and principles.

Value: Service
Ethical Principle: Social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.

Value: Social Justice
Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice.

Value: Dignity and Worth of the Person
Ethical Principle: Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.

Value: Importance of Human Relationships
Ethical Principle: Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships.

Value: Integrity
Ethical Principle: Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner.

Value: Competence
Ethical Principle: Social workers practice within their areas of competence, and develop and enhance their professional expertise.

Please access and read the complete NASW Code of Ethics.

Your completion of the form linked below indicates your interest in and intent to major in Social Work and complete the BSSW degree requirements. Please answer the questions provided on the form and submit it electronically. This form will be placed in your student file and a copy given to your Social Work faculty advisor. This form must be completed prior to completion of SWK 202. (Note: If you are not currently a Social Work Student, you must also complete an intra-university transfer (IUT) and a Declaration of Major form. See the BSSW Program Director for details.)

BSSW Intent to Major Form