Mission of the BSW Program

The BSW program prepares generalist social work professionals who are capable of skillful assessment and interventions at the micro, mezzo, and macro-levels.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is reviewed and monitored by the Professional Advisory Council. The School of Social Work is one of three academic schools in the Waldron College of Health and Human Services, which is located in a brand new building that provides internship opportunities for social work students. The School’s main campus is in Radford, and we also have a premajor BSW program in Roanoke at Virginia Western Community College.

BSW course work focuses on developing knowledge and skills related to nine practice areas:

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare Policies and Services
  • Research
  • Social Work Practice
  • Field Instruction
  • Social Work Values and Issues
  • Social and Economic Justice
  • Populations-at-Risk
  • Diversity

The curriculum includes courses in human behavior and the social environment, research, social welfare policies and services, direct practice (individual, family and group work, among others), field instruction, child welfare, gerontology, and crisis intervention.

Our baccalaureate social work degree is accepted as the entry-level educational credential for beginning social work practice. In addition, our graduates are eligible to apply for advanced standing in graduate social work programs, including the Master of Social Work program.

Between 95 and 100% of students graduating with a baccalaureate degree from the Waldron College of Health and Human Services have found employment or gone on to graduate school within three months of graduation.