Develop an understanding of the basics of social work while also gaining hands-on, practical experience in the field.
Bachelor of Social Work Overview
The online BSW from Campbellsville University teaches you the foundations of social work so that you can help and support other individuals or groups. After graduating from this program, you will understand how to be an effective social work professional and how to approach clients from a position based on ethics and Christian values. You can then pursue a career in the field or continue your studies with our online MSW. You will study areas such as marriage and family relationships, crisis intervention and social policies.
Through the program, you’ll learn the historical and contemporary principles of social work, as well as the theoretical perspectives related to the field. You will also discover the necessary skills for performing generalist social work practice in a variety of areas: communities and organizations, individuals, families and groups. Through a required practicum, you will acquire hands-on experience in a supervised social work environment in order to demonstrate your achievement of social work core competencies, which are set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). In addition, you will be able to choose three electives to complete your degree and better tailor it to suit your interests. Some of the elective choices include aging, addictions, foster care and adoption, medical social work, school social work and human rights.
Our online BSW degree offers an “interactive classroom,” in which you can interact with your professor and other students through video interaction. Our professors are available and personable and can provide individualized attention thanks to the small class sizes. You’ll also be able to complete a debriefing session with your professors to help solve any problems. Additionally, our social work faculty are experienced in working with non-traditional students who are seeking a comprehensive, experiential social work education.
Our CSWE-accredited online BSW is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The fully online program gives you the opportunity to study whenever best fits your busy personal and professional schedules. The program’s faculty members also have a wide range of real-life experiences that they incorporate into the curriculum.
Related Social Work Degrees
Our online BSW degree consists of a total of 120 credit hours, with 57 credit hours for the social work core curriculum and an additional nine hours of electives. The four-year program can be completed in as little as two years, depending on the amount of credits transferred.
The General Education component of undergraduate degrees provides the student with a basic understanding of a broad range of subjects. This supports the liberal arts emphasis of the University’s academic mission.
Your General Education component must include all of the following:
- BIO 110: Biology
- POL 110: American Government
- PSY 111: General Psychology
- SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology
Students must complete ENG 111, with a grade of “C” or better, to enroll in Social Work Area Core courses.
Take each course on the following list:
- SWK 210: Introduction to Social Work
- SWK 220: Practice I (Individual)
- SWK 310: Social Policy and Planning
- SWK 320: Human Development
- SWK 335: Human Rights
- SWK 340: Practice II (Families)
- SWK 342: Human Diversity
- SWK 373: Research Methods
- SWK 450: Practice III (Community and Organization)
- SWK 455: Practice IV (Group)
- Field Instruction: 12 hours*
*Students may take 12 hours over 1 semester (SWK 410) or take 6 hours per semester (SWK 420 and SWK 421)
Choose 3 courses from the following list:
- SWK 315: Crisis Intervention
- SWK 331: Marriage and Family
- SWK 350: Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice
- SWK 355: Faith-Based Social Services and Ministries
- SWK 360: Child Abuse and Neglect
- SWK 370: Child Abuse and Interventions
- SWK 414: Introduction to Counseling
- SWK 425: Death, Dying and Bereavement
- SWK 460: Aging
- SWK 480: Special Topics
- SWK 481: Addictions
- SWK 482: Conflict Resolution
- SWK 483: Foster Care & Adoption
- SWK 485: Medical Social Work
- SWK 486: School Social Work
- SWK 490: Independent Study in Social Work
Students must take courses totaling 28 credit hours to complete the 120 credit hours requirement for a bachelor’s degree. In conjunction with the online BSW degree, students may pursue a minor in another discipline, but are not required to do so.
Admission to the BSW program is a two-step process. In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited online bachelor’s degree in social work, students must complete or submit for review the following steps:
Apply to CU:
- Online application
- Official transcripts, including a complete record of all courses attempted, from each college or university previously and currently attended
- If transferring less than 24 credit hours, submit an official high school transcript
Apply to the Carver School of Social Work:
After you are admitted to Campbellsville University, and once you’ve met the necessary pre-requisites* you may begin the Carver School admissions process.
- Carver School specific application
- Three letters of reference
- An essay
*30 hours of general education courses including BIO 110, ENG 111, PSY 111, SOC 110 and POL 110
Costs & Financial Aid
The online BSW degree costs $399 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.
There are several academic, performance and diversity scholarships available for social work students.
A maximum of 72 credits can be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. Students wishing to transfer credits from an associate degree can easily do so through Campbellsville University’s Transfer Scholarship.
Campbellsville University is a military-friendly school and a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program. Students who are currently serving at home or abroad or are veterans can further their education in a conducive online environment.
Careers in Social Work
After graduating from our online bachelor’s degree in social work, you can pursue several career paths in the field. Some potential careers include:
Why CU Online?
Focused on Your Growth
Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.
Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.
Affordable and Convenient
Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.
Campbellsville University is traditionally fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Benefits of Learning Online
Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Yes, you can transfer up to 72 credits for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You can view more information on transferring credits on the transfer credits page.
Yes. You will have to complete the FAFSA form, and we will then determine your eligibility for any financial aid. Visit our financial aid page to learn more about your options, which include scholarships and grants.
You can apply to our online degree programs through the online application form. Remember to submit official copies of your high school and/or college transcripts, along with any other required documentation that is specific to your degree program. You can visit the admissions process page to learn more about what to expect throughout the process.