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B.S.W. in Social Work

The Social Work from Colorado State University curriculum focuses on the practical application of social work principles, policies, and practices within human rights and social justice perspectives.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

Social work is distinguished by a tradition of concern for people and their interactions with society. Social work professionals are community problem solvers who intervene in organizational settings, communities, social service agencies, groups, individuals, and families with goals of enhancing well-being and promoting social and economic justice.

Most social workers are employed in fields such as child welfare and family services, mental health, medical social work, school social work, corrections, community organization, or advocacy.

Students of this Social Work from Colorado State University acquire a professional social work foundation transferable to different settings, population groups, and problem areas. Attention is devoted to understanding the social welfare system in the U.S., and working with individuals, families, and communities to effect the desired change.

At the global level, human rights and economic, environmental and social needs are explored through international travel courses. Several practical experiences are required. Students work with an agency participant throughout their sophomore year, and then as seniors, participate in a social work agency internship. International placements may be available.

The curriculum also includes a strong liberal arts base in social science research and statistics, arts, humanities, social science, and natural sciences.

Potential Occupations

Social Work graduates are employed in a variety of settings including welfare agencies, schools, hospitals, clinics, institutions, community centers, public health, corrections, and group homes.

Entry-level job opportunities are plentiful. Graduates should be willing to work with people of all ages and in a multitude of circumstances and settings. Opportunities to work with older adults are especially prevalent. Internships are required. Graduates of the BSW program are eligible to apply for advanced standing in graduate programs.

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Courses Included

  • College Composition
  • Individual and Family Development
  • General Psychology
  • Academic and Career Success
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