Are you passionate about helping people and making a difference in their lives? PennWest Edinboro’s Bachelor of Social Work degree prepares you for a rewarding career in service to individuals, families and communities. Earn your degree on your terms by choosing either on-campus or online learning.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of social work is projected
to grow by 15% during the next 10 years -- faster than many other occupations.
Combine your passion for improving the human condition with our rigorous BSW curriculum and prepare to make a difference in the lives of many individuals. Whether you want to assist children and families, victims of substance abuse, veterans or the elderly, you'll find our program equips you with a deep understanding of human behavior and how society impacts it. Among other things, you will learn:
You will graduate with a broad knowledge of the profession and a commitment to providing compassionate, appropriate care in a variety of settings.
Flexible learning options mean you can earn your degree on your time, and your terms. As the only BSW in western Pennsylvania offered 100% online, our program fits your busy lifestyle with a flexible, asynchronous delivery method. Or if you prefer an in-person experience, you'll enjoy earning your degree on our picturesque 585-acre campus.
During your final semester of the Bachelor of Social Work program, you will have the opportunity for extensive hands-on learning through an internship with a social service organization. You will spend four full days per week at your internship site and work under the supervision of a professional social worker. This experience not only enhances your education, but also provides networking opportunities that often lead to full-time employment after graduation. Sites include:
Social workers can help people in a variety of settings, including:
It’s never too soon to start thinking about what comes after your undergraduate degree. Many BSW graduates go on to complete Edinboro University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) and obtain licensure, which opens additional clinical and professional possibilities.
Edinboro's [BSW/MSW] program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation. Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master's social work program by the Council on Social Work Education' Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program. For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.
Dr. Kimberly Hardner
BSW Program Director
G43 Hendricks Hall
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