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The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is designed to be completed in four years. Students take general education courses, known as BELLCore courses, and an Introduction to Social Work course in the first year of the program. In the second year, students continue in the BELLCore and have two social work classes each semester. During the third year, students delve deeper into the social work content and continue the general education requirements. Their final year includes the completion of any remaining BELLCore courses as well as the start of their intensive 450 hour internship experience, which in social work is referred to as Field Education.

In addition to the BSW, our Department offers a Minor in Social Justice that allows students an opportunity to learn more about the social problems our society faces and the important role social systems play in solving them.

Students who transfer into the program will be advised with an individual plan to complete the program in a timely manner. If you are considering a transfer to Belmont University for social work, please refer to the suggested program of study for guidance on equivalent coursework during the first and/or second years. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Crowell Thompson with any questions!

View the catalog for course listings and descriptions.

Program of Study

  • Social Justice Minor
  • Field Education
  • School Social Work Licensure
  • Student Research

Interested in the Adult Degree Social Work Program? Learn more.