Who Are We?
The BSW Program is the first public state funded accredited undergraduate social work program in the state of Oregon at Portland State University.
Where Are We?
The BSW Program is located within the School of Social Work (SSW), which includes the MSW, Advanced Standing MSW Program, Distance, Ph.D. social work program, and Child and Family Studies Program.
What is Our Goal?
It is to educate professional entry-level generalist social workers who will work with individuals, families, groups, and communities in different agencies, settings, organizations and environments to increase social justice, equity, and the eradication of poverty.
What Degree Do You Get?
Our graduates obtain a B.A. or Bachelor of Arts with a major in Social Work.
What Type of Program Is It?
The Program is based on what we refer to as a "cohort model" with students going through all of the core social work courses as a group. This model offers support to the student and other positive aspects to those enrolled in the program.
What Is the Curriculum?
The BSW curriculum is delivered within a two year highly structured format; students take at least two social work courses per quarter in addition to other required courses. Some of the courses have to be taken in sequence so you must take that into consideration when planning your education, work, and other commitments. The first year of courses must be completed before you can move on to the field and generalist practice courses in the senior year.
When Do You Start the Program?
The social work coursework begins in the fall quarter.
How Long Is the Program?
The program is two years under most circumstances. This program is not considered an evening or weekend program; however, we offer classes throughout the week.
Do We Have A Student Organization?
Yes, students may become active in the BSW Student Organization.
Is the BSW Program Accredited?
Yes, the BSW Program was accredited on June 11th, 2011 by the Council on Social Work Education and is accredited until 2015.