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Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work Program is an accredited program of the Council on Social Work Education since 1975. The Social Work program at Monmouth University has been designed to provide an understanding of human diversity and society as well as prepare students for careers in Social Work.

Our mission is to prepare graduates for professional social work practice that embodies social work values and strives to secure Human Rights by advancing social, economic, and environmental justice for vulnerable populations in a diverse and increasingly interdependent world.

Using a curriculum that concentrates on generalist social work practice, the primary mission of the undergraduate Social Work program is to prepare students for beginning professional level social work practice. Secondary goals include introducing other students in the college and individuals in the surrounding community, to relevant social work and social welfare issues, and preparing social work students for graduate social work education. The program attempts to inoculate students with the knowledge, values, skills and ethics necessary for the competent practice of the Social Work profession.

The baccalaureate program in social work prepares students for generalist practice. Generalist practice is grounded in the liberal arts and the person-in-environment framework. Generalist practitioners use a range of prevention and intervention methods in their practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities based on scientific inquiry and best practices. The generalist practitioner identifies with the social work profession and applies ethical principles and critical thinking in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Generalist practitioners engage diversity in their practice and advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. They recognize, support, and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings. They engage in research-informed practice and are proactive in responding to the impact of context on professional practice.

Photo of DiplomaBuilding upon the liberal arts base, the social work curriculum incorporates and integrates content in five professional foundation areas: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy and Services, Research, Social Work Practice and Techniques, and Field Placement. In each of these five areas, content on professional ethics and values and oppressed populations is included. In addition to the core social work courses, there are supporting classes which supply additional knowledge and background to aid in the effective training of competent social workers. These courses come from the areas of Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Statistics, Sociology, and Anthropology.

Photo of Young ChildrenA major component of the BSW curriculum is the Field Practicum. Students have three opportunities to practice their social work skills in a supervised field setting:

  • Sophomore year – 30 Volunteer hours
  • Junior year – 100 Internship hours (completed during the spring semester)
  • Senior year – 448 Internship hours (completed during entire academic year)

Field Practicum

Field work is at the core of social work education. It’s a rewarding and challenging experience that will prepare you for the start of your professional career in social work. It is also a major commitment and usually generates the most questions. The Office of Field and Professional Education has assembled the most frequently asked questions, along with their respective answers, into a single factsheet.