Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

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 The University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work and Family Science addresses complex social problems through education, research and service to create a just and better world. Social work is the profession that promotes or restores the relationships between people and their environment in order to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, communities or organizations. 

As a student majoring in social work, you will work to enhance the social  functioning of individuals, families, communities and organizations. While taking classes and participating in community service and research, you  will learn how to enhance the relationship between people and their environments, develop and implement social policies and advocate on  behalf of those who cannot advocate for themselves. We also strive to respond to the tough social issues facing people at home and abroad. Whatever your reason for choosing the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science, you  will become part of a community of learners leading the way in confronting daunting societal challenges. 

The BSW Program at the Kent School of Social Work is a full-time, campus-based and online program that prepares students for entry level professional social work practice. The program also provides the foundation for graduate study in social work. Students may qualify for entry as Advanced Level students in graduate social work programs. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Contact us for additional information. Please join us for a Virtual Prospective Student Session to learn about the program. Download BSW Program Brochure [PDF]


Career Opportunities

A degree in social work has a broad  range of applications in a variety of fields such as healthcare, private practice, schools, universities, government and  beyond. According to the Bureau of  Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for  social workers is expected to grow much  faster than average from 2016 to 2026.  Employment growth will be driven by  increased demand for healthcare and  social services but will vary by specialty. Social workers can be found working in organizations such as:

  •  Public School Systems
  •  Hospitals and Nursing Homes
  •  Government Agencies
  •  Charitable Organizations
  •  Non-Profits
  •  Police Departments
  •  Courts

Social Work Living Learning Community

llc 3 and bsw The Social Work Living Learning Community (LLC) located in the new Belknap Residence Hall, in the center of Belknap campus, near the Student Activities Center, brings together BSW students who want to pursue a career  in social work and/or those who want to join supportive community agents. The LLC focuses on academic engagement, mentor support,  peer connections and student involvement.  It will offer opportunities to develop a wide  range of social, professional and community  experiences. 

Who can apply?

Any incoming first-year student majoring in Social Work who is interested in maximizing knowledge of the profession of social work, values base and commitment to social justice and with vulnerable, oppressed and marginalized communities. Learn more about the Social Work LLC.