Transform Lives and Communities: Earn Your Bachelor of Social Work Degree

Degree: B.A.

Learn to be a competent, effective social work professional through Millersville University's accredited B.A. in Social Work degree, the premier program in central Pennsylvania. 

We teach you to embrace core social work values, enhance human and community well-being, and promote social and economic justice through generalist social work practice.

At Millersville, you are afforded a learning environment that prepares you to work in an increasingly diverse society and to meet contemporary social, cultural, economic, political and global challenges.

When you graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, you will possess the knowledge, skills and values necessary to promote social justice and change in any social work practice area, including children and families, mental health, individuals with disabilities, substance abuse, disaster relief, partner violence, poverty and more.

Our BSW degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 - Telephone (703) 683-8080. Accreditation ensures the highest quality education in social work and allows you to apply for state licensure and advanced standing in accredited Master’s of Social Work graduate programs.

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Why Earn a BSW Degree

Social workers help people to help themselves.

Social workers enhance and restore social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and society as a whole.

Through direct service, counseling, education, advocacy, policy work, leadership and more, social workers transform lives by challenging injustice and changing the world.

“[The faculty] are really here to help and support you and to give you those new experiences like going to a different country and presenting.”

- Madalyn Gordon | 23

What Will You Learn in the Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work Program?

You will complete 16 social work courses in our Bachelor of Social Work degree program, including two social work electives and four additional required courses. Courses for this major include:

  • Modern Social Welfare
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Practice I and II
  • Social Work Writing
  • Human Behavior
  • Social Work Research
  • Social Work Statistics

In addition to BSW degree coursework, you will broaden your perspective through field placements, study abroad trips, internships, training and much more. You will participate in a minimum of three field experiences prior to graduation, with over 500 hours of field experience that gets you career-ready.

You can also study internationally through field placements or internships in Cape Town, South Africa; London, England; or Dublin, Ireland, as well as a broad array of internships in social service agencies across south central Pennsylvania.

Other learning opportunities include:

  • Civic engagement, scholarship, field practice, service learning and volunteerism locally, nationally and globally
  • Continue education through ongoing training opportunities offered by the Learning Institute: Global Well-Being and Social Change
  • Legislative Education and Advocacy Day where students can lobby at the State capitol

Departmental honors thesis and faculty-student research