Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work


Program Mission


Consistent with the mission of Neumann University and EPAS (2008) requirements for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the mission of the BSW program at Neumann University is to prepare students to become responsible and responsive leaders in the human services field through the development of the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to engage in generalist social work practice with a focus on preserving the dignity of all persons through human rights and social justice advocacy; counseling; effective communication; reflective community engagement; and a strong knowledge base of theory and public policy.


Program Goals

Within the Liberal Arts and Catholic Franciscan tradition, and while following the Mission of Neumann University, the stated goals of the BSW will be to:


  • Contribute to the fulfillment of the vision of Neumann University, including the provision of a Liberal Arts foundation and the development of the five core values of the University: Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Stewardship.

  • Prepare students for employment in entry-level social work positions that serve individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

  • Provide students with the tools to advance and promote social justice based on an awareness of oppression and discrimination in society.

  • Guide students in developing a reverence for diversity and respectful awareness of differences as they prepare for service in a multi-cultural, global society.

  • Provide students with instruction and practical experiences to develop the knowledge base, values and skills necessary to master the core competencies needed for effective, evidence-based, ethical social work practice.


Career Outlook

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand or health care and social services.

Selected Jobs for BSW Graduates:

*Adoption and Foster Care Agencies
*Child Protective Agencies
*Community Advocacy Organizations
*Criminal Justice Agencies
*Probation and Parole Agencies
*Family Advocacy Organizations
*Government Agencies
*Health Care Settings (e.g., hospitals, nursing homes)
*Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Groups
*Mental Health Facilities/Clinics
*Social Welfare Agencies (e.g. homeless shelters, food banks)
*Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
*Victim’s Rights


Career Information - U.S. Department of Labor:


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