Social Work students at Carlow University

Help others with a social work degree

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at Carlow University is designed to provide you with an understanding of human nature and cultural diversity. As a student in the program, you will participate in a one-year, agency-based field placement, a corresponding classroom seminar, and at least 100 hours of volunteer service. This will equip you with the hands-on experience you need to work through upper-level coursework and graduate with real-world experience. 

The program is concentrated in social work theory and practice with a foundation of liberal arts studies. Throughout the curriculum, you will develop entry-level social work skills that can be translated into practice with individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Our program is nationally accredited!

The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. CSWE administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and reviews. Carlow University's next accreditation visit will be in Fall 2020.

BSW Program Highlights

The social work curriculum includes:

  • Introduction to social work and social welfare
  • Theories and methods of practice
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Communities and organizations
  • Cultural awareness
  • Social work with individuals, families and groups
  • Research methods

Upon completion of selected courses, social work majors must proceed with an application process into the upper-level social work requirements. This process must be completed prior to registering for field placement. Every social work major is required to participate in a 500-hour agency-based field placement, as well as a corresponding classroom seminar.

Additional information is available in the University's course catalog.


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Where Our Graduates Go

This is a small sample of where Carlow's social work graduates have continued their careers:
  • Pittsburgh Mercy Health Systems
  • Allegheny County Children,Youth and Families
  • Bethlehem Haven
  • Excela Health Care
  • Urban League of Pittsburgh
  • Allegheny Health Network at Home Hospice