Social work is a career committed to improving the lives of all people. It can be working with individuals in a variety of settings, or on a broader level to impact increased quality of life for all people through advocacy. Augusta University offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in social work that is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The distinction of the Augusta University Social Work Program comes in small interactive courses with individual mentoring taught by social workers with considerable practice experience. The Social Work program is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice upon graduation. Coursework also prepares students with the groundwork to pursue and succeed in an MSW graduate program or other graduate or professional program.
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Students earning the BSW degree at Augusta University are eligible for:
Advanced standing in Masters of Social Work programs
Course requirement reductions in accredited graduate social work programs
May take the licensure examination in locations where available or required
Where can I work with a BSW?
There are a variety of employment opportunities in the profession of Social Work. Some examples of where Augusta University social work graduates have become employed are:
Child, family and school social workers tend to the welfare of children and their families. They counsel individuals, families and communities about school problems, child abuse, adoptions or teenage pregnancy. They also interview clients to determine needs and issues, and develop service plans.
Health care social workers help individuals, couples and families cope with chronic or terminal illnesses or congenital disabilities. They collaborate with medical professionals to determine the needs of patients, organize support groups or counseling and refer patients to specialists in recovery services, financial assistance or legal aid.
Mental health social workers treat individuals with emotional, mental or substance abuse problems. They counsel clients one-on-one or in group sessions, educate them and community members about mental illness and addictions, and help them stick with their treatment plans.
The duties of social service professionals vary by employer but they provide client service in many nonprofit agency settings. They may visit clients in homes or on the street, organize group activities or individual counseling sessions, organize paperwork and interview new clients to compile statistical, medical or social information.
Additional Social Work Resources
In order to accomplish our mission, we have identified the following goals:
All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.
All majors must complete exit survey in term they graduate.