Bachelor of Social Work

Our social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and social work students graduate with a BSW degree. Graduates are eligible for social work licensing, and those who go on to graduate schools in social work may be admitted with advanced standing.

Recent Field Placements of Regis Accredited BSW Degree Program

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Department of Children & Families
  • Brandon School
  • St. Mary's Women and Infants Center
  • Elliott Community Human Services
  • Dare Family Services
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council
  • Cambridge/Somerville Elder Services
  • AIDS Action Committee
  • Sandra's Lodge
  • Voices Against Violence

Finally, we have a cross-registration agreement with the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work that allows promising social work students at Regis who qualify to take a graduate social work course at Boston College in their senior year.


The following courses are required for the social work major

  • SW 202 Introduction to Social Services
  • SW 303A Life Span Human Behavior
  • SW 304A Communities, Groups and Organizations
  • SW 327 Social Policy and Social Change
  • SW 330 Theory and Practice of Social Work I
  • SW 331 Theory and Practice of Social Work II
  • SW 335 Field Placement
  • SW 336 Field Placement
  • SW 337 Field Placement Seminar
  • SW 347 Research Methods in Social Work
  • SW 401 Integrating Seminar
  • SW 410C Internship
  • SO 201 Introduction to Sociology
  • SO 303A Oppression, Prejudice, Discrimination
  • PS 203 Introduction to Psychology

Notes

  • BI 203 Human Biology fulfills the natural science lab requirement.
  • Social work majors are required to take MA 211, MA 212 Statistical Methods for their mathematics requirement.
  • Juniors will complete 104 hours of an internship (SW 410C) in conjunction with SW 331.
  • Seniors will complete 416 hours of a field placement in their senior year in conjunction with SW 337 and SW 401.

Elective Courses

  • SW 320 Child Welfare
  • SW 325 Social Work in Health Care Settings
  • SW 344 Coping with Death and Dying
  • SW 339 Clinical Interviewing, Role-Plays, and Reflection
  • SW 340 Contemporary Social Problems: AIDS, Addictions, and Violence

Social work students must have a GPA of 2.5 to be admitted into the Program and must maintain a grade of C or better in required social work classes. Any grade lower than a C would necessitate retaking the course.

Social Work Major Curriculum: Four Years

The following is a sample four-year curriculum schedule for the social work major.

First Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
ID 101 First Year Seminar 3 EN 106 Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing 3
EN 105 Writing Seminar 3 PS 203 Introduction to Psychology 3
Religious studies requirement 3 SW 304A Communities, Groups and Organizations 3
SW 202 Introduction to Social Services 3 History course 3
SO 201 Introduction to Sociology 3 Philosphy or Ethical Reasoning 3

Second Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
SW 303A Life Span Human Behavior 3 SW 327 Social Policy and Social Change 3
MA 211 Statistical Methods 3 MA 212 Statistical Methods 3
SO 303A Opression, Prejudice, and Discrimination 3 BI 203 Human Biology 4
Expressive Arts 3 Literature Course 3
Philosphy or Ethical Reasoning 3 Elective 3

Third Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
SW 330 Theory and Practice of Social Work I 3 SW 331 Theory and Practice of Social Work II 3
Social work elective 3 SW 410C Internship 3
SW 347 Research Methods in Social Work 3 Social work elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

Fourth Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
SW 335 Field Placement* 3 SW 336 Field Placement* 3
Social work elective 3 Social work elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

* Field Placement is two days (16 hours) per week.

Note: This is a sample for students who know they want to major in social work in their first year. However, students who decide in their second year may take the courses listed in the first year in their second year. Although social work electives are listed in the sequence, they are not required.

Program Evaluation Competency Benchmarks

The PDF below contains a table that summarizes data outcomes for the assessment of 10 competencies that students demonstrate prior to graduation with a BSW.

Assessment Of Student Learning Outcomes

Social Work Minor

Social work focuses on helping others. This includes working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to achieve life-enhancing goals. Born out of an increased sense of social responsibility toward vulnerable populations, social work continues to be concerned with the advancement of economic and social justice. What makes the field unique is its dual focus on helping people and changing environments.

The social work program at Regis College is grounded in the belief that experience and hands-on learning are essential for developing social work skills. Experiential learning takes place in the classroom and in service learning projects, internships, and field placements.

Required Courses

  • SW 202 Introduction to Social Services
  • SW 303A Life Span Human Behavior
  • SW 304A Communities, Groups and Organizations
  • SW 327 Social Policy and Social Change
  • Two electives in social work

Contact Information

Hugh Clark, PhD
781-768-7073

Dean's Office

781-768-7090

Possible Career Options

Regis College Undergraduate Programs