Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Social Work Program Overview

Frequently Asked Questions


The undergraduate Social Work program at Colorado State University is committed to providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter social work practice as a professional. The generalist framework provides the foundation for this program which includes a strong liberal arts base. A total of 120 credit hours are required for graduation.

BSW Program Mission

The Mission of the BSW program at CSU is to prepare graduates for professional and ethical Generalist practice with an emphasis on entry-level social workers who are able to work across all system levels. This is accomplished through preparing social work practitioners who are able to practice in complex, diverse, and dynamic settings and environments and to promote human rights and individual, community, and global well-being. Emphasis is placed on the use of interdisciplinary evidence-based knowledge and skills for ethical, culturally competent, and socially and economically just interventions.

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BSW Program Goals

This is accomplished by preparing Generalist social workers who:

  1. Have a broad knowledge base and skills for practice with multi-level systems that is grounded in systems theory and a person in environment framework
  2. Practice and behave in a manner that is consistent with the principles, values, and ethics of the NASW Code of Ethics.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to social and economic justice, full inclusion of diverse segments of the U.S. and global society, and a special emphasis on empowering and improving the well-being of marginalized groups.
  4. Participate in lifelong learning, professional development and the professional community of social work, and who effectively utilize professional supervision and consultation
  5. Utilize critical thinking skills to engage in multiple methods of inquiry, analysis, and evaluation to enhance the quality of human services.

Acceptance into the School of Social Work is conditional upon acceptance into the university. Any transfer credits are evaluated by Admissions at the time of application. Information regarding financial aid may also be of interest. Other information about the university may be found on the Colorado State University website.

For further information on the BSW program, to declare the major, or for advising please use the advising scheduler at https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/sswadvising/. You may also e-mail Evan Lowe at evan.lowe@colostate.edu, with questions.

The BSW Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.