The School of Social Welfare provides the education and experience necessary for a career in social work.
By helping shape students’ capacity for caring, the school prepares social workers to carry out the specific purposes of the profession: to develop human potential, to promote individual well-being, and to bring about a more just society.
The BSW program prepares students for generalist practice at the entry level with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The program also prepares students for advanced graduate work in social work, as well as for degree programs in other disciplines.
Students will be able to practice competently, under professional supervision, with a variety of client systems, and at all system levels upon graduation.
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KU BSW students take innovative courses, created to dig deeper into subjects that matter. An updated curriculum, introduced in 2022, connects to the School’s leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion. Students choose from deep-dive mini-courses on topics directly related to current social work practice.
BSW students have one required practicum, or internship, during the senior year that provides students with a real-world learning experience in a safe environment.Practicum Education
Support for a Successful Journey
Added Value Opportunities
Social Work is Social Justice
How do you want to make an impact on the world? We invite all incoming students to state their vision of justice — big or small.
Start your career in social work
BSW graduates will be prepared to sit for the Kansas LBSW licensing exam and start practicing immediately. Learn about our graduates' success.Licensing & Career Options