BA, Social Work

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

The purpose of the social work profession is to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program seeks to encompass the diverse areas of social, political, cultural, economic, organizational and technological processes that affect change in societal dynamics. The program is professionally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

This is a professional program that requires 400 on-site hours of supervised field practice in a social service agency and is based in liberal arts education that promotes scientific inquiry. Graduates will have the foundation for entry-level social work careers in areas such as child welfare, community mental health, developmental disabilities, criminal justice and other settings and/or have the preparation needed to begin a higher level of study in the field.

A minor in social work is also available for undergraduate students completing a bachelor's degree in a different area of study.

Educational Competencies (program learning outcomes):

  • Profession: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Ethics: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Critical Thinking: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Diversity: Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Human Rights: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Research: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Human Behavior: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Policy Practice: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Context: Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engagement, Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
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. This form is used to assist the COA in the evaluation of the program's compliance with the accreditation standards below:
4.0.2: The program provides summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of its competencies, identifying the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.
4.0.4: The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS 4 (M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely updates (minimally every 2 years) these postings.
The BA in Social Work program utilizes Brandman University's non-discrimination policy. Brandman University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the institution. Brandman University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, and employment. The University recognizes that students with documented disabilities, such as mobility, sensory, health, psychological and learning disorders may need additional resources to enable successful completion of academic coursework. Brandman University will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to the extent that they do not compromise the integrity of any degree or certificate, do not fundamentally alter the nature of a program, or are unduly burdensome to the institution.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 30 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.


Prior to becoming  eligible to begin field education, students must successfully complete at least 27 required prerequisite credits, with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher, successfully complete the field readiness  interview,  a  field  site  interview,  and  be  approved  to  begin  field  by  the  Field  Director.

All required documents including the practicum site agreement must be completed and students must be enrolled in field practicum seminar prior to starting any trainee hours at the approved site. Practicum hour requirements and other practicum policies are available from the BASW Field Director.

The  practicum  courses  are  graded  on  a  pass/no  pass  basis.  Practicum  courses  are  to  be  taken consecutively.

Social Work Core Requirements

SOCU 300 Social Work Foundations 3
SOCU 302 Interviewing and Assessment Skills 3
SOCU 303 Diversity and Social Justice in a Global Society 3
SOCU 304 Social Welfare 3
SOCU 306 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SOCU 307 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SOCU 309 Introduction to Social Work Research 3
SOCU 418 Social Policy 3
SOCU 421 Social Work Practice: Individuals & Families 3
SOCU 422 Social Work Practice: Groups 3
SOCU 423 Social Work Practice: Organizations and Communities 3
SOCU 493 Social Work Practicum Seminar l 3
SOCU 494 Social Work Practicum Seminar ll 3
SOCU 495 Social Work Practicum Seminar lll 3
Total Credits 42


Social Work Electives (6 credits)
Select two courses from the following:

CJCU 416 Domestic Violence 3
CJCU 418 Victim Advocacy 3
SOCU 391 Youth -at-Risk 3
SOCU 393 Child Abuse 3
SOCU 405 Military Social Work 3
SOCU 408 International Social Work 3
SOCU 445 Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Social Work 3
SOCU 482 Social Work with Older Adults 3


Total Credits 48



Minor in Social Work

A minor in social work requires a total of 18 credits chosen from the social work major and distributed as outlined below.

Minor Core: (12 credits)

SOCU 300 Social Work Foundations Credits
SOCU 302 Interviewing and Assessment Skills 3
SOCU 303 Diversity and Social Justice in a Global Society 3
SOCU 304 Social Welfare 3
Total Credits 12


Minor Electives: (6 credits. All courses must be upper division.)
Any two courses from the social work major core requirements or social work electives.


Total Credits 18
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