Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Start changing lives.  Become a social worker.

The focus of Brandman’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) is to build the knowledge and skills needed to better serve and impact diverse communities. You’ll understand social, political and cultural change as well as organizational dynamics and technological processes.

Why social work at Brandman?

Professionally accredited.

Brandman University’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program (BASW) is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)[1]. CSWE is the sole professional accrediting body for social work education in the United States. This accreditation is valuable to many employers and you are much more likely to:

  • qualify for advanced placement in social work graduate programs
  • be eligible for state licensing at the BASW level  (licensure varies by state)
  • have increased opportunities for field placements
  • have additional employment opportunities
Focused on real-world experience.

To help hone your skills this professional degree includes local field work. Brandman will help you coordinate with a social service agency near you to complete the supervised 400 on-site field practice hours.

Designed for working adults.

Brandman University was built to offer adults flexible education in 1958.  Brandman understands the demands of juggling your career and family responsibilities.  That’s why Brandman offers:

  • a flexible start schedule
  • a fully online option
  • eight-week school sessions

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get with My Degree?

A degree in social work opens doors to potential career opportunities in a variety of settings, including clinical research, community outreach, and nonprofit or government organizations. [2]

Possible job fields include:

  • child and family social work
  • gerontology
  • mental health care
  • probation/ correctional treatment
  • social and community service
  • substance abuse treatment

As the United States demands to increase healthcare and social services the need for social workers should follow suit.  According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, careers in social work are projected to grow 12% from 2014-2024.   [3]

The heart of social work is helping people.  The skills and the tools of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work can translate beyond the field of social services.  Brandman University’s program was designed to prepare you to make a difference in the lives of others in the career path of your choice. 

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

SOWK 300 Social Work Foundations 3
SOWK 302 Interviewing and Assessment Skills 3
SOWK 303 Diversity and Social Justice in a Global Society 3
SOWK 304 Social Welfare 3
SOWK 306 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SOWK 307 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SOWK 309 Introduction to Social Work Research 3
SOWK 418 Social Policy 3
SOWK 421 Social Work Practice: Individuals & Families 3
SOWK 422 Social Work Practice: Groups 3
SOWK 423 Social Work Practice: Organizations and Communities 3
SOWK 493 Social Work Practicum Seminar l 3
SOWK 494 Social Work Practicum Seminar ll 3
SOWK 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
SOWK 391 Youth -at-Risk 3
SOWK 393 Child Abuse 3
SOWK 405 Military Social Work 3
SOWK 408 International Social Work 3
SOWK 445 Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Social Work 3
SOWK 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)

SOWK 300 Social Work Foundations 3
SOWK 302 Interviewing and Assessment Skills 3
SOWK 303 Diversity and Social Justice in a Global Society 3
SOWK 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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