Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Become an Agent of Change with a BSW from HCU

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Houston Christian University (HCU) is the gateway to a fulfilling career in social work for those passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and creating positive change in their community. The accredited program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become professional social workers and effect real change in various settings.

Why Choose HCU’s Social Work Degree?

  1. Christ-Centered Education: The BSW program is rooted in Christian values, emphasizing the importance of compassion, service, and social justice. Students learn to integrate these principles with professional social work practice.
  2. Comprehensive Curriculum: The curriculum provides a strong foundation in social work theories, principles, and practices. Students gain a deep understanding of human behavior, social welfare policies, research methods, and ethical considerations in social work.
  3. Skill Development: Through coursework and internships, students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills essential for effective social work practice.
  4. Experienced Faculty: Students learn from experienced faculty members who are dedicated to their personal and professional growth. The faculty bring real-world expertise to the classroom and provide mentorship throughout the students’ journey.

Social Work Career Opportunities

With a BSW degree from HCU, graduates are prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in social work. Some potential career paths include:

  • Child welfare social worker
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counselor
  • Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Medical social worker
  • Mental health social worker
  • Substance abuse social worker
  • Community organizer
  • Case manager
  • Advocacy specialist

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of social workers is projected to grow 7% from 2022 to 2032, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

BSW Program Curriculum

The BSW program at HCU consists of 120 credit hours, including:

  • 38 credit hours of Social Work Core courses
  • 9 credit hours of Social Work Electives
  • 30 credit hours of General Electives
  • 43 credit hours of Liberal Arts Core courses

Some of the core courses students take include:

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare History and Policy
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities
  • Social Work Research Methods
  • Social Work Internships

Bachelor of Social Work Degree Plan

[PDF] Review the Bachelor in Social Work degree plan and major requirements.