Program Options & Curriculum
Dive deeper into BSSW Program requirements and options
Social Work is an exciting academic major, preparing students for professional entry-level work in the social and human services. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program engage in the exploration of ways to ameliorate personal, interpersonal, and societal problems and learn skills and techniques in order to create change and make a difference in people’s lives. Social Work is a valuable degree as many employers recognize it as preparing graduates to utilize a variety of tools to work with diverse populations on multiple issues and goals.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) defines social work as “a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment” and defines social workers as “people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, who want their work to make a difference“.
Employment of social workers is expected to grow by 13% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2021). Bachelor-level social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including schools, prisons, non-profit and for-profit private agencies, and governmental agencies. They work with individuals, families, groups, and communities as intake staff, resource and referral specialists, case workers, case managers, program coordinators, project directors, community organizers, and more. All social workers share a commitment to:
At MSU Denver, students get a high level of instruction at an affordable price. Our BSSW program offers:
Throughout my career, I have been guided by a quote attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step.” I suspect that many of you are pursuing social work because the values of our profession (service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence) resonate deeply for you, and you want to tackle the many social problems facing vulnerable people. But where do we start? King’s words encourage us to begin where we are, and the social work program is designed to help you find your passion, form relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members that will sustain you on your path, and take your next step to make change in the world.
Our departmental mission is to provide an inclusive, inspiring environment for undergraduate, graduate and community education in social work, that is value driven, research informed, culturally responsive, academically rigorous and which links theory and practice. Our diverse faculty members bring a wealth of social work practice experiences into face-to-face and online classes. We have worked hard to build a BSSW program that supports students’ diverse needs, that is rigorous and intellectually challenging, and that ultimately prepares students to step into professional social work positions and create lasting change in our communities.
In my role as BSSW Program Director, my job is to support BSSW students in this program and beyond. I meet with frequently with students on many topics:
- Discussing ideas for how to navigate challenging classroom or life situations
- Hearing your feedback on about how to improve the BSSW program
- Answering questions about Departmental or University policy
- Providing advice about professional next steps
I hope to do what I can to make sure you have your best possible learning experience in the BSSW program.
With this in mind, I invite you to learn more about the BSSW Program here at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Check out the resources available here on our website. If you’re new to MSU Denver, send us a question via email at [email protected] or give us a call at (303) 615-0555. Visit our Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages. Or come visit our offices in Central Classroom, Suite 201.
Thank you for taking a first step into social work, I look forward to talking with you as you make your unique contributions to the world.
Barbara Decker, MSW | Interim BSSW Program Director
This was the best place for me to go for Social Work. The faculty understood us and what our needs were. They didn’t just expect hard work from us, they appreciated us and the hard work that we were doing. Social Work is a really hard field and having the supportive faculty was really important.
Social Worker, Adams County (Colo.) Children and Family Center
As a graduate of MSU Denver’s BSSW Program you will be prepared for entry-level, direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. Among the organizations and agencies who hire social workers are:
On average, our BSSW graduates earn $30,000 to $60,000 annually with 75% of graduates finding a job in the field within 2 months of graduation. BSSW Program graduates are also eligible for Advanced Standing in many Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs across the nation (including the MSU Denver MSW Program). This allows students to complete their MSW degree in just one year!
Our BSSW Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education – the sole accrediting body for social work education in the United States. Accreditation assures that professional standards are met in curriculum content and delivery. Accredited programs periodically undergo rigorous review by CSWE in order to ensure compliance with educational standards.
Many Social Work faculty members have been awarded large state and federal grants that bring stipend money to students studying to practice in certain fields such as child welfare and behavioral health.
Some agencies that have hired our students are: The Denver Department of Human Services Give Program, Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center and Denver Public Schools.
The Department of Social Work at MSU Denver values the assessment process as it leads to instrumental data that informs program improvement on multiple levels. Our assessment methods have improved over the years, and our most recent improvement involves the sharing of assessment data with our stakeholders (students, field instructors, and other community partners). We invite you to view our recent assessment findings.
The Department of Social Work is here to support you on your journey!
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