2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Social Work (43 credits)

(43 credits plus 12 credits of experiential learning)

The Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) program at Lesley University promotes human rights and social justice by preparing students to engage in generalist social work practice with cultural humility through an anti-oppressive lens. Social work graduates are prepared to advocate alongside and practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in the local community of Cambridge, MA, the Greater Boston area, and across the United States. As social workers, our graduates are prepared to engage in evidence-informed practice through a person-in-environment framework while upholding and promoting the core social work values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance and centrality of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights and scientific inquiry.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses:

CPSYC 1401Lifespan Development

3

CSWRK 2201Social Welfare Policy and Practice

3

CHMSR 2551Concepts and Skills in Professional Practice

4

CSOCS 3444Research Methods in the Social Sciences

3

CSWRK 3550Human Behavior in the Social Environment

3

CPLCY 3552Social Policy

3

CSWRK 4101Principles of Practice:Individuals, Families, and Groups

3

CSWRK 4102Principles of Practice:Organizations, Communities, & Systems

3

CSWRK 4551Senior Capstone

3

Choose One:

CSWRK 2301Power, Privilege & Practice

3

CSWRK 3301Challenging Racism

3

Electives:

Choose two of the following courses from two different prefixes (6 credits):
CHMSR 3553Practical Ethics in Human Services

3

CHMSR 4300Design and Management of Human Services Organizations

3

CINTD 3550Disability Studies - An Interdisciplinary Course

3

CSWRK 2301Power, Privilege & Practice

3

CSWRK 3201Case Management in Social Work and Counseling

3

CSWRK 3301Challenging Racism

3

CSWRK 3350Forensic Social Work

3

CSWRK 3450Child Welfare: Challenges and Solutions

3

CSOCL 2115Politicizing Sex, Gender & Race: Transnational Perspectives

3

CSOCL 3445Race, Class and Gender

3

CSOCL 3551Activism and Change in Communities

3

CSOCL 3820Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture

6

CSOCL 4130Gender and Globalization

3

CPLCY 4441Global Child and Family Policy

3

CPOLS 2401Drug Wars

3

CSOCL 3450HBO's The Wire: The Politics of U.S. Urban Inequality

3

CSWRK 2301 or CSWRK 3301 can count as an elective if not taken for core.
Students who have already taken CSWRK 2201 Social Welfare Policy and Practice should not take CSWRK 3201.

Experiential Component (12 Credits):

CSWRK 4702BSW Fieldwork Seminar, Part 1

6

CSWRK 4703BSW Fieldwork Seminar, Part 2

6

OR

CSWRK 4701BSW Field Seminar

12

*CSWRK 4701 to be completed by students who need to complete all field placement hours in one semester as determined by BSW Program Director and Undergraduate Field Director

Pre-Requisites for Application to the BSW Program (9 Credits):

CANTH 1101Cultural Anthropology

3

CSWRK 2101Introduction to Social Work

3

Choose One:

CSOCL 1101Introduction to Sociology

3

CSOCL 1404Social Problems

3

BSW Course Sequencing

Year 1: Introduction to Social Work; Social Problems; Cultural Anthropology;

             Lifespan Development

Year 2: Social Welfare Policy and Practice; Concepts and Skills of Professional Practice; Power, Privilege & Helping/Challenging Racism; Elective

Year 3: Semester 1: Social Policy; Research Methods; HBSE; Elective

 Semester 2:  Principles of Practice w/Individuals, Groups, Families: Principles of Practice with Organizations, Communities, & Systems

Year 4: Social Work Integrative Field Seminar 1; Social Work Field Integrative Seminar 2; Senior Capstone