The online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) curriculum is designed to help you develop the knowledge, values, and skills you need to make a positive impact on individuals, families, and organizations. Through online courses and field experiences in or near your own community, you will study human behavior, gain vital social work competencies, and discover how you can make change happen.
Key Content Areas
A Simmons education will prepare you to think and lead within your area of focus and beyond. Our undergraduate experience includes courses in a variety of key content areas — such as science, culture, social history, and the arts — that represent different ways of thinking about the world and approaching complex topics. These learning opportunities within and across disciplines prepare our graduates to solve a wide range of challenges in their lives, careers, and communities.
Like many of our students who are continuing their academic journey with Simmons, you may have transferable credits that fulfill key content area requirements. Be sure to submit your academic transcripts for review — we accept up to 96 transfer credits.
Below are the required BSW program courses and field experiences. Some courses in this program may have prerequisites.
Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Social Welfare Policy
Interviewing & Documentation in Human Services
Junior Field Experience Seminar
Social Work Practice I: Introduction to Generalist Practice
Social Work Practice II: Work With Individuals & Families
Social Work Practice III: Groups
Social Work Practice IV: Macro Social Work
Introduction to Social Research
Field Experiences and Placements
Social Work Field Placement I
Social Work Field Placement & Seminar II
Additional Required Liberal Arts Courses
Introduction Statistics (or higher)
Sex, Gender and Biology
*Please note that both Biology courses are not required, students may choose one or the other.
Elective offerings will vary by semester and may include: