Social Work Curriculum


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.

Program Requirements

Below are the required BSW program courses and field experiences. Some courses in this program may have prerequisites.

BSW Courses

Course #TitleCredits
SW 101Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare4
SW 253Human Behavior in the Social Environment4
SW 200Social Welfare Policy4
SW 255Interviewing & Documentation in Human Services4
SW 351Social Work Practice I: Introduction to Generalist Practice4
SW 352Social Work Practice II: Work With Individuals & Families4
SW 353Social Work Practice III: Groups4
SW 354Social Work Practice IV: Macro Social Work4

Field Experiences and Placements

Course #TitleCredits
SW 345Junior Field Experience Seminar4
SW 370Social Work Field Placement I8
SW 371Social Work Field Placement & Seminar II8