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Bachelor of Social Work

Social Work is more than just a major.

It’s a career with a calling!

Are you interested in helping people and advocating for social and economic justice? Have you considered a career in Social Work? The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at King University is the path to take. The Bachelor of Social work program:

  • Prepares the student for entry level, professional social work practice or entry into a Master of Social Work program. 
  • Provides graduates with theoretical and practical skills required to work as a professional social worker and includes a generalist knowledge base that examines human behavior and complex social interactions.
  • Incorporates extensive supervised professional fieldwork experience in relevant social work settings.
  • Utilizes a restorative and social justice framework, counseling and advocacy skills with a generalist approach to preparation.
  • Emphasizes the importance of addressing barriers that may be experienced by individuals, families, or groups.

GPS Social Work program specifics:

  • Program design enables you to complete a Social Work major in as little as 16 months
  • Each social work class is five weeks, except for Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in your first semester, which is offered in a 15-week format attending class once every three weeks.
  • Full degree completion program
  • You must have completed at least 45 semester hours to begin
  • If you are transferring fewer than 45 semester hours, visit The Pathway

Some careers available with a BSW degree include:

Addictions Counseling


Case Manager

Child/Public Welfare

Church/Parish Social Worker 

Community Advocate - Community Organizer/Planner

Employee Assistance Social Worker Employment/Occupational Social Work

Foster Care/Adoption Specialist

Gerontological Social Worker

Health Maintenance Social Worker 

Hospice Care  

International Social Worker

Legal Social Work

Medical Social Work

Mental Health Care 

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative 

Probation and Parole

Program Developer 

Policy Analyst


Victim Advocate 


Program Mission

The mission of the King University Bachelor of Social Work program is to prepare competent, ethical social work professionals committed to advancing human rights, social and economic justice, and the dignity and worth of diverse individuals, groups, families, and communities through generalist social work practice. Within the context of values such as justice, respect, unconditional positive regard, integrity, and commitment to public service, the social work program prepares students to intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, agencies, communities, government, and society, and helps them develop the interpersonal and leadership skills they need to carry out our professional mission at the BSW level.

The mission of the BSW Program is sustained through King University’s commitment to Christianity as expressed in the Presbyterian tradition’s core emphasis of love for fellow man. 

King University is a Christian University whose mission is to build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ. King University accomplishes this mission by educating students in an academically rigorous and collegiate setting that integrates Christian faith, scholarship, service, and career.

Bachelor of Social Work Coursework

To view all required courses for a BSW please click here.

For BSW course descriptions please click here.

Required Comprehensive Assessment

  • A content-based exam measuring student learning within the BSW major
  • A general education pass or fail test (the Outcomes Assessment at King - OAK - is comprised of 75 general education questions)

Laptop Requirement

The BSW program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam capability.


CSWE LogoFor information about accreditation click here.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. ~Isaiah 1:17

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