The Grace Abbott School of Social Work

Grace Abbott School of Social Work

The Bachelors of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program has received continuous accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education since 1975. The mission of the School of Social Work is to educate students to become highly qualified social workers who serve people of all ages and influence the systems that affect them, to advance knowledge through teaching and research, and to engage with diverse communities to promote socially just societies.

The BSSW program prepares graduates for beginning social work practice within a variety of social service settings. This degree qualifies graduates to receive the Certified Social Worker credential (CSW) in the state of Nebraska. Other states with licensure and certification of BSSW level social workers will also recognize this degree for licensure or certification. It also prepares students for advanced graduate social work education (the MSW degree).

The curriculum for the degree is divided into two segments – the pre-professional social work curriculum and the BSSW program. An undergraduate student who selects a social work major takes the following courses during their freshman and sophomore years:

Admission to the BSSW Program

Upon completion of approximately 50 credit hours, the student may apply for formal application for the BSSW degree program. The deadline for application is March 1st for admission for the following fall semester (the start of the junior year). Admission to the BSSW Program is competitive, based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Completion of pre-professional courses with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 or higher.
  • Successful performance in the two pre-professional social work courses (SOWK 1000 and SOWK 1500) with a grade of B or better.
  • Positive references and a well written personal statement evidencing potential for successful practice in the field of Social Work.

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