Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program
The Bachelor 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 undergraduate students for beginning social work practice within a variety of social service settings. This degree qualifies graduates to receive the Certified Social Worker (CSW) credential 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. The BSSW degree also prepares students for advanced graduate social work education (the MSW degree).
The curriculum for the BSSW degree is divided into two segments: the pre-professional social work curriculum (pre-social work) and the BSSW program. An undergraduate student who selects a social work major within their first two years at UNO can be admitted as a pre-social work student and will complete general education and pre-professional courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Upon completion of approximately 50 credit hours, the pre-social work student may apply for formal admission to the BSSW degree program. The BSSW application window is open each year from January 15 – February 15 and students are advised to apply one year in advance.
Admission to the BSSW program is competitive, and based on satisfactory 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, as well as positive references and a well written personal statement evidencing potential for successful practice in the field of social work.
Undergraduate students interested in the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree program should contact BSSW Coordinator, Ciara Warden (firstname.lastname@example.org) or BSSW Academic Advisor Ellen Rice (email@example.com) for more information.
Students transferring from another institution should refer to the Transfer Articulation Guide to see how coursework from other colleges and universities typically transfer to the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). You can also use the Transfer Equivalency Guide for Pre-Social Work Students to find pre-requisite equivalents from the most transferred community colleges and universities.
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