Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree

Promote Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations

If you want to serve communities in need and help people improve their lives, University of Michigan-Flint’s Bachelor of Social Work degree program is what you need to turn your passion into an altruistic career as a social worker.

Combining rigorous theoretical training with hands-on fieldwork, UM-Flint’s BSW program not only provides you with the knowledge and experience needed for generalist practice but also the credential for the state social work licensure exam. By earning the Bachelor of Social Work degree, you can also continue to pursue graduate degrees in social work.

Hands-On Fieldwork & Community Engagement

At UM-Flint, we offer ample community-based learning opportunities and encourage students to engage in meaningful fieldwork. With two Field Instruction courses, you can dive headfirst into the real-world and receive valuable practical experiences of working with individuals, families, and communities in various settings. You may also participate in volunteer projects and community programs that promote social justice and equality.

Social Work student in class.
Social Work students helping to unload a Food Bank of Eastern Michigan truck.

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University of Michigan-Flint’s Bachelor of Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). You are assured that our program meets high educational standards. In addition, since all accredited graduate social work programs require a CSWE accredited bachelor’s degree, graduating with UM-Flint’s BSW degree makes you eligible for advanced standing. All CSWE accredited programs measure and report student learning outcomes. The CSWE learning outcomes for the Social Work Program at the University of Michigan-Flint are listed by academic year: 2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, and 2016-2017.

Bachelor of Social Work

This curriculum is designed for students intending to graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Social work  program is designed to meet the needs of students who intend to prepare for professional generalist social work practice at the bachelor level, those who seek eligibility to register for the state licensure exam and/or advanced standing for graduate study in social work. The program is accredited by the CSWE and is subject to its accreditation standards. You also have the option to enroll in the Honor track which gives you the opportunity to gain off-campus research experience and complete a thesis.

Review the Bachelor of Social Work curriculum to learn more about the courses.


If you want to unlock your talents in social work, you have the option to declare a minor and complement your social work major. Minor options include:

Jumpstart an Altruistic Career with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree

Do you want to fight for social justice as a thoughtful and responsible social worker? If so, apply to University of Michigan-Flint’s Bachelor of Social Work program or contact us to learn more.