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Bachelor of Social Work Program

The School of Social Welfare provides the education and experience necessary for a career in social work. By helping shape students’ capacity for caring, the school prepares social workers to carry out the unique purposes of the profession — to develop human potential, to promote individual well-being, and to bring about a more just society.

Social work is a major professional discipline in the broad institution of social welfare. The term social welfare denotes the dimensions of society concerned with human needs: health, education, economic security, housing, and mental health.

The undergraduate program of the KU School of Social Welfare prepares graduates for beginning generalist social work practice. The program defines generalist practice as maintaining focus on the interface between systems (i.e., individual, family, groups, organizations, and communities), with particular emphasis on

  • The strengths inherent in these systems.
  • The need to understand the role of gender, age, race/ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and culture in all phases of the social work process.
  • The promotion of social and economic justice for those disenfranchised on the basis of the attributes listed above.
  • The assumption of a critical perspective regarding different ways of knowing.

Beginning generalist practice uses multilevel methodology, depending on the needs of the client system, and incorporates a knowledge, value, and skill base that is transferable between and among diverse contexts and locations.

The B.S.W. program is offered on the Lawrence campus and through the Edwards Campus as part of a degree-completion program at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

KU Edwards Campus Program

Offered on the KCKCC Campus

The B.S.W. curriculum is designed as a 2+2 degree-completion program. Associate of Arts degree holders interested in completing their undergraduate degrees take all of the necessary course work at Kansas City Kansas Community College and receive a KU degree. For more information, contact the on-site program coordinator, Maxine Elmore, at 913-288-7304 to make an appointment.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.