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Bachelor of Science in
Social Work





Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)


College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences


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Bachelor of Social Work Degree

Assist individuals with emotional, mental, intellectual and physical disabilities and improve their quality of life.

Channel your passion for helping others into empowering individuals, families and communities across the globe.

At Alabama State University, a leading Historically Black College and University (HBCU), our Bachelor of Social Work degree provides you with the skills and preparation needed to begin your career as a generalist practitioner or pursue advanced studies in social work. Your undergraduate degree for social work will have you career-ready and help you improve lives and conditions within social services and public health advocacy — and it will help you contribute to the creation of a more socially just society.

Why Pursue a Social Work Bachelor’s Degree at Alabama State University?

ASU’s social work bachelor’s degree is well-known and respected throughout the state. That’s because our undergraduate degree for social work professionals is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, making it the only accredited social working degree in Montgomery.

Explore Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Courses at ASU

ASU’s undergraduate social work program provides rigorous coursework and valuable hands-on experiences to prepare you for meaningful jobs in practice, service and policy. You’ll start by gaining a firm foundation in the humanities and broad social science and enhance your knowledge base with social welfare classes such as:

  • Child Welfare
  • Social Work Practice with the Aging
  • Trauma-Informed Practice

Your undergraduate social work degree culminates with a 900-hour field practicum where you will put your learning and lessons into action. These experiences will help you stand out when considering jobs with a social work bachelor’s degree or as you pursue licensure or graduate school.


What Can You Do With a Social Work Bachelor’s Degree?

Help others live more fulfilled and healthier lives with a bachelor’s degree for social work. From hospitals to schools, prisons to nonprofit organizations, an undergraduate social work degree will help you make a meaningful difference in a variety of fields and settings.

While some of our graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees, you will find many ASU graduates working as:

  • Policy analysts
  • Behavioral health professionals
  • Therapists
  • Child welfare and protection specialists
  • Probation officers and investigators
  • Social services directors
  • Veteran administration social workers
  • Substance abuse counselors

Overall employment rates for jobs with a social work bachelor’s degree — along with advanced degrees — is projected to grow 16% over the next decade, much faster than the average of all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Why Study Rehabilitation Services at Alabama State University?

ASU faculty are leaders in helping aspiring professionals gain the classroom expertise and hands-on skills needed to succeed in jobs with a social work bachelor’s degree. In fact, you can complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree for social working professionals — and become a leader in the field — in just five years at ASU.

Throughout your coursework, you can expect to:

Learn in a location that is hard to beat.

Because ASU is in Montgomery, our state capital, you’ll benefit from being in the heart of where social welfare policy and legislation is crafted in Alabama. While this means our degree for social work faculty and staff are involved in this important work, it will also pay dividends as you pursue practicums, internships, research and jobs with a social work degree.

Study alongside experts that have vast practical experience.

Our faculty have expansive expertise in social work and are leading researchers in child welfare, global human rights and equity, social justice and trauma-informed practice. They’ll be there to help you with questions surrounding your coursework and provide insight as you pursue internships, research opportunities and jobs with a social work bachelor’s degree.

Receive guidance and support throughout your studies.

Throughout your undergraduate social work degree, you’ll have a dedicated academic advisor who can help you work through questions about your coursework and other needs in the program at ASU.

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Years of combined practice experience for social work degree faculty members


The Bachelor of Social Work program has maintained national accreditation since 1989


Social work bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2020–21


The Bachelor of Social Work program will celebrate 50 years of continual operation in 2024

What Our Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Alumni Say



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’20, Rehabilitation Services

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Shape your future and make a positive impact in the lives of individuals around you through ASU’s social working degrees. Prepare to join a rewarding career at one of Alabama’s most established social work programs.