Spring Arbor University offers the Bachelor of Social Work program in a variety of modalities, including face-to-face at learning sites across Michigan, in a blended online and face-to-face format, and through the 100% online BSW. SAU also offers the BSW for traditional students in addition to a Master of Social Work degree.
Individuals who earn a Bachelor of Social Work are prepared to provide social services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Professional practice is guided by the values of service, social and economic justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, and integrity and competence in practice. Students interested in being employed in the area of Child Welfare in the State of Michigan are encouraged to consider adding a Child Welfare endorsement to their transcript.
- Family and children’s services including protective services and intense services to families
- Substance abuse prevention and treatment
- Case management with mentally ill or developmentally disabled individuals in community mental health centers
- Casework in juvenile justice settings
- Probation case work within a legal setting
- Community work to develop and provide programs to help elderly remain independent
- Working with children and adolescents in residential treatment programs
- Social work in nursing homes
More information on social work as a profession is available online on the National Association of Social Workers website at naswdc.org or the National Association of Christians in Social Work website at nacsw.org.
Program Strengths and Emphases
The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) which ensures students, employers, and graduate social work programs that our graduates have received an education that meets CSWE’s rigorous standards. Students will receive the knowledge, skills, and values needed to practice as a generalist social worker, to become licensed in the state of Michigan as a BSW, and to attend graduate school. We have over a 95 percent acceptance rate for alumni who apply to MSW programs and they report that they felt they were well prepared for graduate study.
The Social Work Degree Guide ranked SAU #21 in The Top 25 Christian Colleges for a Social Work Degree Program 2015.
Earning a BSW at SAU
Online BSW program – 124-credit hours
BSW blended and face-to-face program – 52-credit hours
If you have any questions regarding requirements for admissions, enrollment or applicable transfer credits for these new programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the bachelor of social work program
Our accreditation standards require that individuals who graduate with a BSW degree have the maturity, values, knowledge and skills needed to be competent professionals who can intervene in people’s lives to facilitate change and not do harm. Students will make formal application to the social work program after completing the first course. Students will be notified of acceptance after successful completion of the second course. The criteria for acceptance are:
- Completion of Module 1: SWK 281 with a 2.5 or better (unless you have a conditional acceptance to the School of Human Services based on a GPA lower than 2.5, which then requires a minimum of 3.0).
- Must pass Module 2 with a 2.0 (C) or better (unless you have a conditional acceptance to the School of Human Services based on a GPA lower than 2.5, which then requires a minimum of 3.0).
- Submission of application materials by end of SWK281
- References from three individuals
- Signing a statement that you have read the NASW Code of Ethics and agree to abide by this code of ethics while engaging in social work activities.
- Written personal statement completed as an assignment in Module 1 and a personal interview with a social work faculty member.
BSW Online Program Requirements
Spring Arbor University welcomes applications for the online BSW from all persons, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age or handicap. The following are required for admission:
- A completed application
- Submission of official transcript from each institution attended
- A minimum of 58 semester hours of transferable credit from accredited, degree-granting institutions of higher education.
- Only courses with grades of “C” (2.0) or above are accepted for transfer
- Only courses numbered 100 or above will qualify for transfer
- No more than 40 semester hours of technical course credit may be counted for degrees in Professional Studies
- A short autobiographical outline. This is evaluated by the academic advisor to determine life learning credit potential.
- Employment, if at all possible, because employment enhances the educational outcomes of the program.
- Satisfactory completion of the writing sample which demonstrates the competency required to function in the program
Courses and Program Requirements
Liberal arts prerequisites for the social work program include:
- Biology course with content on the human body
- Introduction to sociology
- Introduction to psychology
- Political science that covers national, state and local government
- Introductory economics
- A course on racial and ethnic minorities.
Note: CSWE, the accrediting agency, does not allow students to receive social work course credit for life learning experience.
The 52-hour accelerated BSW requires that students develop specific professional skills by taking courses in:
- Human Behavior in the Social Environment
- Practice with Individuals and Families
- Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
- Social Welfare Policies
- Practice with Groups
- Practice with Communities and Organizations
- Critical Analysis and Research Writing
- Biblical Perspectives
View the program requirements and layout, course descriptions, and to learn more about the Bachelor of Social Work program at Spring Arbor University in the course catalog.
Sample Course Layout
|Introduction to Social Work & Adult Learning||6|
|Critical Analysis & Research Writing||6|
|Academic Planning Week||1|
|Human Behavior in the Social Environment||6|
|Practice with Individuals & Families||5|
|Internship Orientation Session||1|
|Practice with Groups||5|
|Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences||5|
|Practice with Communities & Organizations||5|
|Social Welfare Policies||6|
|Values: Personal & Social||5|
Locations and Start Dates
The Bachelor of Social Work program is offered at several sites across Michigan. Click on the location nearest you to see when the next cohort is scheduled to begin. Apply now.
- Battle Creek | Starts September 28, 2017 | February 6, 2018
- Flint | Starts February 7, 2018
- Grand Rapids | Starts April 5, 2018
- Jackson (downtown) | Starts September 27, 2017
- Kalamazoo | Starts April 4, 2018
- Kalamazoo | Starts September 26, 2017
- Lansing | Starts September 25, 2017
- Lansing | Starts April 5, 2018
- Metro Detroit | Starts September 28, 2017
- Metro Detroit | Starts April 4, 2018
- Metro Toledo | Starts September 28, 2017
- Metro Toledo | Starts April 4, 2018
- Petoskey | Starts February 5, 2018
To gain admittance to the Bachelor of Social Work program at Spring Arbor University, you must meet the following requirements:
- 58 transferable semester hours (does not apply to the BSW online.)
- A science course with content on the human body
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Sociology
- A political science course covering local, state and federal government
- Introduction to Economics
Credit hours can be earned through testing and approved courses taken at other accredited institutions. We also offer an Associate of Science in Business program that is designed to help you earn enough credits to enter our accelerated bachelor’s degree programs.
Additional admission requirements:
- Fill out the online or written application
- Submit an autobiographical outline
- Submit a writing sample
- Send your transcripts from each college you’ve attended (must be official transcripts issued by the institution).
If you have questions or want to meet with a program representative, call 800.968.0011 or email us.
Tuition and Fees
- Tuition per credit, campus-based: $565
- Registration fee (per semester): $40
- Technology fee (per semester): $105
Tuition rates and fees are subject to change.