Social Work Curriculum


The online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) curriculum is designed to help you develop the knowledge, values, and skills you need to make a positive impact on individuals, families, and organizations. Through online courses and field experiences in or near your own community, you will study human behavior, gain vital social work competencies, and discover how you can make change happen.

Key Content Areas

A Simmons education will prepare you to think and lead within your area of focus and beyond. Our undergraduate experience includes courses in a variety of key content areas — such as science, culture, social history, and the arts — that represent different ways of thinking about the world and approaching complex topics. These learning opportunities within and across disciplines prepare our graduates to solve a wide range of challenges in their lives, careers, and communities.

Like many of our students who are continuing their academic journey with Simmons, you may have transferable credits that fulfill key content area requirements. Be sure to submit your academic transcripts for review — we accept up to 96 transfer credits.

Program Requirements

Below are the required BSW program courses and field experiences. Some courses in this program may have prerequisites.

BSW Courses

Psychology Courses
Course # Title Credits
SW 101 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare 4
SW 253 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 4
SW 200 Social Welfare Policy 4
SW 255 Interviewing & Documentation in Human Services 4
SW 351 Social Work Practice I: Introduction to Generalist Practice 4
SW 352 Social Work Practice II: Work With Individuals & Families 4
SW 353 Social Work Practice III: Groups 4
SW 354 Social Work Practice IV: Macro Social Work 4

Field Experiences and Placements

Psychology Courses
Course # Title Credits
SW 345 Junior Field Experience Seminar 4
SW 370 Social Work Field Placement I 8
SW 371 Social Work Field Placement & Seminar II 8