Social Work BA

Total Units Required: 120

Welcome to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program at Chico State! We are thrilled you are considering social work as your major. The social work profession is an exciting field of study and practice with countless career possibilities. We are proud to offer courses in a traditional on-campus format and also in a distributed learning (DL) format which allows students to take courses online with periodic class time on campus.

As part of a professional undergraduate degree program, students also complete a field internship in a social service setting. The BSW program combines a robust curriculum with practical experience in the field for future social workers wishing to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Two students work on an assignment in a class where social work students and students from other fields work on a project addressing the needs of the homeless.

Impacted Program

Several years ago, the Social Work program was compelled to declare impaction due to a limited number of field placements for all of our master's and bachelor's students in our service region. Impaction means that we can use an admissions process to limit the number of students entering the social work major in the junior year—essentially our application to the Professional Sequence process.

Fortunately, over the past two years, we have been able to admit 95% of students who apply as long as they have completed the required prerequisites.

We are pleased to invite applications to our BA program from all qualified candidates.

BSW Distributed Learning (DL) Program

The School of Social Work offers a BSW Distributed Learning (DL) Program designed for individuals committed to providing professional social work services in our region. Curriculum in the DL BSW Program is the same, fully-accredited curriculum as the campus-based, traditional BSW Program.

Through the DL Program, the curriculum is delivered in a hybrid format that combines online and face-to-face coursework. Students attend courses on the Chico State campus two weekends per semester and attend regularly scheduled live class sessions through an online platform. DL students can choose either a two-year course plan or a part-time, three-year course plan.

Students who plan to apply to the DL Program should consult with the DL Coordinator or the DL Advisor to review their current academic standing and courses completed, as well as to discuss an academic plan. Major advising is mandatory each semester to ensure on-time graduation.

Professional Standards and Disqualification

The social work degree signifies readiness to begin professional work in positions requiring trust and high ethical standards. You are expected to meet the ethical and professional standards set by the profession and the practicum agencies. Should it be determined you do not meet such standards, you can be dropped from the practicum and all co-requisite social work courses and, thus, be prevented from completing the social work major.

The professional standards include the following:

  • Honoring the NASW Code of Ethics of the social work profession;
  • Being found acceptable and receiving at least a minimum satisfactory evaluation by practicum agencies;
  • Passing performance in Social Work core and Professional Sequence;
  • Avoiding behavior that suggests potential harm to clients, colleagues, or themselves.

Please refer to the BSW Student Handbook for more complete information regarding these standards.

Federal Title IV-E Program

The undergraduate social work program is a participant in the Federal Title IV-E Program. Title IV-E provides stipends to on-campus social work students who commit to a minimum of one year of postbaccalaureate employment in public or tribal child welfare. Title IV-E provides financial support to distributed learning social work students who commit to a minimum of two years of postbaccalaureate employment in public or tribal child welfare. Interested students should contact the BSW Director and the Title IV-E Project Coordinators in the School of Social Work.