Bachelor of Social Work Program

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program is to provide generalist social work education to students that reflects the history, knowledge, values, ethics and skills of the social work profession and prepares students for entry level generalist practice. We seek to educate students who will: engage, assess and evaluate in the problem-solving process with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; promote social and economic justice for oppressed people; and demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity to human diversity. Program graduates will be eligible for beginning social work practice and advanced standing upon entry into a graduate program of study.

BSW Program Goals

Goal 1: Prepare students for entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Goal 2: Prepare students to practice social work with an understanding of the importance of respect for diverse people's inherent dignity and worth, particularly members of vulnerable populations.



The BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  Our accreditation status is important as many states, programs and graduate schools have policies which require or prefer BSW graduates from accredited social work programs. 



 The BSW Program curriculum consists of a semester course sequence including research, policy, human behavior and the social environment, research methods, and electives, which align with Generalist Practice and CSWE Core Competencies.  The curriculum is designed to build knowledge, skills, and values drawing on cognitive and affective processes that culminate in students’ ability to demonstrate multidimensional competency.



Degree Requirements

Completion of a Bachelor of Social Work degree at Florida A&M University (FAMU) requires a total of 120 credit hours, 60 hours in lower division courses and 60 hours in upper division courses. 

The 60 lower division credit hours are completed while the student is a pre-social work major, providing a liberal arts foundation for the social work student. 

The 60 hours of upper division social work courses are completed after the student completes the 60-hour liberal arts curriculum, providing students a generalist education in social work practice (12 hours), research (6 hours), human behavior (6 hours), policy (6 hours), diversity (3 hours), ethics (3 hours) and field education (15 hours), as well as an introduction to areas of social work practice that are of special interest to the student (9 hours). 

All upper and lower division courses must be completed by the students with a grade of “C” or better. 

FAMU’s BSW Program does not grant academic credit for previous paid employment, volunteer work, or life experience.



Field Education

All BSW students must complete a field placement/internship.  Field placement consists of a full-time work week over a period of one semester as a requirement for graduation.  Click here for Field Education Materials.

For more information contact the BSW Field Director-Ms. Aprell Merritt (Visiting Faculty) at



Academic Advising

The BSW Program has a designated academic advisor for pre-social work and social work majors. Contact the Social Work Departmental Office for more information at (850) 599-3456.



BSW Student Handbook

This handbook is intended to orient you to the FAMU – Department of Social Work (BSW program).


Hubert Reddick Endowed Scholarship

The Hubert Reddick Endowed Scholarship was established in 2014 to support students majoring in sociology and social work in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Two scholarships of $1,500 each, one for social work and one for sociology, are awarded for the ensuing academic year.



BSW Program Admissions Process

All students must complete the BSW Admissions Packet {see BSW Handbook}. The BSW program requires that:

  • Students have been admitted to the University.
  • Students must complete at least 60 hours of lower division coursework.
  • Submit an unofficial copy of transcript.
  • Transfer students with an AA degree from a Florida state college or university, transcript must include evidence of AA degree completion.


Should you have any questions regarding the admission's process or the BSW Program in general, you may contact Ms. Larae Lauray, the BSW Program Director at (850) 561-2254 or via email