Virginia Commonwealth University

B.S.W. Program


The B.S.W. Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for beginning level generalist social work practice. This approach assumes an interdependence between individuals and their social environment. Students gain a broad knowledge about individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities and the ways in which each supports or inhibits optimal functioning.


The B.S.W. degree requires a minimum of 121 credits, 45 of which are in the social work major. No credit is awarded for life experience. General education courses serve as a foundation for the social work curriculum. These classes provide students with competencies in written communication, critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, biological science, visual and performing arts, an understanding of human behavior and the interdependence of the world in which we live.

Independent study

Juniors and seniors may select a topic of interest to pursue as an independent study under the supervision of a faculty adviser, from whom consent is required. Proposal forms for independent studies are available in the B.S.W. Program office. Approval from the dean′s office is required.

Minor or double major

Minors and double majors are permitted within the School of Social Work. Students should consult with their faculty adviser on this procedure. Permission must be obtained from the heads of both departments in which the student plans the additional major and minor.

Transfer of credit

The director of the B.S.W. Program is responsible for the evaluation of transfer credits. Questions or problems should be directed to the program director’s office. No more than 50 percent of the total credits required for the major may be transferred. Students may transfer a maximum of 63 credits from two-year institutions. At least 30 of the last 45 credits must be completed at VCU.

B.S.W. curriculum planning form

Forms are available in Room 107 of the Raleigh Building.