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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

The School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) welcomes your interest in our School and the programs we offer.  The School of Social Work offers a two-year professional program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) degree.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The goals of the BASW program are to prepare students for entry level, professional, generalist social work practice and for graduate social work education including advanced standing. Students learn to practice as professional social workers with persons and groups representing the range of human diversity and with all size systems (individuals, families, groups, communities and institutions).

Program Schedule: The BASW program offers the opportunity for students to study in a daytime or evening program model:

  • Classes for the daytime program model are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30am – 12:15pm and from 2:00pm – 4:45pm.
  • Classes for the evening program model are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 9:45pm and Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:45pm.

Field Education Requirements: Fieldwork is an integral part of the BASW curriculum, providing an opportunity for students to apply social work knowledge and practice skills in an agency based, educationally focused field setting.

  • BASW students in their junior year must complete an 80-hour practicum at a community agency (8 hours for 10 weeks).
  • BASW students in their senior year must complete 450 hours of fieldwork throughout the academic year, as well as attend a weekly seminar. Students must complete 16 hours per week in an assigned field agency setting, which must include either two 8-hour weekdays, or one 8-hour and two 4-hour weekdays.

HOW TO ENTER THE BASW PROGRAM: There is an application process to enter the BASW program (major) at CSULB. Students who are interested in applying to the BASW program are encouraged to attend one of our information meetings to learn more about the program and the application process. Follow the "Important BASW Links" on the right-hand side of this page for more information.

Thank you for your interest in our program!

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