Bachelor of Social Work - Generalist

Why Study Social Work?

You have a passion for social justice and have always been interested in social issues. You believe in human rights, working towards a more just society. Whether you want to study full- or part-time, UFV’s Bachelor of Social Work degree is flexible enough to provide you with options so you can carry on with other commitments in your life while earning this degree.

What Type of Career Can I Expect?

As a successful graduate, you’ll be ready to work with individuals, groups, and communities in a variety of settings that are funded by both government and non-government sources. Some of those options include.

  • Hospitals and health care settings
  • Community and institutional corrections
  • Addictions services
  • Services for women
  • Immigration and cross-cultural services
  • Community services and programs
  • First Nations communities and First Nations child welfare
  • Programs for people with special needs and disabilities
  • Community and health services for the elderly and child welfare

Why Earn My BSW Degree at UFV?

UFV offers a unique program of studies that will lead you towards your Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The program will prepare you for generalist social work practice that reflects the principles of social justice, equality, and respect of diversity. With a commitment to lifelong learning and a critical analysis of oppression, graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and professional social work values necessary to work collaboratively with individuals, families, groups, and communities in diverse and cross-cultural environments. Our program contributes to the knowledge base of social work through partnerships with professional and local communities.

Also, an important part of our UFV BSW degree is its emphasis on identifying social barriers such as gender, race, and class. These are the basis of inequality and inequitable treatment, and they prevent people from living to their full potential in a democratic society. Based on egalitarian ideals, social work is dedicated to the promotion of individual, family and community development, and seeks to ensure people have access to other economic, political and social resources that promote participation and self-determination. To achieve these aims, social workers advocate for social change and social justice in the belief that the basic and continuing improvement of social conditions is fundamental to individual and family growth and development. UFV's BSW has a full seven-year accreditation with the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Education. Please click on the link below for more information on this association.

Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Eduation (CASWE)

I'm Still In High School. Can I Apply for this Program?

Not yet. UFV’s BSW program is designed specifically for entry at the third-year level, after you’ve completed 60 credits. To qualify, those credits must include some specific course work and arts and sciences.

What Do I Need to Get In?

You must have successfully completed Introduction to Social Work and Human Services (SOWK 110) and Social Welfare (SOWK 210), or have an equivalent six transfer credits. We also require that you have 60 general university-transfer Arts and Science credits with a GPA of 2.67. Of these 60 credits, 12 credits which are discretionary and 48 of them must be . These 60 credits must include:

  • three credits of course work in English composition and (i.e. CMNS 155)
  • three credits of course work in English literature (i.e. ENGL 108 - 170)
  • three credits of Human Development (i.e. PSYC 250 or SOWK 225)
  • three credits of Introductory Statistics (i.e. MATH 104 or PSYC 110)

We also highly recommend that you have three credits of Sociology of the Family.(i.e. SOC 331 or SOWK 283). This acts as the pre-requitsite for SOWK 483.

I'm Currently Enrolled In The Social Service's Diploma Program. Can I Transfer Credits Towards My Degree?

Absolutely. Our Social Services diploma program is a two-year career-oriented program that prepares students to enter the workforce at the para-professional level. As a graduate of this diploma program, you may be eligible to receive up to 54 credits‌ that will apply to the BSW program.

These 54 credits are made up of specific course work and qualifying arts and science electives. You must also be committed to the profession of social work, provide a Criminal Record Check, and have at least 400 hours of recent, supervised volunteer or work experience in the human services field. All applicants must be willing and able to uphold the Social Work Code of Ethics and have an aptitude for working with people, and in a capacity for social analysis.

When Should I Apply?

The BSW intake occurs the fall semester. Applications must be received by January 31 of the same year. Prior to application, all requirements must be met.

What are the Courses I Will Take?

Below is a basic program outline of the Bachelor of Social Work Degree – Generalist (years three and four):

Third Year- Fall Semester
Course #Title
SOWK 300 Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOWK 311 Social Work Theory and Ethics
SOWK 312 Legal Knowledge for Social Work Practice
SOWK 320 Anti-Racist and Cross Cultural Social Work
Elective SOWK Group A


Third Year - Winter Semester
Course #Title
SOWK 330 Practicum I (Field Placement)
SOWK 392 Aboriginal Social Work
Elective SOWK Group A


Fourth Year - Fall Semester
Course #Title
SOWK 404 Research Methods and Evaluation
SOWK 410 Social Welfare and Practice
Elective SOWK Group B
Elective SOWK Group B
Elective SOWK Group B


Fourth Year - Winter Semester
Course #Title
SOWK 430 Practicum II (Field Placement)
Elective SOWK Group A or B


Social Work Electives - Group A

  • SOWK 301: Social Work Practice with Groups
  • SOWK 380: Social Work and Community Development
  • SOWK 483: Family-Centred Social Work

Social Work Electives - Group B

  • SOWK 394: Substance Misuse Issues 
  • SOWK 450: Social Work in Health Care 
  • SOWK 490: Gerontological Social Work 
  • SOWK 491: Child Welfare 
  • SOWK 493: Feminst Social Work 
  • SOWK 496: Disability Issues 
  • SOWK 497: Social Work in Mental Health

Can I get academic Credit for the skills and knowledge that I have gained in my life so far?

Yes. UFV offers Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), a flexible assessment process that evaluates your experiential learning (what you already know and can do) for post-secondary credit. Experiential learning includes independent study, volunteer activities, non-credit courses, workplace learning, and military service. To find out more, check out the PLAR website or contact the PLAR Coordinator, at

What sort of support will I get?

While earning your BSW, there may be times when you need to seek program advice or just get some helpful information.Our program advisor will work with you to ensure you have the correct resources, information, and advice that will guide you throughout your program of study.

UFV BSW and MSW students are members of the Social Work Student Association, a student organization that strives to support, represent, and advocate for students in the BSW and MSW degree programs. The SWSA meets regularly and provides a forum for students to voice their concerns, make suggestions, and socialize with peers. SWSA also acts as an important communication link with the school and faculty.

For more information about support and student services at UFV, visit Student Services to learn about the broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment. 

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