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Social Work

The Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) Program at Philander Smith College prepares students for a broad foundation in generalist social work by learning how to serve individuals, families, groups and communities. With your Bachelor's of Social Work you will be hirable in entry-level positions as a case worker, prepares you for transitioning to a graduate program and how to advocate for underserved communities.


Social Work Program's Mission Statement

The mission of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Philander Smith College is to educate and graduate competent generalist social workers with knowledge and skills based on scientific inquiry that fosters progressive change in the quality of life for marginalized populations impacted by poverty, oppression, and discrimination at the local, national, and global level. The BSW students are also educated to promote social, environmental, and social justice to effectively address the plight of culturally diverse populations at all of social work practice levels. The mission is consistent with social work's purpose and values.

Social Work Program Goals

1.    To graduate ethical and competent generalist social workers grounded in knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work values, skills, and cognitive affective processes at all levels of social work practice.

2.    To prepare social work students with applicable skills to intervene and collaborate on behalf of marginalized populations who face poverty, oppression, and discrimination.

3.    To prepare social work students with the theoretical constructs, knowledge, and skills to address environmental, economic, political, and social justice issues encountered by marginalized and culturally diverse populations.

4.    To prepare competent entry-level generalist social workers with a commitment to service, social work values, and ethics to guide professional practice.

5.    To promote life-long learning through professional growth and development.



  • Speech Communication (3 hours)
  • Math (3 - 5 hours)
  • Science (4 hours)
  • English Composition (6 hours) 
  • Computer Literacy (4 hours)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities (9 hours)
  • Social Sciences (6 hours)

Required: 9 hours:

  • ORI 113 Freshman Colloquium I/Chapel
  • ORI 123 Freshman Colloquium II/Chapel
  • SOCJ 103: Introduction to Social Justice l



  • SOSW 383  Research Methods (3 hours)
  • SOSW 313  Social Welfare Policy I (3 hours)
  • SOSW 323  Social Welfare Policy II (3 hours)
  • SOSW 333  Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 hours)
  • SOSW 343  Human Behavior in the Social Environment II  (3 hours)
  • SOSW 353  Generalist Social Work Practice I
    (3 hours)
  • SOSW 363  Generalist Social Work Practice II
    (3 hours)
  • SOSW 413  Generalist Social Work Practice III
    (3 hours)
  • SOSW 433  Field Practicum Seminar I (3 hours)
  • SOSW 443  Field Practicum Seminar II (3 hours)
  • SOSW 455  Field Practicum I (5 hours)
  • SOSW 465  Field Practicum II (5 hours)
  • SOCG 313  Sociological Problems (3 hours)
  • SOCG 433  Social Stratification (3 hours)
  • SOCG 463  Social Science Statistics (3 hours)
  • 300 or 400  Social Science Elective (12 hours)
  • 100 or 200  Any Major/Department Elective
    (7 hours)

Choose 3 Special Topics Courses:

  • SOSW 300  Cultural Diversity (3 hours)
  • SOSW 301  Child Welfare (3 hours)
  • SOSW 303  Professional Decision Making (3 hours)
  • SOSW 400  Mental Health (3 hours)


Division Chair: 
Gloria Davis
Department Chair of Social Work
Phone: (501) 370-5309


Carolyn Parham
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Phone: (501) 370-5309


Danieal Williams
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Phone: (501) 370-5387

The Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. For more information this organization visit