Social Work, BSW

Promote individual & social change as a USJ Social Work student

USJ’s Social Work program educates generalist social workers who, guided by professional ethics and standards, use culturally competent research and practice to promote individual and social change.

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum

Program Benefits

  • Learn to empower individuals and strengthening families and communities
  • Promote a global civil society based on human rights, social and economic justice, and peace
  • Understand the interrelationships among people and their environments, including the experiences of oppression and liberation
  • Take part in efforts to eliminate prejudice and discrimination
  • Discover policies and programs that promote universal human rights, fundamental freedoms, and social and economic opportunities for all persons
  • Explore opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education, professional development, and life-long learning


Career Opportunities for Social Work Majors

The Day’s recent article “Wanted in southeastern Connecticut and beyond: Spanish-speaking employees” highlights Connecticut’s need for a bilingual workforce and underscores how sought-after Spanish speakers are in a myriad of local industries. 

Consistent with our core values, USJ has prioritized the employment of our graduates, while simultaneously meeting the needs of the market, by having majors, minors, concentrations, and certificates in the Spanish language and culture. For instance, USJ is unique in offering a certificate in “Adelante Bilingual Career Development” and “Latino Community Practice” which focuses on cultural, leadership, and communication development, which are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Career Opportunities Include:

  • Community Development Worker
  • Criminal Justice Social Worker
  • Elder Services Social worker
  • First Responder
  • Healthcare Social Worker
  • International Social Worker
  • Program Director
  • School Social Worker
  • Social Worker with Children and Families
  • Social Worker with Immigrants and Refugees


The University of Saint Joseph Masters in Social Work program was fully reaccredited from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the February 2020 meeting of the Commission on Accreditation. The accreditation is for eight years until 2028.

BSW Outcomes

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes: 2019 Outcomes Data

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

CompetencyCompetency Benchmark (%)Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior90%98%
Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice90%100%
Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice90%100%
Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice90%100%
Engage in Policy Practice90%100%
Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities90%97%
Assess with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities90%98%
Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities90%98%
Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities90%97%

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