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Bachelor of Social Work

Why Widener?

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Small Class Enrollment

Our BSW program prides itself on taking your education personally. We want to get to know you—your strengths and struggles—to maximize your growth and development as a social worker. Our small classes (15 to 20 students) also allow you to receive individualized attention from our experienced faculty

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Field Work

Widener’s social work program includes an extensive field education component that provides you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in the agency setting. This type of experiential learning prepares you for the workplace setting and for leadership in the field. Widener supports its own community clinics, such as the Social Work Counseling Services (SWCS).

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Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB)

The CWEB program is an innovative and unique program for Widener BSW students who are interested in developing a career in public child welfare. You can apply to the CWEB program in your junior year for your senior-year field placement. If accepted, you will do your placement in a public child welfare agency. The State of Pennsylvania will pay your senior-year tuition and give you a stipend. This program requires that, upon graduation, you work for at least one year in a public child welfare agency.

  • kyle m. kennedy '13
  • alumni profile: gia ruiz
kyle m. kennedy '13

Kyle M. Kennedy


Social work seems to be the profession where I have found my niche. Being a change agent for individuals of various backgrounds with various needs provides an intrinsic reward.

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alumni profile: gia ruiz

Gia A. Ruiz


I decided to major in social work because I desired a career where I could make a difference in people's lives. My values and belief system are based upon integrity and passion for service.

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Potential Careers

  • Case manager with the elderly
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Child welfare case worker
  • Parenting skills trainer
  • Crisis intervention counselor
  • Advocate for community development
  • Medical social worker
  • Criminal justice and corrections counselor

Social workers are the number one hired human service professional nationally. Employment for social workers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2021 (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). For a thorough discussion on the current social work labor force, see the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Center for Workforce Studies.logo: center for workforce studies

Recent Employers

  • Philadelphia Department of Human Service
  • Delaware County Children and Youth
  • Elwyn Institute
  • Horizon House
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Family & Community Service of Delaware County
  • Community Action Agency
  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center
  • Senior Community Services
  • Mirmont Treatment Center
  • Domestic Abuse Project
  • Mazzoni Center

cswe accreditation logoThe Widener BSW program, educating social workers since 1975, is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).