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Special Programs, Bachelor of Social Work

From dual degree options to accelerated learning, The Center for Social Work Education has a number of innovative programs reflecting a wide variety of educational and service opportunities for bachelor of social work (BSW) majors.

Dual Degrees

Social work study is conducive to earning a dual degree. Whether you have an interest in forensic social work or wish to be an art therapist, the BSW curriculum dual degrees are diverse and allow for a breadth of education in multiple areas. An academic advisor will help you design a program that fits your individual career aspirations.  

Below are a few examples of dual degrees that students can pursue while studying social work at Widener.

  • BSW/Psychology
  • BSW/Sociology – Civic Engagement Track
  • BSW/Sociology – Applied Practice Track
  • BSW/Gender & Women’s Studies
  • BSW/Criminal Justice
  • BSW/Fine Arts Concentration

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. Because this is the state’s investment in developing quality professional public child welfare social workers, this program requires that, upon graduation, you work for at least one year in a public child welfare agency. 

Five-Year BSW/MSW

This option allows Widener BSW students to complete some master of social work courses during their undergraduate studies that are counted toward their BSW degree. Students in the 5-year BSW/MSW option complete a 30-credit curriculum ladder instead of the regular 39-credit Advanced Standing program, shortening the amount of time in the program, which could lead to substantial savings.

Students apply for this unique program in the fall of their junior year. Students can refer to the catalog for more information.