Social Work, B.S.W.
Undergraduate Degree
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Program Overview

Social work is a rewarding and fast-growing profession for those with a strong desire to help people and make a difference. At Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, we are proud to serve as a leading regional provider of accredited social work education.

Our Social Work majors earn a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree while gaining experience with contemporary social issues such as child abuse, homelessness, racism, chronic diseases, poverty, aging, teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, violence against women, juvenile delinquency and suicide prevention. Our bachelor’s degree in Social Work will prepare you for professional practice, including counseling and advocacy, and will teach you the fundamentals of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups.

Accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), our Bachelor of Social Work degree program provides students with top-quality community-based social work experiences. Graduates from the Marshall University Department of Social Work have an excellent track record in finding social work jobs.

Social workers have jobs in hospitals, mental health centers, schools, child welfare services and numerous other human service organizations. There continues to be a growing need for social workers in West Virginia, the Tri-State area and throughout the country.

The B.S.W. degree serves as the entry level into the profession.

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PSY 201 - Introductory Psychology
Principles and methods in the scientific study of behavior. Principles and methods in the scientific study of behavior.
SWK 310 - Human Behavior Social Environment
Integration of biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of the individual's growth and development from prenatal period through adolescence including the impact the social environment has on the individual. Integration of biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of the individual's growth and development from prenatal period through adolescence including the impact the social environment has on the individual.
SWK 330 - Social Welfare Issues in Appalachia
The development of Social Welfare as a continuing institution. Rural poverty and other critical social issues in Appalachia.
Program Highlights
Why study social work at Marshall?

Social work is a profession grounded in the values of human rights and social justice. If you are someone who cares about the worth and dignity of people and the importance of human relationships, as well as integrity and competence, a B.S.W. degree from the accredited program at Marshall University is perfect for you.

A B.S.W. education prepares graduates for generalist practice, meaning you will be prepared to work with any population in any setting upon graduation.

Career outlook

Careers in social work offer job security, since there will always be communities that need resources/advocates. By 2026, the number of social workers is projected to increase to more than 790,000. Over the next decade, the occupation of child, family and school social workers is projected to add the most jobs—about 45,000. In West Virginia, the need for social work services and family drug courts are also increasing.

Research & Clinical Experiences 

As a B.S.W. major in Marshall’s accredited program, you will work alongside M.S.W. graduate students in our new Behavioral Health Center. These hands-on, clinical experiences will allow you to work with our region’s most vulnerable populations and receive valuable training from industry professionals. You also will have the opportunity to make an impact on the nation’s opioid epidemic through a grant project funded through the federal government. You will gain expertise in community collaboration, school-based interventions, therapy and helping promote resiliency in youth and families.

Career Opportunities
Opportunities for B.S.W. graduates include work in settings such as:
  • Mental health / behavioral health organizations
  • Substance use disorder treatment facilities
  • Schools
  • Prisons and other criminal justice facilities
  • Child welfare agencies