The Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) is designed to prepare students for beginning level, generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. The focus of the BSW is oriented towards social work in northern and remote areas, Indigenous peoples, women, anti-oppressive practice, and community practice and research. Analysis of class, gender and race and ethnic relations are considered central to the social work program.
As mandated by its accrediting body, the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) and by the Social Work Code of Ethics, the School of Social Work at UNBC provides a professional program that advocates for justice and equality and equips graduates with the intellectual, practical and professional skills needed to promote beneficial change.
The BSW will consist of one the following:
- Two years of general university studies (60 credit hours) or
- A diploma in a Social Service Worker program (54-60 credit hours) or
- A completed bachelor in a related discipline
- Two years (full-time) or two and a half years (part-time) of professional social work courses (60 credit hours)
The BSW is articulated with recognized Social Services programs in Northern British Columbia.
Social Work Field Education offers students an opportunity to develop their social work practice skills within an agency or community setting. A variety of placements are available, locally and in the region, and whenever possible the student's interests and learning needs will be matched with a suitable placement opportunity.
The Regional BSW Program is delivered part-time over two and a half years and has the same eligibility requirements and admission process as for those applying to the BSW Program at our main campus in Prince George. Regional program admissions are currently scheduled every second even year.
The School of Social Work at UNBC offers the BSW Degree in the following four regions of British Columbia:
Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and surrounding area.
Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Nass Valley, and surrounding area.
The BSW at UNBC is fully accredited by CASWE. This BSW Program received the maximum accreditation of eight years in June, 2019.