BSW, Social Work

The mission of the BSW program is to prepare entry-level generalist social work professionals who will demonstrate ethical leadership in innovative multidisciplinary practice, social reform, and research in diverse communities. Students are provided a range of opportunities to develop a broad knowledge and skills base consistent with the systems and strengths perspectives. They are expected to practice using core social work values and to examine and resolve ethical dilemmas. Classroom and field experiences prepare students to be competent in the use of new technologies and in culturally sensitive, generalist social work practice.  The program is fully accredited by the  Council on Social Work Education. All students are expected to abide by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Students are required to successfully complete 450 hours of supervised field practicum in agencies approved by the Department of Social Work. Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to work in our Social Work integrative Research Lab (SWiRL), which provides them with the opportunity to engage in research projects and experience mentoring relationships with graduate students and faculty.

Program Requirements

Complete information on program requirements is available in the university catalog online. The Student Handbook for Bachelor of Social Work Majors (pdf) is also available online.

Declaring Major In Social Work

Students interested in the social work field usually declare social work as a major when applying to the university; however, declaring social work as a major does not automatically admit the student to the social work program. Students must be admitted to the major before being considered for senior field placement. The Admission to Major application is described on the Admissions page. If you are interested in declaring social work as your major, please contact the BSW Program Director, Dr. Emily Ihara, to schedule an appointment.


For questions about the program and admissions process, contact:

Le Anne Wisnieski
Admin. Assistant for Student Affairs
10340 Democracy Lane #300
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-4247
Fax: 703-934-2193

Emily Ihara


Dr. Emily Ihara
Director, BSW Program
10340 Democracy Lane #317
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-2023
Fax: 703-934-2193