Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
at Centenary College

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Social Work is a great choice for students who want to find work that is meaningful. Social Workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges in a wide range of settings, such as schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, family counseling programs, substance abuse programs, senior centers and the military. The US Department of Labor consistently reports that Social Work is one of the fastest growing careers in the US.

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The BSW Program at Centenary College has earned national accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Centenary College is one of only eight NJ colleges and universities to offer an accredited BSW Program, and it is the only BSW Program within a 50-mile radius of the Hackettstown area.

Graduates with a CSWE-accredited degree are eligible for status as a Certified Social Worker (CSW) in the state of NJ and may apply for Advanced Standing in MSW programs throughout the country, which allows them to transfer up to 18 BSW credits towards their MSW degree.

Our graduates have been accepted as Advanced Standing students at a wide range of graduate programs, including Columbia, Fordham, Kean, Kutztown, Marywood, Monmouth, NYU, Rutgers, Temple, Texas State and the University of South Florida.

About Our Program

Because we are a small program, our students have the advantage of working closely with the faculty members, all of whom are experienced Social Workers who continue to be involved in the community. Throughout the curriculum, the BSW program faculty routinely provides opportunities for students to interact with professionals in the field and to learn from hands-on experiences.

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During the senior year, each Social Work student spends 420 hours (approximately two days a week for two semesters) in a structured field placement, working closely with an agency-based Field Instructor. This experience provides students with invaluable opportunities to practice what they are learning in the classroom. Fieldwork also enables BSW program graduates to begin the job search with some well-established contacts in the social service community, and a significant amount of practical experience.

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It is important to be aware that because the BSW is a professional degree, our students are expected to challenge themselves to step up their efforts at each level of the program so that they are well-prepared for Social Work practice and/or graduate school upon graduation.

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National Association of Social Workers

Each semester, the BSW Program hosts a luncheon meeting of the Sussex/Warren unit of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) here at Centenary College. This gives our students the opportunity to learn about their professional association, to network with area Social Workers and to hear guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to Social Work practice. Recent presentations include “What it Means to be Adopted or Live in a Foster Home” by Nancy Borders, LCSW and “The Drink Made Me Do It…and other myths about substance abuse and domestic violence” by Judeth Forlenza Wesley, RN, LCSW, LCADC, CPS.

In 2012, Centenary became one of the first colleges in NJ to have a NASW Student unit on campus, which has provided students with an opportunity to meet with NASW staff for assistance with resume writing and the job search.

Program Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at Centenary College is to prepare students for generalist Social Work practice and/or entry to graduate school at the advanced standing level. The BSW Program is guided by the purpose of the Social Work profession; that is, to promote and enhance human and community well-being, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of those who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty.

The BSW Program curriculum is grounded by the core social work values of service, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, social justice, human rights, scientific inquiry, integrity and competence, and is framed by the strengths perspective. The BSW Program is committed to fostering relationships with the regional social service community and to the ongoing process of creating and sustaining learning environments in which respect for all persons and understanding of diversity and difference are practiced, and providing educational experiences that encourage a commitment to self-care, community service and lifelong learning and development.

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Is Social Work a
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If these are characteristics that describe you or that you would like to develop, you may be well-suited to Social Work:

  • Belief that every person
    is of value
  • Respect for diversity
  • Positive outlook
  • Open-mindedness
  • Empathy
  • Compassion
  • Flexibility
  • Patience

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Application for Transfer Students entering the BSW Program

Transfer students can learn more about applying for the BSW Program on our Application Details page»