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Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare University of Washington



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The program includes upper-division courses in social welfare, with prerequisites in human biology, economics, psychology, statistics, and sociology. Social welfare courses include content on social welfare history, policy and services, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare research, and cultural diversity. These academic courses prepare students for the senior year three-quarter practicum experience, which involves a total of 480 hours of direct social services under the supervision of a practicum instructor approved by the School.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The BASW program produces beginning-level social work practitioners and is accredited by the Council on Social Works Education. Students become generalist social work professionals able to work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in enhancing the health, well being, and empowerment of disadvantaged communities across the lifespan. Graduates may pursue social work practice jobs, or graduate education in social work, or a range of other fields (e.g., law, medicine, public policy, international development). Students receive an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, drawing on a range of social science courses which prepare them to promote human welfare and deal with complex social problems. Students are involved in both academic coursework (gaining intellectual knowledge and critical thinking skills) and a field placement experience ("lived" or "on the ground" experience).

The following outcomes define the BASW program:

  • Preparation of entry-level baccalaureate social workers for generalist practice in a multicultural context.
  • Education and training of generalist social workers who are informed, engaged, and responsive practitioners, able to understand and take action in enhancing human welfare and in promoting social and economic justice.
  • Education of students within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, to foster a comparative and critical examination of social welfare and social work through the study of its history, policies, research, and practice interventions.
  • Preparation for graduate education.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare.

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$39,114.00 (28,67,033) per year


21-Jun-21, 29-Sep-21


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$39,114.00 (28,67,033) per year




University of Washington Tacoma

1900 Commerce Street,



98402, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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