Your core courses introduce you to our revolutionary social work practice methodology through a 4-course series, along with critical coursework such social work policy, advocacy and more. Gain hands-on experience mapping client systems and developing advocacy strategies and practices.
The elective course requirement helps fulfil much-needed experience in diversity that will help as you encounter a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds in your profession. Psychology, sociology, and other social science electives help sharpen your knowledge of the complex socio-economic environment you will manage every day.
General education courses emphasize additional skills that will round out your experience as a social worker. Critical thinking, writing and reasoning help you communicate better and make informed decisions in the field.
As part of your 14 core courses, you’ll be required to complete 400 hours of field education experience over two 15-week courses, Field Education I SWRK 405 and Field Education II SWRK 420. To learn more about field education, preparation and placement, view the BSSW Field Education Handbook. There is an in-person field component (at an approved site).
Your academic counselor will help you schedule your classes for your social work degree online.
Social work addresses social problems and advocates for social justice. Earning our social work degree online helps prepare you to become an effective, ethical and culturally aware professional.
Social workers help people cope with challenges in their lives. They assist in a wide range of situations, such as helping people while adopting a child, aiding someone diagnosed with a terminal illness or mental illness, or preventing and treating people with substance abuse.
Some social workers get involved at a broad level to help community organizations and policymakers develop or improve social programs, services, and conditions. This is sometimes referred to as macro social work. Advocacy is an important aspect of social work. Social workers advocate or raise awareness with and on behalf of their clients and constituents. Additionally, they may advocate for social work occupations on local, state, and national levels.
Our coursework and curriculum give you the knowledge and tools to work with people ranging from single individuals in need to families, groups, organizations, and communities. Learn more about becoming a social worker.
An online social work degree, along with the appropriate licensure in your state, could open opportunities in the field of social work, such as family protection specialist, foster care social worker and youth services specialist. You could work in settings such as child protective services, healthcare agencies and community outreach and advocacy organizations. Discover information about social work as a career.
Many social work professionals work in government and non-profit settings including schools, healthcare providers and social service agencies.
Your field experience will be a combination of classroom activities, field supervision, and agency activities as assigned related tasks.
Collaborative learning experiences are expertly facilitated by the Field Faculty to allow students to effectively process their individual fieldwork experience. Students will actively engage in the classroom process, which includes case presentations, opportunities to give and receive both supportive and constructive feedback, and space to process challenges and progress, and use role-playing and self-disclosure to further develop skills in self-awareness, self-regulation, and critical thinking.
While serving at the chosen agency, students are monitored directly by an agency supervisor and supervised by their University of Phoenix faculty member. Field Education courses provide opportunities for students to serve individuals, families, and group clients in community settings.
Students work with an assigned Field Placement Coordinator (FPC) to prepare for field placement courses. The FPC’s purpose is to provide students with support and resources to ensure a positive Field Education experience. The FPC can help students locate and select an agency.
Our online social work degree curriculum is designed specifically so working professionals like you can get an education. Our social work coursework helps students build a strong foundation in social work while teaching leadership skills that can help prepare you for a career in the field.
In our online social work degree, you’ll learn from faculty who are practitioners in the field, and you’ll be able to join our large alumni network. Enjoy a flexible learning environment as well as robust resources and support for your local community-based field placement.