*Four-year degree program (123 credit hours)
*Two-year After-Degree Program (78 credit hours)
Why Earn a Bachelor Degree in Social Work?
Booth University College’s social work program includes an innovative lab where students take part in individual and group video sessions, providing them with a unique opportunity to practice their skills and receive feedback from professors.
We hold a full-day Social Work Discovery Day and one-hour information evenings throughout the year for interested students to learn more about our program. For details and to register, visit our Social Work Discovery Day page and our Campus Visit Days page.
When passion for social justice and career come together – think social work. If you’re interested in a rewarding career in which you help people reach their potential by overcoming difficulties and improving their lives, consider a career in social work. The Bachelor of Social Work degree program at Booth University College prepares students to facilitate change in individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Social workers seek to improve quality of life and well-being, advocate for principles of social justice and equality for the oppressed and vulnerable, work to remove structural disadvantage, and create opportunities for people to develop their own skills and resources to reach their own goals.
Booth University College’s Bachelor of Social Work degree program is available in a four-year degree program and a two-year after-degree program, with a strong emphasis on clinical skills courses. Our faculty have tremendous personal social work experience to share, which helps students understand what they are learning in the classroom. During the course of their studies in social work, students will typically gain more than 800 hours of practical experience during their time in the field. Students also benefit from the unique way we match our students for practicum placement and have our core faculty established as the ones who serve as liaisons for all placements.
Why Study Social Work At Booth University College?
Social work is an incredibly challenging profession, and at Booth University College we offer a very demanding program that provides a strong focus on both policy and clinical skills development to ensure that when our students graduate they are prepared for the workforce and ready to stand alongside the best in the field.
While our rigourous social work program rests on the grounding of the Canadian Association of Social Worker’s (CASW) Code of Ethics, it also grows out of the work of The Salvation Army in addressing social injustice in our world. Booth UC promises to provide ‘education for a better world,’ and our social work program is integral to this. Learning takes place within an intentionally Christian academic environment that fosters awareness of and respect for diversity and other traditions. The social work bachelor degree program instills values of compassion, acceptance and self-awareness in order to challenge graduates to appreciate and work from different perspectives to promote growth. Graduates of the bachelor degree program in social work are eligible for registration as RSW with the Manitoba College of Social Workers.
What Will I Study in the Social Work Degree Program?
– Kathleen McDonald
Bachelor of Social Work student
Bachelor of Social Work Degree Program Requirements:
To earn a Bachelor of Social Work, you must successfully complete a total of 123 credit hours comprised of:
- 123 credits in the degree including 33 hours in the Booth University College core Curriculum, 18 hours of general electives (page 27) and 72 hours in the discipline (60 credits required, 12 credits electives).
- Required (60 credit hours):
- SWK 110 Introduction to Social Work Practice (3)
- SWK 220 Introduction to Social Welfare (Formerly Social Welfare in NA) (3)
- SWK 230 Introduction to Clinical Practice (3)
- SWK 310 Research Methods (3)
- SWK 311 Human Behaviour in the Social Environment (3)
- SWK 321 Contemporary Issues in Social Policy (3)
- SWK 322 Indigenous People and Social Work Practice
- SWK 331 Social Work Practice with Individuals (3)
- SWK 340 Administration in Social Work Practice (3)
- SWK 341 Social Work Practice with Communities (Formerly Com Dev & Capacity Building) (3)
- SWK 350 Social Work Field Practice I (9 credits)
- SWK 351 Social Work Field Practice I Integrative Seminar (3)
- SWK 410 Ethical Practice of Social Work (3)
- SWK 431 Social Work Practice with Groups (3)
- SWK 432 Social Work Practice with Families (3)
- SWK 450 Social Work Field Practice II (9)
- SWK 451 Social Work Field Practice II Integrative Seminar (3)
- Electives (12 credit hours):
- SWK 300 Statistics for Social Work Practice
- SWK 360 Crisis Intervention (3)
- SWK 361 Social Problems (3)
- SWK 363 Abuse and Social Work Practice (3)
- SWK 364 Addictions and Social Work Practice (3)
- SWK 365 Aging and Social Work Practice
- SWK 366 Disabilities and Social Work Practice (3)
- SWK 395 Selected Topics in Social Work Practice (3)
- SWK 460 Child Welfare Practice (3)
- SWK 461 Dual Disorders: An Integrative Perspective (3)
- SWK 462 Community Mental Health Practice (3)
- SWK 463 Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents (3)
- SWK 465 Spirituality in Social Work Practice (3)
- SWK 466 Independent Study in Social Work (3)
DETAILED INFORMATION ON COURSE OPTIONS IS AVAILABLE IN THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR.
Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Social Work Degree Program:
In addition to the Institutional Learning Outcomes, the social work degree program prepares graduates who meet the following learning outcomes:
- Identification as a professional social worker and use of self:
- Demonstrate awareness of self, ability to use self professionally in achieving social work goals, and capacity to gauge the impact of self on practice
- Demonstrate professional demeanor including behaviour, appearance, communication, use of supervision and commitment to life-long learning
- Adherence to the Social Work Code of Ethics and adoption of social work values in professional practice:
- Practice within the values and ethics of the social work profession by applying the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Code of Ethics and the Manitoba Institute of Registered Social Workers (MIRSW) Standards of Practice and with an understanding of and respect for diversity
- Demonstrate awareness of one’s own values and their impact on professional relationships, keeping professional roles and boundaries
- Use of appropriate strategies to resolve ethical dilemmas while managing ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts
- Professional social work practice skills with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations, applying knowledge of human behaviour and the social environment:
- Demonstrate the professional use of self and the ability to assume, as appropriate, a variety of helping roles such as broker, advocate, counsellor, case manager, mediator, facilitator, mobilizer, activist, and educator
- Function effectively within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and understand organizational dynamics and change processes
- Understand and apply knowledge and skills of generalist social work from engagement to termination
- Possess sufficient knowledge and competence in professional practice to provide service to a range of clients in different social work settings
- Use supervision and consultation appropriately to advance knowledge, skills and commitment to lifelong learning
- Build interventions on the strengths and assets of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities utilizing a range of theoretical orientations within secular and faith based organizations
- Readiness to work across disciplines and professions in collaborative ways
- Identification of structural sources of oppression and inequity, and promotion of human rights and social justice at all client system levels:
- Recognize the value of diversity and difference in our society
- Understand the responsibility of social work in promoting and engaging social systems to advance human rights and social justice goals
- Understand the structural forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination that limit human rights, with particular attention to their impact on populations-at-risk and engage in strategies of change that advance social and economic justice
- Engagement of individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations and society as a whole in addressing structural injustice
- Employment of critical thinking in professional practice:
- Demonstrate knowledge about multiple sources of knowledge and theoretical orientations and application to practice
Use effective oral and written communication skills demonstrating the capacity to conceptualize and analyze material
- Critically analyze and reflect on knowledge, practice skills and outcomes at the client and program level
- Apply critical thinking to outcome evaluation and analyze the effectiveness of practice with clients on an individual, family, group, organizational and community level
- Demonstrate knowledge about multiple sources of knowledge and theoretical orientations and application to practice
- Engage in social work research:
- Demonstrate understanding of the research process, evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice
- Demonstrate ability to participate in and use the research process to assist in best practice service provision and policy development
- Engage in policy analysis and development to advance social and economic well-being and deliver effective social work services:
- Analyze the impact of social policies and legislation on client systems, workers, and agencies and contribute to program evaluation and program development
- Identify and advocate for changes to policies that negatively impact client groups
- Acquire knowledge of organizational and societal systems and acquire skills to identify social inequalities, injustices, and barriers and work towards changing oppressive social conditions
- Develop the ability to critically assess the social, historical, economic, legal, political, institutional and cultural contexts of social work practice at local, regional, provincial, national, and international levels, and respond to changes in these contexts that shape practice
What Can I Do with my Bachelor of Social Work Degree?
Social work as a career offers many possibilities to people who want to make a difference in the quality of life for individuals and society. Social workers perform diverse roles such as advocates, counsellors, facilitators, mediators, administrators, and policy analysts. Social workers help persons affected by issues such as addictions, mental health concerns, disabilities, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, violence, trauma, health issues or crime. Social workers practice in diverse settings such as schools, hospitals, rehabilitation programs, child welfare settings, family service agencies, treatment centers, criminal justice settings, and mental health organizations.
Admission to the Social Work Bachelor Degree Program
Graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan
To accommodate students from a range of backgrounds, Booth University College’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program has six points of entry:
- High school direct entry
- High school graduates who do not meet direct entry requirements can still apply for admission to Booth UC, declaring an interest in the social work program, and will be eligible to apply for admission to the BSW program after completing 21 credit hours of study
- Current Booth UC students
- Transfer students
- Students who already have an undergraduate degree
- A 2+2 program for students from Providence University College and Steinbach Bible College
Applicants must meet all Booth University College and program admission requirements. A student who meets the minimum admission requirements is not automatically assured of an offer of admission. Applicants offered admission to the program commence studies in the fall term.
1. DIRECT ENTRY TO THE BSW PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
To apply for direct entry, new graduates* must possess a high school diploma with a minimum 80 per cent average in their final year of high school, and a minimum 80 per cent in grade 12 English. They must have five full credits (courses) at the grade 12 level. All five credits must be at the S (Specialized), 41G (General), or U (Dual Credit-University) level and include a combination of courses from math, sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Courses such as Music, Art, and Physical Education will not be considered for Direct Entry. (Applicants from outside the province must meet the Manitoba equivalent.)
High grades alone do not guarantee direct entry to the program. Applicants must also complete a social work program admission process which includes submitting a resume, a personal statement, and two letters of reference. Applicants must also have relevant work or volunteer experience, and will be required to take part in an in-person interview.
*New graduates is defined as those individuals graduating in the current academic year as well as those who graduated in the previous academic year. Graduates who have been out of high school longer than one year are not eligible for direct entry.
2. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA FOR DIRECT ENTRY FROM HIGH SCHOOL
If you have completed high school and meet Booth University College’s admission requirements but do not meet the criteria for direct entry, you may indicate on your admission application to Booth UC that the Bachelor of Social Work Degree program is your program of interest. During your first year of studies at Booth University College you would complete core course requirements and SWK110 Introduction to Social Work. In the winter semester you would make formal application to the Bachelor of Social Work program. Applicants must have completed relevant work or volunteer experience.
3. CURRENT BOOTH UC STUDENTS
Students currently studying at Booth UC, who have completed 21 credit hours, including SWK110 Introduction to Social Work, by the end of the winter semester may apply for admission to the social work program. Applicants must possess relevant work or volunteer experience. A minimum CGPA of 2.5 and a C+ in SWK110 Introduction to Social Work is required for admission to the program. Applicants complete the application process for admission to the Social Work Program.
4. TRANSFER STUDENTS
If you have already studied at another university you may apply for admission to Booth University College’s Bachelor of Social Work degree program as a transfer student. Applicants who possess 21 credit hours of transfer courses by the end of the winter semester may apply for admission to the social work program. Applicants must have relevant work or volunteer experience. A minimum CGPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the program. Applicants apply to Booth UC and the Social Work Program at the same time. Students may transfer a maximum of 60 credit hours to Booth University College. This includes 51 credit hours of liberal arts requirements and 9 credit hours of social work courses. Upon successful completion of the social work admission process, students may be admitted to either the second or third year of studies of the four year social work bachelor degree program.
5. STUDENTS WHO HAVE AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE
Applicants require a degree in the social sciences or humanities, or another degree recognized as suitable preparation for social work. Applicants must complete all course work for the degree by the end of the winter semester. A minimum CGPA of 2.5 on the last 60 credit hours completed for the degree is required for admission to the program. Applicants must possess relevant work or volunteer experience. Applicants who do not meet program admission requirements, who have been out of school for a minimum of two years and meet admission requirements to Booth UC, and demonstrate suitability for the profession, may be admitted on probation. The progress of students admitted on probation is reviewed upon completion of 18 credit hours. Students enter into the third year of the program.
6. 2+2 PROGRAM FOR PROVIDENCE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE STUDENTS AND STEINBACH BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENTS
Providence University College and Steinbach Bible College students may complete up to 51 approved credit hours of arts and science at their respective institutions prior to admission to Booth University College. Applicants must possess relevant work or volunteer experience. A minimum CGPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the program. Applicants complete the application process for admission to the Social Work Program and Booth UC at the same time. Applicants are encouraged to take SWK110 while completing studies at their respective institutions.
Enrollment in the BSW program is limited and not all qualified applicants are admitted. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants must meet Admission requirements and submit all required admission materials by 4:00 pm by the application deadline.
STEP 1: Apply to Booth University College
Complete the Booth University College Online Application if you are new to Booth University College.
There are a number of steps in the application process. In addition to your application for admission to the social work program, your application package includes a resume, a personal essay, references and an official transcript.
Step 2: Resume
Submit a resume that describes your previous education, work and volunteer experience. Identify which of your employment and volunteer experiences were related to the social or human services. Identify the number of hours spent in each employment and volunteer experience.
Step 3: Personal Statement
Submit an essay, approximately 1250 words (maximum 5 pages), double-spaced. Respond to the following questions:
- Why are you interested in Social Work? What is your personal story and how have you arrived at the point of wanting to pursue SW? Discuss a social problem and how this relates to your interest in social work? How might social work respond to this issue?
- Describe your understanding of society, privilege, marginalization and discrimination. You may choose to reflect on these concepts through experiences in your own life and link these to wider social issues.
- Social work is a profession that seeks to enhance human wellbeing and meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. Considering this statement, provide examples of personal strengths which you consider most pertinent to social work practice. In addition to your strengths, discuss limitations you need to work on in order to be an effective Social Worker.
Your personal statement will be evaluated on organization, clarity, content and writing ability.
Step 4: Letters of Reference
Use these reference forms to obtain an academic reference and a work or volunteer reference. If you are a current Booth UC student the academic reference must come from a faculty member at Booth UC who has taught you.
The volunteer or work reference may come from employment or volunteer supervisors, practicum supervisors, professionals, etc. The referee is qualified to speak to your suitability and potential for undergraduate studies in social work.
For the references to be considered official, the letters of reference must bear the referee’s signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope with the referees signature across the seal of the envelope.
Step 5: Official Transcripts
All applicants except current Booth UC students must submit official transcripts to the Admissions office at Booth University College from high school for applicants applying from high school. Applicants who have attended university must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution.
Step 6: Submission of Application
Collect and mail or deliver to the Department of Social Work your application, resume, essay, and reference letters in one package to the Department of Social Work at Booth University College prior to the application deadline. The mailing address is:
Booth University College
Department of Social Work
447 Webb Place
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2P2
SELECTION PROCESS for the social work bachelor degree program
Enrollment to Booth University College’s social work bachelor degree program is limited. The number of applicants accepted each year varies depending on the number of returning students, number of graduates and available resources within the department. Applicants indicate whether they are applying as a full-time or part-time student. Equal consideration is given to full-time and part-time applications. Applicants indicate if they are applying for study onsite at Booth University College or a combination of distance (online) study and onsite. Currently the program is not fully available in a distance education format.
The following criteria are used in assessing applicants for admission to the bachelor degree in social work program:
- Submission of a completed social work application by the due date
- Personal statement
- Letters of references – academic, work and volunteer
- Human service work experience / volunteer experience
- Evidence of suitability for the social work profession
- Evidence of emotional maturity and stability
|April 30||Complete social work application due for all other applicants|
|May 30||Applicants notified of outcome of admission|
|June 30||Completion of course work for fall admission|
|September 1||Child Abuse Registry, Adult Vulnerable Person Check, and Criminal Record Check due to Department of Social Work|