BSW | LSU School of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

LSU Bachelor of Social Work

Be prepared for a career in:

  • Medical and health care
  • Social policy
  • Family agencies
  • Military social work
  • Corrections/criminal justice
  • Community agencies and organizations

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is designed to prepare students for entry level careers in social service agencies, school, corrections/criminal justice, and other community agencies. This degree will also prepare students who wish to pursue graduate studies in social work. The program is currently in candidacy with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Once it is fully accredited, outstanding BSW students may receive the equivalent of one year academic credit in an MSW program, cutting their time to completion of the Master's degree in half.

The curriculum emphasizes written communication skills, evidence-based professional practice, empirical investigation and evaluation of practice.

In particular active faculty research projects in gerontology, children and families, poverty, addictive disorders, LGBT studies, and criminal justice provide unique opportunities for BSW students to learn about many of the major social service-related problems in Louisiana and the nation from experts currently conducting research in these areas.

Students graduating from the BSW program bring knowledge of evidence-based practices and critical thinking, communication, analytical, and research skills to front-line social work jobs throughout the state of Louisiana. Qualified graduates are also prepared to enter MSW advanced-standing programs at any research extensive university in the country.

The BSW degree is built upon a foundation in the first two years of general liberal arts coursework. Students are exposed to the arts and humanities, social sciences, languages, and natural sciences. Beyond this foundation, the BSW Program at LSU requires approximately 45-50 upper division semester credit hours in social work courses, including 480 work hours in field internships at social service agencies.

Social work courses at the BSW level reflect the broad, system-spanning roles and activities of the profession, including: direct practice skills with individuals and families, small groups, and community organizations; current theory and research on human development and cultural diversity with an emphasis on human growth through reciprocal interactions within social environments; the history and creation of social policies affecting social work client populations; and practice-related research and evaluation. 

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No academic credit will be given for life or work experiences.


Admission Requirements

  • The student must be admissible to the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) as follows...
  • Have earned at least 24 semester hours
  • Have a cumulative and LSU GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have completed English 1001, Math 1021, and Social Work 2000 with a C or better 

Application Process

Applicants must submit a BSW application to the School of Social Work. Applications may be found in the link below. Applications must include a  recommendation form completed by a faculty member or academic counselor/advisor.

Once complete, bring your application to 328 Huey Long Fieldhouse or email it to



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graduates at commencement

Huey P Long Fieldhouse building


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328 Huey P. Long Field House
(225) 578-5875



students volunteering

Pictured here is Dr. Abadie's MSW students volunteering at the seventh annual Circle of Support Walk. The Circle of Support Walk is a community event and an annual partnership between the LSU School of Social Work students and The Crisis Intervention Center. Its primary goal is to educate the community on services offered to those facing various types of emotional pain.

group photo at annual walk