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Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

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About the Program

The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College has launched its practice based BSW program. The BSW Program is open to full time, matriculated Hunter students, who currently have between 55 to 80 credits.

The BSW program offers Hunter students a two-year professional social work degree with a practice focus in Child Welfare or Care Coordination. The curriculum is robust, linking theory, concepts and evidence informed practice, through formal instruction and skills based structured field work. Students will learn the core skills of assessment, engagement, intervention, advocacy and documentation through a generalist practice lens. The BSW program will prepare students to become knowledgeable, caring, entry level social workers in the areas of Child Welfare and Care Coordination.

Hunter students must apply to the BSW degree program. If accepted into the program, students will be required to declare Social Work as their major.  Students in the first year will complete a 200-hour prerequisite field work assignment, as part of Social Work Practice and Learning LAB  I & II. In the second year of the BSW program students will complete 400 hours of Field Work in addition to the required social work courses. Students will also register for electives at the college, relevant to social work to complete the required 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.

IMPORTANT: Please check the Hunter College School of Social Work website: http://sssw.hunter.cuny.edu/ssw/programs/bsw/ for up-to-date information.

Admissions Requirements

Applications are completely online.

  1. Students are admitted in the fall only.
  2. Students must be full-time, matriculated students at Hunter.
  3. Students will be considered for admission if they have between 55 and 80 credits and an overall GPA of 2.75.
  4. Students must have taken and received a grade of B or better, in the Introduction to Social Work course SW 20100  or SOC 23100 
  5. Transfer students must apply to Hunter College and be accepted as a Liberal Arts student in the previous fall from the semester they are applying to the BSW program. Some associate degree holders may require an additional three years of full-time study at Hunter College to complete the BSW requirements if they do not apply to Hunter College in the previous fall from the semester they are applying, or have not taken the required prerequisite Introduction to Social Work course, prior to applying to the BSW program.
  6. Transfer students with an associate degree who graduated from a Human Services program, and received credit from Hunter for their Introduction to Social Work course may still be required to take the Introduction to Social Work course SW 20100 , or a Social Work Practice review workshop with a required 32-hour, supervised volunteer social services assignment prior to admission. BSW advisers will meet with these applicants, and review transcripts on a case by case basis.

Note: BMCC Human Service program graduates, who have been accepted to Hunter as full-time students are not required to register for the Introduction to Social Work course SW 20100  

Attendance Requirements

BSW program is a full time program.  All courses and field work are offered only during the day. Students must attend on a full time basis. Courses are offered sequentially by semester, and must be taken in order.

  • Classes in the first year of the program will be held on the Hunter main campus.
  • Classes in the second year will be at the Silberman School of Social Work.

Grading Policy

BSW students will receive a letter grade for course work. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is expected to remain in good academic standing. Students who do not pass a continuing course - offered over two semesters, sequentially - will not be allowed to repeat the course until it is offered again in the curriculum sequence. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only one time.


The Silberman School of Social Work Bachelor in Social Work degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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