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The Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Social Work (BSW) prepares students for generalist practice in a variety of settings. It also prepares students for graduate school. Students who have a BSW from an accredited program are generally eligible for advanced standing in master of social work (MSW) programs. This means that after earning a BSW, a student may achieve an MSW in one additional calendar year.

The mission of PSU’s Social Work Program is to prepare bachelor level social workers to utilize the knowledge, skills, and values of the social work profession in order to enhance the lives of individuals, families, groups, and communities and to promote social and economic justice locally, nationally, and globally.  

To that end, the PSU Social Work Program aims to prepare students for:

  • Generalist practice at all levels of the social environment and across the lifespan
  • Utilization of the professional self which includes adherence to the Code of Ethics, professional demeanor, effective communication skills, self-awareness, and self-care
  • Critical examination of and contribution to research, policies, and practices
  • Living and working in a diverse environment
  • Promoting human rights and social justice
  • Graduate education
  • Licensure

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  • Career Options
  • Licensure
  • CSWE Accreditation
  • Social Work Faculty

Where are social workers employed?

  • Mental Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Addictions
  • Probation and Parole
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Disability Settings
  • Home Health
  • Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
All states require licensure at some level for social workers. Kansas licenses social workers at three levels: LBSW, LMSW, and LSCSW. All levels of licensure may be found in a variety of practice settings, but some settings may require the LMSW and LSCSW. The LSCSW is a  "clinical license" which will allow a social worker to go into private practice. In addition, in Kansas, a social worker may choose to become dually licensed with the LBSW and an addictions license, the LAC. This will allow the social worker to work in certain addiction settings.

About History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Department

Solving the Real-World Issues of Today and Tomorrow 

Pittsburg State University’s Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences consists of those specialties that have emerged as so desirable in the 21st century labor force. Students use the tools from GeographyHistoryPhilosophyPolitical ScienceCriminal JusticeSociology and Social Work programs and coursework to examine issues and to find sustainable solutions to complex problems affecting individuals, families, and society. 

The mission of the History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences department’s programs is to provide high quality instruction to students in ways that emphasize active learning, problem solving, and critical thinking through transformative experiences. Through our efforts, we aim to increase everyone’s awareness of how the ethnic, cultural, and other forms of diversity affect society. We invite you to visit the individual program areas to learn more about each field of study. 

Diversity and Inclusion: We are committed to collaboration, respect, understanding for all students, staff, and faculty. The programs of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences department at Pittsburg State University embraces a commitment to diversity as a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.   

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