Program Format - Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Program Orientation

Prior to the start of the program, all students are required to attend a one-day on-campus orientation. Students who do not attend orientation may be administratively withdrawn from the program.

Professional Program

To begin taking 400-level courses, students must first be admitted to the Professional Program.

Field Education Requirements

Field education is completed in the fall semester. Students are required to successfully complete 450 hours under the supervision of an experienced social worker in a social service agency in one of the following locations in Alabama: Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Montgomery or Mobile.

Prior to entering the field, students must earn a grade of C- or higher in SW 444, attend a three-hour orientation to field education and obtain a background check. Corequisites include enrolling in field seminar SW 443 or SW 445.

Students complete a minimum of 32 hours per week during normal business hours or can complete an extended option to consist of a minimum of two full normal business-hour weekdays per week. Students seeking the extended option must indicate it on the field application and receive approval from the field instructor and field coordinator. All field work must occur Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., in an approved social work setting.

Additional field education hours may be approved, and there may also be options for completion in the student's place of employment with restrictions. All field education placement plans require prior approval by our field education coordinator.

Skills Labs

All students are required to participate in face-to-face skills labs on select Saturdays. Skills labs will be offered in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery.


Courses are offered online. Students are required to have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection.