School of Health
The University of Guam offers a four-year professional educational program in social work leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). The BSW is recognized by the National Association of Social Workers as the entry-level degree for the profession.
The Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Guam is accredited through 2023 by the Commission on Accreditation of the National Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Through the teaching of social work knowledge and practice, the Bachelor of Social Work Program prepares individuals to develop a global perspective of social welfare and social development, to actualize the concept of social caring, to demonstrate belief in the intrinsic value, dignity and worth of all humankind, to serve those in need, and to act with conviction in advancing the principle of social justice and human rights within the communities of Guam, Micronesia, and the neighboring regions of the Pacific and Asia.
The outcomes of the Bachelor of Social Work Program are as follows:
There are two levels of social work majors:
To be eligible for the BSW junior level, applicants must:
Application for advancement to BSW student status are made at the end of April (usually around April 19) of the semester of the student’s sophomore year. Upon receipt of all necessary documents, the Social Work faculty reviews the application. The division chair of the program notifies applicants by letter of the faculty’s decisions regarding admissions. Students must be advanced to BSW student status in order to take SW-330.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, April 30, 2021
In order to remain in good standing in the BSW program, students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all required Social Work courses and a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA. All prerequisites must be met before progression in the program.
View the degree requirements in the most recent Undergraduate Catalog:
Academic advisement is provided to assist students throughout their educational careers as they prepare to become competent entry-level social workers. The advisor monitors student progress, provides consultation in planning a course of study, and assists in problem solving with regard to both classroom and field course work. The advisor also facilitates communication between students and their classroom and field instructors. The faculty advisor serves as an “anchor person” with whom students may confer regarding any program-related problem or question. In keeping with the goals of the program and the spirit of social work, the advising relationship among students, faculty, and administrators is one of collaboration. Once a student declares social work as their major, s/he is assigned to an advisor.