Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

B.A.S.W. Program Description
In Fordham's bachelor of arts social work program, you'll gain the skills and knowledge you need to make a meaningful difference in people's lives.

Our B.A.S.W. major prepares students to become generalist social work practitioners and help individuals and communities in an agency setting. Our program combines high-quality coursework, valuable fieldwork experience, and advising and mentoring sessions.


  • Prepares you for a career as a generalist social worker in an agency setting
  • Supervised, hands-on fieldwork practicum with a seminar that integrates classroom knowledge with your experiences in the field
  • Open to students matriculated at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Fordham College at Rose Hill, or Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies.  (Rose Hill students must complete another major beyond the B.A.S.W.)
  • Graduates can apply to our nationally ranked  M.S.W. program (or another graduate school of social work) as an Advanced Standing student, which allows you to complete a master of social work degree in about a year.


Our B.A.S.W. major consists of 33 credits, which you are expected to complete in two years on either a full-time or part-time basis. The program features a variety of learning experiences, including:
  • 8 required courses (24 credits)
  • a yearlong fieldwork practicum with an integrative seminar (9 credits)
  • individual and group meetings with a faculty adviser

The major builds on the strong liberal arts foundation of Fordham University’s core curriculum and the B.A.S.W. program’s prerequisite classes.

In keeping with Fordham’s Jesuit philosophy, our curriculum emphasizes a human rights and social justice perspective, while introducing the fundamental theories of human behavior and articulating the basic values and skills of social work practice.

Our graduates are also eligible to complete an M.S.W. degree in less time at most graduate schools, including at our own Graduate School of Social Service. (Learn more about our M.S.W. Advanced Standing plan of study.)

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for the B.A.S.W. program once they have completed about 50 credit hours and most of the prerequisite courses, including Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare.

Learn more about applying for the social work major on our Admission Requirements page. >>

Or download the B.A.S.W. application (PDF) now. >>


Students are expected to complete the 33 credits of the B.A.S.W. major in two years, on either a full-time or part-time basis.

The first year consists of four courses and faculty advising. The second year consists of two generalist social work practice courses, two research classes, a field practicum with a fieldwork integrative seminar, and faculty advising.

You’ll take the eight required courses in the sequence outlined in the plan of study.  You can enter the first year of the program in the fall or spring semester. All students begin their second year of the program in the fall.

Learn more on our B.A.S.W. Two-Year Plan of Study page. >>


Our B.A.S.W. courses will introduce you to the history of social work, the fundamental theories of human behavior, and the basic values and skills underlying generalist social work practice. You’ll also learn to read and understand social work research; develop a framework of professional ethics; and study the concepts of oppression and social justice, which are fundamental to becoming an agent of change.

B.A.S.W. students take eight required courses in the sequence outlined in our two-year plan of study. Classes include both undergraduate and graduate social work students.

Learn more about our courses on our B.A.S.W. Courses page. >>


In the second year of the major, all B.A.S.W. students complete the yearlong fieldwork practicum along with a seminar that integrates the knowledge learned in the classroom with your experiences in the field.

The 600-hour field instruction course consists of:
  • a 570-hour practicum in generalist social work practice in an agency setting. You can work either 21 or 14 hours per week.
  • 30 hours of the biweekly integrative seminar.
Learn more about fieldwork on our B.A.S.W. Field Instruction page. >>


B.A.S.W. students are assigned an official social work faculty adviser. He or she will offer you guidance through every step of the program.

B.A.S.W. faculty advisers meet with students individually and in groups on a regular basis. The meetings provide a forum to address your needs with launching a social work career or pursuing post-graduate study. In addition, the adviser leads the Field Practicum Integrative Seminar, which helps you integrate your fieldwork experiences with knowledge you have gained in the classroom.

The B.A.S.W. program’s advisement system also helps develop a sense of community and support among undergraduate social work students and faculty.

Learn more on our Student Advising page. >>


All B.A.S.W. social work courses take place at the Lincoln Center and Westchester campuses:
  • Classes meet weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, or Saturdays at the Lincoln Center campus on West 60th Street and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan.
  • Classes meet on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Westchester campus at 400 Westchester Avenue in Harrison, New York.
Get directions on Our Locations page. >>


To enter the B.A.S.W. program, you must be currently enrolled at or accepted to Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Fordham College at Rose Hill, or Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

You must also have completed approximately 50 credit hours and most of our program’s prerequisite courses.

Learn more on our B.A.S.W. Admission Requirements page. >>


Fordham College at Rose Hill students are expected to complete another major at the University in addition to the major in social work. The dual major requirement for students transferring 50 or more credits is evaluated on an individual basis.

Students at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and Fordham College at Lincoln Center are not required to complete another major but are welcome to do so.

Various departments or programs in the University accept some B.A.S.W. courses in place of required courses for their major. For example:
  • The Social Work Practice in Research I and II courses satisfy the four-credit research requirements of the Sociology department and the Interdisciplinary Social Science program.
  • Both programs also accept Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare as an elective course.
Contact your faculty advisor or the B.A.S.W. program director, David Koch, Ph.D., at or (212) 636-6656 for more details.


Fordham University offers financial aid to help students attend its undergraduate colleges. Contact the University’s Financial Aid Offices for more information.

The B.A.S.W. social work program has also prepared a booklet called Financial Assistance and Scholarship Information, a collection of resources for students interested in social work and related fields. It is available to students in the B.A.S.W. social work program and anyone thinking of applying. Contact the B.A.S.W. program’s director, David Koch, Ph.D., at or (212) 636-6656 for a copy of the booklet.


Students completing our B.A.S.W. program are eligible to apply for advanced standing at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service or other social work graduate schools. Advanced standing greatly reduces the number of credit hours required to earn a master of social work degree.

Learn more on our M.S.W. Advanced Standing Plan of Study page. >>


Learn how to apply to our B.A.S.W. program on our Admission Requirements page. >>


For greater detail about the B.A.S.W. degree program, download our B.A.S.W. Program Student Manual (PDF). >>


Prospective B.A.S.W. students should contact the program's director, David Koch, Ph.D., at or (212) 636-6656. 

He welcomes questions from any undergraduate students who are exploring a career in social work.

David E. Koch, M.S.W., Ph.D.
B.A.S.W. Program Director
113 West 60th Street, Room 716
New York, NY 10023
(212) 636-6656


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