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BSW Plans of Study

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW) major at Fordham is a 33-credit program. All students are expected to complete the major in two years on either a full-time or part-time basis.

The major consists of:

  • Eight required classes taken in sequence (3 credits each).
  • A year-long, 600-hour Fieldwork Practicum and an Integrative Seminar integrating classroom knowledge with your experiences in the field (9 credits).


The coursework is spread across four semesters so you can:

  • Start Semester 1 in spring or fall.
  • Start Semester 2 in fall or summer.

The first year consists of four classroom courses and faculty advising, and the second year consists of two generalist social work practice courses, two research classes, the Field Practicum and Integrative Seminar, and faculty advising.

Regardless of when you enter the program, you must complete Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II, Human Rights and Social Justice, and Social Welfare Policy and Services I before entering the Fieldwork Practicum.

BSW Plan of Study

Field Instruction

Fieldwork takes place in the second year. The 600-hour course consists of:

  • 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 Integrative Seminar that meets every other week.


Contact Gregory Acevedo, PhD and Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW) program, via email at or call him at 212-636-6644.