WWU Introduces Bachelor of Social Work Degree for Adult Learners

William Woods University is expanding its offerings for working adults in the Columbia area by introducing a new bachelor of social work degree program in the evening.


An informational session for the B.S.W. will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29, at the William Woods at the Columbia campus, 3100 Falling Leaf Ct.


The new program resulted from student requests.


“I’ve received many calls from adults who are working full time and have a strong desire to complete a social work degree program,” Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner, assistant professor of social work and chair of the division of behavioral and social sciences, said. “They need the flexibility of an evening program.”


William Woods University is the only private school in Central Missouri with an accredited social work program, Jacobs-Kenner said. WWU’s program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1986.


The B.S.W. offered in the evening is a degree-completion program requiring 53 to 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university to be admitted. Required courses include introductory or general biology (including laboratory), introduction to sociology, general psychology and macro or micro economics. A course in elementary statistics is strongly recommended.


Once all common studies courses are completed, students attending evening classes may obtain a B.S.W. degree in 28 months. Students will take one course at a time, for an eight-week period. Classes will meet twice weekly for 2-1/2 hours each evening (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, depending on faculty availability).

After entering the program, students must complete 42 hours of social work-specific courses, including 10 three-hour courses and two six-hour internship courses. All WWU social work students are required to complete 500 hours of internship in an approved social work setting prior to graduation.


As with all Graduate and Adult Studies programs offered by William Woods, the curriculum for the B.S.W. has been designed to reflect the appropriate mix of theory with real world practice.


William Woods University social work faculty will teach many of the courses offered in the evening. They have years of experience in the social work field and are seasoned teachers at the BSW level. In addition, adjunct instructors will be utilized to teach courses in specific areas of social work practice.


William Woods offers degree programs that utilize a cohort model, emphasizing learning through student-directed study groups of three to five students.


“Cohort” describes a group of people who collaborate to reach a common goal. WWU’s program utilizes the diversity of the individual members to broaden the learning experience of the class as a whole as they work together.


The school recognizes that learning can and does take place outside of the classroom and that theoretical knowledge is only useful if applied to real-life on-the-job situations.


Questions about the information meeting can be directed to the Columbia campus, 573-449-8170. For more general information about the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program, visit www.williamwoods.edu/evening, call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at cgas@williamwoods.edu.