MCKEESPORT, Pennsylvania — A new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program, providing broad educational experiences for undergraduates interested in working in the private and public sectors, is now offered at Penn State. Students can start the degree at any Commonwealth campus and can only complete it at Penn State Greater Allegheny at McKeesport.
The mission of the BSW program is to improve human well-being and eliminate social injustice through advocacy, cultural humility, global citizenship, scholarship, and service.
Students who enroll in the BSW program will prepare for professional licensure in social work at the baccalaureate level. Through their coursework and field experiences, they will explore local, national and global issues and begin to understand how the social work profession responds to identified needs and empowers people.
“The field of social work offers many opportunities to support vulnerable individuals and communities. Career paths can range from social services to counseling to politics and advocacy,” said Megan Nagel, Acting Chancellor and Director of Studies at the Greater Allegheny Campus. “Under the leadership of Christopher Robinson, BSW Program Director and Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Kiera Mallett, Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor of Social Work, we are well positioned to be the only campus at Penn State where students can complete this degree and prepare to serve individuals and communities facing hardship and injustice.