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Social Work (BSW)

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Social Work (BSW)

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Social work is a practice-based profession that harnesses principles of human rights and social justice to empower members of society disadvantaged by social dynamics of class, race, gender, age and ability.

Laurier's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) provides a purposeful, holistic and interdisciplinary academic experience that will shape your professional identity as a social worker.

Program Highlights

  • We offer a field placement in your third and fourth year to assist you in learning through experience while providing supervised, pre-professional social work service to a community.
  • You will learn critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Thorough understanding of social work practice theory and methods.

First-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Social Welfare
  • Introduction to Social Work: Values, Ethics and Practice
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • Two of Modernity and the Contemporary World, Modernity: Critique and Resistance, Academic Literacy: Social Sciences, Academic Literacy: Humanities
  • 2.5 elective credits

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: high 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • English at 60%.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.


Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Indigenous Studies Minor
  • Youth and Children's Studies Minor
  • Psychology Minor
  • Criminology Minor
  • Law and Society Minor
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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