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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Social Work (BSW)


Social work attempts to facilitate people’s full participation in society through advocating for structural change and through facilitating change in individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. People who are vulnerable to being disadvantaged by such differences as class, race, gender, age and ability are of particular concern.

Laurier’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program incorporates social work curriculum with humanities, arts and social science courses. This balanced approach promotes learning and development that is purposeful and holistic, preparing you for satisfying and productive work and civic participation.

A unique aspect of Laurier’s Social Work program is that it allows you to focus on Aboriginal issues and includes an examination of the cultural exchanges between Canada’s colonial processes and First Nations people.

Note: Our BSW program is new and plans to apply for pre-accreditation with the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) in 2015, and then for the First Accreditation in 2017 or 2018. For those who graduate from the program before the first CASWE accreditation, as long as the program has achieved pre-accreditation, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers generally accepts as “accredited” students who graduate from a pre-accredited program.

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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.

Sample Courses

  • Human Behaviour and Environment
  • Child Welfare
  • Aboriginal Wholistic Healing
  • Creative Arts in Social Work Practice
  • Social Movements, Social Justice and Vulnerable Populations


  • Admission range of low 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 30.


Graduates of Social Work will be prepared for professional social work practice in a variety of fields, including social welfare, mental health, family and children's services, social policy and planning, and community development.

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