PSU has offered the baccalaureate social work (BSW) degree since 1983 and has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1995. CSWE is the national educational policy and accreditation standard setting organization for BSW and MSW degree programs in the United States. Accreditation indicates that a program has achieved academic excellence by meeting the thresholds for professional competence established by the Council.
The program has an excellent, committed faculty, an engaged group of students. Additionally, the department has a Child Welfare Educational Tuition Partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families, which provides full in-state tuition and an annual stipend for our students.
“The signature pedagogy in social work is field education [which] … connects the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting … classroom and field … contribute to the development of the requisite competencies of professional practice.”—CSWE Handbook of Accreditation Standards and Procedures. Each student spends a minimum of 450 supervised hours in a social work practicum in a variety of settings: schools, residential facilities, hospitals, youth agencies, protective service offices, domestic violence programs and other human service agencies in New Hampshire.