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New Degree Program Request: Proposal for a Bachelor of Social Work - Social Work Major
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has offered a minor and concentration in Social Welfare for a number of years, but a BSW degree from an accredited program offers students several advantages. Students who earn a BSW degree will have the option of entering an Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW) program, in which they can complete their graduate education in approximately one year (compared with 2 or more years without a BSW). Additionally, the BSW degree is the minimum requirement for entry-level social worker positions, which commonly entail case management and victim advocacy services. In 2009, the State of Florida adopted a statute granting title protection to the social work profession, increasing the demand for undergraduate and graduate social work degrees from accredited institutions. Individuals who do not hold a BSW or MSW from an accredited institution are prohibited from calling themselves "social workers" or working in many social work positions. Concurrent with the New Degree process, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is pursuing accreditation with the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for the field.
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