BA in Social Work

Welcome to the California State University, Chico School of Social Work!

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You are entering an exciting field of study and practice with countless career possibilities.  Social Work is unique in its emphasis on social justice and work with the most vulnerable populations.  The Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW), which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), prepares you for beginning professional generalist social work practice.  A generalist approach requires that social workers have a foundation of knowledge and skills to access, analyze, plan, evaluate, and treat clients from diverse backgrounds in various settings and systems.  This degree will enable you to work in many different settings such as health care, rehabilitation, criminal justice, schools, government agencies, mental health, child and adult protective services, counseling, and many others.  We are proud to have a faculty with extensive experience in many different practice areas.  CSU, Chico School of Social Work faculty members are eager to talk with students about their own social work experiences and to offer mentoring and support.

The BSW Director serves as the advisor for all Social Work undergraduates until their acceptance into the “Professional Sequence” in November of the junior year.  Once accepted, the junior-level BSW students are assigned to individual faculty advisors who provide students with individual advising and direction throughout the three Professional Sequence semesters of their BSW experience.  The faculty and staff look forward to working with you to ensure an enjoyable and rewarding educational experience.

Vincent Ornelas, MSW, PhD

BSW Director

School of Social Work

California State University, Chico

Seema Sehrawat, MSW, PhD

Distributed Learning Coordinator

School of Social Work

California State University, Chico

Jenny Funk

Administrative Support Assistant II

BSW Program

Richard Davis

Administrative Support Assistant II

Distributed Learning Program

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